Picnic baskets bring back great memories! When the kids were little, a picnic in the park was the perfect outing. Fried chicken, potato salad, and sweet tea poured in Mason jars were a few of my favorite menu items for an outdoor meal. When I saw a vintage picnic basket on my first trip to Goodwill (after nearly 8 weeks of corona virus quarantine), I knew I had to have it. Have you ever wondered How to Paint A Picnic Basket? You can make your own Wildflower Picnic Basket with my easy tutorial.
Materials for How to Paint A Picnic Basket
- picnic basket
- Apple Barrel Paints-21049E Pink Parfait, 20404 Black, 20429E Christmas Green, 20408E White, 20471E Bright Yellow, 2605E Crimson, 20359E Pumpkin Orange, 21977E Wisteria
- Brushes- 1″ sponge brush, 1/8″ flat brush, small round brush, 0/0 liner brush, small pouncing/stencil sponge brush
- Patricia Nimocks Plaid Clear Acrylic Gloss Sealer
Use the 1″ sponge brush and Christmas Green to basecoat the picnic basket. I didn’t paint over the hardware or wood trim.
Pounce a mixture of Bright Yellow and Christmas Green onto the bottom half of the lid top and bottom panels with the small sponge pouncer/stencil brush. Follow each painting step on the bottom panels and picnic basket top.
Use the small round brush to paint the aster centers and stems with a mixture of Black and White. Highlight the bottom of the centers with the 1/8″ flat brush and White.
Start with Crimson and the edge of the 1/8″ flat brush for the aster flower petals. With acrylic painting in general, begin with the color your eye sees last, which is usually the darkest color. Using the same brush, add layers of Pink Parfait, then White. Highlight the flower centers with White and the wooden end of the same paint brush.
Paint the daisy centers with a mixture of Bright Yellow and Pumpkin Orange and the small round brush. Add the petals with White and the 1/8″ flat brush.
Use the 1/8″ flat brush and a mixture of Wisteria and White to paint the forget-me-not petals. Tap in the centers with the end of the paint brush and a mixture of Christmas Green and White. I painted four on the top, front, and back of the basket, and two on each side of the basket.
Paint grass and swigglies with the liner brush and Christmas Green, Bright Yellow, and White. Sign the bottom front with your initials and the last two digits of this year. I will remember this project as my corona virus Wildflower Picnic Basket.
When everything is completely dry, take the painted picnic basket outside and spray it with Clear Acrylic Gloss Sealer. Spray the wood trim too. It will condition the dry wood of your vintage basket.
You’re all done! Wasn’t that easy? I hope you enjoyed my How to Paint A Picnic Basket tutorial!
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