Friday, September 30, 2011

Santa Ornament 2011

Today I have a freebie for you and it's a holiday ornament painting pattern! The pattern I designed is for beginners and it's fast, easy and fun to paint. I call them "coloring book" style painting because they are just that easy! I have also included a basic supply list and easy to read instructions.

Included in the instructions I mention using a wood-burning tool to burn in the pattern lines. I like to add this technique to many of my painting patterns. If you are not interested in using this tool an alternative to wood -burning is to paint a black or dark brown line in its place. For those of you who like to carve, this may also be an option.

As for what you will paint this pattern on is up to you. I cut my own wood designs, so if you are not a woodcutter or don't know one, you can trace these pattens on to most any wood, canvas or paper mache product that you would find in your local craft store. Of course the wood-burning technique would not be used on any surface but the wood. Do feel free to enlarge or reduce this pattern before painting to suit your needs.

If you should have any questions or concerns please shoot me a message and I will try to help as best and as fast as I can!




Deco Art Americana Paints
Snow White
Lamp Black

Delta Ceramcoat
Moroccan Red

#1 Liner
#4 and #8 Flat
Note: I use Leow-Cornell and Royal Langnickel Brands. Basically you want a brush to fit in the areas of the pattern and not be too small or too big.

Wood Burning Tool (optional)
Disposable Palette Paper or a plastic plate to pour paints onto.
Tracing paper
Graphite paper in grey and white. Grey if painting on a light background and white if painting on a dark background.
Fine Sandpaper for wood surfaces
Brown grocery bag small piece for extra fine sanding
Water container
Old Toothbrush
Spray Varnish, Matte or Satin


Transferring the pattern to the wood:

If you copy, and paste this drawing into Microsoft Word, it will be the actual size that I created for this project. 

Then make a tracing paper copy of the pattern. Lay the pattern over the wood and place the transfer paper underneath it. (Be careful to keep the pattern aligned with the wood.) Using a pencil, gently mark all the pattern lines. Check that all lines are in their proper places. Adjust if necessary.

This link will send you to a pdf. to download

Instructions for cutting wood:

If using a scrolling saw, cut only the outer edge of the pattern.Also a hole needs to be drilled at the top of Santa’s hat if using as an ornie.

Transfer the tracing paper pattern to the surface of your choice. Lay the tracing paper copy over the surface you are painting on. Hold it steady and slip the graphite paper in between the tracing paper and the painting surface. Here I painted an oval paper mache gift tag and also cut out a wood shape for examples.
If Using A Wood-Burning Tool: Please read all instructions that come with the tool. Remember, “Safety First!” I suggest you practice on a few scrap pieces to get a feel for this tool. A few tips when using a wood-burner are to burn or draw the tool in the directions toward your body for better control.
When approaching a curve it is sometimes easier to move or turn the object instead of trying to twist or turn your hand. Also keep your eye moving a slight step ahead of the tool tip for a steadier line. Do not let the tip sit too long on one spot when starting and stopping or you may end up with a heavier burn line. Practice makes perfect!

Shake paints well before using. Add a little water to your paints to help them to flow better. Some paints are more watery than others so in that case do not add any water to them. Most areas take 2-3 coats of paint to be opaque in coverage. Do this unless otherwise noted or if you prefer a more transparent look. And don't forget to paint the backside of your piece!

Touch ups along the way are common when painting so don't fret if you paint outside the lines. Just go ahead and add a touch of paint to fix any errors, but remember to always let the paint dry in between coats. You may also use a blow dryer to speed up drying time but be sure not to get too close to the painting surface.

Let's begin!

Paint face with 3 thin coats of Toffee. Make sure each coat is dry before applying the next.
In between coats lightly sand with a piece of brown paper bag. Be sure to use a piece with no
inked pictures on it!

Add a little of the Moroccan Red paint to the Toffee to create a blush color. Dab a tiny bit onto a q-tip and blot well (almost dry) onto a paper towel. This is to blush Santa's cheeks. Practice on a scrap beforehand as to not over do the cheek color. On mine I did it so light originally that I went back at the end and made him a bit more jolly.
Paint beard and mustache 2 -3 coats with Snow White. Don't forget to sand lightly with a piece of brown paper bag in between dried coats.

Add a tiny touch of Lamp Black to some Snow White to make a grey mix and paint one coat on Santa's hat brim and pom-pom. Sand lightly.

Next take a q-tip and some white paint and pounce it over the grey areas on Santa's hat creating a fur-like effect. Do this 2-3 times to build up the paint coverage and don't forget to dry in between coats. Next, paint 2-3 coats of Moroccan Red on Santa's hat area. Let dry.

Now it's time to put on Santa's eyes. First line up the tracing paper over your painting and slip the grey graphite paper underneath it and with a pencil, mark the lines and dots for his eyes. Remove tracing and graphite and make sure his eyes are properly located before painting.

With the liner brush, thin the black paint with water to an ink consistency and paint the lines over his eyes. Let dry. Using a toothpick, dip one end into the black paint and practice making dots for the eyes. Once you feel you have it right, add them to Santa's eye area. Be sure to let dry very well because dip-dots can take quite a while to dry. Once they are completely dry, add a very tiny white dot on the right side of the black dot as a highlight.

As shown above on the black surface, use thinned Lamp Black and paint over the original pattern lines to hide any of the white graphite lines. Do the same over grey lines should you have painted on a lighter surface.

Be sure and finish the backside of your project also.

Using an old toothbrush and slightly thinned white paint, practice a spattering technique over some newspaper or cardboard before attempting this next step.

Load the thinned white paint onto the toothbrush and run your thumb over it starting at the top and running down towards the bottom. Paint will shoot all around so learn how to control it by how close you are to the surface that you are practicing or painting on. This technique can also be omitted.

I choose to use spray varnish on most projects due to the fact that if you use a brush on type varnish and haven't let your paints cure long enough (at least 2-3 days) you may end up having streaks of color in your varnish strokes. EEK!

I usually can't wait to get the varnish on because it really brightens up the paint's finish. So spray varnish is the answer for me. Two light coats will be adequate for this ornament and be sure to shake it well and do spray in a well ventilated area.

Add a little ribbon and Santa's ready for hanging! Enjoy!
If you do get a chance to paint this ornament please send me a picture of your finished piece, I would really love to see it!

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