Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ornament Exchange 2017 Blog Hop

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Ornament Exchange 17


I am so super excited to be a part of this Ornament Exchange Blog Hop with all these other incredible and inspirational artist/designers.  I hope you will take the time to check out all of their wonderful free ornament projects and then create them!!

I hope you enjoy creating my 'Joy to the World' ornament!


Here's what you'll need to create my 'Joy to the World' ornament:
Click on the highlighted words to SHOP for the supplies below 
Right click on any of the pictures and the line drawing and save to your computer or come back and visit my blog for the content
  • (1) Square Bracket Ornament #31-L237 –
  • The following colors of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Titanium White, Raw Umber, Sap Green, Green Gold, Paynes Grey, Pyrrole Red, Quinacridone Gold, & Hansa Yellow Light
  • DecoArt Media Specialty Products: Gesso - White, Soft-Touch Varnish
  • DecoArt Americana All Purpose Sealer
  • These are some suggested brushes:  Dynasty Black Gold - (Series 206A) #1/4", #3/8" Angles, (Series 206R) #2 Round, (Series 206FW) 3/4" Flat Wash, Stencil - 1/2" (You can get all of these brushes and more from THE BRUSH GUYS   Use promo code sandymc for an additional discount.
  • Identi-Pen - Black
  • Ruler & Pencil
  • Wired Ribbon - Available at your local craft store
  • Using the 3/4" Flat Wash, paint the surface with DecoArt All-Purpose Sealer. Let dry.
  • Using a wet 3/4" Flat Wash, paint the surface with white Gesso. Paint long strokes from side to side. Let dry. 
  • Measuring from the center at the top of the ornament - mark at 1 1/8", 2 3/8", and 3 1/2". Draw a line across the ornament for each of these and then go back over the pencil line with the Identi-Pen. 
  • Load the stencil brush with Raw Umber and wipe a lot of the paint off on a paper towel. Going from side to side, dry brush the Raw Umber onto the ornament to give it the appearance of wood. Repeat as often as necessary. If you get it too dark, simply wipe it with a paper towel or paint a wash of inky Gesso over it. Let dry completely before transferring on the pattern.

  • Transfer pattern on using transfer paper and a pen or stylus.
  • Load #2 Round with Raw Umber and paint wreath. Rinse brush.
  • Load #2 Round with Quinacridone Gold and Titanium White; mix on palette. Add highlights on the wreath here and there.
  • Load 1/4" Angle with Sap Green and Paynes Grey (no need to mix - just add both colors to the brush) then paint evergreen sprigs. Start with the sprig at the top and work back toward the widest part. The toe follows as you pull the chisel edge of the brush to paint the stroke using little to no pressure. Start by painting a stem down the center and bring the strokes from the left, right, and on top of the main stem.

  • Load 1/4" Angle with Sap Green and then add Green Gold to the toe of the brush only. Add some Titanium White to the toe and blend in the same place on your palette - keeping the toe with just the Green Gold and Titanium White on it. 
  • Start at the single sprig at the top and slide on the chisel edge with little to no pressure to paint the stroke. NOTE: The heel leads and the toe follows - leaving the lighter highlight on the evergreen sprig. Repeat strokes all the way down the evergreen sprigs - reloading as necessary.

  • Dip the end of the 3/8" Angle brush handle into Pyrrole Red and dot berries. Let dry.
  • Load the 1/4" Angle brush with Pyrrole Red and then the toe only with Hansa Yellow Light and Titanium White. Blend in the same place on the palette - keeping the toe in the same place. 
  • Float a highlight on the berries.
  • Rinse brush, load with Pyrrole Red and on the toe only add some Paynes Grey. Float toe along the  bottom of the berries. Let dry.
  • Load #2 Round with Titanium White and highlight the berries. Once you add the highlight, lightly touch it with your finger to soften the look.

  • Load the toe of a damp 3/8" Angle brush with Paynes Grey and shade underneath the berries and branches as shown. If the shading it too dark, simply lay a paper towel on top and lightly press - this will lift some of the color.  Add some shading where the evergreen sprigs come together and meet the wreath as well.
  • Load the #2 Round brush with Titanium White and paint the words. 
  • Load the #2 Round with Paynes Grey and paint a shadow on the letters as shown.

  • Once everything has completely dried, varnish the ornament.
  • Add wired ribbon to the ornament and hang on the tree, add it to a present or to your holiday table setting.
 Line Drawing ~ Print off and reduce/enlarge to fit surface of choice (Right click on the picture and save file to your computer)

DecoArt Give Away


DecoArt is providing the DECOART PRODUCTS used in this project to one lucky winner.  To enter to be a part of this giveaway comment on this blog post.  I will select the winner on November 3rd.   Each artist in this blog hop will also be offering the DecoArt Give Away so check them out using the links below.
If you have a difficult time commenting on this post simply leave me a comment on my FB Post about the Ornament Exchange and you will be entered as well!!!




Ornament Exchange 2017

Day 1 – October 17th

Day 2 – October 18th

Day 3 – October 19th

I hope you enjoy this Blog Hop and are inspired to paint some ornaments.  Please share your creations with us on FaceBook.
Special THANK YOU to DecoArt and Cupboard Distributing for sponsoring our blog hop.
Sandy McTier

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