With added sawdust and eggshells for texture, Terry Harrison shows how to paint a rustic doorway which featured on the front cover of the June 2012 issue of Leisure Painter.


Demonstration: Rustic Doorway

Step 1

  1. Using a 2B pencil, draw the doorway and steps onto the canvas board.

Step 2

  1. Using an old bristle brush apply a thick layer of glaze medium over the entire wall, the side of the steps and the foreground.
  2. Scatter the eggshells over the glaze-covered wall and using the bristle brush move the shells into place.
  3. Sprinkle sawdust over the eggshells and the remaining wall area.

Step 3

Content continues after advertisements
  1. Using the palette knife, carefully coat the door and steps with a layer of texture paste.
  2. Using the tip of the knife, score grooves down the wet texture paste on the door.

Step 4

  1. Using the same bristle brush, cover the wall, steps and foreground with a mix of raw sienna and white, adding burnt sienna to vary the tone and mix. This is dragged and scumbled over the uneven surface to suggest a rustic finish.
  2. The door and window frame are given the rustic look with a coat of cobalt blue mixed with white.
  3. Paint raw sienna on the door in places to suggest a weathered area.

Step 5

  1. The recess of the door and window are in shade, as are the risers on the flight of steps.
  2. The shadow colour is a mix of permanent rose and cobalt blue, with a dash of burnt sienna to tone it down.
  3. The shadow mix is also used on the walls.
  4. Use the half Rigger to outline some of the stonework and detail on the door.

Step 6

  1. Paint the foliage of the pot plant and the climbing rose next, using a mix of Hooker’s green and pale olive green.
  2. Paint directly on top of the texture on the wall to give the foliage a textured finish.
  3. Add the flowerpot with a mix of burnt sienna and white.

Step 7
  1. Paint the dappled shadows of the rose, the pot and the doorway using the same shadow mix and the medium detail brush.
  2. Add the hinges and doorknob with burnt umber.
  3. The dappled shadows of the climbing rose are cast over the door; these are painted using a slightly bluer mix of the shadow colour.
  4. The detail on the door hinges and handle are added with the half Rigger; the handrail on the steps is painted using the medium detail brush.
  5. Finally, paint the flower heads, which will bring colour and interest to the painting. Mix the colours straight from the tube and avoid diluting with water. Place the thick bright coloured paint on top of the dark foliage.
The finished painting

Rustic Doorway, acrylic on canvas board, (30.5x20cm)


Sometimes we may include links to online retailers, from which we might receive a commission if you make a purchase. Affiliate links do not influence editorial coverage and will only be used when covering relevant products.