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Quick & Easy Acrylic Ornaments

Sometimes I get in the mood to create something fun, simple, and just plain crafty! Our round acrylic ornaments I just couldn’t wait to fill. They come in two pieces, which makes filling them easy…and they just snap together. I did use a little hot glue at the top and bottom once the ornaments were filled, just to make sure that they didn’t accidentally pop open.

All you will need are a few accessories:

I used one strand of each size of Canadian Pine and just twisted it into shapes to fit the space of each ornament. I trimmed off some berries and chose my jingle bell size…after that, it is just placing it into each side of the ornament and pressing them together. If your ornament doesn’t want to stay closed, I used a small piece of scotch tape to hold the pieces together until I had everything in the ornament that I wanted and was happy with. Then I added a small bead of glue at the top and bottom or the ornament and pressed them together. Keep the tape in place so the ornament won’t pop open while the glue sets. I then used some red rick rack from my stash and glued it around the seam, make sure to remove tape, before doing this. To finish it off, I added a small white ribbon bow to the top and added Baker’s Twine for the hanger. And you are done!

These are great for last minute gifts and the creative possibilities are endless…fill them with fake snow, flowers, ribbon, pinecones….or even use some acrylic paint with some DecoArt Paint Adhesion Medium (#84185) to create a festive design on them. Just let your creative juices go!

Happy Painting & Happy Holidays!
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12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 8

Today is Week 8 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Melt My Heart” by Laurie Speltz. Paint this cute heart board for your sweetie this season!

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Fall Plate

When I saw Jane Allen’s “Give Thanks” I immediately knew that I wanted to make it as a hostess gift for Thanksgiving. The warm Autumn colors and funky banner made this so much fun to paint! Even a beginner like me can paint this beautiful project.

I followed Jane’s pattern with just a few exceptions. Instead of using book pages, after basecoating I used the Cling Dream Text Stamp #70912  with Lamp Black. I also did not enlarge the pattern, I kept it to 100% and it fit on the 14″ Scoop Plate #63121 perfectly.

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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


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

Mr. Turkey #80819

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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