Winter Lights Blocks
- Corning Glass Blocks: 4”x8”; 8”x8” available at Loews Home Improvement Store or your local building supply center or KraftyBlock available at Hobby Lobby or your local craft store (or visit www.diamondtechcrafts.com). (Note: KraftyBlock is not as thick as corning glass blocks, but already has a hole in bottom so drill is not needed.)
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Snow (Titanium) White, Winter Blue
- Royal & Langnickel Aqualon brushes: Script Liner, Series R2585, #2; Shader, Series R2150, #4; Glaze Wash, Series R2700, 1”; Round, Series 2250, #4
- Martin F. Weber Susan Sheewe Signature Brush: Foliage Angular, Series S8036, 1/2”
- Krylon Glass Frosting Aerosol Spray
- J.W. etc. Right Step, Matte Varnish
- DecoArt Glamour Dust
- Diamond Hole Saw, 1/2” (available through your local hardware store or visit www.drillglass.com)
- White Christmas light set, 30 count, two
- Sheer light blue ribbon with silver wire edges, 2”-wide
- 1. For corning glass blocks, use hand held drill to drill hole in bottom back of blocks. Use window cleaner to clean surface. Follow manufacturer’s directions to spray frost on front and back of blocks. (Note: Spray will become frosted looking as it dries; no need to apply heavily to make it work.) Allow to dry overnight.
- 2. Print out patterns; use white transfer paper to transfer hill pattern lines only onto surfaces.
- Artist’s Tips
- 1. When painting on glass, it is important to make as few paint strokes as possible to keep paint smooth so when lights are turned on, paint does not appear blotchy. To accomplish this, use as big of brush as area will accommodate, fully load brush, and paint confidently across area without stopping if possible.
- 1. Start at back of scene and work toward front. Fully double-load glaze wash brush with Winter Blue and Snow White; stroke on palette to slightly blend, then with Winter Blue facing up, stroke on first hill pulling from outside edge in. Repeat same for remaining hills working from outside edge in and working down scene. (Note: If an area cannot be painted in one stroke, simply wipe brush, do not wash, pick up Snow White, and stroke to fill in rest of hillside.) Allow to dry thoroughly.
- 2. Transfer remaining pattern details. Refer to worksheet.
- Distant Pine Trees
- 1. Use chisel edge of shader and Snow White to form center line. Holding brush horizontally, begin tapping in trees from top to bottom keeping them in a thin cone shape with more paint in center of tree and less on edges. Let dry. Repeat to strengthen and so center line is no longer visible. (see photos)
- Background Deciduous Trees
- 1. Use script liner and thinned Snow White to pull from ground up allowing trunks to be thicker and branches to become hair thin as you pull up and away. (Note: You may find it easier to turn surface upside down to stroke in trees as instructed.)
- 1. Soak angular foliage brush in water to soften bristles and so bristles flare out a bit. Blot excess water. Fill tip of brush with Snow White; tap in foreground bushes beginning at center and highest point, and working out on each side. Move to center and tap in paint to fill.
- Foreground Pine Trees
- 1. Paint in same manner as “Distant Pine Trees” using Winter Blue to tap in undercoat and Snow White for second coat.
- Foreground Deciduous Trees
- 1. Load round brush with Snow White and tip in Winter Blue; begin to stroke on trunk at base of block allowing paint to flow up length of tree, creating thinner and thinner branches as you work up and hang over into design. Use script liner to add a few Snow White hair thin branches pulling from heavy branch out into sky area. If more blue is needed, simply stroke Winter Blue in area you want darker. (see photos)
- Foreground Twigs and Weeds
- 1. Use script liner, Snow White, then Winter Blue to add twigs and weeds as desired. Add twigs to bushes in Snow White or Winter Blue.
- 1. Use shader to base one coat Burnt Sienna. Shade Burnt Umber under eaves and on front left corner of cabin. For roof, base with one coat Winter Blue. Use round brush to tap in Snow White snow drifts.
- 1. Undercoat entire body with one coat Winter Blue. Use round brush to tap in Snow White leaving a Winter Blue halo on outer edges of each body section. Use script liner to paint arms Winter Blue; overstroke with Snow White.
- 1. Use shader to float Snow White snow accents here and there over top of hills, at base of snowman, and at base of background tree line. Or float more Winter Blue on tops of hills to create more depth.
- 2. Working small sections at a time, apply varnish only to design elements you want to add sparkle (e.g., background trees, foreground bushes, snowman, roof top); while wet, sprinkle with Glamour Dust. Let dry. Tap off excess glitter. Do not apply varnish over remaining surface areas.
- 3. Insert lights through hole. Tie ribbon around side edges of blocks; add an eight-loop bow on top.
by Cheryl King