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christmas cardinal winter wreath
by Marilyn Stover, Elite OSCI

Christmas Cardinal Winter Wreath
By Marilyn Stover, Elite, OSCI
-Wooden Door Wreath, Available at Walmart

FolkArt Acrylic Colors
-901 Wicker White
-436 Engine Red     
-448 Green Forest
-736 School Bus Yellow
-938 Licorice
-442 Baby Blue
-945 Maple Syrup

FolkArt Artist' Pigment
-686 Burnt Carmine
-471 Green Umber
-462 Burnt Umber

FolkArt One Stroke™ Brushes
-3/4” Flat
-12 Flat
-6 Flat
-Script Liner

Additional Supplies
-Transfer Paper
-Stylus or Pencil
-FolkArt Lacquer Spray Clear Satin Finish

Prepare wreath by lightly sanding. Using ¾” flat brush, basecoat wreath Wicker White.
Using ¾' flat brush double loaded with Wicker White and Baby Blue, criss-cross strokes on background. Transfer your pattern.

(Refer to color worksheet throughout)

Double load the #12 flat brush with Engine Red and Burnt Carmine. With Burnt Carmine to the outside, paint 1st half, then 2nd half. While wet, paint vein with chisel edge.  Paint one petal, then layer next petal over first. Dot centers with handle end of brush using School bus Yellow and Green Forest.

Holly Leaves:
Double load the #12 flat brush with School Bus Yellow and Green Forest. With Green Forest to outside; push down on bristles to form shape and lifting back on chisel edge to form point of leaf.

Pine Cones:
Double load the #6 flat brush with Burnt Umber and Wicker White. Start at tip of pinecone and work your way back to base.

Pine Needles:
Double load the #12 flat brush with Green Umber and School Bus Yellow. Paint on chisel edge, leading with School Bus Yellow. Dot pine needles using handle end of the brush with Engine Red to create berries.

Basecoat bird with Engine Red. Basecoat beak with School Bus Yellow. Using the script liner brush loaded with Maple Syrup, paint eye. When dry, add pupil with Licorice, then a Wicker White highlight.

Dampen the #6 flat brush, lay brush on paper towel to blot out excess water. Side load with Licorice and float along back, chest and outline of wing. Using chisel edge of the #6 flat brush loaded with Licorice, add detail lines on tail and on face pulling color; beginning at nose into cheek area. Dampen the #6 flat brush and side load with Licorice to add feathers on wings and chest area.

Seal project using Clear Satin Spray


Marilyn has been painting as a Ceramic Hobby Instructor for 20 years. She became an OSCI in 2001, and has since become a Wall & Furniture Specialist and also a Gallery Glass Specialist. Marilyn reached Elite Status in March 2002 and is now working on her Certifying Elite. She teaches regularly at her Ceramic Studio and also travel teaches to many other studios across the state. Marilyn feels that there is no greater joy than to share your love of painting and to find that hidden talent in each and every one of her students.    

Marilyn Stover, Elite OSCI, DDWFS, DDGGS can be contacted at:
Phone: 814-392-4626,