12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 7

Today is Week 7 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Snowy Christmas Keys” by Margaret Wilson. Margaret’s keys would make the cutest ornaments or festive gift toppers!

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Tom the Turkey

 

Palette:
DecoArt Americana Acrylics
Baby Blue #13042
Burnt Sienna #13063
Canyon Orange #13238
Cashmere Beige #13091
Cocoa #13253
Cool White #13240
Deep Midnight Blue #13166
Dove Grey #13069
Georgia Clay #13017
Light Mocha #13241
Orange Twist #13256
Raw Sienna #13093
Salem Blue #13043
Soft Black #13155
Tuscan Red #13255
Whispering Turquoise #13537

Surface:
Mr. Turkey #80819

Brushes:
Papillon by the Artist’s Club
Angular Shader, size 3/8” #20110; size 5/8” #20112
Shader, size 4 #20126; size 8 #20129; size 12 #20131
Round, size 3 #20159
Script Liner, size 6/0 #20138
Liner, size 10/0 #20145
Comb, size ¼” #20152
Highlighter Set #20173

DecoArt Metallic Lustre:
Gold Rush #14467
Orange Flicker #14473

Loew-Cornell
Maxine Thomas Mop, size 3/8” #27182; ; size ½” #27179

Preparation:
The resin surface comes ready to paint. I usually wipe it off with a damp cloth, and if there should be any slight blemishes, sand lightly with a sanding pad. When basecoating resin, I generally apply 2 coats – allow the first to dry well before applying the second.

Basecoat the base with Soft Black. Dry brush with Dove Grey to add a stone effect.

Basecoat the rest of the piece as follows:

Canyon Orange – pumpkin

Cashmere Beige – turkey (all of him)

Deep Midnight Blue – hat

Tuscan Red – wattle

Orange Twist – beak; feet


Painting Instructions:
Shade both sides of each pumpkin section and the top and bottom of the pumpkin with Georgia Clay. Highlight the center of each pumpkin section with Orange Twist.

Shade the turkey around the bottom against the pumpkin, around the wings, on the wings and to separate the wing feathers, against the tail, on the back of the tail against the tail and to separate the rear tailfeathers, around the neck, under the hat, under the wattle and around the eyes with Cocoa. Highlight the open areas on the body, wings, backside and on the rear tailfeathers with Light Mocha. Fill in the eyes with Soft Black, outline the eyelids with Warm White and highlight the eyes with a small dot of Warm White. Shade the wattle at the top and to separate with Soft Black. Shade the beak under the wattle and the feet under the turkey with Burnt Sienna. Basecoat the ends of the feet with Soft Black. Shade the hat against the head and above and below the hatband with Soft Black. Drybrush highlights in the center of the hat and along the edge of the hat brim with Baby Blue. Shade the hatband on both sides of the buckle with Heritage Brick and then deepen with Soft Black. Basecoat the buckle with Dove Grey.

The front of the tail feathers will be painted one section at a time, beginning at the bottom. The method is the same, just the colors will change (refer to the color photos). So, basecoat with Deep Midnight Blue, the bottom section of feathers; the next section is done with thinned Whispering Turquoise; the next with thinned Orange Twist; and the top section with thinned Cashmere Beige. Shade the bottom of the bottom section of feathers with Soft Black; the bottom of the next section with Salem Blue; the bottom of the next section with Canyon Orange. Now, to highlight each section, again beginning at the bottom, and again, using the ¼” Comb. The bottom section is done with Baby Blue; the next section with Cool White; the next with Metallic Lustre Orange Flicker; and the top section with Metallic Lustre Gold Rush.

To add some shine, I highlighted the Turkey and Pumpkin with Metallic Lustre Gold Rush. I also added metallic accents to the wings and back of tail.

Finishing:
Finish with several coats of your favorite spray finish.

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12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 6

Today is Week 6 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Vintage Sweets” by Tracy Moreau. Tracy’s peppermints are so sweet, you will want to display it all year long!

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Snowman Duo

Palette: DecoArt Americana
Antique White #13058
Bluegrass Green #13047
Black Plum #13172
Bleached Sand #13251
Hauser Medium Green #13132
Lamp Black #13067
Light Buttermilk #13164
Mint Julip green #13045
Persimmon #13516

Extreme Sheen Metallics
24K Gold #16077
Pearl #16074

Glamour Dust
Aqua #13604
Purple Princess #13597

Metallic Lustre
Polished Coral #14482

Surface: Resin Snowmen #80827

Misc. Supplies:
Americana Acrylic Sealer and Finisher Gloss Spray Varnish #70835

Brushes: Papillon by the Artist’s Club
3/8” Angular Shader #20110
½” Angular Shader #20111
5/8” Angular Shader #20112
Script Liner (SL) 18/0 #20136
10/0 Round #20145
#1 Round #20157
#2 Round #20158
#4 Round #20161
Glaze Wash 3/4” #20102
Highlighter Set #20173
Deerfoot Set #20167
Maxine’s Mop Brush 3/8” #27182
Use the brush that best fits the area to be painted.

