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crackled magnolia box
by Elizabeth Cody, Elite OSCI

By Elizabeth Cody, Elite OSCI

-Oval Paper Mache Box (approx. 7 1/2”x10 1/2”) Available at Michaels Craft Store

FolkArt Acrylic Colors
-939 Butter Pecan
-467 Italian Sages
-432 Sunflowers
-903 Tapioca

FolkArt Artists' Pigment
-686 Burnt Carmine
-485 Raw Umber

FolkArt Metallic Colors
-675 Metallic Champagne
-676 Metallic Inca Gold

FolkArt One Stroke™ Brushes
-8 Flat
-12 Flat
-3/4” Flat
-2 Script Liner

Additional Supplies
-Stylus or Pencil
-Transfer Paper
-789 FolkArt Clearcote Acrylic Sealer-Matte
-1195 Sponge Painter
-868 FolkArt Floating Medium
-696 FolkArt Crackle Medium

Basecoat entire box with Butter Pecan using the 3/4” flat brush and allow to dry. Apply second coat if needed. Apply a fairly thick coat of crackle medium to outside of cover and bottom of box. Allow to dry. Using the rounded-edge sponge painter, apply Burnt Carmine to one side and Inca Gold to the other side. Sponge over crackle medium moving quickly and being careful to not go over previous paint. Allow to dry. Transfer pattern to box.

(Refer to color worksheet throughout)

Double load the #12 flat brush with Tapioca and Metallic Champagne and paint petals.  All petals should meet in the center. Load the #8 flat brush with Thicket and Sunflower and paint center from top to bottom, leading down with Sunflower.

Bud on Top:
Double load the #8 flat brush with Tapioca and Metallic Champagne and paint petals.  

Leaves and Vine and Buds on Bottom:
Load the #12 flat brush with Floating Medium, pick up a little Thicket and Champagne to add color and paint some one stroke shadow leaves on top. Load the #12 flat brush with Thicket and Champagne and paint vine on bottom of box, paint buds on bottom as above, and then paint larger leaves and one stroke leaves on top and bottom of box.  Add shadow leaves to bottom, if desired. Pull stems into leaves as you go. With the #8 or #10 flat brush, double loaded with Thicket and Champagne, paint bud bottoms.

Petal Shading:
Load the #12 flat brush with Floating Medium and side load into Raw Umber. Stroke back and forth on your palette to “float” the paint across bristles. With Raw Umber side toward petals, add shading to both top and bottom flower and buds.  

Thin Metallic Champagne with water to an inky consistency and with Script Liner paint curlicues on top and bottom.

Allow to dry and spray with 1-2 coats of FolkArt Clearcote.


Elizabeth (Beth) Cody became an OSCI in 1999 and an Elite Instructor in 2003. She is also a Certified Stenciler and Certified Faux Finisher/Teacher. After retiring from the corporate world Beth turned to stenciling to fill her time. She created stenciled cheeseboxes which she sold to gift shops throughout the country for 5 years. She wanted to expand her world beyond stenciling and saw an ad for the One Stroke Certification classes. The closest class was in Nashville, TN, and Beth signed up. That was the beginning of a very satisfying painting career which has given her many wonderful friends and memories.

Beth currently teaches 4 classes a week at the Michaels store in Green Bay, WI, teaches private and group lessons at home or at clients, does custom faux finishing, and also creates items to market.

Beth lives with her husband, Mike, and two dogs, Chue and Jillybean, in a log home in the woods in NE Wisconsin. They have 3 children and six grandchildren.  Mike has just retired, and they are looking at creating a new business in the painting field in 2004.  

Elizabeth (Beth) Cody, Elite OSCI, can be reached at:
Phone and Fax: 920-834-4847