Sunflower Watering Can

Sunflower Watering Can

Posted by DecoArt on Jan 15th 2015

Look ahead to summer with this painted watering can and its colorful sunflower design.


    • water container
    • paper towels
    • transfer paper
    • rubbing alcohol
    • ruler
    • cloth
    • #4 round brush
    • #6 filbert brush
    • #6 round brush
    • #4 flat brush
    • stylus
    • 2" painter's tape
    • #10/0 liner brush
    • #2 flat brush
    • metal watering can
    • #8 filbert brush
    • #6 chisel blender brush
    • script liner brush



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Clean the watering can with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue from the surface. Wipe completely dry.
    2. With 2" painter's tape, mask off a 6" band around the watering can and paint the band with two coats of Titanium White.
    3. Mark 1″ sections across the top and bottom of the painted area. Join the dots diagonally first in one direction and then repeat in the opposite direction to form a background grid.
    4. Mark off a 1/4” band on the top and bottom of the inside painted panel. Transfer the sunflower pattern all around the watering can to fit, changing direction of the sunflower and leaves to fit the piece.
    5. Basecoat every other diamond shape of the background in Sapphire Blue and the opposing diamonds in Warm White. (Do not paint into the traced sunflower pattern.)
    6. Basecoat the inside 1/4" band Medium White. With a script liner brush and thinned Titanium White, make thin crosshatch lines inside the bands and then outline each side of band with Titanium White.
    7. Basecoat all leaves Pine Green.
    8. Using filbert and blender brushes, add Sap Green into the dark areas of the leaf to form a shadow and depth. Make veins with Sap Green and a script liner brush. Go back and highlight the edges and veins of the leaves with Phthalo Green-Yellow.
    9. Basecoat the sunflower centers Raw Umber and then float Carbon Black around the edges and into the center. Use a chisel blender to dry-brush Burnt Sienna around the Carbon Black center of the flower. Highlight the edges of the Burnt Sienna with Yellow Oxide.
    10. Working each petal separately, basecoat each Hansa Yellow. Shade from the bottom of the petal out to the tip with a small amount of Raw Umber mixed into Hansa Yellow. Highlight the tip of each petal with Hansa Yellow. Using a script liner brush, make thin lines of Burnt Sienna, pulling from the bottom of the petal toward the top.
    11. To create the ladybugs, paint small dots of Naphthol Red on leaves and petals. Paint a small dot for the head and line down the center of the back with Carbon Black. Dip dot Carbon Black dots on the backs of ladybugs.
    12. Using thinned Sap Green and a liner brush, make curly vine lines around the flowers and leaves. Repeat with Carbon Black curly lines.
    13. Dip dot Hansa Yellow, Burnt Sienna, and Titanium White into the centers of the flowers.
    14. Dip dot Titanium White into the bands on the top and bottom of the design.
    15. Using very thinned Raw Umber and a flat brush, shade around one side of the petals and leaves.
    16. Spray the finished peace with Americana Gloss Spray Sealer.


    Sunflowers Pattern