I’ve been thinking about starting a Virtuous Woman painting series for a while. My plan is to paint specific parts of The Proverbs 31 Woman’s story on watering cans and buckets as 2020 progresses. Proverbs 31 reflects the life of a woman who earns money from home while taking excellent care of her family. If you’re interested in her story, turn to Proverbs 31 in your Bible. Here is the specific verse for my Proverbs 31 Woman Watering Can:
She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.
Proverbs 31:14 NASB
Materials for Proverbs 31 Woman Watering Can
- 1 gallon galvanized watering can
- medium grade sandpaper
- colored chalk
- Apple Barrel paints- 2613E Caribbean, 20403 White, 20471E Bright Yellow, 20589E Harvest Orange, 21888E Sunkissed Peach, 21467E Tuscan Red, 20432E Nutmeg, 2608 Country Tan, 20429E Christmas Green, 20713E Spring Green, 20407 Hunter Green, 21049E Pink Parfait 20404E Black
- brushes- 1″ sponge, small round, 1/8 flat, liner brush, stencil/pouncer
- Proverbs 31 Woman picture
- Proverbs 31 Woman verse pattern- access mine here.
- Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover Clear Gloss Spray
Before I picked up the paint brush, I had to create a pattern. I recorded an iphone video of myself walking across the yard with a loaf of French bread in my arms, then took a screenshot of the pose I liked the most. I emailed it to myself and printed a small black and white version using my desktop printer.
First, let’s prep the surface for painting. Sand the watering can with medium grade sandpaper, then clean with vinegar.
Paint the watering can with Caribbean and the 1″ sponge brush. Use a blow dryer to speed the drying process. You will need several coats for opaque coverage. Print your Proverbs 31 picture. Make sure the printed picture is the right size for your watering can. Rub colored chalk on the back of your pattern, then fold it in half to find the center. Tape the pattern on each side of the watering can, aligning the center of the pattern with the center of the can. This paticular watering can had the handle in its center. I placed the center of my pattern between the screws on the handle and used tape to keep it in place. Trace over the main elements of the pattern with a pencil. When you remove the paper you will see the chalk pattern on your watering can. The pictures in this post are from both sides of the can. Do you see the differences between the painted women?
Paint the dress with several coats of Bright Yellow and the flat brush. Use the liner brush to highlight the dress with White and shade with Harvest Orange. Fill in the Proverbs 31 Woman’s flesh with Sunkissed Peach and the flat brush. Use Country Tan, Nutmeg, or a combination of the two to paint darker skin. Her shoes were painted with Tuscan Red and the liner brush. Bring the bread loaf to life with a mixture of Sunkissed Peach, Country Tan, and the small round brush.
Shade her flesh and draw her eyebrows with Country Tan and the liner brush. If your Proverbs 31 Woman has a different skin tone than mine, shade her flesh with a color a few shades darker than your base tone. Paint the underlayer of her hair with Nutmeg, Black, and the flat brush. Highlight her knees with White and the liner brush. Use Black and White and the liner brush for her eyes. Paint a Black oval eye first, then add White. Make her smile with Tuscan Red and the liner brush. Highlight the shoes with White and the liner brush.
Add Pewter Gray and White to her hair with the liner brush. Feel free to make her hair shorter, longer, or curlier. I believe the Proverbs 31 Woman was older because of Proverbs 31:28-29 NASB.
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
Shade the dress on the left side with a mixture of Bright Yellow, Orange, and the flat brush. Highlight it on the right side with a mixture of Bright Yellow, White, and the flat brush. Paint the path with the flat brush and a mixture of Nutmeg and Country Tan. Tap in the bushes with the stencil brush and a mixture of Christmas Green and Spring Green.
Add grass with the liner brush and Black, Hunter Green, Spring Green, and Country Tan.
Use the end of the liner brush to make dotty flowers with Pink Parfait and Tuscan Red.
Create She Brings Her Food from Afar pattern with Microsoft Word. I used size 36 Freestyle Script. Print my pattern here. The Proverbs 31 part did not fit, so I did not trace it onto the watering can. Using the same method as before, rub colored chalk on the back of the word pattern. You can print two or trace it on one side of the watering can at a time. Fold the pattern in half to find the center. Tape it in place after you line the center of the pattern with the center of the watering can.
Use a pencil to trace over the letters. When you remove the paper, you will have a beautiful, removable chalk pattern for painting. Paint the letters with Black and the liner brush. Write your initials and the last two digits of the year with Black and the liner brush. Make squigglies around the painted design with Christmas Green and the liner brush.
Now it’s time to touch everything up. Correct squiggly or thick lines, define the fingers a little bit more, etc. When everything is nice and dry, wipe off excess chalk. Take your project outside and spray it with two coats of 2X Rustoleum Ultra Cover Clear Gloss Spray. Allow it to dry in the sun between applications.
You’re all done! I hope you enjoyed my Proverbs 31 Woman Watering Can tutorial!
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