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Annie Lang : Country Rooster Kitchen Wall Organizer

Country Rooster Decorative Kitchen Wall Organizer

Copyright © 2007 Annie Lang

Finished Country Rooster OrganizerCreate this multi-functional organizer in no time at all! The pocket can hold coupons, mail, recipes and notes while potholders, decorative towels or keys can hang from the bottom hooks! The pattern can also be resized for painting on matching kitchen accessories like jars, canisters, recipe boxes, and more!

Finished Size: 11" x 14"
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Materials Needed:

  • 11" x 14" stretched canvas (any depth can be used)
  • 15" x 9" print fabric remnant
  • 1 yd 1/8" blue satin ribbon: cut into 1 12" length and 1 24" length
  • 2" wood button
  • Heavy duty craft adhesive
  • decorative hanger
  • 2 cup hooks (3 hooks if using to hold keys)

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Basic Supplies:
ruler, pencil, scissors, tracing paper, household iron, disposable palette, paper towel, water basin, 1" sponge brush, square cut from household sponge

Country Rooster Organizer PatternBrushes:
Liner-0 Round-10, 5, 2 Angle Shader-5/8 Flat-12,8,4

DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints:
Lamp Black, Burnt Orange, Taffy Cream, Marigold, Asphaltum, Fawn, Deep Burgundy, Jade Green, Dark Pine, Winter Blue, Williamsburg Blue Matte spray sealer/finisher

NOTE: Any color acrylic paint or colors can be used. DecoArt brand happens to be my is my paint of choice and directions and palette are for those wishing to duplicate my sample project.

Preparation:

  1. Basecoating: Basecoat the wood button with Jade Green and set it aside. Use ruler to measure and then mark a 1" border along the top and side edges of the canvas. Measure 4 ½" up from the bottom of the canvas and mark the line with pencil. There should now be a large square marked off in the middle of the canvas for the rooster motif. Use the sponge brush to basecoat all canvas area around the marked off center square with Williamsburg Blue, including all side edges. Dampen the sponge square with a bit of water and then dip it into some Winter Blue. Tap the sponge onto the palette a few times to work the paint into the sponge and then apply the color to the basecoated canvas using an up and down pouncing motion.

  2. Transfer Pattern: Trace pattern onto tracing paper. Flip it over to the reverse side and heavily retrace lines with pencil. Flip back over to the original side and center the pattern onto the center of the unpainted square on the canvas. Retrace over the pattern, transferring the design onto the canvas.

  3. Preparing the Fabric: Fold the fabric lengthwise to create a 1" hem for the pocket. Press with an iron and then use Fabri-Tac adhesive to secure the hem.

  4. Preparing the Bow: Thread the 2 ends of the 12" ribbon through the button hole. To create a center loop for the finished bow, place your finger onto the center of the button and then loosely pull the ends of the ribbons through the holes. Remove your finger and set the button aside while you fold the remaining length of ribbon back and forth at 3" intervals. Thread the 3" bow through the button loop and after adjusting the loops so that they are even, pull the ribbon tails on the button tight before tying securely into a double knot at the back of the button.

Procedure:

Note: Use brush sizes appropriate to the size and shape of the areas you are painting. Flat brushes are used to block in areas of color, rounds are for paining rounded areas and liner is used for tiny areas and outlines

Background: Use the #12 flat brush to basecoat the area behind the rooster and sun with Winter Blue. When dry, load the angle shader with Williamsburg Blue and apply this shading color onto the basecoated areas around the rooster and sun shapes. Basecoat the sun area behind the rooster with Taffy Cream and then apply Marigold shading to the areas around the outline of the rooster. Use the liner brush to add Black dotted "stitching" lines around the inside border edges of the square background area and the background sun area.

Rooster Head: Paint the comb, gaggle and area between the beak and eye with Deep Burgundy. Beak and eye areas are painted with Marigold. Area surrounding the eye is Jade Green with a touch of Dark Pine blended into the area nearest the eye while the paint is still wet. Head feather area is basecoated with Burnt Orange with a touch of Asphaltum blended near the outline of the area while paint is still wet. Use the #2 round brush and Black to paint the eye.

Rooster Chest Area: Basecoat with Fawn. When dry, use the #5 round brush to tap some Asphaltum here and there onto the basecoat color to add a textured look.

Rooster Body: Paint area with Deep Burgundy.

Rooster Feet: Paint areas with Burnt Orange

Rooster Wing Feathers: For each layer of wings, use round brushes to alternately paint individual feather areas with Marigold and Burnt Orange.

Tail Feathers Near Wings: Each feather is divided into 2 sections. The right side of each section is painted with Burnt Orange and the left section of the feather is painted with Deep Burgundy.

Short Triple Section Tail Feathers: The left section of each feather is painted with Asphaltum. The center of each feather is Fawn and the right section of each feather is Deep Burgundy.

Large Tail Feathers: The five thin and pointed arc feather sections near the orange/burgundy feathers are painted with Fawn. Basecoat the remaining feathers with Jade Green. When dry, go back and apply Dark Pine shading to the base of the green feathers and then gradually blend the color down the left side of each feather leaving tips lighter green. Use the liner to add Dark Pine detail lines along each feather as indicated on the pattern.

Outlining and Details: Use the #0 liner to outline and add all detail lines with Black.

Assembly

  1. Spray the painted canvas with 2-3 coats of matte sealer/finisher.

  2. With right side facing you, center the fabric onto the front of the canvas, making sure the hemline lines up so that it barely covers the bottom edge of the rooster's feet. Holding the fabric in place with your hands, carefully flip the canvas over to the reverse side on your work surface.

  3. Apply adhesive along the bottom side edge of the canvas and along the bottom section of the wood canvas frame. Pull the lower edge of the fabric up and over the wood frame and press it securely to the frame. Once the adhesive has set, clip the corners and then attach the side edges of the fabric to the wood frame with adhesive. Do not stretch the fabric too tightly along the side edges of the frame or the pocket might be too snug to adequately hold various sized items.

  4. Flip the canvas over to the right side. Apply Fabri-Tac to the back of the assembled button bow and attach it to the front top center of the pocket.

  5. Attach the decorative hanger to the top center edge of the canvas.

  6. Attach evenly spaced cup hooks to the bottom edge of the completed pocket wallhanging.

Copyright © 2007 Annie Lang. All rights reserved.

Annie Lang Annie Lang is an award-winning self-taught artist, designer and author of more than two dozen how-to instructional pattern books since 1995. More »

Updated 12/20/13