Original Design by Vicki Saum
Friendly cardinals make friends with this snowman while snowflakes adorn the sky. This ornament is a sure-to-make gift for family and friends. Never painted before? Vicki shows how easy it is! You can put this snowman design on a different surface or the surface Vicki recommends. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 8-1/4” mink board ornament (order from Cupboard Distributing Item No. 22-7338)
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints:
- Bleached Sand
- Burnt Orange
- Charcoal Grey
- Deep Midnight Blue
- Grey Storm
- Lamp Black
- Traditional Burnt Umber
- Tuscan Red
- Yellow Ochre
Dynasty Black Gold Brushes:
- Assorted sizes of flats, angles, and liners (Note: Use brush size to accommodate area size being painted.)
- Mezzaluna brush for dry brushing
- Water basin (to rinse brushes in)
- Paper towels
- Palette paper for acrylics or Styrofoam plates (to squeeze paint on)
- DecoArt Americana Multi-Purpose Sealer
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Tracing paper and pencil
- Graphite paper (to transfer pattern to surface)
- Old Toothbrush
- Palette knife
- DecoArt Americana Matte Sealer/Finish Spray
- 6” of black and white baker’s twine
Refer to photo for details when needed.
- Seal all sides with a coat of Multi-Purpose Sealer. Allow to dry well.
- Lightly sand with the grain and wipe free of any dust.
- Using tracing paper and pencil, trace pattern.
- Base coat the front, back, and sides with Grey Storm. Allow to dry completely.
- Place graphite between traced pattern and surface. (Note: Be sure you have the graphite side down before tracing.)
- Trace pattern onto surface.
- Paint ground Bleached Sand.
- Paint body Bleached Sand.
- Where the body and the drift meet, shade Driftwood for shadow to be cast onto the snowman.
- Using Driftwood, shade along the left side, under the hat, along the left side, under the scarf, where the stick/arm inserts into the body, and under the coal buttons.
- To dry brush—dip brush into paint and remove 90% of it onto a paper towel leaving a hint of color on the brush. Dry brush a little Tuscan Red for cheeks.
EYES AND MOUTH
- The mouth are five small “X’s” using Lamp Black and a small liner brush.
- The eyes are two larger “X’s” using Lamp Black and a small liner brush.
- Paint Burnt Orange using liner brush.
- Paint brim and crown Lamp Black but not the band.
- Leave the hatband Grey Storm and add Lamp Black checks.
- Using Driftwood, highlight along the top of the brim and the top of the hat.
- Base coat Deep Midnight Blue.
- Highlight along the top and under the fold with Driftwood.
- Using liner brush, add Deep Midnight Blue fringe with a touch of Bleached Sand.
- Randomly add little Bleached Sand snowflakes.
- Paint Traditional Burnt Umber.
- Paint each button Charcoal Grey.
- Base coat each bird Tuscan Red.
- Shade and add the triangle shape and the eye with Lamp Black.
- Using a small amount of Burnt Orange, highlight the top of the wing and feathers.
- Beaks are Yellow Ochre with shading of Traditional Burnt Umber on beak next to body.
- Traditional Burnt Umber is used for the legs on the bird standing in the snow.
- Add some Driftwood shading on snow under the standing cardinal to cast a shadow.
- Using the liner brush, add Bleached Sand snowflakes with a dot in the center of each snowflake. Dots may be made with the tip of a small brush handle or with a stylus.
- (Note: You may want to practice on a piece of paper first to be sure you do this step correctly.) To add tiny specks of snow, splatter with Bleached Sand by dipping an old toothbrush into a little paint (a thinner paint works better) then run a palette knife across the brush toward you to create a splattered effect.
- When project piece is dry, spray with a coat of matte sealer.
- Tie on twine for hanging.
(may need to enlarge or reduce pattern to fit your ornament, depending on your printer)