Santa With Bag

Santa with Bag from the Artist's Club

I love our little resin Santa with Bag, the texture of his coat and hat really shine once you have shaded and highlighted. A fun piece to add to your holiday collection.

DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint:
Emerald #13595
Sizzling Red #13592

DecoArt Hot Shots/Neons
Fiery Red #18000

INSTRUCTIONS
Santa’s Hat & Coat – Basecoat Heritage Brick, Shade Black Plum, Highlight Fiery Red
Face – Basecoat Fleshtone, Shade Shading Flesh, Highlight Light Buttermilk (Cheeks are Antique Rose)
Eyes – Basecoat Snow White, Make small circle with Uniform Blue, add a dot of Lamp Black, Highlight with a dot of Snow White
Beard, Mustache, Eye Brows – Basecoat Neutral Grey, with a Comb brush stroke on Light Buttermilk, Highlight with strokes of Snow White
Fur & Hat Cuff – Basecoat Antique White, Dry brush highlights here and there with Light Buttermilk, brighten highlights with Snow White
Mittens -Basecoat Black Green, Shade Lamp Black, Highlight with Avocado Dip
Bag – Basecoat Raw Sienna, Shade Espresso, Highlight Marigold
Bear – Basecoat Milk Chocolate, hit or miss shades of Espresso, Highlight lightly with Marigold (Eyes and nose are Lamp Black, bow is Country Red)
Ball – Basecoat Uniform Blue, lines are Lamp Black
Pinecones & Staff – Basecoat Espresso, Shade Lamp Black (softly), Highlight lightly with Buttermilk with a touch of Marigold
Holly and Pine Boughs – Basecoat Avocado, Shade Black Green, Highlight Avocado Dip (Finished with Emerald Glamour Dust)
Berries & Bow – Basecoat Country Red, Shade Black Plum, Highlight Fiery Red (Finished with Sizzling Red Glamour Dust)
Boots & Belt – Basecoat Lamp Black, Highlight Neutral Grey

Finish with your favorite spray varnish.
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Festive Snowman with Tree

Festive Snowman with Tree from the Artist's Club

 

Do you ever have too many snowmen? I don’t think so, every snowman we bring in, I have to paint! They are always so fun and festive to paint, I just can’t resist them!

DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallics:
24K Gold #16077

DecoArt Hot Shots/Neons:
Torrid Orange #18017

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES
Cling Stamps Delicate Snow Set #70895
Dual Sided Paint Pouncers #70824
 Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray #70836

INSTRUCTIONS
I start all of my snowmen the same way…I stipple them first with Deep Midnight Blue, then when that is dry I stipple them with Light Buttermilk. Make sure this is completely dry. Next, shade around the hat, on the neck above the scarf, where the scarf meets the body, below the middle groove, above the cuff of the mitten with Deep Midnight Blue. Once the shade color is done, then lightly stipple back over the face and body with Snow White. The main focus of the highlight is in the center and fades out into the shadow areas to lightly soften. Once the body is done, it is time to move on to your other basecoating.

Scarf, Mittens, & Hat Band –Basecoat Blue Harbor (Lines on scarf are Blue Haven, diamonds are Light Buttermilk, paint these before shading and highlighting), Shade with Midnite Blue, Highlight with Blue Haven
Hat – Basecoat Lamp Black, Highlight with Neutral Grey
Mitten Cuffs – Basecoat Light Buttermilk, Shade Antique White, Highlight Snow White
Tree & Holly – Basecoat Avocado, Shade Hauser Dark Green, Highlight Avocado Dip
Tree Trunk – Basecoat Milk Chocolate, Shade Burnt Umber
Star – Basecoat 24K Gold
Berries – Country Red (add a highlight dot to each berry with Snow White)
Nose – Basecoat Persimmon, Shade with Milk Chocolate, Highlight with Torrid Orange
Cheeks – Dry brush with Antique Rose, add highlight dot of Snow White
Eyes, Nose, Eyebrows – Lamp Black, add highlight dot to eyes with Snow White

To add a little winter whimsy to him, I used our Cling Stamps Delicate Snow Set to add some snowflakes around the base of his body. Apply Blue Harbor to one of the medium to large sized Dual Sided Paint Pouncers…tap extra off on a paper towel and apply to your stamp. Then carefully lay the stamp onto your snowman starting in the center and then press outwards bending the stamp as you go.  I found it easier to have the snowman cradled in a small towel on my lap as I applied the snowflakes. Make sure to add snowflakes all the way around the base from front to back and vary the size of the snowflakes. If one doesn’t turn out great, don’t worry about, it is what makes him whimsical. Just have fun!

