Babys First Ornament - Tiny Little Fingers

By  Holly Hanley 

  • Tiny Little Fingers


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Black Plum, Burnt Umber, Camel, French Vanilla, Raw Sienna, Royal Fuchsia, Sapphire, Snow (Titanium) White, Soft Black
  • Brushes: Princeton Art and Brush, Select Series 3750: Filbert, #2, #6; Round, #0, #2; Angle, 5/8”; Liner, #10/0; Shader, #12; Mop, 3/4”
  • DecoArt: Glamour Dust Crystal; Acrylic Gesso; Americana Acrylic Multi-Purpose Sealer; Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher, Matte
  • Satin ribbon, 1/4”-wide: pink or blue
  • Optional: Iridescent snowflakes; decorative plastic safety pins; charms
  • Glass ball ornament, 4” found at your local craft store

Pattern - Babys First Ornament - Tiny Little Fingers

  • Preparation
  • 1. Print out pattern; transfer bear outline only. Apply sealer over design area. Use #2 filbert and mix of Gesso + Soft Black (2:1) to slip-slap over sealed area using enough paint to create texture once paint dries. Repeat with Soft Black creating more texture.
  • Painting Instructions
  • 1. Use pattern as guide for shading areas (...).
  • Bears
  • 1. Lightly transfer details. Use following colors to dry brush bears so each highlight color covers a smaller area creating gradual color change from light to dark and allowing Soft Black base color to show as shadow areas: Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, mix of Raw Sienna + Camel (1:1), Camel, then French Vanilla. (Note: To dry brush with filbert, wet brush first then tap off all excess water on paper towel.
  • 2. Pick up paint and blend back and forth on palette paper to remove excess paint and to evenly distribute on brush. Lightly sweep back and forth every which way over surface to highlight. Paint should mostly catch on basecoat ridges.)
  • Face
  • 1. Paint eyes and lashes Soft Black. Add French Vanilla highlight dots. For baby, add a little Sapphire to iris and for parents add a touch of Raw Sienna to eyes. Base nose Soft Black. Use brush mix of Raw Sienna and Camel to dash highlight on top of noses. Use Soft Black to paint mouth line and to add all stitching lines; paint inside of mom's mouth. Use mix of Royal Fuchsia + tch. of Snow White to dry brush cheeks, babies tummy, and mom's heart area. Use #0 round or liner to wash footpads Burnt Umber; add little Camel highlight dashes on top of each pad.
  • 2. For baby's bow and heart, base with mix of Royal Fuchsia + tch. of Snow White. Apply sealer over each and sprinkle with Glamour Dust. Use Camel to paint a single hair lock.
  • Lettering and Snowflakes
  • 1. Use liner and mix of Royal Fuchsia + Gesso to paint lettering and snowflakes. (Note: Paint only a few at a time.) While wet, sprinkle with Glamour Dust.
  • 2. Spatter here and there with mix of Royal Fuchsia + Snow White (1:1).
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply sealer over ornament. Decorate inside glass ball if desired: add iridescent snowflakes, plastic safety pins, "It's a girl/bow" charm, and ribbon.