Delightful Winter Setting Pocket Envelope

By  Sue Beckerton 

  • Delightful Winter Setting Pocket Envelope
  • Painting Guide and Mixes


  • Rusty Envelope (#101168) from Cabin Crafter
  • DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylics: Blue Grey, Burnt Umber, Carbon Black, Chrome Green Hue, Hansa Yellow, Light Violet, Medium Red Rose, Naphthol Red, Phthalo Green-Blue, Sapphire Blue, Titanium White
  • FM Dynasty brushes: Black Gold, Series 206: Shader, #4, #10, #14; Script, #20/0, #0, #4; Fan, #4; Filbert, #6, #8; Fountain, #8, Filbert Tooth, 1/4”; Wave Filbert, #8; Oval Wash, 1/2”; Decorator Collection: Mini Mop, Series 400, 1/2”, 5/8”; Dry Brush, Series 200, #6; Foliage Wave, Series 100, 1/2”


  • Multi-surface sealer
  • Satin Varnish
  • Wet Palette

Pattern - Delightful Winter Setting Pocket Envelope

  • Preparation
  • 1. Sand surface; wipe dust. Apply sealer; allow to cure overnight. Lightly sand again; wipe dust.
  • 2. Print out pattern; transfer ground pattern line. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Use #10 and #14 shader, often dressed with touch of Glazing Medium to do most floats; soften floats gently over water's edge with mop brush. Use liners to do all line work; thin paint to inky consistency and blot tip on paper towel to "sharpen" point. Always fully load rake brush with thinned paint. Flick tips of bristles on hard surface such as the edge of your palette to remove immediate paint build up and to open bristles. For ease in painting, turn surface to stroke towards yourself; rest wrist on table, hold brush straight up at base of area, and flick brush towards yourself pivoting tip of handle away from you, and allowing bristles to taper off naturally.
  • Mixes
  • 1. Dark Blue Grey: Blue Grey + Carbon Black (1:1)
  • 2. Dark Green: Chrome Green Hue + Phthalo Green-Blue + Carbon Black (2:1:1)
  • 3. Dark Red: Naphthol Red + Blue Grey (1:1)
  • 4. Very Dark Red: Dark Red mix + Carbon Black (1:1)
  • 5. Light Blue Grey: Blue Grey + Titanium White (1:1)
  • Sky
  • 1. Use oval wash to slip-slap sky area with mix brush mix of Sapphire Blue and Titanium White; with blue on top, slowly introduce white as you work downwards with most of white behind tree line. Darken very top of envelope with Dark Blue Grey Mix.
  • 2. Refer to worksheet.

  • Very Distant Trees
  • 1. Holding foliage wave brush upright, tap in trees with mix of Blue Grey + Titanium White (1:1).
  • Second Layer of Distant Trees
  • 1. In same manner as distant trees, tap in trees with mix of Chrome Green Hue + Blue Grey (1:1); highlight Titanium White and rake in bottom of trees with Dark Green mix.
  • Deciduous Trees
  • 1. Use liner to pull in light trees amongst distant trees using brush mix of Blue Grey and Titanium White. (Note: Tree trunks at left have more blue.)
  • Pine Trees
  • 1. Use wave filbert and Dark Green mix to tap in trees; load both sides of brush and bring to a sharp chisel then hold brush at an angle so arches of filbert show. Line in tops of trees with chisel of brush. Start just below marking and pounce a couple coats working from top down, making tree more solid in center and airy on outer edges. When pouncing on branches, use little pressure. Base "hit and miss" trunks Burnt Umber. Highlight pine boughs with brush mix of Dark Green mix and Titanium White being sure to save darks. Working with clean brush, add Titanium White resting snow on boughs. Shade Sapphire Blue along left side of trees.
  • Barn
  • 1. Base Med. Red Rose for opaque coverage. Over-coat front of barn Naphthol Red and left side with Dark Red mix. Base roof Titanium White; shade eave Carbon Black. Rake in boards with Dark Red Mix, pulling from top and stroking downwards. Use mix of Dark Red mix + tch. of Carbon Black to float over raking. Use #0 liner and Dark Red mix to add vertical board lines. Use filbert tooth to rake Lt. Violet highlights. Base window Carbon Black and door Titanium White. Float Grey Blue on roof; deepen back end with second coat. Add Titanium White icicles across front of barn; pick up a touch of Blue Grey to pull icicles on left side.
  • 2. Wash barn door with Burnt Umber. Use 20/0 liner and Burnt Umber to add dividing board lines. Use liner to add thinned Burnt Umber wood grain lines on door panels and to float under boards. Add resting snow across top of barn door and panels, and along bottom of window; pull Titanium White icicles.
  • River
  • 1. Base Blue Grey. Use filbert tooth to rake vertical reflections with Dark Green mix, Blue Grey, and a touch of Titanium White. Pull a few Naphthol Red vertical reflection lines on barn. Float Dark Blue Grey mix along river banks. Line in horizontal reflections with Titanium White, Blue Grey, and a hint of Dark Green mix.
  • Snow Banks
  • 1. Base Titanium White. Apply second coat on left side of river; while wet, slip-slap Blue Grey along left side of snow and work towards right letting paint fade out into wet paint. Use Dark Grey Blue mix to darken next to barn and distant river. Float Blue Grey along each snow bank; float Titanium White to brighten tops of snow banks. Snow area on right side of river is loosely basecoated with Light Blue Grey mix leaving some subtle brush marks.
  • Snowman
  • 1. Cast shadow on snow with Dark Grey Blue mix. Base snowman Titanium White and hat Carbon Black. Apply second Titanium White coat; while wet, loosely slip-slap Sapphire Blue working from left side towards right. If needed, float Sapphire Blue to darken.
  • 2. Base scarf Med. Red Rose; over-coat Naphthol Red. Shade with Very Dark Red mix and highlight Lt. Violet. Add Dark Red mix and Naphthol Red fringe.
  • 3. Dot eyes and mouth Carbon Black. Use brush mix of Hansa Yellow and Naphthol Red to paint carrot nose. Line arms Burnt Umber. Float Sapphire Blue along left side of hat and highlight Titanium White along right side.
  • Birch Tree
  • 1. Use mix of Titanium White + Burnt Umber (3:1) to line in trunk and branches using #4 liner for main trunk and 20/0 liner for smaller branches. Float Burnt Umber along left side of main trunk; rake over float from left to right curving stroke slightly. Use 10/0 liner and Burnt Umber to add odd vertical markings/knot. Load half of fountain brush with Titanium White; stipple Titanium White snow on tips of branches allowing brush arches to show. Use liner to add resting Titanium White snow here and there.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Spatter entire surface with Titanium White. Apply two to three varnish coats.