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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12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 2

Today is Week 2 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  This weeks FREE Downloadable pattern is “Christmas Basket” by Vera Collier. Vera’s adorable picnic basket would look great all year long!

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Christmas Rooster

I love our resin rooster and wanted to give him a fresh look for Christmas, but I wanted to keep him simple. All you will need are a few paint colors and some accessories and you too can have him as part of your holiday decorating.

Surface: Rooster with Wire Legs #80820
Palette: Antiquing Medium #84126, Burnt Umber #13064, Lamp Black #13067, Marigold #13194, Santa Red #13170, White Wash #13532
Other Supplies: FolkArt Paisley Delight Stencil #71931, Stylus #70125, Spray Varnish #70835, 12 mm Canadian Pine #63082, 20mm Canadian Pine #63083, 5/16″ Holly Berries #63085, Hot Glue Gun #73004, Red Jingle Bells #63087, Baker’s Twine #70259
Brushes: Papillon 5 Piece Deerfoot Set #20167, Papillon 4 Piece Highlighter Set #20173, Papillon 5/8” Angular Shader #20112, Papillon 3 Piece Midliner Set #20171

First, base coat the entire body with White Wash #13002. This may take two coats to get an even coverage. Paint the crown and waddle with Santa Red #13170. Beak is Marigold #13194. Eyes and legs are painted Lamp Black #13067. Dot the eyes with White Wash #13002. When all base coating is dry, it is time to stencil the design on the tail and wings. Take your FolkArt Paisley Delight Stencil #71931 and tape off the areas that you do not want to transfer onto the rooster that are close to the areas that you do want to transfer. This is just a precaution. Line your stencil up carefully and with a Deerfoot brush, stencil the shape onto both sides of the tail and the wings with Santa Red. Using a stylus, add additional dip dots here and there around the designs, on the tips of the tail feathers, and around the feathers of the neck with Santa Red. Let dry completely. Spray with varnish of your choice. Then mix together Burnt Umber #13064 and Antiquing Medium #84126 following the instructions on the back of the bottle. Apply all over the rooster’s body then with a soft rag, wipe off the mixture until the desired look is achieved. Make sure to leave in the areas that would have a shadow. When dry, spray again with varnish.

To finish the design, I combined one strand of the 12mm Canadian Pine and one strand of the 20mm Canadian Pine. I just kind of twisted them together and then joined them at the ends to make a wreath. After that I took the 5/16” Holly Berries and used my hot glue gun and glued them here and there around the wreath also adding in a few of the smallest Red Jingle Bells #63087. For the bow I used the red and white Baker’s Twine #70259. I just tied a simple bow and glued it into place. Place the wreath around the rooster’s neck and you are ready for the holiday season.

Happy Painting!

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Festive Snowman

Our 2017 Snowman is just so cute, I had to paint him, and his outstretched arms were perfect for some of your new holiday accessories. He was so much fun and paints up quickly with just some base coating, shading, and a little highlighting.

Surface: 2017 Snowman #80828
Palette: Antique Rose #13179, Avocado #13052, Burnt Umber #13064, Country Red #13018, Deep Midnight Blue #13166, Espresso #13261, French Grey Blue #13098, Glamour Dust Sapphire Blue, Hauser Dark Green #13133, Lamp Black #13067, Light Buttermilk #13164, Neons Torrid Orange, Neutral Grey #13095, Persimmon #13516, Sable Brown #13061, Snow White #13001, Uniform Blue #13086, Winter Blue #13190
Other Supplies: 12mm Canadian Pine #63082, 5/16″ Holly Berries #63085, Baker’s Twine #70259, Rusty Tin Mini Snowflakes #70261
Brushes: Papillon 5 Piece Deerfoot Set #20167, Papillon 4 Piece Highlighter Set #20173, Papillon 5/8” Angular Shader #20112, Papillon 3 Piece Midliner Set #20171

Body: Stipple body with Deep Midnight Blue; then stipple with Light Buttermilk; shade body with Deep Midnight Blue; Highlight with Snow White

Hat: Base coat Lamp Black; highlight with Neutral Grey

Scarf & Hat Band: Basecoat with Uniform Blue; shade with Midnite Blue; highlight with French Grey Blue; dots are Winter Blue

Holly & Berries: leaves basecoat with Avocado; shade with Hauser Dark Green; highlight with Avocado Dip; berries base coat Country Red

Arms: basecoat Espresso; shade with Burnt Umber; highlight with Sable Brown

Face: blush cheeks with Antique Rose; nose basecoat with Persimmon, shade with Espresso, highlight with Neons Torrid Orange; eyes and mouth are Lamp Black; add highlight dots to eyes and cheeks with Snow White

Buttons: basecoat Lamp Black; add highlight dot with Snow White

Hanging Snowflakes: base coat Light Buttermilk; apply Glamour Dust in Sapphire Blue over the top for added sparkle

Accessories: 1 branch of 12mm Canadian Pine #63082; 5/16” Holly Berries #63085; Baker’s Twine #70259, Rusty Tin Mini Snowflakes #70261

 

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