Hand Painted Strawberry Cutting Board
I’m participating in the Craft Room Destash Challenge again this month! I raided my craft stash and spent $0 hand painting strawberries on a wooden Farberware cutting board I found at Goodwill last month. Spring is in the air, and for me, spring means strawberries! It is a Lowcountry tradition for my family to pick strawberries in April. Sometimes we go with another family or two, and sometimes we just take the kids, and enjoy the atmosphere of the farm and the scent of the strawberries on a beautiful Saturday morning. I wanted to bring that Saturday morning feeling into my kitchen this spring, with this Hand Painted Strawberry Cutting Board.
My beloved Keurig died last week, and I bought a gorgeous new red one. I thought it might be fun to coordinate my hand painted cutting board with my new Keurig, and my favorite coffee sign.
- cutting board
- strawberry pattern- go to https://justsayin.online/flower-coloring-pages-printable/printable-strawberry-flower-coloring-page/ Don’t download anything, just save the image, then set the page to print 4″ by 6″ on your computer
- scissors, to cut the extra paper off around your pattern
- hair dryer
- acrylic gloss sealer
- tape measure
- clear tape
- paint brushes- 1″ sponge, liner, and 1/4″ angle
- paint- 20404 Apple Barrel Black, 21396E Apple Barrel Gloss Sublime Lime, 20651E Apple Barrel Gloss Real Green, 20346E Apple Barrel Gloss Pure Pink, 20637E Apple Barrel Gloss Hot Rod Red, 515 Folk Art Vintage White, 20360E Apple Barrel Light Yellow, 20592 Apple Barrel Tapestry Wine
Paint the cutting board with 3 or 4 base color coats until covered well. Use the hair dryer to speed the drying process. I used Tapestry Wine and the 1″ sponge brush to lay down my base coat. Paint the center with several coats of Black using the same process.
Paint the groove in between the center and the outer part of the cutting board with Antique White using the 1/4″ angle brush. Touch up any wiggly edges afterwards.
Rough up a few of the edges and corners with the sandpaper, if you want a time-worn look.
Print your strawberry pattern, then trim it to fit the size of your cutting board. Rub the back with colored chalk. I used two colors because I wasn’t sure if the purple would show up well enough.
Center the strawberry pattern by folding it in half two times. When you open it, your center will be where the folds intersect (see where the paint brush is pointing?). Find the center of the cutting board by measuring vertically (height), dividing the amount in half, and making a pencil mark in that spot. Do the same for the horizontal (width) measurement. The cutting board was 9 1/2″ wide, so I made a pencil mark at 4 3/4″, which is half of 9 1/2.” The place where these two measurements intersect will be your center. It sounds a lot more complicated than what it is. If all else fails, just eyeball it. Tape the strawberry pattern to the cutting board aligning the center of the pattern with the center of the cutting board.
Trace the pattern with the pencil. Sometimes I use a mechanical pencil, without the lead. The chalk will leave a beautiful imprint on the cutting board. This method is easier than using tracing paper, in my opinion.
Fill everything in with color, just like a coloring book. Paint the leaves Real Green, the strawberries Hot Rod Red, the flowers Antique White, and the flower centers Light Yellow, using the 1’4″ angle brush.
Using the 1/4″ angle brush- mix the Hot Rod Red with a little bit of Pure Pink, and fill in the strawberries. You may have to apply several coats. You don’t want the black backround to show through! Next, paint the right sides Pure Pink. Fill in the leaves by mixing Sublime Lime and Real Green (again, make sure everything is solidly covered- with no backround showing through), then paint one side of the leaves with Sublime Lime. Fill in the flowers with Antique White, and the centers with Light Yellow. Hold the angle brush straight up, and drag in the stems, using real green for the strawberries, and Sublime Lime for the leaves and flowers.
Dip the tip of the angle brush in Pure Pink, and the back of the brush in Hot Rod Red. Blend along the line where the pink and red meet on the strawberry. Use the liner brush to paint a few Antique White highlights on the right of the strawberries. Use the tip of the liner brush and Black to make the seeds.
Dip the front half of the 1/4″ angle brush into the Sublime Lime, and the back half into Real Green. Blend the leaves a little bit where the light and dark green meet one another. Use the liner brush, and a slightly watered mix of the two greens to wiggle in some vein lines on the leaves. Make some green tendril squiggies around the design as well.
Paint one side of the flower petals with Light Yellow-make sure you blend that a little bit with some Antique White. Use the liner brush to mix Antique White with a little bit of Tapestry Wine to connect the flower petals to the flower centers. Make some Tapestry Wine dots on the left side of the flower centers. Wiggle in some petal lines with the Tapestry Wine and liner brush. Your design is finished! Gently wipe off the excess chalk (I use baby wipes) when everything is completely dry. I usually sign my pieces with my initials, and a two-digit year when I’m finished. It’s nice to look at a project and know when it was painted. Twenty years from now, you’ll say, “Wow, I painted that way back in 2019.”
You’re nearly done. Finish things off with a nice coat of acrylic gloss sealer, and hang that cutting board on the wall! If you have young children or grandchildren, rent or buy Spring For Strawberry Shortcake. You’ll be singing those songs for years. Only those that read this far into the tutorial get that expert tip (wink).
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