Finish with your favorite spray varnish.
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Fall Angel

Fall Angel from the Artist's Club

 

Our resin Angel with Heart is perfect for a variety of season, and I couldn’t wait to give her a fresh look for my favorite season…Fall! I used one of our stencils for the letting and sketched out a few pumpkins of my own, and she was done. Remember to let your imagination go and create something fun and new.

SURFACE
Angel with Heart #80833
PALETTE
HOTSHOTS/NEONS
Torrid Orange #18017

EXTREME SHEEN METALLICS
Antique Bronze #16081
Pearl #16074

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS
Dress: Basecoat Bittersweet Chocolate; Shade Soft Black; Highlight Black Plum
Face & Hands: Basecoat Fleshtone; Shade with Shading Flesh; Highlight Light Buttermilk (Cheeks are Antique Rose, eyes Snow White then a little Uniform Blue, a small dot of Lamp Black, then a highlight dot of Snow White)
Hair: Basecoat Honey Brown; Shade Milk Chocolate; Highlight Marigold (eyebrows are Honey Brown)
Wings: Antique Bronze
Heart: Pearl
Pumpkins, flowers, lettering, and checks: Persimmon; Shade Pumpkins with Milk Chocolate, Highlight with Torrid Orange (centers of flowers is Bittersweet Chocolate)
Stems & Vines: Basecoat Avocado; Shade Hauser Dark Green; Highlight Avocado Dip (trim around neck and cuffs, and above the checks is Avocado)

Outline the letters, vines, and pumpkins with the Identi Pen. Once dry, spray with your favorite varnish.
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Holiday Pumpkin

Who says pumpkins are only for Fall decorating? I made this festive Holiday pumpkin and can not wait to add it to my mantle this Winter. See the free pattern and instructions below!

Christmas Pumpkin from the Artist's Club

Surface: Tall Pumpkin #80824
Palette: Antique Green #13147, Oyster Beige #13549, Plantation Pine #13113, Extreme Sheen 24K Gold #16077, Extreme Sheen Pearl #16074, Chalky Paint Refreshing #15392

Other Supplies: Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray #70836, Cling Stamps Delicate Snow Set #70895, Dual Sided Paint Pouncers set of 3 #70824, Gray Graphite Paper 18×36 #70141

Basecoat Pumpkin with Chalky Paint in Refreshing and the stem in Extreme Sheen 24K Gold. It will take a couple of coats to get the stem covered completely. Once dry, cover the snowflake stamps using a paint pouncer with Extreme Sheen Pearl. Stamp randomly around the pumpkin. This will add a very subtle detail to the pumpkin. It will look great surrounded by Christmas lights.

Christmas Pumpkins from the Artist's Club

Transfer the design using the graphite paper. Basecoat the  leaves with Antique Green. Add veins and stems with a thin liner brush and Plantation Pine. Dot the flowers with the end of the brush and Oyster Beige. Repeat with Extreme Sheen 24K Gold. With a thin liner brush, make smaller dots on the buds with Plantation Pine.

In order for the lettering to pop, basecoat the letters with Oyster Beige. Once dry, follow with Extreme Sheen 24K Gold.

Finish with a light coat of Matte Sealer.

 

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Animal Giftbox

Animal painted gift box from the Artist's Club

I think that half the fun of giving gifts is wrapping them! I always try to find reusable  boxes that can be used for storage or decorating after the present is unwrapped. That is why I love our Ornament Box #62707! It can be painted in any design, and will become a keepsake long after the present has been unwrapped. When I found out my friend was having a little girl, I knew that Chris Haughey’s Vertical Plank Ornaments pattern would be perfect for her nursery.
I followed Chris’ pattern exactly, only enlarging the pine cones and branches to cover more of the box. This was a quick project and a great way for beginners to learn new techniques. I can’t wait to wrap some hand made goodies in this box for my friend’s sweet daughter!

Hand painted animals from the Artist's Club

Gift box from the Artist's Club

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Santa with Bag

Santa with Bag from the Artist's club

I love our little resin Santa with Bag, the texture of his coat and hat really shine once you have shaded and highlighted. A fun piece to add to your holiday collection.

DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint:
Emerald #13595
Sizzling Red #13592
DecoArt Hot Shots/Neons
Fiery Red #18000
Instructions:
Santa’s Hat & Coat – Basecoat Heritage Brick, Shade Black Plum, Highlight Fiery Red
Face – Basecoat Fleshtone, Shade Shading Flesh, Highlight Light Buttermilk (Cheeks are Antique Rose)
Eyes – Basecoat Snow White, Make small circle with Uniform Blue, add a dot of Lamp Black, Highlight with a dot of Snow White
Beard, Mustache, Eye Brows – Basecoat Neutral Grey, with a Comb brush stroke on Light Buttermilk, Highlight with strokes of Snow White
Fur & Hat Cuff – Basecoat Antique White, Dry brush highlights here and there with Light Buttermilk, brighten highlights with Snow White
Mittens -Basecoat Black Green, Shade Lamp Black, Highlight with Avocado Dip
Bag – Basecoat Raw Sienna, Shade Espresso, Highlight Marigold
Bear – Basecoat Milk Chocolate, hit or miss shades of Espresso, Highlight lightly with Marigold (Eyes and nose are Lamp Black, bow is Country Red)
Ball – Basecoat Uniform Blue, lines are Lamp Black
Pinecones & Staff – Basecoat Espresso, Shade Lamp Black (softly), Highlight lightly with Buttermilk with a touch of Marigold
Holly and Pine Boughs – Basecoat Avocado, Shade Black Green, Highlight Avocado Dip (Finished with Emerald Glamour Dust)
Berries & Bow – Basecoat Country Red, Shade Black Plum, Highlight Fiery Red (Finished with Sizzling Red Glamour Dust)
Boots & Belt – Basecoat Lamp Black, Highlight Neutral Grey
Finish with your favorite spray varnish.
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Owl Ornaments

Owl Ornaments from ArtistsClub.com

These owls were a “hoot” to paint, and I love how they turned out! Great for ornament exchanges, gift giving, and bazaars. Don’t pass this charming duo up, you won’t be disappointed!

Here is what you will need:

Hot Shots/Neone
Fiery Red #18000
Glamour Dust Glitter Paint
Emerald #13595
Basic Instructions:
Owl Body & Head: Basecoat Honey Brown; Shade Milk Chocolate; Highlight Marigold (add a touch of Light Buttermilk to the tips of the ears)
Top Hat: Basecoat Lamp Black; Highlight Neutral Grey
Eyes: Outside rim Burnt Sienna, shade with Asphaltum, highlighted with Burnt Orange; inside ring is Burlap, center is Lamp Black with a highlight dot of Snow White
Santa Hat: Basecoat Santa Red; Shade Black Plum; Highlight Fiery Red; Cuff and ball is Buttermilk, shaded with Yellow Ochre, highlighted with Light Buttermilk
Beaks & Feet: Marigold; Shade with Milk Chocolate; Highlight Light Buttermilk
Green Scarf: Basecoat Forest Green; Shade Midnite Green; Highlight Festive Green (fringe of scarf is Santa Red, shaded with Black Plum, highlighted with Fiery Red)
Blue Scarf & Top Hat Band: Basecoated with Williamsburg Blue; Shaded with Deep Midnight; Highlighted Winter Blue (fringe is Winter Blue, shaded with Deep Midnight Blue, highlighted with Light Buttermilk)
Holly Leaves: Basecoat Avocado; Shade Midnite Green; Highlight Festive Green (when dry, add Emerald Glamour Dust)
Berries: Country Red, add highlight dot of Snow White
Let dry and spray with your favorite varnish.
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Joy Letters

Quick and Easy project from Artistsclub.com

Here is a fun and easy project that can be painted up in just a matter of hours! All you need are a few paints and supplies and you can be enjoying this in time for the holidays.

Here is what you will need:

I started off by painting the “J” Country Red, this took two coats for an even coverage. Make sure to paint the sides as well. Once dry, take your Chevron Stencil and lay it across the top…adjust as needed until you are happy with the placement. Press the stencil down for a smooth and tight fit. Using your Paint Pouncer, load it with Warm White and tap excess off onto your palette or paper towel, then go over your stencil until you achieve your desired look and coverage. Remove stencil. Let dry. Once the chevron pattern is dry, shade around the entire outside edge of the “J” with Black Plum.

From there I moved on to the “Y”. Basecoat with Forest Green. This took two coats for me. Shade around all edges with Hauser Dark Green. I then highlighted the center of the letter with Festive Green. Once the “Y” is completely dry, I took the Elegant Scroll Stamp and pounced Warm White on it and then laid it on the “y” and pressed down. Apply paint to your stamp again and lay over the next area of the “Y”…keep doing this until all the green is covered, it is ok to overlap in some areas if you don’t want any blank spaces.

