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“Fall Festival” Breadbox Panel Insert
Designed by Debbie Cotton

Capture the Colors of Fall!

Fall is such a beautiful time of year with its bright, rich palette of orange, yellow, and red! My “Fall Festival” design reflects these colors and helps to capture the excitement of the season.

This fall breadbox panel insert is part of an ongoing series in PaintWorks. For additional seasonal designs, refer to PaintWorks February 2006 (winter panel insert), May 2006 (spring panel insert), and July 2006 (summer panel insert). We will complete this series with a special holiday panel insert in the January 2007 issue on sale 11/21/06.
painted cart
Materials Click on image for larger view

DecoArt Americana Acrylics:
Antique Gold Deep
Antique Maroon
Antique White
Black Green
Black Plum
Burnt Orange
Cadmium Yellow
Charcoal Grey
Dark Chocolate
Deep Midnight Blue
Hauser Dark Green
Hauser Light Green
Hauser Medium Green
Heritage Brick
Honey Brown
Jack-O-Lantern Orange
Khaki Tan
Lamp Black
Light Buttermilk
Milk Chocolate
Moon Yellow
Napa Red
Neutral Grey
Soft Black
Titanium White
Traditional Burnt Sienna

Hot Shots: Fiery Red

Dazzling Metallics:
Glorious Gold

Oil paint of choice: Burnt Umber

Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon No. 2 round stroke (Series 7040), No. 8 shader (Series 7300), 1/2", 3/4", and 1" glaze/wash (Series 7550), Nos. 18/0 and 10/0 liner (Series JS), Maxine’s 1/2" and 3/4" oval mop (Series 270), 1/4" deerfoot (Series 410), Fabric No. 10 flat (Series FAB) for drybrushing, No. 5 round scrubber (Series 228) for correcting mistakes; old flat for antiquing

Other Supplies

Mansard House Breadbox with Insert (19"x14-1/2"x9-1/2")
DecoArt Americana Spray Sealer/Finisher; DuraClear Interior/Exterior Varnish, Satin
Loew-Cornell Transfer Paper,
Black and White
3M Scotch Magic Tape
Minwax Wood Stain, Early American or color of choice
Sakura Identipen Permanent Black Marker, Fine and Extra-Fine*
Miscellaneous: fine-grit sandpaper, soft lint-free cloth, white chalk pencil, tracing paper, stylus, ruler, palette, water basin, paper towels, antiquing medium*
* Available from Mansard House
(extra inserts also available).

1. Sand insert and wipe clean. Apply sealer. Let dry. Very lightly sand again.

2. Basecoat insert with Khaki Tan. Let dry. Put insert back into breadbox and chalk a line along the inside edge to mark the visible area. Remove insert.

3. Transfer main pattern lines onto insert. Transfer details as needed.

4. Ground. Tape along top edge of ground, slightly dampen area, and float with a sideload of Burnt Umber using the 1" wash/glaze brush. Mop to soften edges. Let dry. Remove tape.
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for actual-size pattern in PDF format
(print pattern on legal size paper)


Lettering. When applying linework such as the lettering on the side of the cart, remember to pull the strokes toward you. Pull the line vertically, then turn the piece and pull the horizontal lines.

Use the same technique when creating the tires. Stroke a quarter of the tire or until the position begins to feel awkward, and then stop, turn your piece, and con-tinue. Apply pres-sure to flatten the liner and try to keep consistent pressure as you pull around the tire. When you stop to turn your piece, start again by slightly overlapping your previous stroke so you can start on the tip of brush, then apply pressure to achieve the same thickness as your previous stroke.


1. Tape along outside edge of cart. Base with several coats of Honey Brown, lightly sanding between each coat. Chisel wood grain on boards with Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and Soft Black. Line board lines and add wood grain detailing with Lamp Black. Float and chisel Marigold along wood grain. Shade the bottom of each board and left side of front of cart with Dark Chocolate. Highlight top of boards with Marigold.

2. Nails. Dot nails with Neutral Grey. Let dry. Highlight top of nails with a liner of Light Buttermilk. Float around nails with Dark Chocolate and deepen with Soft Black.

3. Sign & lettering. Basecoat sign with Heritage Brick. Shade both ends of sign with wide floats of a dark red mix of Black Plum + Napa Red (3:1). Shade top and bottom of sign with narrow floats of the same. Drybrush Hot Shots Fiery Red through the middle. Apply lettering with Golden Straw. Shade left sides of letters with narrow floats of the dark red mix. Highlight through middle of letters with a line of Light Buttermilk. Outline sign with Lamp Black.

4. Wheels. (It is best to do the right wheels, then the shaft, followed by the left wheels.) Line the outside metal rim with Lamp Black. Applying pressure to flatten the brush, use the No. 1 script with Dark Chocolate to line wooden wheels. Use the No. 10/0 liner with Dark Chocolate to create the spindles. Start on the tip of the brush, apply pressure for a wider middle, and release pressure to return to the tip of the brush. Shade the outside edges of each spindle with Soft Black. Highlight through the middle of spindles and wheels on the sign side of the cart with a line of Honey Brown. Base support bars between wheels and knobs with Lamp Black. Skip a highlight line on knob with Light Buttermilk.

5. Shafts. Base shafts with Lamp Black. Highlight through the middle with a line of Light Buttermilk.

6. Rim. If desired, apply tape along rim edges to help create a straight, clean line. Base top rim of cart with Lamp Black. Skip a highlight line of Light Buttermilk through the middle.

