Wintery Snowman & Cardinal Ornament

By  Debby Blair 

size: 2-3/4" tall


  • Rusted tin heart light cover (Tails, Fins, and Flukes)
  • Gold star charm, 5/8”
  • Iridescent glitter


  • Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Americana: Neutral Grey; Cadmium Orange; Cadmium Yellow; Burnt Sienna; Desert Turquoise; Dioxazine Purple; Hauser Dark Green; Hauser Light Green; Hauser Medium Green; Lamp Black; Napa Red; Primary Red; Titanium White; Hot Shots: Fiery Red; Thermal Green; Torrid Orange
  • Artist Paintbrushes (Royal & Langnickel): Round, #2; Liner, 10/0; Scruffy, #12

Pattern - Wintery Snowman & Cardinal Ornament

  • 1. Print and cut out patterns. Lightly transfer pattern to tin.
  • 2. For snowman, Use scruffy brush to stipple face Neutral Grey, letting tin show through. Without washing brush, use Titanium White to stipple center of face. Use end of paintbrush handle to dot eyes Lamp Black. Add water to Lamp Black for ink consistency; use liner to paint eyebrows and mouth, Highlight right edges of eyes Desert Turquoise. Dry brush cheeks Napa Red. For nose, load round brush with Burnt Sienna, then dip into the following colors: Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, and Torrid Orange; paint carrot nose. Use Titanium White to highlight eyes, cheeks, and top of nose For eyes.
  • 3. For tree, dry brush center Lamp Black, then repeat with Burnt Sienna. For boughs, use liner to stroke Hauser Dark Green, then apply Hauser Medium Green, Hauser Light Green, and blend of Thermal Green and Titanium White.
  • 4. Paint mitten, scarf, and cardinal Napa Red; highlight Primary Red, then Fiery Red. Shade scarf and cardinal blend of Napa Red and Lamp Black. Highlight cardinal and mittens Titanium White. Dot eye Lamp Black; highlight Titanium White. Paint bead and feet Cadmium Yellow. Paint pipe Burnt Sienna; highlight Titanium White.
  • 5. Spatter paint heart Titanium White. Mix 80% water and 20% Dioxazine Purple to wash darker design areas. Repeat with wash of Desert Turquoise, staying in dark areas and light areas of design. Apply glue to star and sprinkle with glitter and glue to tree top.
  • Techniques
  • 1. Dry Brushing: Dip stencil brush into paint; stroke on paper towel until almost dry.
  • 2. Highlighting: Add reflected light areas to design with lighter paint tones.
  • 3. Shading: Add shadow areas to design with darker paint tones.
  • 4. Spatter Painting: Dip stiff-bristled brush, or old toothbrush, into water-thinned paint. Holding brush 4"-5" from surface, drag thumbnail or knife across bristles. Paint consistency determines spatter size. Thinner paint makes larger spatters. Practice on paper before painting on project. Protect surrounding area with newspapers.
  • 5. Stippling: Using stipple brush or stencil brush, lightly "tap" surface with pouncing motion. Very little paint should be used.