Santa Rides Again

By  Debby Forshey-Choma 

  • Santa Rides Again


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Baby Blue, Black Green, Brandy Wine, Buttermilk, Camel, Country Blue, Deep Midnight Blue, Espresso, Evergreen, Gooseberry Pink, Graphite, Green Mist, Grey Sky, Khaki Tan, Payne's Grey, Primary Red, Snow (Titanium) White, Violet Haze, Warm White, Williamsburg Blue, Winter Blue
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Majestic: Shader, Series R4150, #0, #2, #4, #6, #8; Angular, Series R4160, 5/8"; Filbert, Series R4170, #6; Script Liner, Series R4585, #10/0; Glaze/Wash, Series R4700, 3/4"
  • Brushes: Filbert Stencil Brush, Series R1114, Medium, Large; Combo: Oval Wash, Series L3080, 3/4"; Royal Soft-Grip: White Nylon Blending Mop, Series SG1400, 1/2"; Signature Series: Debbie's Texture Brush, Series L1360, Small
  • DecoArt: Americana Acrylic Multi-Purpose Sealer; DuraClear Varnish, Matte
  • White Square Napkin Holder (#137344), 6-1/2"x6-1/2"x3" from Painter's Paradise


  • C-Thru Graph Ruler

Pattern - Santa Rides Again

  • Preparation
  • 1. Use glaze/wash brush to apply sealer over entire lid. Sand lightly; wipe dust. Use mix of Williamsburg Blue + Country Blue (1:1) (Mix A) + Multi-Purpose Sealer (1:1) to base lid top and edges. Use Mix A (omit sealer) to base again. Use mix of Deep Midnight Blue + Multi-Purpose Sealer (1:1) to base underside of lid. Base again (omit sealer) and apply thin coat on edges.
  • 2. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines omitting moon, Santa, sleigh, and reindeer. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Sky
  • 1. Use angular brush and Deep Midnight Blue to float wide shade across top of lid.
  • Background Pines
  • 1. Use pencil to lightly draw center line of each pine. Work only a couple pine trees at a time. Slightly dampen surface area with clean water. Load filbert with Black Green across chisel edge; working on chisel edge, slightly pull up top of pine, then tap from left to right for boughs, slowly and slightly widening while working toward base, allowing a bit of background to show through. Repeat for remaining pines. When dry, randomly repeat Black Green on boughs to deepen. Then randomly repeat with Snow White for snow.
  • Artist's Tip
  • 1. For proper use of texture brush, use the following method: dampen bristles with water to separate bristles. Tap bristles into paint, hold perpendicular to palette, pounce up and down to remove excess paint leaving scant amount on brush. Tap brush lightly on surface, dancing up and down, and rolling in different directions between fingers when brush is up in air. Allow some drying time between taps so paint sets up a bit.
  • Background Trees
  • 1. Use texture brush and Evergreen to "dance" in trees behind structures. Lightly dance Snow White for snow.
  • Structures
  • 1. Note: Use appropriate size shaders to base structures and bricks; use shaders to wash along shade side of walls. Use angular to shade opposite side. Use appropriate size liners to pull wall lines. Refer to pattern for numbering.
  • 2. Structure 1: Base walls Warm White. Use Williamsburg Blue to pull horizontal wall lines; wash shading on right wall and shade across top of left wall.
  • 3. Structure 2: Base walls Violet Haze. Pull Payne's Grey bricks. Use mix of Payne's Grey + Violet Haze (1:1) to pull chimney. Use Payne's Grey to shade across top of wall.
  • 4. Structure 3: Base wall and chimney Grey Sky. Use Graphite to pull vertical lines; shade across top of wall.
  • 5. Structure 4: Base walls and chimney Green Mist. Use Evergreen to pull wall lines; wash shading on left wall and shade across top of right wall.
  • 6. Structure 5: Use Buttermilk to base walls and chimney. Use Camel to pull bricks; wash shading on left wall and shade across top of right wall.
  • 7. Structure 6: Use Khaki Tan to base wall and chimney. Use Espresso to pull bricks; shade across top of wall.
  • 8. Structure 7: Base walls Baby Blue. Use Deep Midnight Blue to pull vertical wall lines; wash shading on right wall and shade across top of left wall. Use mix of Baby Blue + Deep Midnight Blue to pull chimneys.
  • 9. Structure 8: Base walls Gooseberry Pink. Use Brandy Wine to pull vertical wall lines; shade across top of wall.
  • 10. Structure 9: Base walls Camel. Use Espresso to pull horizontal wall lines; shade across to of wall.
  • Roofs
  • 1. Use appropriate size shaders and Snow White to base full roofs; use angular to lightly shade Payne's Grey across tops. For remaining roofs and side roof lines, double-load script liner with Payne's Grey and Snow White. Randomly and loosely line Snow White over roof lines.
  • 2. Corner load angular with Snow White; float smoke coming from chimneys.
  • Window and Doors
  • 1. Use appropriate size shaders and Graphite to base doors and dark windows. Base yellow windows Camel. Use script liner and Warm White to pull window panes and door knobs.
  • Christmas Decorations
  • 1. Use texture brush to dance Evergreen on garland and wreaths; lightly dance Snow White snow. Use script liner to paint Primary Red bows.
  • Snow Hills
  • 1. Use angular to float wide Winter Blue highlight across top of each snow hill. Use narrower float to brighten with Snow White.
  • 2. For yellow window snow reflections, use angular and thinned Camel to chisel float tints on snow directly down from windows.
  • Moon
  • 1. For haze behind moon, dampen area with clean water; slip-slap washy Snow White then mop to soften. Use #4 shader to base moon with one coat Snow White for somewhat transparent look.
  • Santa, Sleigh, and Reindeers
  • 1. Paint each Payne's Grey.
  • Falling Snow
  • 1. Use old toothbrush or spattering tool to spatter thinned Snow White over entire design.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use oval wash brush to apply two to three varnish coats.
  • Tip
  • 1. This design can easily be adapted onto an ornament, a front door plaque, a floor cloth, and so much more. Just reduce or enlarge pattern to accommodate surface.