Paint the “O” or ornament shape with Warm White. This will take several coats for a smooth and even coverage. Shad around the outside edge with Slate Grey. Paint the ornament crown with Vintage Brass.

For the holly berries and leaves cutout, I roughly sketched in the three berries and then basecoated the leaves with Avocado, shaded next to the berries and along the bottom of the leaves with Hauser Dark Green. Highlight the top of each leaf with Avocado Dip. Basecoat your berries with Country Red. Shade them where the touch and overlap each other with Black Plum. Highlight the opposite side of the berries with Fiery Red. Add a highlight dot with your stylus and Warm White. Using the Identi Pen, I drew on the vein lines for the leaves. Once it is all dry, glue the holly and berries to the center of the ornament.

Finish with your favorite spray varnish.

Happy Painting!
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Vintage Ornaments

Vintage Ornaments from ArtistsClub.com

These three ornaments are easy and quick to paint! Perfect for last minute gifts or craft show items. Great for the beginning painter and crafter.

—-BELIEVE—-
Palette:
DecoArt Americana:
Antique White #13058
Avocado #13052
Black Plum #13172
Buttermilk #13003
Country Red #13018
Santa Red #13170

DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallics:
Vintage Brass #16078

Glamour Dust Glitter Paint:
Emerald #13595
Sizzling Red #13592

Surface:
Grooved Ornament with Crown #63188

Additional Supplies:
Décor Cling Snowflakes Stamp #70926
Dual Sided Paint Pouncers #70824
Christmas Wooden Shapes #63101
20 mm Canadian Pine #63083
5/16” Holly Berries #63085
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray #70836
Baker’s Twine #70259
Curly Words Stencil #70848
Hot Glue Gun
Scotch Tape

Sand the front and back of your surface. Tape off the section above and below the middle band, right along the inside of the etched lines. Make sure to rub the edges down good next to the side that you will be painting. Paint the top and lower portion Santa Red. Let dry and sand again. With a damp cloth wipe off any dust, then apply another coat of Santa Red, this may take two to three coats, depends on your preference. Remove tape and let dry. Tape off the edges for the middle band making sure to press down good along the grooved edge. Paint the band Antique White. Let dry, sand, wipe off dust, and paint another coat of Antique White, again this may take two to three coats. Carefully remove tape. Let dry. Once dry, take your Paint Pouncer and Snow White and tap the paint onto the snowflake stencil, make sure to cover the entire stamp quickly but make sure to not overload the stamp. Then turn your ornament over and place the painted side down on the stamp and press and rub…make sure to not move the wood piece. Then slowly lift off of the stamp. Let dry. Shade around all edges of the red sections and above and below the center band with Black Plum. Shade the middle band around all edges with Antique White. Lay your stencil with the word “Believe” over the center band and center it. With your Deerfoot brush and Santa Red, go over your stencil with enough paint for a good coverage, but not too much paint to make it run under your stencil. I found using my ¼” Deerfoot to be the best in this space. While the lettering is drying, carefully paint the crown of the ornament with Vintage Brass. I did two coats because I really wanted it to shine.

When dry, spray with your favorite varnish.

Finishing Touches:
From the Christmas Wood Shapes kit, take one of the holly shapes. Paint the leaves Avocado and the berries Country Red. Add Sizzling Red Glamour Dust to the berries and Emerald to the leaves. Using your hot glue gun, glue a small section of Canadian pine where the crown and ornament meet. I wrapped a small section around each edge to really secure it in place. Glue the wooden holly leaves and some red berries to the greenery. Add Baker’s Twine for a fun festive touch for hanging.

DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallics
Vintage Brass #16078
Glamour Dust Glitter Paint:
Sizzling Red #13592

Sand the front and back of your surface. Tape off the section above and below the middle band, right along the inside of the etched lines. Make sure to rub the edges down good next to the side that you will be painting. Paint the top and lower portion Uniform Blue. Let dry and sand again. With a damp cloth wipe off any dust, then apply another coat of Uniform Blue, this may take two to three coats, depends on your preference. Remove tape and let dry. Tape off the edges for the middle band making sure to press down good along the grooved edge. Paint the band Blue Haven. Let dry, sand, wipe off dust, and paint another coat of Blue Haven, again this may take two to three coats. Carefully remove tape. Let dry. Once dry, take your Paint Pouncer and Snow White and tap the paint onto the snowflake stencil, make sure to cover the entire stamp quickly but make sure to not overload the stamp. Then turn your ornament over and place the painted side down on the stamp and press and rub…make sure to not move the wood piece. Then slowly lift off of the stamp. Let dry. Shade around all edges of the dark blue sections and above and below the center band with Deep Midnight Blue. Shade the middle band around all edges with Midnite Blue. Lay your stencil with the word “Sleigh Ride” over the center band and center it. With your Deerfoot brush and Deep Midnight Blue, go over your stencil with enough paint for a good coverage, but not too much paint to make it run under your stencil.

