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  • Writer's pictureDiane M Kellogg

Holy Night Santa

By Amanda Novaes

Even Santa celebrates the reason for the season.


Wood Surface 8in x 6in (20cm x 15cm)


Decoart© Americana:

DA172 Black Plum

DA257 Bleached Sand

DA064 Burnt Umber

DA088 Charcoal Grey

DA166 Deep Midnight Blue

DA077 Desert Sand

HHS4 Fiery Red

DA111 Grey Sky

DA328 Grey Storm

DA024 Hi-Lite Flesh

DA251 Melon

DA174 Milk Chocolate

DA401 Provence Sky

DA170 Santa Red

DA068 Slate Grey

DA001 Titanium White

DA265 Tuscan Red



Americana acrylic sealer/finishers


Royal & Langnickel©:

3/8, 1/2 Angle Majestic R4160

4, 2, Round – Aqualon R2250

20/0 Round Mini Majestic R4200R

08 Shader /flat - Majestic R4150

5 Interlocked Bristle Brush (stippler/stencil) 1355

3 Round Bristle Brush 355

1/4 Deerfoot 393 Series

1/4 Filbert Rake 7930



Tracing Paper and Graphite Paper

Masking Tape and Masking Fluid

Palette Knife

Stars or Snowflakes stencil


Sand the wood surface and basecoat with Deep Midnight Blue.


Stars: Using a bristle brush and the star stencil. Spread the stars randomly on the surface with Provence Sky.

Frame: Now it is time to use a palette knife. Apply a layer with colors of Milk Chocolate and Desert Sand. Just drop a little bit of the paint on your surface and use the palette knife to spread it on the frame area. Feel free to add more of your preferred color. However, pay attention not to put too much paint, that way you will have a very thick layer. Allow to dry by itself, because if you accelerate the process the paint could crack. But if the cracks does not bother you, go ahead and dry it.

Face: Basecoat with White Hi-lite Flesh. Shade with Melon. On the cheeks and nose shade with Tuscan Red, (be gentle). Shade with Burnt Umber against the hat fold, eyebrows, cheeks, and nose. Highlight with Bleached Sand the center of the face and nose.

Hat: (Tip: Red colors typically are transparent and to get a plain basecoat it is Hard. But if you add 2 layers of Slate Sky or another grey, your red will be easier to reach a beautiful base coat. But avoid tones that are too transparent as basecoat. Using the glazing technique, you can play with all colors on top of your basecoat). Add 2 layers of Slate Grey. The base coat is Santa Red. Shade with Tuscan Red then Black Plum. Highlight with Fiery Red then Melon.

Hat fold and pom-pom: Use a Deerfoot brush with Desert Sand with the Stippling technique. Using the same dirty brush highlight the top edge of the hat and all edges of the pom-pom with Bleached Sand. Shade with Burnt Umber against the eyebrows area.

Eyebrows: Using the stippling technique with a small round brush, add 2 layers of slate grey then Grey Sky. Highlight the top area with Titanium White.

Beard: Mask off the Frame area. Using a filbert rake brush add 2 layers of Grey Storm. Then add 2 layers with Grey Sky. Then one layer of Titanium White. Shade against the mustache with Grey Storm then Charcoal Grey.

Mustache: Before starting to build the mustache mask off the nose or use masking fluid. Using a filbert rake brush add 2 layers of Storm Grey. Then add 2 layers with Grey Sky. Then one Layer of Titanium White. Shade against the nose with Grey Storm then Charcoal Grey. Add the eyes line with Charcoal Grey.

Lettering: Trace the letters. Using a round brush with Bleached Sand.


Just Add a layer of Varnish Spray.



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