Painted Father’s Day Magazine Holder for the Fisherman
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Painted Father’s Day Magazine Holder for the Fisherman

This beautiful magazine holder, painted with rich Delta colors, will make a wonderful Father’s Day gift.
Designed by Chris Thornton-Deason
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • Delta Creative Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paint:
    Hippo Grey
    Timberline Green
    Golden Brown
    Red Iron Oxide
    Dark Burnt Umber
    Terra Cotta
  • Delta Creative Ceramcoat® All-Purpose Sealer
  • Delta Creative Ceramcoat® Gel Stain Medium
  • Delta Creative Ceramcoat® Satin Exterior/Interior Varnish
  • DME UNF File Box
  • Loew-Cornell La Cornellie Shader Paintbrushes, Series 7300:
    Size #12
    Size #6
  • Loew-Cornell La Cornellie Wash Paintbrushes, Series 7550: 1-inch
  • Loew-Cornell La Cornellie Liner Paintbrushes, Series 7350: Size #1
  • Loew-Cornell Brush Tub
  • Loew-Cornell Graphite Transfer Paper: Black
  • Loew-Cornell Palette Paper
  • Tracing Paper
  • Stylus
  • Decoupage Papers of choice
  • Paper Towels
  • Scissors
  • Low-Tack Painter’s Tape
  • Craft Glue
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Soft Cloth

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Apply an even coat of All-Purpose Sealer to box using 1-inch wash brush. Let dry and sand with fine grit sandpaper. Wipe away crumbs.

Step: 2

Apply mix of equal parts Gel Stain Medium and Hippo Grey to stained areas using a soft cloth. Let dry and sand lightly.

Step: 3

Apply pattern, arranging pieces to fit. (Note: The different components of the pattern allows more freedom to pick different surfaces on which to paint.)

Step: 4

Painting Fish:
Basecoat fish with Sandstone using 1-inch wash brush. Float down back, fins and tail with Timberline Green, belly with White, and center of belly with Gecko. Float darker shadows down back, on fins, shadows on head and stripe through center all with Timberline Green plus touch of Dark Burnt Umber. Using same dark color, do line-work using #1 liner. Lightly glaze head and back with Terra Cotta using 1-inch wash brush. Float highlights and scales with White plus a touch of Sandstone. Reinforce brightest highlights with White using #12 shader. Basecoat eye with Terra Cotta, float shadow with Red Iron Oxide and highlight with Straw. Using #1 liner, add pupil and line with Dark Burnt Umber.

Step: 5

Painting Compass:
Basecoat center of compass with Sandstone using 1-inch wash brush. Using same brush, float shadow with Golden Brown and highlights with White. Basecoat needle, edge and do scroll work all with Golden Brown using #1 liner. Float shadows with Dark Burnt Umber and highlights with Sandstone plus a touch of White using #6 shader. Using #1 liner, thin Black with water to consistency of heavy cream and do lettering.

Step: 6

Painting Lure:
Basecoat body with Straw and head with Terra Cotta using #6 shader. Float shadows on body with Terra Cotta and head with Red Iron Oxide using #6 shader. Float darker shadow along bottom with Dark Burnt Umber. Do hooks with Black and highlight with White using #1 liner.

Step: 7

To Finish Magazine Holder:
Apply pattern for Dad and paint with Black using #6 shader. Band top edge with Hippo Grey using #6 shader. Line with Red Iron Oxide and Black using #1 liner.

Step: 8

Print the following saying on decoupage paper of choice and glue in place following directions on label. North or south, east or west, fishing is what I like best!

Step: 9

Apply as many coats of Satin varnish as desired.


Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.

Do not apply sealer to areas to be stained because the sealer will repel the stain.

To float: Dip a flat brush in water. Blot on paper towel, leaving some water in brush. Dip one side in paint and stroke up and down on palette until color graduates to clear water on other side. Float color along edges of painted surface to create shadow with dark colors or highlights with light colors.

Allow paint to dry between steps.