by Anita Campanella
Wooden surface 9,8425” diameter or approximately 10" wide.
Ball Stylus, White graphite paper, Paper Palette, Ultrathin abrasive paper.
DecoArt® Americana Acrylics:
DA083 Black Forest Green DA083
DA064 Burnt Umber DA064
DA03 Buttermilk DA03
DA166 Deep Midnight Blue DA166
DA131 Hauser Light Green DA131
DA163 Honey Brown DA163
DA312 Irish Moss DA312
DA067 Lamp Black DA067
DA164 Light Buttermilk DA164
DA094 Mississippi Mud DA094
DHS4 NEONS Fiery Red DHS4
DA199 Primary Red DA199
DA201 Primary Yellow DA201
DA401 Provence Sky DA401
DA01 Snow White DA01
DA155 Soft Black DA155
DecoArt Traditions White Gesso
DecoArt Finisher Matte Spray
Blue Ice SC32 FLAT 1”
Black Gold Round 206R: # 2, #4
Black Gold Shader 206S: # 4, #2
Black Gold Angle 206A: 1/2”, 1/4”
Black Gold Liner 206L: 10/0”
Decorator Mop 400: 5/8”
Decorator Dry Brush 200: #12
Mezzaluna: small, medium, large
Decorator Deerfoot 300: ¼”
The basics are with the # 4 shader brush for the larger areas, the # 2 shader brush for the smaller areas, and the # 2 round brush for the details. Shading and highlighting are all performed with the floating technique unless otherwise specified. To perform the floating, I use the angular brushes and I adapt the size to the area I am going to treat. My floating is always followed by the mop brush. With the mop brush, I lightly dab along the outer part of the floating and then move slowly toward the heart of the shading or highlighting. The Mop brush is of great help in making the shades softer and more harmonious. I just can't help it. I use the ¾ "mop for floating on larger areas, and the ½" mop brush for smaller areas.
With sandpaper, sand the surface with circular movements. Remove dust with a damp paper towel. Apply the multi-purpose sealer with the Blue Ice brush. Dry well and sand again, remaining very light. Remove dust with a damp paper towel. With the Blue Ice brush and Lamp Black cover the entire surface. Dry well.
Hat: Provence Sky
Face, torso, ears: Buttermilk
Body: Honey Brown.
Face and body:
Transfer the remaining guidelines. The highlight along the center of the face and belly is done with the large Mezzaluna brush and Snow White. The mouth and eyebrows are with the liner brush and Lamp Black. The nose is Soft Black. The shading inside the ears is with the
¼"angle brush and a brush mix of Primary Red and Mississippi Mud.
Shading: on the face close to the hat and on the belly are done with the ½” angle brush and Mississippi Mud. In the same way, is the shading along the entire perimeter of the body.
The shading on the face close to the eyes, nose, mouth, and eyebrows is done with the ¼” angle brush and Mississippi Mud. In the same way is the shading on the belly: close to the snowball, gloves, and socks. Reinforce with Burnt Umber. Also, reinforce the shadows along the inside of the ears and all those on the face and body with Burnt Umber. The highlight on the nose and eyes is with the liner brush and Snow White. The lashes are with the same brush and Lamp Black.
The socks are Primary Red.
The highlight on the socks is done with the ¼” angle brush and Neons Fiery Red. The shading is with the same brush and Soft Black. The jingle bells are with the Ball Stylus and Primary Yellow. The shadows along the underside of the jingle bells are with the ¼” angle brush and Burnt Umber.
The snowball is with the Deerfoot brush and Snow White. The shading along its underside is with the ½ "angle brush and Deep Midnight Blue. Similarly, is the shading on the ball close to the gloves.
The cheeks are with the ½” angle brush and a brush mix of Primary Red and Mississippi Mud. Spread a thin layer of water on the muzzle and tap Burnt Umber with the liner brush. Reinforce the shading on the face close to the hat with Soft Black.
Transfer the hat texture lines.
The shading on the hat and gloves are all with the ¼” angle brush and Deep Midnight Blue. Reinforce with Soft Black on the hat: along the cuff and close to the pom pon. The highlights on the hat are with the small Mezzaluna brush and Snow White.
The pom pon is with the Deerfoot brush and Snow White. The shading along its underside is with the ¼ "angle brush and Deep Midnight Blue.
Cloak with quills:
The quills are with the liner brush and Light Buttermilk. The shading on the coat close to the body, ears, and hat is done with the ½" angle brush and Burnt Umber.
Snow is with the ball stylus and Snow White.
Transfer the lines of the writing. The lettering is with # 2 round brush and Snow White.
Berries and sprigs:
Transfer the guidelines of the berries and pine twigs to the hat.
The leaves are Hauser Light Green. The highlights are done with the small Mezzaluna brush and Irish Moss. Shadows are with the ¼” angle brush and Black Forest Green. Reinforce with Soft Black.
The sprigs of the pine are with the liner brush and Burnt Umber. The pine needles are with the liner brush and multiple color passes. The first step is with the Black Forest Green. Then always with the liner brush and a brush mix of Black Forest Green and Snow White. Finally with Snow White.
The sprigs of the berries are with the liner brush and Burnt Umber. The light point on the twigs is with the same brush and Buttermilk. The berries are with the ball stylus and Primary Red. The highlights on the berries are with the liner brush and the Neons Fiery Red. The shadows on the berries are with the ¼” angle brush and Soft Black.
The snow cover is with the medium Mezzaluna brush and Snow White.
Seal the colors with DecoaArt Matte Spray Paint.
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