Step 3: Create the Four Leaves

hand painting medallion design on wood floor
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Divide up the remaining space to determine the size of the four open leaves, which will have 1½-inch-wide outlines that touch the largest circle and merge into one line where two meet (see left). Using the string compass, draw the outside lines of each leaf, then the inside line. Use a small paintbrush and oil paint to fill in the borders and center circle.

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    Tools List

    • paintbrush
      1½-inch natural-bristle paintbrush
    • Pencil and string, to mark design
    • cleaning rag
      Rag, to clean up any mistakes

    Shopping List

    1. Oil-based paint

    2. Satin polyurethane

    3. 150-grit sandpaper