Ice Skate Stocking
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Gold, Antique Green, Antique White, Cherry Red, Espresso, Evergreen, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Moon Yellow, Napa Red, Tuscan Red
- Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Royal Fusion: Round, Series R3250, #1, #3; Filbert, Series R3170, #6; Royal Soft-Grip Gold Taklon: Liner, Series SG595, #20/0; Angular, Series SG160, 1/8"; Round, Series SG250, #4, Comb, Series SG730, 1/4"
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Multi-Purpose Sealer
- Suede or leather lace, 3mm, 12" length
- Jute twine
- Buffalo plaid flannel or material of choice
- Black adult men's ice skate
- Sewing machine and black thread
- Dritz Fray check
- Drill and 1/4" bit
- Disinfecting spray (e.g. Lysol)
- Adhesive glue (e.g. E6000 or Gorilla Glue)
- Clothes pins or binder clips, two
- 1. Remove lace from skate. Cut twine to same length and set aside. Use mild soap and water to clean tongue and outside of skate; it is suggested to spray inside of skate with disinfectant. For hanger hole, drill hole through top back of skate. Re-lace skate with twine and tie off at top. Pull up tongue and glue in place; use clothespins or binder clips to secure in place while drying (Fig. 1). (see photos)
- 2. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines for bird and branches only. Apply small amount of sealer to transferred areas taking care not to paint outside lines to maintain original matte look of skate. Transfer details as needed.
- 3. For stocking liner, measure circumference at top of skate and add 1" (1/2" for each side seam allowance); measure height from heel to top edge of skate and add 2-1/2" (Fig. 2). Use measurement to cut two pieces from fabric. Cut a 3" x total circumference measurement from interfacing. Place fabric pieces right sides together; pin interfacing to fabric pieces aligning top and side edges. Sew through all three layers along top edge in 1/4" seam allowance. Turn fabric right side out. Fold fabric in half and align raw edges; sew along side and bottom edges in 1/4" seam allowance (Fig. 3). (see photos)
- 4. Trim seams. Remove clothespins or clips from top of skate. Place liner in skate, folding top 2-1/2" over for cuff. Use stylus to poke a hole through cuff at drilled hole, mark holes and use scissors to cut small slits. Thread suede or leather lace through cuff and skate holes; tie ends securely. Apply small amount of Fray Check to fabric holes.
- 1. Use #3 round and Espresso to base branches a small section at a time. While wet, use comb brush and Antique White to highlight; place chisel edge of brush at top of branch and pull down in a slight backwards C-shape. Wipe brush on dry paper towel as needed to keep brush clean, then reload Antique White; repeat until main branches are painted. Load liner with a touch of sealer; use Espresso to pull fine twigs then add tiny Antique White highlights here and there.
- 2. For pine needles, load liner with touch of sealer; use Evergreen to pull thin needle lines. Repeat with Antique Green.
- 1. Refer to Painting Chart. Use appropriate size fusion brushes to stroke body. Beginning with Napa Red, stroke one section at a time, feathering color to allow black of skate to show between sections and where shading appears. (see photos)
- 2. Let dry and repeat (Fig. 4). Repeat with Tuscan Red leaving small areas of Napa Red showing near shaded areas (Fig. 5). Use Cherry Red to add highlights (Fig. 6). Use Antique Gold to dry brush additional highlights (Fig. 7).
- 3. Fig. 5. Use liner to paint mask Lamp Black; base eye Espresso, and beak and feet Antique Gold. Fig. 6. Use Espresso and angular brush to shade beak; use liner to shade legs and feet. Paint pupil Lamp Black. Fig. 7. Use liner and Moon Yellow to highlight top of beak and feet, and to add highlight shine in eye. Add tiny Lamp Black nostril. Use angular brush and sheer Antique Gold to highlight outer edges of mask, body, wings, and tail feathers.
- 1. Apply light sealer coat on bird and main branches. Hang stocking from secure nail or hook.
by Linda Hollander