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Your Painting Basket Weave Pattern Tutorial

Here's how painting a basket weave pattern can be ever so easy.  Featured here is one of four slate coasters measuring 4 inches square.

At first glance it looks like a woven coaster but that's just fooling the eye (trompe l'oeil). 

I hope you'll give this a try. 

Supplies
4 slate or wooden coasters, 4-inches square
Water basin
Disposable foam plate or wax palette
Paper Towel
Old Tea Towel, to cover your work surface
Tracing Paper
Grey Graphite Paper
Stylus
Hairdryer (optional)

Line Drawing
Get it here.

Americana Acrylics

Cocoa (DA259)
Raw Sienna (DA093)
Burnt Umber (DA064)
Cadmium Yellow (DA010)
Snow (Titanium) White (DA01)

Brushes

#16 Flat
#1 mid-length Liner
1" Flat
#5 Round
1/4" Filbert Comb

Here we go painting basket weave pattern!

Download the line drawing and trace it onto the tracing paper.  Put it aside.

Wash the slate coasters in warm soapy water, rinse and dry completely.  If you're painting on wooden coasters you'll need to sand them, tack off the dust and seal the wood and dry it.  Sand it again and remove all dust.

Using the 1-inch brush, basecoat the coasters with Cocoa.  2-3 coats will be plenty.

Position the tracing over a coaster and trace out the design.

When you have that done, basecoat the spaces between the rows with Espresso.  Use the Round brush or the Liner.

When that dries you'll need to float around the inside perimeter of the square with Raw Sienna.

In the image above I've done 2 very wide floats of Raw Sienna using the 1-inch brush.  I then shaded the  "ribs" at each corner with the #16 Flat brush.

Here I've reinforced the shading with narrower floats of Burnt Umber.

Using the Liner brush I painted the vertical ribs back on.  They disappeared when I basecoated the spaces between the rows.

Once those are in place you need to shade BOTH sides of the ribs first with Raw Sienna, twice.  Then reinforce with narrower floats of Burnt Umber.  This is shaping up nicely!!

The next step is to dry brush a highlight on the ribs, using the Liner brush and Cadmium Yellow.  Then repeat with a smaller highlight of just White.

The final highlights are on the woven strips and outer edges.  Use the Filbert Comb and thinned Cadmium Yellow to add streaks of color.  Sweep gently and repeat until you get a nice highlight.  Then repeat with a smaller highlight of White.

Use the Round brush to dry brush Cadmium Yellow along the outer edges and then repeat with a smaller White highlight.

I hope you enjoyed this little project.  It looks really nice on the kitchen table.  Feel free to make the pattern fit a larger surface.  Have fun with it.  Change up the colors.  Whatever!

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