When dry, spray with your favorite varnish.

Finishing Touches:
From the Christmas Wood Shapes kit, take one of the sleigh shapes. Paint the body of the sleigh with Country Red and the runners Vintage Brass. Add Sizzling Red Glamour Dust to the body of the sleigh only. Using your hot glue gun, glue a small section of Canadian pine where the crown and ornament meet. I wrapped a small section around each edge to really secure it in place. Glue the wooden sleigh and some red berries to the greenery. Add Baker’s Twine for a fun festive touch for hanging.

—-NOEL—-

DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallics
Pearl #16074
Glamour Dust Glitter Paint:
Ice Crystal #13598

Sand the front and back of your surface. Tape off the section above and below the middle band, right along the inside of the etched lines. Make sure to rub the edges down good next to the side that you will be painting. Paint the top and lower portion Plantation Pine. Let dry and sand again. With a damp cloth wipe off any dust, then apply another coat of Plantation Pine, this may take two to three coats, depends on your preference. Remove tape and let dry. Tape off the edges for the middle band making sure to press down good along the grooved edge. Paint the band Country Red. Let dry, sand, wipe off dust, and paint another coat of Country Red, again this may take two to three coats. Carefully remove tape. Let dry. Once dry, take your Paint Pouncer and Extreme Sheen Pearl and tap the paint onto the Christmas stencil, make sure to cover the entire stamp quickly but make sure to not overload the stamp. Place the stamp at an angle over your ornament and press down, repeat this step until the entire ornament is covered, it is ok if some of the words overlap. Let dry. Shade around all edges of the green sections and above and below the center band with Soft Black. Shade the middle band around all edges with Black Plum. Lay your stencil with the word “Noel” over the center band and center it. With your Deerfoot brush and Plantation Pine, go over your stencil with enough paint for a good coverage, but not too much paint to make it run under your stencil.

When dry, spray with your favorite varnish.

Finishing Touches:
From the Christmas Wood Shapes kit, take one of the snowflake shapes. Paint it Snow White. Add Ice Crystal Glamour Dust to the snowflake. Using your hot glue gun, glue a small section of Canadian pine where the crown and ornament meet. I wrapped a small section around each edge to really secure it in place. Glue the snowflake and some red berries to the greenery. Add Baker’s Twine for a fun festive touch for hanging.
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Santa doesn’t always have to wear red

2017 Santa from the Artist's Club

Although the majority of the Santas in my collection at home are dressed in various shades of red, I do have a few that are in different jewel tones that make them stand out from the rest. I thought our 2017 Santa would be a great piece to paint in a rich, regal color that wasn’t red. I hope you enjoy his color scheme as much as I did when painting him.

DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallics:
Bronze #16081
DecoArt Hot Shots/Neons:
Fiery Red #18000
Instructions:
Santas Hat & Coat: Basecoat Prussian Blue, Shade Lamp Black, Highlight Uniform Blue
Mittens & Gown: Basecoat Blue Haven, Shade Midnite Blue, Highlight Blue Chiffon (When your basecoat is dry, stamp the gown using Midnite Blue, trim at bottom of the gown is also Midnite Blue)
Fur: Basecoat Light Buttermilk, Shade Antique White, Highlight Snow White
Face: Basecoat Fleshtone, Shade Shading Flesh, Cheeks are Antique Rose
Beard, Mustache, & Eyebrows: Basecoat Neutral Grey, Stroke Light Buttermilk with a Comb Brush followed by Snow White
Eyes: Basecoat sockets Snow White, followed by Uniform Blue, with a touch of Lamp Black and a highlight dot of Snow White
Bird: Basecoat Country Red, Shade Black Plum, Highlight Fiery Red (Eye is Lamp Black, Beak is Marigold)
Shoes: Basecoat Lamp Black, Highlight Neutral Grey
Tree: Basecoat Avocado, Shade Hauser Dark Green, Highlight Avocado Dip
Staff: Handle basecoat Lamp Black, Star basecoat Bronze (Swirl is Lamp Black)
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