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  • Writer's pictureDiane M Kellogg

Sparkling Snowflakes

by Debby Forshey-Choma

Surface Source:

3 – Frame Kit, Diamond Snowflake Ornaments (5” over-all diameter; 3” opening) #SKU: 207-0529 and

3 – Snowflake, Tahoe Embellishments (1-1/4”) #SKU: 207-0049 available through

DecoArt® Americana Acrylics:

DA042 Baby Blue DA163 Honey Brown DA366 Periwinkle

DA161 Graphite DA034 Lavender DA01 Snow White

DA132 Hauser Medium Green DA251 Melon DA385 Warm Sunset

DA219 Heritage Brick DA07 Moon Yellow DA211 Wisteria

DecoArt® Sealers/Finishes:

DuraClear Matte Varnish DS60 Multi-Purpose Sealer DS18

Galaxy Glitter – Clear Ice Comet DGG18

Royal® Brushes:

#1360 – sm Debby’s Texture Brush #4170 – 8 Majestic Filbert

#3080 – 1 Oval Wash Combo #4585 – 10/0, 5/0 Majestic Liners

#4150 – 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 Majestic Shaders #4700 – ¾ Majestic Glaze Wash

#4160 – 5/8 Majestic Angle #M770M – ¾ Moderna Oval Mop

Miscellaneous Supplies:

Blue Shop Towels Frog Tape

Clear graph ruler Spattering Tool

27 – 7mm round crystal jewels

Quick Grip All-Purpose Permanent Adhesive and

Glass, Metal, and More Permanent Glue available through


Seal the entire ornaments with the Multi-Purpose Sealer; using the glaze wash brush.

Lightly sand; wipe off with a lint-free cloth.

Basecoat the entire frames and surfaces of each ornament with Snow White; using the glaze wash brush,

to achieve opaque coverage.

Basecoat the side edges and backsides of the ornaments with a Country Blue mixture (Periwinkle +

Wisteria 1/1); using the glaze wash brush, to achieve opaque coverage.

Transfer the designs to the appropriate surfaces.

Use the graph ruler to aid in the transfer of any straight lines, by dragging the stylus along the ruler’s edge.

Horizon Shrubs:

Lightly pre-dampen the area along the horizon with clean water.

With the sm Texture brush and the Country Blue mixture, slightly dance on your palette, dance in the

horizon shrubs along the horizon line.

When dry, very lightly dance Snow White at the top of the shrubs; for snow.

For the proper use of the Texture Brush, use the following method.

Dampen the bristles with water to start the separation of bristles. Tap bristles into the paint on your palette,

hold it perpendicular to your palette, and pounce it up and down to get some of the paint off – keeping the paint

sparse on the brush. Note – this brush can be used on the whole foot or just the toe.

Tap lightly on the surface, dance with the brush up and down, rolling the brush in different directions in between your fingers when it is up in the air (like dancing the twist, light on your feet). Allow some drying time between dances so the paint sets up and you don’t end up with a globby or muddy look.

Sky Area:

Corner load the angle with Baby Blue, float a wide shade starting at the top of the sky area, floating towards

the horizon, leaving the lightest area of the sky along the horizon, above the distant shrubs. Mop to soften.

Background Pines:

Lightly pre-dampen a pine area with clean water, this will soften the look of the pines and place in the distance.

Use the #8 filbert loaded with Hauser Medium Green across the chisel edge.

Up on the chisel edge, vertically pull the very top of the pine.

Horizontally tap from left to right for the boughs, slowly and slightly widening as you work towards the base of the pine.

Allow a bit of the background to show through, so the pine doesn’t look like a triangle.

When dry, randomly repeat tapping Hauser Medium Green over boughs, to deepen.

Repeat steps with Snow White, randomly and lightly tapping on the boughs; for snow.


With the sm Texture brush and Hauser Medium Green, dance in the shrubs around the structures.

Repeat step with Snow White, randomly and lightly dancing across the top of the shrubs; for snow and separation.

Painting Structures:

Use the appropriate size shaders to basecoat the structures.

The appropriate size liners to pull wall lines.

