Winter Scenery Ornaments
size: 3-5/8" diameter
- Frosted Royal Blue Glass Ball Ornaments (Krebbs), 3-5/8”, four
- Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Black Green; Blue Chiffon; Espresso; French Mauve; Green Mist; Payne’s Grey; Pistachio Mint; Raspberry; Razzle Berry; Soft Black; Titanium White; Uniform Blue; Warm Neutral; Warm White; Winter Blue
- Interior/Exterior Matte Varnish (DecoArt)
- Glamour Dust (DecoArt)
- Black Gold Brushes (Dynasty): Shaders, Series 206S, #4, #10, #14; Chisel Blender, Series 206CB, #8; Angular, Series 206A, 3/8”; Round, Series 206R, #1; Script Liner, Series 206SL, 10/0, #1; Fan, Series 206FN, #4; Filbert, Series 206FIL, #6, #12; Mop, Decorator Series, 3/8”, 1/2”
- White chalk pencil
- Graphite paper
- Style stix M
- Cosmetic-wedge sponge
- Latex glove
- 1. Use a dry cosmetic-wedge to do basecoating for a nice eggshell finish. Pounce on one to two coats. If bubbles appear, just softly blow and they will disappear, or tap sponge lightly over wet paint for a nice delicate pebble finish.
- 2. All dry brushing is done using deerfoot or chisel blender, wiping most of it off on dry paper towel, and gently rubbing area.
- 3. Use #10, #14 or 3/4” flat for most floats, and soften all floats by gently pouncing mop brush over water’s edge. Work like this until it is almost dry.
- 4. All line work is done using either 10/0 or 18/0 liner; always thin paint to ink consistency and fully load liner. Always “blot” tip on paper towel to remove bulk of paint to “sharpen” tip to a nice pointed end.
- 1. Wear a latex glove on non-dexterity hand to get a good “grip” on ornament.
- 2. Print and cut out patterns. Cut template from medium-weight cardboard, and roll it in hand for a slight curve. Place pattern over glass ball and trace ovals using a stubby chalk pencil to avoid scratches. Use #12 filbert to basecoat ornaments Winter Blue. Use pattern as a guide since tracing on a round, delicate surface is difficult. Use chalk pencil to transfer horizon line, just below the halfway mark. Line can be wobbly, but not angled. Transfer lower lakeshore and snow banks. Make sure lines are not crooked. (Note: If line drawing is needed, trace them onto plastic wrap using a black pen. Cut a piece of graphite to correct size and cut wedges or spokes all around graphite, leaving center untouched, to allow graphite to mold to the ball without wrinkles. Place graphite on ball, wrap plastic around it and transfer main lines.)
- 1. Note: Work on all four ornament at the same time.
- 2. Sky: Float horizon with French Mauve, and top of sky with Uniform Blue. Float soft clouds with Warm White.
- 3. Distant trees: Using 3/8” angle shader, tap in all trees with Espresso. Pick up Warm Neutral and highlight tops. Float all along base with Espresso.
- 4. Snow: Float all highlights on snow mounds with several coats of Blue Chiffon. Brighten with Warm White. Shade lower edges of banks and snow mounds with Uniform Blue.
- 5. Ice: Basecoat Blue Chiffon. Softly float around ice with Winter Blue and float swirls and zigzags over ice area in both Winter Blue and Warm White, using angle shader.
- 6. Pine trees: Using #6 filbert, load very little Black Green on both sides of brush and bringing it to a sharp chisel. Hold brush at an angle, not straight up, so arches of filbert show. Line in center trunk with chisel of brush. Start just below trunk marking and pounce a couple coats, working from top down, making it solid in center and airy on outer edges. When pouncing on branches, use little pressure. Pick up a bit of Green Mist with dirty brush, and highlight tops of branches, without overdoing it. Wash out brush and add an extra highlight with just Green Mist and then with Warm White. Remember, the brighter you get, the less you use. Nestle in base of these trees with a bit of snow in Warm White, by smudging in a bit of paint, just below branches.
- 7. Houses: Basecoat one in Espresso, one in Uniform Blue, roofs, chimney, windows and doors in Soft Black. Outline windows on brown house with Warm Neutral and blue house with Espresso. Float under eaves with Soft Black on brown house and Payne’s Grey for blue house. Use a dry #4 flat, and pull in snow on roof with Warm White, pulling from bottom up. Outline roof edges, using liner. Float smoke with Soft Black. Nestle in base of house in same way as trees.
- 8. Snow: Place template back over scene to protect blue glass area. Load fan brush with thinned White, holding brush approximately 3” away, leaning it down towards surface, and gently tap the handle using another brush, or palette knife, and specks fly all over.
- 9. Twig wreath: Use pattern as guide to draw these with either a white chalk pencil or a stubby lead pencil. Use #1 liner loaded with Espresso and dipped in Warm Neutral, or Soft Black, pushing and releasing to add thick and thin lines. Add two to three layers, crisscrossing over each other. Stroke on odd stray and curly Q’s here and there.
- 10. Holly leaves: Randomly draw small hollies and basecoat Green Mist. Dry brush highlights in Pistachio Mint. Float base and center vein Black Green. Float tinges here and there on odd leaf with Razzle Berry. Stroke on veins in Black Green.
- 11. Berries: Dot berries French Mauve, using M style stix. Float C-stroke at base with Raspberry, and darken with a narrower coat of Razzle Berry. Float highlight with a small C-stroke in Warm White. Over shaded area, float a very narrow back glow or reflected light with Warm White. Add a dot of gloss with Titanium White, and do little clusters of white flowers here and there, to fill in any empty spaces.
- 1. Apply two to three coats of Matte Varnish using #12 filbert. Apply one last coat over snow area and while still wet, sprinkle on Glamour Dust.
by Sue Beckerton