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Painted Metal Bucket

By: Chris ThorntonDeason
Chris ThorntonDeason
Chris ThorntonDeason

Chris Thornton-Deeson has always felt her artistic ability was greatly influenced by being raised in Alaska. It was dark when she went to school and dark when she came home. Being one of three children in a very small house, her mother always kept her and her siblings “occupied” at the kitchen table with a variety of art projects—this, her mother claims, saved her sanity.

She also feels that much of her ability is inherited. A display of artwork painted by five generations—with pieces from her grandmother, grandfather, mother, and children—adorns the walls of her living room. 

Chris worked for Delta for 15 years as a Royal ambassador. She has written 42 painting books and numerous articles. 

Create this beautiful painted metal bucket accented with poppy flowers for your gardening supplies or your sunroom decor.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
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Supplies

Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - White, 2 oz.
Item #04000
Ceramcoat Select allows for painting on almost any surface: glass, ceramic, wood, tin, fabric, rigid plastic, and much more. Available in 40 proven and trend-right colors, Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Satin Paint has the highest quality satin finish available.

$1.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Passion Red, 2 oz.
Item #04004
Ceramcoat Select allows for painting on almost any surface: glass, ceramic, wood, tin, fabric, rigid plastic, and much more. Available in 40 proven and trend-right colors, Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Satin Paint has the highest quality satin finish available.

$1.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Barn Red, 2 oz.
Item #04006
Ceramcoat Select allows for painting on almost any surface: glass, ceramic, wood, tin, fabric, rigid plastic, and much more. Available in 40 proven and trend-right colors, Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Satin Paint has the highest quality satin finish available.

$1.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Orange Soda, 2 oz.
Item #04007
Ceramcoat Select allows for painting on almost any surface: glass, ceramic, wood, tin, fabric, rigid plastic, and much more. Available in 40 proven and trend-right colors, Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Satin Paint has the highest quality satin finish available.

$1.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Tangelo, 2 oz.
Item #04008
Ceramcoat Select allows for painting on almost any surface: glass, ceramic, wood, tin, fabric, rigid plastic, and much more. Available in 40 proven and trend-right colors, Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Satin Paint has the highest quality satin finish available.

$1.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Light Foliage Green, 2 oz.
Item #04015
Ceramcoat Select allows for painting on almost any surface: glass, ceramic, wood, tin, fabric, rigid plastic, and much more. Available in 40 proven and trend-right colors, Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Satin Paint has the highest quality satin finish available.

$1.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Evergreen, 2 oz.
Item #04018
Ceramcoat Select allows for painting on almost any surface: glass, ceramic, wood, tin, fabric, rigid plastic, and much more. Available in 40 proven and trend-right colors, Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Satin Paint has the highest quality satin finish available.

$1.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Black, 2 oz.
Item #04039
Ceramcoat Select allows for painting on almost any surface: glass, ceramic, wood, tin, fabric, rigid plastic, and much more. Available in 40 proven and trend-right colors, Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Satin Paint has the highest quality satin finish available.

$1.99

Other Supplies
Galvanized bucket
Flat brushes: 1”; No. 8; 6; 4
Script liner brushes: No. 5/0 and No. 1
Palette paper or foam plate
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Ruler
Pencil
Painters tape
White vinegar
Tracing paper
White transfer paper
Stylus

Instructions

Preparation Instructions

  1. Wash galvanized tin bucket using soap and warm water, rinse well and thoroughly dry. 
  2. Wipe entire tin surface with white vinegar using a soft lint-free cloth. The white vinegar will remove any remaining dirt, grease and soap film as well as promote better paint adhesion.
  3. Measure and mark 1 1/2" below the lip of the bucket.  Secure painters tape at the 1 1/2" mark.  Press along tape edges to secure in place.

Painting Instructions

  1. Painted Borders – Basecoat Black above the taped line to the lip of the bucket using 1" flat brush.  Remove tape while paint is still wet and allow to dry.
  2. Reapply painters tape 3/8" below the Black painted band.
  3. Using the No. 8 flat brush, paint the 3/8" band Barn Red as well as the curled lip of the bucket.  Remove painters tape and allow to dry.
  4. Trace patterns onto tracing paper.  When painted bands are completely dry, transfer all patterns using white transfer paper and a stylus.
  5. Lettering - Paint White lettering on the Black band using the No. 5/0 script liner brush.
  6. Light Value Poppies – Basecoat or undercoat the light value poppies Tangelo using a No. 8 flat brush.  Allow to dry.
  7. Shade to divide poppy petals using a No. 6 flat brush loaded with Orange Soda.
  8. Add additional Passion Red shading at the base of the poppy using the No. 6 flat brush.
  9. Mix equal parts of White and Tangelo.  Load No. 4 flat brush with mixture and pull highlights on each petal stroking from the petal edge towards the flower center.
  10. Where exposed, paint centers Light Foliage Green shaded with Evergreen and highlighted with Gecko using No. 4 flat brush.
  11. Using No 1 liner loaded with Black, paint dots around flower centers.
  12. Medium Value Poppies – Basecoat or undercoat the medium value poppies Orange Soda using a No. 8 flat brush.  Allow to dry.
  13. Shade to divide poppy petals using a No. 6 flat brush loaded with Passion Red.
  14. Add additional Barn Red shading at the base of the poppy using the  No. 6 flat brush.
  15. Load the No. 4 flat brush with Tangelo and pull highlights on each petal stroking from the petal edge towards the center.
  16. Where exposed, paint centers Light Foliage Green shaded with Evergreen and highlighted with Gecko using No. 4 flat brush.
  17. Using No. 1 liner loaded with Black, paint dots around flower centers.
  18. Dark Value Poppies – Mix equal parts of Orange Soda and Passion Red.  Load No. 8 flat brush with mixture and basecoat or undercoat the dark value poppies with this mixture.  Allow to dry.
  19. Shade to divide poppy petals using a No. 6 flat brush loaded with Passion Red plus a touch of Barn Red.
  20. Add additional Barn Red shading at the base of the poppy using the No. 6 flat brush.
  21. Load the No. 4 flat brush with Orange Soda and pull highlights on each petal stroking from the petal edge towards the center.
  22. Where exposed, paint centers Light Foliage Green shaded with Evergreen and highlighted with Gecko using No. 4 flat brush.
  23. Stems and Pods – Mix equal parts of Evergreen and Light Foliage Green.  Load the No. 1 Liner brush with green mixture and paint all stems and flower pods.
  24. Shade stems and pods with Evergreen using the No. 4 flat brush.
  25. Using same brush,  highlight stems and pods with Gecko.

Finishing Instructions

  1.  Delta Ceramcoat Select Paints dry to a beautiful satin finish which is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.  No brush-on finish is required, however, if desired Delta Ceramcoat Satin Exterior/Interior Varnish can be applied for added protection.
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