DecoArt Sweet Summertime Tray

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by DecoArt Design Team

DecoArt Sweet Summertime Tray

A wood tray that you decorated is a fabulous way to serve cold drinks. You'll be the hostess with the mostess!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:2 hours + drying time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Note: Let all paint and glue dry between applications. A hair dryer, set to low, then applied to the painted areas significantly speeds up this drying time and also helps prevent wrinkles in the cardstock.
    Paint Base: Squeeze each of the paints onto a different section of your foam plate or palette. Use flat brush and Bright Orange to paint inner sides and inner handles of tray. Use the same brush to paint a Snow (Titanium) White square every other inch of the rim, so when you add the Citron Green, it has a checkered pattern. Use flat brush and Citron Green to paint outer sides, the other part of the rim's top and bottom of tray.
  • 2
    Create Liner: Measure and cut cardstock to fit into bottom of tray. Use flat brush to apply thin, even coat of glue to bottom of tray; place back of paper over glue in bottom of tray and smooth out all wrinkles. Use Buttermilk to paint solid circles with a 2 inch diameter on cardstock. Use rim of round brush and Mustard Seed to paint border around circle for rind of lemon. Use shader brush and Cadmium Yellow to paint sections of lemon. Add a great saying (Sweet Summertime is our favorite) and paint it on the cardstock with the liner brush and Desert Turquoise. Tip: Do a test run of your saying on a similarly-sized piece of scrap paper first.
  • 3
    Finishing: Use round brush and Desert Turquoise to paint spiral swirls on long sides of tray. Spray tray with sealer and let dry.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:2 hours + drying time

Project Supplies

  • •Any 12 inch x 12 inch Nicole™ Crafts Wood Tray with Handles
  • •Bottles of DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Desert Turquoise, Buttermilk, Cadmium Yellow, Citron Green, Mustard Seed, Bright Orange & Snow (Titanium) White
  • •DecoArt Americana Sealer Spray Gloss 12 oz.
  • •American Crafts 12 inch x 12 inch Cardstock Lime Dots 104814744 (this two-sided Cardstock has swirls on the back of it)
  • •Princeton Artist Brush Co. Select Synthetic Brush in Liner 2, Flat Wash 3/4, Round 4 & Shader 12
  • •Bottle of Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue
  • •Foam Plate or Palette
  • •Pencil, Ruler & Scissors
  • •Hair Dryer (optional - see step 1)