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Painted Flower Art

Decorate an outdoor wall bar with these silkscreen-theme flowers, or apply them to panels for indoor wall art.

Painted red flowers on wood panels.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Graphite tracing paper
  • Small artist’s brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper


  • Valspar Duramax satin, quarts: Ocean Storm, #4004-2B, and
  • Cabot satin spar spray varnish

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The patterns shown were designed to complement the size of the drop-down tray and decorative panel from our Wall-Mounted Serving Station. If you like the look but don’t require a serving station, just paint a pair of plywood panels or sections of stretched canvas about 23-1/2 inches square.

Step 1

Sand any wood surfaces smooth and wipe clean.

Good to Know

If you choose to paint one or two panels of stretched canvas instead of the project shown, first coat each panel with gesso to prepare the fabric for painting.

Step 2

Cut and assemble the three downloadable patterns. Lay one pattern at a time with a layer of graphite tracing paper underneath it on the panel to be painted. Tape the pattern in place on one side so you can lift it to check your progress. Using a ballpoint pen or sharp pencil, lightly trace the pattern with just enough pressure to transfer the design. Repeat with the other two patterns.

Good to Know

Don’t worry if your tracing is less than perfect. The screen-print look allows a few imperfections. Do not, however, press hard while tracing the design. The more graphite you transfer from the tracing paper to the wood, the more coats of paint you’ll need to cover up the lines.

Step 3

After tracing the final pattern, draw the outline of the stems by hand using the photo as a guide.

Step 4

Use artist’s brushes and small paintbrushes to paint the background color of your choice (Ocean Storm shown) on the area outside the tracings and stems. Refer to the patterns for these areas. If you plan to extend the stems or flowers over the framed edges of the panel, allow for that as you work. Add a second coat as needed and let dry overnight.

Good to Know

Paint as close as possible to the traced lines to keep any indentation made by the tracing from showing through the paint.

Step 5

Paint the outlines and shaded portions of the flowers with a bright accent color (Quite Red shown). Use artist’s brushes for the detailed areas. The flowers should slightly overlap the background color and cover any lines left by the tracing paper. Add more coats as needed.

Step 6

After the paint dries overnight, spray the entire surface with spar varnish to protect the bare wood.

You can vary the size and number of the flowers and the colors to suit your decor. Share your version of the project with other DIYers.