Use the appropriate size shaders to wash over the shade side walls, and corner load the angle to float shade on the opposite wall. Each numbered step will contain instructions to complete the structure. Roofs and windows will be completed in a later step.

Lilac Structures:

Wisteria – basecoat lilac structures

Lavender – pull wall lines, wash over left walls, float shade across top of right walls

Coral Structure:

Melon + Snow White 1/1 mixture – basecoat coral structure

Double load with Melon + Heritage Brick – pull wall lines, wash over the left wall, float shade across top of the right wall

Yellow Structures:

Moon Yellow + Snow White 1/1 mixture – basecoat yellow structures.

Double load with Honey Brown + Moon Yellow – pull wall lines, wash over the left wall, float shade across top of the right wall


Basecoat roofs with Snow White; using the appropriate size shaders.

Corner load the angle with the Country Blue mixture, and lightly float a shade across the top of each roof. Double load the 10/0 liner with the Country Blue mixture + Snow White, and pull the side roof lines. Repeat with Snow White, to brighten the side roof lines.


With the appropriate size shaders and Graphite, pull the windows.

With the 10/0 liner and Snow White, pull the window panes.

Shrub Clean-up:

Where shrubs are in front of a structure, slightly dance shrubs over, putting the structure behind; use the small texture brush and Hauser Medium Green and then Snow White, for the snow.

Frosty Forshey Snowman:

Basecoat the snowman with Snow White; using the #8 filbert.

When dry, corner load the angle with the Country Blue mixture, float a shade down the left side of the snowman, and the ‘c’ stroke for the twig arm inset; mop to soften.

Then corner load the angle with thinned Moon Yellow, lightly float a highlight tint down the right side of the snowman; mop to soften.

With the 10/0 liner and Warm Sunset, pull the carrot nose.

Double load the 10/0 liner with Honey Brown + Moon Yellow, pull the twig arm.

Land Area:

Clean up the land areas with Snow White; using the #12 shader.

When dry, corner load the angle with the Country Blue mixture, chisel float* lightly and randomly over the two foreground areas; for shades.

*chisel float by corner loading the angle, blend off on your palette, lay the bristles of the brush flat on the

surface, chisel edge up. Push the paint on the bristles front left to right in a scratching motion, allowing

the bristles to pull a broken line that is slightly floated.

Falling Snow:

With the Spattering Tool and thinned Snow White, lightly spatter over the designs, for falling snow.

TIP: for easier removal of any unwanted specks with a dampened brush or Q-tip, apply one coat of varnish

over the design areas, before spattering.

Snowflake Embellishments:

Place the snowflake embellishments on a strip of Frog Tape.

Basecoat the entire snowflakes with Snow White; using the #8 shader, to achieve opaque coverage. When one side is dry, repeat steps to basecoat the backsides of the snowflakes.


To protect your painted pieces, varnish the entire ornaments and snowflakes with the DuraClear Matte Varnish; using the Oval Wash Combo brush.

This brush doesn’t leave any visible brushstroke marks after the varnish has dried.

Galaxy Glitter®:

Apply the Clear Ice Comet, Galaxy Glitter over the surface of each frame. Allow to dry.

Finishing Touches:

Use the Quick Grip Adhesive, to glue the frames to the snowflake backs and then the snowflake embellishment to the frames; refer to the photo for placements.

Then with the Glass, Metal Adhesive, glue the round crystal jewels to the snowflake frames; refer to the photo for placements.

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Note to Teachers/Shop Owners…You may not teach this design or your adaptation of it unless a pattern is purchased for each student. I will be happy to sell patterns (print or digital) for each student at a wholesale discount so they can be included with the class supplies at a nominal cost.

Disclaimer: The information in this pattern packet is presented to you in good faith. Since the author/designer has no control over the physical conditions surrounding the application of information presented, I cannot guarantee results, nor will I be liable for any charges against the user for claims of copyright or patent infringement. Please note that with printing differences it is difficult to match the images in this pattern packet to the original pieces, although every effort has been made to do so. Therefore, your finished project may look a little different in color than the images in this pattern packet. The colors used in the project instructions are the ones used by me to paint the finished projects.

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