Tropical Artsy Can

By Andrea Osakoda -Ha



Quart Tin Can #16067

9” x 12” Canvas paper Pad #3005 7760

Graphite Transfer Paper #7751 1477

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paints:

Cadium Yellow, medium #7752 3688

          Burnt Umber #7752 3712

          Deep Green #7788 3017

          Alizarin Crimson #7788 2985

          Titanium White #7752 3563

          Mars Black #7766 1561

Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish #7751 6237

Brass eyelets #7764 9095

4 ft. of Brown Faux Suede Lace #3006 1105

4” x 4 ¾” Brown Mulberry paper #7769 8563



All Purpose White Nylon Brush set #7743 1874

Palette Paper & knife set #3004 6608

Stylus or burnishing tool #3001 4284

Pliers Kit #7765 1554


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On palette paper, squeeze out Cadium Yellow, Burnt Umber and Deep Green paints separately next to each other. Do not mix; rather use the palette knife to spread onto the canvas paper to form a thick “collage” background of yellows, browns and greens. These will slightly blend and layer to form other colors.


Take the palette knife tip and draw leaves (see diagram for placement) in the wet paint, forming a negative “scratched” effect. Let dry.


Use Deep green paint to paint in the leaves. You can mix in some Cadium Yellow to lighten the green and add a little Titanium White to make it more opaque. Let dry.


Take the transfer paper and place it over the painted background with the graphite side down. Use the ball tip of the burnisher to trace the orchid design onto the painted background. Vary the orchid placement to add interest (see placement diagram).


For the Orchid: Mix Alizarin Crimson paint with a little Cadium Yellow and Titanium White on the palette paper. Paint in the orchid using a flat brush. You can add shading by

Mixing in the Burnt Umber and/or Mars Black. Use the Cadium Yellow for highlights. For “stamen”, mix the Deep Green with the Titanium White and a little Cadium Yellow. Paint in with a fine tip brush. You can also use the fine tip brush for detailing as desired. Let dry.


Paint Gloss Medium and Varnish over the entire piece with the wash brush.


Place the brown mulberry paper onto the can. Use the Gloss Medium and Varnish to adhere. Let dry.


Using the pliers kit, punch five holes on both vertical edges of the painted canvas, spacing them evenly apart (bout an inch apart). Following the manufacturer’s directions set the brass eyelets into each hole.


Wrap the painted canvas around the can, overlapping the edges of the mulberry paper on each side. Thread each end of the suede lace into opposite holes on the bottom edge of the canvas. Even out the lace. Lace up the canvas in a criss-cross fashion. After lacing up the last holes on the top, tie the lacing together with a shoestring bow.


Use you can to hold your artist brushes or pencils and markers.




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