by Donna Dewberry
By Donna Dewberry
-Terra Cotta Pot, Available at Most Craft Stores
FolkArt Acrylic Colors
-434 Berry Wine
-642 Blue Ink
-901 Wicker White
FolkArt Artists' Pigment
-462 Burnt Umber
-628 Pure Orange
-917 Yellow Ochre
-676 Inca Gold
FolkArt One Stroke™ Brushes
-1 Script Liner
-2 Script Liner
-FolkArt Terra Cotta Pot Sealer
-FolkArt Spray Lacquer (Gloss #775, Satin #774, or Matte #773)
-White Graphite paper
-Stylus or Pencil
Apply the Terra Cotta Pot Sealer and let dry. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions listed on the can. Load the 1½” flat brush with Blue Ink and base coat the outside and most of the inside with two coats of paint. Allow ample drying time between the coats. Trace and transfer the pattern if needed.
Refer to the color worksheet for detailed painting instructions and practice.
Double load the #12 flat brush with Yellow Ochre and Wicker White. Add a touch of Inca Gold to the Yellow Ochre side of the brush. Keeping the Yellow Ochre side of the brush to the outer edge and using the flat side of the brush stroke the shoulders. Using the same brush and colors, pick up fresh paint making sure to keep the Wicker White crisp.
Using the flat side of the brush and keeping the Whicker White to the outer edge, start at the outermost tip of the wing and begin to paint the feathers. Paint the bottom row first and then overlap the rows of strokes getting slightly smaller as you near the shoulder stroke.
Snowman and Snow:
Double load the scruffy brush with Wicker White and Linen. Keeping the Linen to the outer edge; pounce the bottom ball of the snowman and then pounce the second ball.
Using the same brush and colors; pounce the snow. Double load the ½” scruffy brush with Wicker White and Linen, keeping the Linen to the outer edge; pounce the head of the snowman. Allow to completely dry before proceeding. Load the mini scruffy brush with Wicker White, add a touch of Berry Wine and blend well to soften the color to a light pink then pounce the cheeks. Load the #2 script liner brush with inky Burnt Umber then pull the tip of the brush through the puddle of Wicker White. Using the tip of the brush, paint the arms for the snowman. Load the #1 script liner brush with Pure Orange; paint the carrot nose. Load the #2 script liner with inky Burnt Umber; paint the eyes, lashes, mouth and details on the carrot. Load the #1 script liner brush with Wicker White and add highlights to the eyes. (Hint: if you made the lashes a little thick you can use this brush and the Wicker White to thin them.) Double load the #2 flat brush with Berry Wine and Wicker White. Paint the heart by starting on the chisel edge, pushing down and spinning the brush a quarter turn with the Berry Wine to the outer edge, after turning start lifting the brush back up to the chisel edge as you continue to turn the brush another quarter turn. (If we use the face of a clock to describe the position of the brush then the Berry Wine would start at 12 o'clock and end at 6 o'clock.) Load the #1 script liner with Sunflower; paint the halo. Load the #1 script liner with Inca Gold; paint over the first halo stroke. Dip the handle of the #1 script liner into the puddle of Licorice; dot the buttons. Load the tip of the #1 script liner with Wicker White; add highlight to the buttons.
Load the #12 flat brush with Sunflower; base coat the star and let dry. Double load the #10 flat brush with Yellow Ochre and Inca Gold, keeping the Yellow Ochre to the outer edge and using the flat side of the brush; paint the star. Allow to completely dry before proceeding. Load the #1 script liner with Wicker White, add the inner highlight strokes to the star.
Snowflakes and Finishing Touches:
Load the #2 script liner with inky Wicker White; paint the snowflakes and sign your name. Dip the tooth brush into the inky Wicker White; tap it once or twice on a paper towel. Hold the toothbrush with the bristles up about 6 to 8 inches away from the pot; drag your thumb across the bristles to flick tiny spatters of paint to mimic snow falling.
Allow to completely dry and then spray with a light coat of the lacquer in the finish of your choice. Allow the first coat to dry and then apply two to three more coats, allowing each to dry in between.