Christmas Bird Ornaments

By  Sue Beckerton 

size: 3-1/4"

  • Christmas Bird Ornaments


  • Christmas by Krebs gold velvet glass balls, four 3-1/4”
  • DecoArt Palette Traditions: Burgundy, Burnt Umber, Carbon Black, Dioxazine Purple, Hansa Yellow, Med. Red Rose, Naphthol Red Light, Naphthol Red, Prussian Blue Hue, Raw Sienna, Sapphire Blue, Teal Green, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Warm White


  • Dynasty Black Gold Brushes: Series 206S Shaders #2, 10, 14; Series 206CB Chisel Blender 8; Series 206R Round #1; Series 206SL Script Liner 10/0, 20/0; Series 206FN Fan #4; Series 206FIL Filbert #6; Series 206RK Tooth 1/4”; Series 206WO Oval Wash 1/2”; Decorator Series 200 Round Dry Brush #6, 8; Decorator Series 300 Deerfoot 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2”; Decorator Series 400 Mini Mop 1/4”, 1/2”
  • DecoArt: DuraClear Matte Varnish, Glazing Medium
  • DecoArt Glamour Dust: Crystal

Basic Supplies

  • fine sanding sponges, graphite, stylus, pencil, tracing paper, container of water, paper towel, old toothbrush, palette knife

Pattern - Christmas Bird Ornaments

  • Note
  • 1. Use sponge or makeup wedge for basecoating. All drybrushing is done using decorator or chisel blender, wiping most paint off on dry paper towel and gently rubbing area until desired look is achieved. Use #10 or #14 shader dressed with touch of Glazing Medium to do floats. Soften floats by gently pouncing mop brush over water's edge until almost dry. All line work is done using 10/0 or 18/0 thinning paint to ink consistency and fully-loading liner. Rake with fully-loaded toothbrush using thinned paint; flick tips of bristles on hard surface to remove immediate buildup of paint and to open bristles. Spatter with loaded fan brush with thinned paint holding brush 8" away and tilting downwards toward surface; tap handle using palette knife to speck.
  • Bird Designs
  • 1. Print out patterns. Transfer circles on glass balls. Basecoat circles Med. Purple. (Note: For Med. Purple, mix 6:2:1 mixture of Ultramarine Blue + Warm White + Dioxazine Purple.) Transfer designs onto balls. Randomly drybrush soft markings Warm White and Dioxazine Purple.
  • 2. Basecoat branches Burnt Umber. Float bottom brush mix Burnt Umber + Carbon Black. Drybrush streaks/highlights Warm White, pulling downwards, using chisel blender. Stroke on all pine needles Teal Green. Stroke on darker pine needles with brush mix Teal Green + Carbon Black. Stroke on highlights brush mix of Teal Green + Warm White.
  • 3. Tap in snow Warm White using tip of 1/8" deerfoot. Highlight snow Titanium White and shade bottom Med. Purple.
  • 4. Basecoat cardinal Med. Red Rose and overcoat Naphthol Red. Paint face mask Carbon Black and beak Raw Sienna; wash over top with Naphthol Red. Float shades on body and wings Burgundy. Darken lower belly with brush mix Burgundy + Carbon Black. Rake highlights Naphthol Red Light. Brighten chest with brush mix Naphthol Red Light + Warm White. Outline eye socket with brush mix Carbon Black + Warm White, creating dark grey mixture. Dot in highlights Warm White. Float beak Burnt Umber. Line feet with brush mix Raw Sienna + Burnt Umber. Add highlight on foot with brush mix Raw Sienna + Warm White. Spatter snow.
  • 5. Basecoat chickadee white sections Warm White, black sections Carbon Black, and wing with brush mix Carbon Black + Warm White, creating dark grey mixture. Float under belly Raw Sienna; darken with second coat. Float top of wings (shoulder) Carbon Black with wide load and very narrow load for small feathers along lower tips. Float highlights on wings with brush mix Carbon Black + Titanium White. Detail tail in same manner. Outline eye and beak with brush mix Carbon Black + Warm White. With same mix, rake/line soft highlights on top of head. Add highlight dot in eye Titanium White. Line feet with Carbon Black. Spatter snow.
  • 6. Basecoat blue jay blue areas Sapphire Blue, white areas Warm White, and black beak and face mask Carbon Black. Float belly Raw Sienna; darken with second coat. Rake highlights Titanium White. Float beak with brush mix Carbon Black + Warm White. Stroke highlights along back of eye Sapphire Blue and dot Titanium White at 9:00 o'clock. Float shades on back and hind tail Phthalo Blue Hue. Outline feathers Phthalo Blue Hue. Drybrush highlights with brush mix Sapphire and Titanium White; brighten with Titanium White. Float tip of tail Warm White. Line feet with Carbon Black; highlight with brush mix of Carbon Black + Titanium White.
  • 7. Basecoat evening gross beak yellow sections Yellow Oxide, black sections Carbon Black, white sections Warm White, and beak equal amount of Yellow Oxide + Warm White. Float yellow sections where it meets black head Burnt Umber. Float black sections where it meets yellow Burnt Umber. (Note: Colors should softly meld into one another with no harsh meeting lines. This is called a "back to back" float.) Continue to darken until desired look is achieved. Float back of yellow strip above eye Burnt Umber. Float beak Raw Sienna; highlight Warm White. Detail eye same as blue jay. Highlight all yellow sections Hansa Yellow. Float wings and under eye with brush mix Carbon Black + Warm White.
  • 8. Stroke pine boughs on wreath with double load Teal Green and Warm White using #14 flat shader. (Note: Hold brush up on chisel and stroke, working around brush, with white on top.) Dot berries here and there Naphthol Red using stylus. Float narrow "C" stroke Burgundy; highlight Titanium White. Scatter small Titanium White dots using stylus.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Let paint cure overnight. Apply three coats satin varnish. (Note: Do not apply varnish on frosted glass.) Let dry. Apply one additional coat; while still wet, sprinkle with glamour dust.