1. Straw. Note: The sides of the bale are labeled on the pattern for easy identification. Stipple bale with one coat of Honey Brown. Shade along top and sides of side A with Dark Chocolate. Lightly stipple side A of bale with Traditional Burnt Sienna, Marigold, Cadmium Yellow, and a little Light Buttermilk. Strengthen shading with Traditional Burnt Sienna. Line straw on sides B and C with Traditional Burnt Sienna, Marigold, and then Cadmium Yellow. Add a few lines of Light Buttermilk to tips of straw near top and outside edges. Line some straw on ground in front of cart. Line wire with Lamp Black. Skip a highlight line of Light Buttermilk on curve of wire and wire on side C. Shade the straw along both sides of wires and the indents for flagpoles with Traditional Burnt Sienna. Float a Soft Black shadow on straw just under flags.

2. Pumpkins. Base pumpkins Burnt Orange and stems Milk Chocolate. Shade outside of each section with Heritage Brick and deepen with Heritage Brick + Napa Red (1:1). Shade inside edge of middle section with Heritage Brick for roundness. Highlight middle of section with a flip float or drybrush of Jack-O-Lantern Orange. Brighten with Cadmium Yellow. Float outside edge of the other sections with same colors. Line a sparkle highlight of Titanium White to the top middle right of the sections.

If necessary, touch up stems with Milk Chocolate. Shade along bottom with Dark Chocolate and chisel some color up through them. Deepen with Soft Black. Shade top, inside the turned edge. Lightly highlight, chiseling Camel from the top down.

Base ribbon Heritage Brick, and shade right side with Black Plum + Napa Red (2:1), and high-light middle left with Fiery Red. Line out-side edge and “1st” with Glorious Gold. Line right sides of lettering with Lamp Black. Line nail Neu-tral Grey. Line Lamp Black shading along bottom and left. Line Light Buttermilk high-lights on top and
right side.

3. Flags. Base USA flag Deep Midnight Blue, Light But-termilk, and Heritage Brick and Canadian flag Heritage Brick and Light Buttermilk. Shade folds and bottom inside edge with Soft Black. Highlight red areas against folds with Fiery Red. Apply stars with Light Buttermilk. Line poles Neutral Grey, shade with Soft Black, and highlight with Light Buttermilk.

4. Corn. Base ears with Moon Yellow. Loosely stroke husks with Antique White, taking the color behind the candy apples. Line husks with Hauser Medium and then Hauser Dark Green (Fig. 1). Loosely float base of corn and where one leaf crosses another with Hauser Dark Green and deepen with Black Green. Switch to a liner to pull thin husks or twisted leaves (Fig. 2). Highlight with lines of Hauser Light Green and brighten with Light Buttermilk (Fig. 3). Line kernels Honey Brown (Fig. 1). Shade bottom and skip along left sides with Honey Brown and then Traditional Burnt Sienna (Fig. 2). Highlight some kernels with lines of Cadmium Yellow and then Light Buttermilk (Fig. 3). Randomly tint husks with Dark Chocolate.

5. Red cabbage. Base with Antique Maroon + Light Buttermilk (2:1). Line three veins with Light Buttermilk. Squiggle leaf lines with Black Plum + Napa Red (Fig. 4). Shade right side and along both sides of the veins with the same mix. Drybrush Light Buttermilk high-lights between veins (Fig. 5). Lightly wash cabbage with Black Plum + Napa Red (Fig. 6). Reshade if needed.

6. Gourd. Base gourd Light Buttermilk and stem Honey Brown. Squiggle gourd with lines of Hauser Dark Green and a few of Black Green (Fig. 7). Wash gourd with Antique Gold Deep, allowing some Light Buttermilk to remain visible in the middle (Fig. 8). Float outside edges with Antique Gold Deep and deepen with Black Green (Fig. 9). Shade stem with Dark Chocolate and line details with Soft Black (Fig. 8). Line highlights with Light Buttermilk (Fig. 9).

7. Sunflowers. Stipple centers Dark Chocolate. Stipple shading along bottom with Soft Black and deepen with Lamp Black. Stipple highlights with Khaki Tan. Stroke petals with Marigold. Shade base of petals with Traditional Burnt Sienna. Highlight tips with Cadmium Yellow. Brighten highlights on front petals with a line of Light Buttermilk. Base leaves Hauser Dark Green. Shade with lines of Black Green. Highlight with lines of Hauser Medium Green.

8. Enamel bowl. Base with Light Buttermilk. Shade with a float of Neutral Grey and deepen with Charcoal Grey. Randomly deepen with Lamp Black. Mop floats. Flip float a Titanium White highlight through the middle. Mop to soften. Sparkle with a drybrush of Titanium White. Line rim with Lamp Black and skip with highlight lines of Titanium White. Add chip with Lamp Black. Float rust around chip with Traditional Burnt Sienna.

9. Candy apples. Base apples with Heritage Brick + Napa Red (1:1). Shade with Black Plum + Napa Red. Highlight with Fiery Red. Add sparkle to highlights with lines of Light Buttermilk. Base sticks with Honey Brown, outline with Lamp Black, and line highlights with Light Buttermilk.

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1. Stain breadbox. When dry, lightly sand and wipe clean. Basecoat main body of breadbox with Heritage Brick and doorframe with Black Green. Leave inside of breadbox with the stain as a finish. Sand edges for a worn look. Antique following manufacturer’s instructions. Let dry.

2. Antique insert. Rub antiquing Medium over entire insert. Use a soft cloth or old flat brush to apply Burnt Umber oil paint around the outside edges. Soften using a mop brush or a soft cloth working in a circular motion. If the color comes in too close to the design, use a clean cloth to wipe away color, working from the middle outward. Keep antiquing to the outside edges, fading inward. Allow two days to dry.

3. Apply varnish to breadbox and insert. When dry, place insert in breadbox.

white line
lilac line
Send questions concerning this project to:
Debbie Cotton, c/o Simply Cotton, 3851 Regional Rd. #57, Nestleton, ON L0B 1L0, Canada.
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