SEA a-LURE! … Christmas Ornaments by Madonna Williams

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SEA a-LURE! … CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

By Madonna Williams

 

Sea glass colors lend a tropical air this holiday season as you create these special ornaments to give as a gift or to hang as an ornament. Painting is double the fun when the outcome has such “a-lure!”

 

Let’s hear a little about our artist, Madonna: Childhood family vacations to Florida and the world-class shelling on Sanibel Island fanned a career teaching science and, now in retirement, painting time fun. I was fortunate to find some great teachers in my Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) Chapter, who got me started. Now I’m sharing these designs with the hope you will have as much fun, too.

 

SUPPLIES

Surface

Fish-shaped cut outs available at local craft stores

 

Paints

DecoArt Americana

Indian Turquoise, DA087

Lamp (Ebony) Black, DA067

Light Buttermilk, DA164

Purple Pizzazz, DA302

Sapphire, DA099

Sea Breeze, DA256

Sour Apple, DA275

Splendid Gold, DA263

 

Mediums/Other Products

05 Micron Pen

DecoArt Americana

DuraClear® Satin Varnish

Brushes

Scharff Brushes

Series 155: 3/8” Angular

Series 455: No. 1 Round

Series 140: Nos. 2 and 6 Flat Shader

 

Miscellaneous Supplies

Pencil (tracing)

Tracing Paper

Transfer Paper

Water Container

 

Click >>HERE<< to download the pattern.

 

Helpful Tip or Hint

Painters tape can be used to aid in keeping the checks in a straight line.

 

Drybrush – dip angular brush in paint, use no water. Use brush lightly to apply paint to surface.

 

PREPARATION

Base the surface of both fish Light Buttermilk.

Trace the design onto tracing paper and transfer onto your surface. It is not necessary to trace letters at this time.

Use a flat shader to paint the checks in Lamp Black.

 

 

Small Fish

Base below the checked midline with Sour Apple including the fins. 

Base coat above the checked midline with Sea Breeze including the fin.

Base the head with Purple Pizzazz, reserving the ‘gill slit’ area that will later be painted gold. If you do get paint on the gill slit, repaint with Light Buttermilk.

Base the tail with Indian Turquoise.

With the ‘toe’ of the angular brush loaded with Sapphire and pointed toward the base of a fin, hold the brush upright so the chisel edge touches the surface. Scribble lines with the chisel edge on each fin keeping it heavier at the base of the fins.

Drag the angular brush from the outer edge of each fin toward the base of the fin, dry brushing Purple Pizzazz onto fins.

Use the round brush to add strokes of Splendid Gold onto fins and filling in the gill slit. Start strokes more toward the outer edge of a fin and end them nearer the base of the fin.

Add some Black details with the round brush as seen in the photo above.

Add a Sapphire stroke above and below the mouth opening.

Paint the eye with Light Buttermilk, and when dry, add a dot of Lamp Black.

 

Letters

Once all paint is dry, transfer letters onto your surface.

Using a Micron or similar fine tipped waterproof pen, trace your letters.

 

Big Fish

Base coat body and fins Sea Breeze as seen in the photo.

Base coat head Purple Pizzazz, reserving the ‘gill slit’ area that will later be painted gold. If you do get paint on the fill slip, repaint with Light Buttermilk.

Wash the tail with Indian Turquoise sweeping the paint from the edge of the surface toward the body (add the color right over the Sea Breeze already there).

With the ‘toe’ of the angular brush loaded with Sapphire and pointed toward the base of a fin, hold the brush upright so only the chisel edge touches the surface. Scribble lines on each fin keeping it heavier at the base of the fins.

Use the round brush to add strokes of Splendid Gold onto fins and filling in the gill slit. Start strokes more toward the outer edge of a fin and end them nearer the base of the fin.

Add some Lamp Black details with the round brush as seen in the photo.

 

Letters

Once all paint is dry, transfer letters onto your surface.

Using a Micron or similar fine tipped waterproof pen, trace your letters.

 

Finish

Shake the Satin DuraClear Varnish well for an even appearance.

Apply a thin, even coat with a brush. Allow to dry.

An additional coat may be applied.

 



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