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
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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Merry Christmoose

Artist's Club Blog Merry Christmoose project

Inspired by a pillow design that I saw on Pinterest, I knew our Merry Christmas Board would be perfect for the Merry Christmoose design with my own twist. What a fun and rustic project this turned out to be…I think I may want to paint one more! I just chose a font from my computer for the Christmoose text and made it a size that would fit to have antlers added on each size. Once I had the font size, I sketched out one side of the antlers, and then just flipped over my tracing for the opposite side. Quick and easy!

DecoArt Neons
Fiery Red #18000

First, basecoat the center of the frame with Khaki Tan. When dry, sand smooth, wipe dust off, and paint with Khaki Tan again. This is to make sure you have a smooth surface for your to do your lettering on. When dry, shade the outside edges nest to the frame with Mississippi Mud. Basecoat the outside frame Lamp Black.

Basecoat the word with Santa Red. Lightly sand and basecoat again. Using the Stencil Tape, I positioned the first strip in just enough on the Letter “M” so that there would be some dark on the edge. I then laid another piece of tape right next to it, making sure to touch the sides. Then apply another piece of tape next to that one. Remove the piece of tape in the center and align it to the outside of the last piece of tape you laid down, then tear off another piece and just keep working your way across until you have tape running vertical from end to end. With Soft Black, lightly apply a coat of paint, this does not have to be completely opaque. Let dry, then remove tape. Apply tape in the same manor horizontally. Again, with Soft Black paint your stripes. Let dry and remove tape. With Lamp Black, paint the squares where the two stripes of Soft Black overlap each other. These squares you want to be opaque.

Transfer your lettering and antlers onto the center of your board. I found outlining the letters first and then filling them in was much easier than trying to do the lettering in one stroke. Use a brush size that you are comfortable with. Lettering is Lamp Black. The antlers are basecoated Santa Red, shaded with Black Plum, and highlighted with Fiery Red. When dry, outline the center of the signboard and the antlers with the Identi Pen.

Glue the “Merry” to the top of the frame. Spray with your favorite varnish. I wanted to add a little more holiday flare so I made two small wreaths from the Canadian Pine and used my hot glue gun to put them in place over the center of the antlers. Add berries and a bow using the Baker’s Twine or ribbon of your choice. And, you are done! A fun country Christmas sign that anyone would love to have.
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Candy Cane Lane Sign

Artist's Club Candy Cane Lane Sign

I love making quick and easy signs, especially for the holidays. Inspired by a sign I saw on Pinterest, I went to work looking through our wood selection to find something that would be just perfect. Along with a minimal color palette and basic painting techniques this sign can be completed easily by painters and crafters of all levels.

Sand the wood piece smooth and wipe away dust. With Scotch Tape, tape off the raised center section to make a complete rectangle. Basecoat the center Santa Red. Let dry and sand lightly. Basecoat again with Santa Red….you are looking for a smooth even coating. Remove tape and let the red section dry completely. Shade around the edges with Black Plum. Once dry, tape off the red section and use a small X-Acto Knife to cut the tape to form tight corners for the exterior frame. Paint the frame Warm White. Let dry and lightly sand. Then paint again with Warm White. Remove the tape carefully and let the sign dry completely. Shade around the exterior and interior edges of the outside frame with Antique White.

Lay your alphabet stencil over the top and decide your placement for letters. I used a white chalk pencil to draw a guide across the bottom to make it easier to line my letters up, and I also used the chalk pencil to rough in guides of my letters for easy placement when I started to stencil. With Warm White stencil your letters on, making sure to let them dry before laying the stencil over the top to do the next letter (you don’t want to smear the paint). When your stenciling is done and dry, take your sanding pad and lightly sand the edges of the red interior rectangle and the outside edges of the white frame exposing some of the raw wood underneath. If you want to give it more of a vintage look, lightly sand over the lettering and in the larger spaces of the red to expose the wood and to give the lettering a more aged look.

Spray with a coat of varnish. Let the varnish dry. Then mix the Staining & Antiquing Medium with Burnt Umber following the instructions on the bottle. Brush over the entire sign and then wipe the antiquing medium off from where you don’t want it. You can always dampen your rag to remove more of the medium if needed. Let the antiquing medium dry completely, I usually let it dry over night before I put the final coat of spray varnish on.

That’s it, now you have a cute sign for the holidays!

Happy Painting!
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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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