A Spoonful of Christmas
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Asphaltum, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Orange, Country Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Heritage Brick, Kelly Green, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Medium Flesh, Payne’s Grey, Primary Red, Primary Yellow, Snow (Titanium) White, Tangerine
- Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Majestic: Shader, Series R4150, #2, #8; Angular, Series R4160, 1/4”; Script Liner, Series R4585, #1; Round, Series R4250, #3; Filbert, Series R4170, #6, #8; Royal Sable: Short Round, Series L5005, #14; Royal Soft-Grip: Mini Mop, Series SG999-M
- Gray metal spray primer
- DecoArt Traditions Artist: Extender & Blending Medium; Satin Varnish
- Light blue satin ribbon, 1/8”-wide, 24” length
- Light-weight tablespoons and teaspoon
- Artist’s Tip - Spoons
- 1. Look for lighter weight spoons (readily available at thrift stores or flea markets) for ease in bending. Depending on the weight of the spoon, some can simply be bent using gloved hands. Use a 1/2” to 3/4” wooden dowel to help bend narrowest part of handle. For heavier weight spoons, place spoons in vice padded with an old washcloth; secure spoon tightly and use pliers to bend into shape.
- Artist’s Tip - Preparation
- 1. Use appropriate size shaders and filberts to base areas. Base opaquely and allow to dry.
- 1. Wash bent spoons in warm soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly. Drill hole through top of snowman spoon. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to spray with primer. Allow to dry overnight.
- 2. Print out patterns; transfer basic details. (Note: It’s easiest to sketch basic design shapes onto primed spoons using pencil. Elf and snowman are placed inside spoon bowl and Santa is placed on back of spoon bowl.)
- 3. For Santa, base face Med. Flesh. Undercoat entire hat and back of spoon with one coat Heritage Brick; base Primary Red.
- 4. For elf, base face Med. Flesh. Undercoat hat brim Heritage Brick and base Primary Red. Base remaining portion of hat and back of spoon Kelly Green.
- 5. For snowman, base hat, scarf (spoon handle), and entire back of spoon Country Blue. Use short round brush to stipple face Snow White.
- 6. Allow basecoats to dry then use pencil to lightly sketch remaining details.
- Artist’s Tip - Painting
- 1. Use angular or filberts depending on locations to apply shading and highlights. Use mop brush to soften areas. Use pattern as guide to paint shaded areas (...).
- 1. Using pattern as guide, shade face Burnt Sienna and highlight with mix of Med. Flesh + Snow White (1:1). Use Primary Red to blush lower third of each cheek and lower edge of ball of nose; soften with mop brush. Add Snow White highlight shine on ball of nose and thin highlight line on nose bridge. Base inside of mouth Heritage Brick. Base lip with mix of Med. Flesh + Burnt Sienna + Primary Red (1:2:1); add Snow White highlight line.
- 2. Use script liner and mix of Snow White + Lamp Black (4:1) to paint eyebrows; add more Snow White hairs to brows. Base white of eyes Snow White. Base irises with mix of Country Blue + Payne’s Grey (2:1). Base pupils Lamp Black. Add Snow White highlight dots in upper left side of pupils. Outline upper rim of eyes with thinned Lamp Black. Add Lamp Black lashes. Add thinned Burnt Sienna crow lines.
- 3. Use Dioxazine Purple to shade above hat brim, above pom-pom, and where indicated on pattern. Highlight hat Cadmium Orange; strengthen with mix of Cadmium Orange + Primary Yellow (1:1). For hat brim and pompom, use tip of round brush and equal mix of Snow White + water to dab small splotchy spots all over fur areas allowing some primer to show between spots. Shade Asphaltum along left and right edges of brim.
- 4. Base holly Kelly Green; shade Payne’s Grey. Use script liner loaded with thinned mix of Kelly Green + Snow White (1:1) to paint vein lines. Use stylus to add Primary Red berry dots; add Snow White highlight dots. Base star Primary Yellow; highlight Snow White and shade Cadmium Orange.
- 5. Use script liner loaded with Snow White to paint individual hairs on beard, mustache, and hair areas allowing some primer to show. When dry, shade mustache under nose and on beard under mustache with Asphaltum.
- 1. Using pattern as guide, shade face Burnt Sienna and highlight with mix of Med. Flesh + Snow White (1:1). Use Primary Red to blush lower third of each cheek; soften with mop brush. Base inside of mouth Heritage Brick. Base lip with mix of Med. Flesh + Primary Red (1:2); add Snow White highlight line.
- 2. Use script liner and thinned Burnt Sienna to paint eyebrows. Base white of eyes Snow White. Base irises with mix of Dioxazine Purple + Snow White (2:1). Base pupils Lamp Black. Add Snow White highlight dots in upper right side of pupils. Outline upper rim of eyes with thinned Lamp Black. Add Lamp Black lashes.
- 3. Use script liner loaded with thinned mix of Burnt Sienna + Cadmium Orange (2:1) to paint individual hairs. Highlight with lines of Cadmium Orange and Primary Yellow.
- 4. Use pattern as guide to shade green areas of hat Payne’s Grey. Highlight with mix of Kelly Green + Primary Yellow (1:1). Add Primary Yellow diagonal stripes; outline one edge Lamp Black. Shade brim with mix of Primary Red + Lamp Black (2:1) and highlight Cadmium Orange. Paint hat trim Lamp Black with Primary Yellow checks. Base jingle bells Primary Yellow; outline and add Lamp Black detailing.
- 1. Base nose Cadmium Orange; shade Asphaltum and highlight Tangerine. Add thinned Burnt Sienna line work and add Snow White highlight shine along top.
- 2. Apply Extender to cheek areas. Use #6 filbert to pat Primary Red cheeks; soften with mop. Use Lamp Black to paint eyes and to line lashes and brows; use thinned Lamp Black to add smile and lip lines. Apply transparent Primary Red wash to lip. Add Snow White highlight dots to eyes and shine to lip.
- 3. Use pattern as guide to shade hat and scarf Payne’s Grey; highlight each with mix of Snow White + Country Blue (1:1). Use Snow White to randomly dot hat and to line brim; add thinned Snow White snowflakes and dots to scarf. Base tassel Primary Red; shade with mix of Primary Red + Lamp Black (3:1) and highlight Cadmium Orange.
- 1. Apply several varnish coats. Let dry. Cut 10” length from ribbon; thread through snowman hole and knot ends together 1” from top. Use remaining ribbon length to tie a bow around bottom of hanger.
by Judy Westegaard