Beading / Jewelry

Winter's Silence Necklace

By  Diana Putnam 

  • Winter's Silence Necklace
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  • Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Acrylics: Burnt Umber, Chromium Oxide Green, Dioxazine Purple, Hooker's Green Hue Permanent, Parchment, Raw Sienna, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue (Green Shade)
  • Brushes: FM Dynasty: Black Gold, Series 206: Shader, #4, #6; Angular, 3/8"; Micron: X-Long Detail, #15/0; Decorator Collection: Mini Mop, Series 400, 1/4", 1/2"; Dry Brush, Series 200, #4, #6; Deerfoot, Series 300, 1/4"
  • Krylon Finishing Spray, Matte
  • "Brushy Brush" Brush Basin*
  • Necklace supplies and instructions*
  • Optional: DecoArt Glamour Dust; artists soft vine charcoal *Supplies available through Diana Putnam
  • Laser Cut Pre-drilled Focal and jewelry kit available through Diana Putnam

Pattern - Winter's Silence Necklace

  • Preparation
  • 1. Print out pattern.
  • 2. Use brown paper grocery bag to sand both sides and edges of wood focal, sanding with grain of wood; wipe dust with damp cloth. Mix Titanium White and Ultramarine Blue for a very soft pale blue (Mix A); base back of focal. (Note: Do not paint focal sides.) Use charcoal and pattern to draw horizon line on focal front.
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Whenever possible use soft vine charcoal to sketch in design lines rather than using a pencil or graphite paper. The soft vine charcoal can easily be removed with your finger or damp paper towel and avoids unremovable graphite lines or etched lines.
  • Sky and Snow
  • 1. For sky, use #6 shader and Mix A to slip-slap sky area down to horizon; use 1/4" mop to soften if desired. For snow, use angular brush and Mix A to horizontally paint in snow area from horizon line down to bottom of focal.
  • Background
  • 1. Double-load angular brush with Titanium White on toe and Mix A on heel; with toe side up, paint along horizon line and add snow drift line of closest tree. Use Mix A to softly shade behind snow drift line. Load chisel edge of #4 shader with Titanium White to create snow lines between tree areas and bottom of snow area.
  • 2. Transfer pattern lines or use soft vine charcoal to sketch in background tree/bush area and three barren trees. Refer to painting chart. Add a touch of Chromium Oxide Green and Raw Sienna to Mix A for a very light grey green (Mix B). Use #6 dry brush to stipple background tree/bush area using very light touch, as you work down toward horizon line add a touch more green to dirty brush to darken. (Note: Very top of background tree area should not be a straight line, but rather up and down, and airy.) Hold #4 shader vertically and as if it were a liner; lightly paint three Parchment tree trunks. Add some Raw Sienna to Parchment and use 15/0 detail liner to line right side of trees; add a couple very fine tree limb lines. Use #4 dry brush to add a bit of Titanium White snow on limbs and top of background tree/bush area using a quick gentle touch.

    Painting Chart
  • Evergreen Trees
  • 1. Transfer or use soft vine charcoal to draw two evergreen trees as shown in Fig. 1. (Note: Dotted lines are guide lines for outer edges, you will go inside and outside of lines ever so slightly for an uneven limb line.) Add some Hookers Green to Mix B for a darker grey green. Working back tree first, use #4 and #6 dry brushes to stipple both sides of tree. Add Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, and Hooker's Green for an almost black mix. Use same dry brushes to stipple in front tree and bushes at bottom left making sure to keep uneven bough and bush lines.
  • 2. Mix Titanium White with just a pinprick of Parchment then load toe of deerfoot brush; with quick light pounces, apply snow to right hand portion of each tree at end of bows, do not go past middle of trees. Use same brush and mix to highlight bushes in an inverted "U" shape.
  • 3. For reflected highlights, add a touch of Ultramarine Blue to Titanium White/Parchment mix; load toe of deerfoot and stipple left side of both trees using quick light strokes. If desired, strengthen highlights (or snow) with Titanium White.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Follow manufacturer's directions to apply finishing spray; let dry. Use brown paper bag to lightly sand both sides; wipe dust with damp cloth and let dry. Apply another finishing spray coat; while wet, apply VERY light sprinkle of Glamour Dust on trees if desired.
  • 2. Use #4 dry brush and Burnt Umber to paint focal edges; use damp paper towel to wipe paint from back and front of focal.
  • 3. Follow kit instructions for necklace beading.