Winter Landscapes Heart Ornaments
sizes: 3"; 4", and 5" across
- Puffed Folk Art Tin Ornaments (Della and Company): 3"-wide (#FT-2074); 4"-wide (#FT-2075); 5"-wide (#FT-2076)
- Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Baby Blue; Black Green; Black Plum; Blue Mist; Camel; Country Red; Evergreen; Graphite; Light French Blue; Milk Chocolate; Payne's Grey; Snow White; Uniform Blue; Warm White
- White satin ribbon, 1/8", 24" length
newspaper (to cover work surface)
- Varnishes (DecoArt): Brush On Satin; DuraClear Matte
- Faux Finish Glaze Medium (DecoArt)
- Multi-Purpose Sealer (DecoArt)
- Paintbrushes (Royal Brush): Debby Forshey's Texture, Series 1360, Small, Medium; SG White Blending Mop, Series 1400, 3/4"; Majestic Angular, Series 2160, 5/8"; Oval Wash Combo, Series 3080, #1; Majestic Square Shaders, Series 4150, #2; Majestic Liners, Series 4585, 10/0, 0; Majestic Filbert, Series 4170, #2
- Silk Sponge (Royal Brush)
- Spattering tool
- 1. Wash and dry ornament. Wipe ornament with white vinegar and rinse. Let dry at least 24 hours. Slip slap Multi- Purpose Sealer over ornaments. Let dry, then apply second coat. Basecoat front of hearts Light French Blue and backs Uniform Blue.
- 2. Print and cut out patterns. Transfer snow hills. Corner-load angle with Snow White; float front side of each snow hill. Walk floats out, leaving some background color between snow hills for shade and separation.
- 3. Transfer buildings. Use ruler to transfer any straight lines, by dragging stylus along ruler’s edge.
- 4. Use pencil and ruler to transfer center lines for each background pine. Work only on a couple of pines at a time. Slightly pre-dampen surface area with clean water to help paint bleed, giving boughs a softer effect. To create a different species of pines, using filbert, boughs will droop more than when using shader. Use #4 filbert loaded with Black Green across chisel edge. Up on chisel edge, vertically pull very top of pine. Horizontally tap from left to right for boughs, slowly and slightly widening as you work towards base of pine. Let a bit of background to show through, so tree does not resemble a triangle. Repeat same steps with remaining pines. Repeat steps with Snow White for snow on boughs.
- 5. With appropriate size texture brush and Evergreen, pounce (dance) shrubs onto surface in each design. (Note: To use Texture brush, dampen bristles with water to start separation of bristles. Tap bristles into paint on palette, hold it perpendicular to palette, pounce it up and down to remove some paint, keeping paint sparse on brush. Brush may be used on whole foot or just toe. Tap lightly on surface, dance with brush up and down, rolling brush in different directions in between your fingers when it is up in the air. Allow some drying time in between dances to prevent a globby or muddy look.) Use appropriate size Texture brush and Snow White to dance snow on shrubs.
- 6. Basecoat buildings: white walls Warm White; silo and red walls Country Red; blue walls Baby Blue; green walls Blue Mist; yellow walls Camel; roofs Snow White.
- 7. For white buildings, use 10/0 liner and Light French Blue to pull wall lines. For large heart, use #2 shader and Light French Blue to wash over right wall of barn for shade and separation. Corner-load angle with Light French Blue; float shading across top of left wall and down right side of silo. For medium heart, corner-load angle with Light French Blue, float shading across top and down right side of house. For small heart, use #2 shader and Light French Blue to wash over right wall of belfry, and right and left walls of church.
- 8. For red buildings, use 10/0 liner and Black Plum to pull wall lines. For large heart, use #2 shader and Black Plum to wash over right wall of barn for shade and separation. Corner-load angle with Black Plum; float shading across top of left wall. For medium heart, corner-load angle with Black Plum; float shading down right side of silo.
- 9. For blue building, use 10/0 liner and Uniform Blue to pull wall lines. For large heart, cornerload angle with Uniform Blue; float shading across top of blue wall.
- 10. For green buildings, use 10/0 liner and Uniform Blue to pull wall lines. For large heart, use #2 shader and Uniform Blue to wash over right wall for shade and separation. For medium heart, with #2 shader and Uniform Blue, wash over left wall for shade and separation. Cornerload angle with Uniform Blue; float shading across top of right wall.
- 11. For yellow buildings, use 10/0 liner and Milk Chocolate to pull wall lines. For large and medium hearts, use #4 shader and Milk Chocolate to wash over right walls for shade and separation. Corner-load angle with Milk Chocolate; float shading across top of left wall.
- 12. For windows, use appropriate size shader to pull dark windows with Graphite and yellow windows with Camel. For doors, use appropriate size shader to pull dark doors with Graphite and white doors with Warm White. With 10/0 liner, pull door handles with Warm White or Graphite. For roofs, corner-load angle with Payne's Grey; float shading across top of each roof. Double-load #0 liner with Payne's Grey and Snow White; pull side roof lines.
- 13. For ground snow, corner-load angle with Snow White; chisel float here and there over land area to brighten snow areas. (Note: To chisel float, corner-load angle, blend off on palette, lay bristles of brush flat on surface, chisel edge up. Push paint on bristles from left to right in a scratching motion, letting bristles pull a broken line that is slightly floated.) For falling snow, use spattering tool and water-thinned Snow White to apply falling snow over scenes.
- 14. When dry, apply one coat of satin varnish to back of hearts. Use oval wash combo to apply warmish. Follow manufacturer's instructions to mix glaze with Light French Grey and water. Brush glaze mixture on backside of heart, working only on one heart at a time. Use moistened, wrung out silk sponge to sponge over area, picking up some glaze mixture and continuing to work sponge over surface to soften finished look. Continue same steps with remaining hearts. Occasionally squeeze some of glaze mixture out of sponge into paper towel or rinse sponge in water before continuing.
- 15. Use oval wash combo to apply matte varnish to all ornaments. For hanger, thread ribbon through top ornament hole; knot ends.
by Debby Forshey-Choma