Preparation:
This surface comes ready to paint, sand lightly to remove any rough edges. Wipe with a tack cloth prior to painting.

Let’s Paint the Snowmen:
Base the body, face, fur and snow with Antique White. Once dry, shade with Bleached Sand. Paint the body, face and snow with Pearl Extreme Sheen to add a sheen to the “snow”.

Dark Teal Coat, Gloves and Stocking Cap:
Base the teal areas with Bluegrass Green. Once dry, shade with Hauser Medium Green. Once dry, paint with 2 coats of Glamour Dust Aqua.

Light Teal Coat, Scarf, and Hat Band:
Base the coat, scarf and hat band with Mint Julep Green. Once dry, shade with Medium Hauser Green and highlight with Bleached Sand.

Gloves, Top Hat and Package:
Base these areas with Black Plum. Once dry, paint with 2 coats of Glamour Dust Purple Princess. Add details to the package with Mint Julep Green and Bluegrass Green.

Bird, scarf and gold details:
For all of the gold details, base coat with 24K Gold Extreme Sheen. This may take multiple coats to get full coverage.

Snowmen Details:
Base the carrot noses with Persimmon.
Dip dot the eyes with Lamp Black.
Add subtle rosy cheeks with Polished Coral.

Finishing:
Spray varnish and enjoy.

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12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 5

Today is Week 5 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Sugar Plums” by Sandra Malone. Sandra’s cute and whimsical Sugar Plum stocking is the sweetest holiday project!

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DecoArt Chalky Paint Review

I made a big painting oops this week! I painted our resin pumpkin with black acrylic paint, only to decide that I wanted to paint it a lighter color! The headache of painting over black with a lighter color was almost enough to keep me from changing it. Then, I remembered how DecoArt Chalky paint has amazing coverage.

I chose to use DecoArt Chalky Paint in Refreshing (15392) and used Americana Décor 2” Flat Brush to apply it. The wide brush made for quick and smooth coverage.

I only had to apply one coat with another coat of touch ups. I was so impressed! I would have had to do at least 3 coats of paint if I had used regular acrylic paint. I will definitely use chalky paint on resin in the future, especially for basecoating! It will cut my basecoating time in half.

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12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 4

Today is Week 4 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Christmas Cottage” by Rebecca Trimble. Rebecca’s whimsical and cozy cottage is sure to be a favorite this season!

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Raggedy & Friends Winter Door Hanger

Hi guys! I know it is only Fall but I am starting to get the Christmas crafting itch! After seeing Mary Jo Tuttle’s Mitten Ornaments from her new book Tuttle’s Touches Seasons 1, I fell in love with her Raggedy Ann! I have always had a warm spot on my heart for Raggedy Ann because she was my first sewing project as a child. It is a fun project full of nostalgia, which makes it extra special!

I used her pattern as written for the Santa mitten but used different colors for the snowman and a different surface for Raggedy Ann. The only extra products you will need besides what is listed in MaryJo’s pattern are the Mitten Plaque and Rustic Accents 22 Gauge Wire. For her hair, I used Tuff Puff yarn in Serrano  from our sister company KnitPicks.

For the Raggedy Ann, I enlarged Mary Jo’s pattern to 250% and followed her directions on basecoating, shading and highlighting. I painted snowflakes on her instead of using a star stencil to add a touch of Winter. I painted the Santa exactly as listed in her pattern. For the snowman, I used Bright Blue instead of Purple Cow and Cinnamon Drop instead of Spice Pink.

Using wire cutters and the Rustic Accents 22 Gauge Wire, I attached the 2 ornaments and Mitten top to the Large Raggedy Mitten. I can’t wait for Winter to come so I can hang this on my front door!

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12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 3

Today is Week 3 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Happy Littl Snowmen” by Jamie Mills-Price. Jamie’s signature, whimsical style looks so cute on our Medium Grooved Tree.

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Day of the Dead Ghost

I have a fun project to inspire your Halloween crafting today! I am not a fan of spooky Halloween décor, so when I saw our happy Halloween Ghost (https://www.artistsclub.com/ghost/p/80823) I wanted to paint a bright design.

I started searching for inspiration and come across this free stock image (http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/sugar-skulls-collection_804270.htm#term=day of the dead&page=4&position=4) of some colorful Day of the Dead skulls. I used this as an inspiration for my Day of the Dead Ghost.

DecoArt Americana Décor
Black Plum #13172
Coral Shell #13551
Mint Julep #13045
Peony #13215
Warm White #13239

Surface
Ghost #80823
I basecoated the Ghost in Coral Shell. The bones are in Warm White and the bow is Peony. I sketched out the skeleton and flourish details freehand. This project let me be creative and let go of being too traditional or serious. I hope this inspires you to let go of expectations and go freehand a fun project!

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