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Winter Beach

By Amanda Novaes (private link)

Winter scenes are so charming especially for someone that lives in a tropical country and has never seen snow (or not!). These funny winter bears enjoying your cold weather can be used as winter decoration or in beautiful box socks and gloves.

About Amanda:

Painting has always been a passion of mine and I learned early that art at any time in life, as a hobby or a career, can bring balance to the soul. By investing time in an unhurried learning process, in my own time, I have been able to enjoy every lesson, book, and research of art, learning that a variety of styles, materials, and techniques are available for experimentation. I have dedicated myself to painting for over 20 years, and my current passion is wildlife through hyperrealism. I use acrylic techniques on wood surfaces, watercolor, and colored pencils. On my website, you can find a lot of e-patterns.


Wood Surface framed circle 11in diameter (28 cm)


Decoart® Americana:

Bleached Sand - DA257

Blue Violet - DA141 *

Grey Sky - DA111

Lamp Black - DAO67

Marigold – DA194

Ocean Blue - DA270

Payne'S Grey - DA167

Royal Fuchsia - DA151

Sapphire - DAO99

Slate Grey - DAO68

Soft Black - DA155

Titanium White - DAO1

Winter Blue - DA190

*retired: Ultramarine Blue DA225 - Brilliant Purple DA353 - Prussian Blue DA138 -



Americana acrylic sealer/finishers


*Robert Simmons®

3/8, 1/4 Angle Sienna


4, 2, 1 Round – LaCorneille

18/0 script liner or 2 Ultra round - LaCorneille

3/8, 1/4 Crescent

1/2, 3/8 Maxine’s Mop®

6, 8 Flat

*Royal & Langnickel®

4 round bristle – 355-4


Masking tape or frog tape


Tracing Paper

Graphite Paper

Sponge (sponge.jpg)

Snowflake stamp (Hero arts – s5069)

White Embossing powder (opaque, Zing American Crafts)


The sponge is a perfect tool to add multiple textures to your surface quickly and easily. Using the wet on wet or dry technique.


Sand the wood surface and basecoat with Winter Blue + Sapphire (1: a touch).

Please note: Amanda has provided a ton of photos for this project. Space didn't permit me to insert each one as a large image so I have added them in smaller versions in a collage located towards the bottom of this page. Please use these for direction while painting. Enlarging whatever area you are working on in the photos will help.


Background: Use the masking tape to help with the iceberg shape. Using a round bristle brush with Bleached Sand. Dry brush the edges avoiding the center area. With your iceberg in place let's focus on the sky. Mask off the horizon line. Dry brush the sky with Ocean Blue on the first layer add texture on all area, second layer focus on the edges. The last layer uses Blue Violet only on the outside edges. Coming back to the iceberg. Shade all top edges with Titanium White. For the iceberg, height uses a dry brush with a vertical motion to represent an ice cut. Then shade with Titanium White.

Sea: Using a crescent brush with the wet-on-wet technique interleaving with Winter Blue, Ocean Blue, and Blue Violet. To represent the small sea waves the horizontal brush strokes will help to get this water effect. Shade against the iceberg with Blue Violet. And shade the horizon line with Winter Blue. Next to the baby float add a dark circle (Blue Violet) and a light circle (Winter Blue) representing water undulation.

Ice cube: Before starting the cube dry brush with Blue Violet then Soft Black on the floor against the cube. Masking tape will help to build the ice cube edges. For dark areas use a dry brush with Blue Violet then Soft Black. For light areas Use Bleached Sand then Titanium White. Using a liner brush add some Titanium White Lines to represent ice reflection.

Baby float: Basecoat is Royal Fuchsia and stencil dots are Bleached Sand. Shade the bottom side of the float with Soft Black and against the bear. Highlight on the top section with Bleached Sand with a dry brush.

Bears: Before starting the bears, dry brush with Blue Violet then Soft Black next to the legs. For these bears, a round brush (n.4) is needed to give a rough texture. So, for the first layer with Slate Gray, use the tip of the brush by tapping gently on your surface. In this technique, you need to pay attention to the direction of the fur. For the second layer use the same technique with Grey Sky. For the shading can we use an angle brush or round brush, as you prefer. The first shading is Slate Grey then Payne’s Grey. Let’s add a lighter fur layer still using a round brush but smaller (n.2) avoiding the shading area and using clear water to produce a gradient. Inside ears are Payne’s Grey. The bear's paws are Royal Fuchsia.

Eyes, cheeks, and nose: Basecoat is Payne’s Grey. Highlight with Bleached Sand. For the cheeks, a dry pastel can be used or Royal Fuchsia.

Penguin: Before starting the penguin, dry brush with Blue Violet then Soft Black next to the foot. Basecoat is Lamp Black and Bleached Sand. The tie is Royal Fuchsia. Beak and foot are Marigold. Dishcloth is Grey Sky. Using a liner brush, do add a contour line on the beak, foot, and dishcloth.

Juice cups: Juice is Marigold. Let dry. Add a Titanium White glazing layer on top of the juice and all cup area. With a liner brush add a Titanium White contour line and both straws.

Sun Umbrella: Basecoat stripes are Royal Fuchsia and Bleached Sand. Dry brush the top of the Umbrella with Titanium White. Shade inside area with Soft Black. The all-metal structure of the umbrella is Lamp Black.

Frame: Basecoat is Winter Blue + Sapphire (1: a touch). Sponge with Royal Fuchsia. Stamp snowflakes with an embossing stamp pad then add embossing powder. Heat it and see the magic. BUT Pay attention to the distance between your painted surface and your heat tool. If it is too close can damage your painting.


Just add a layer of spray varnish.



Amanda has provided a special OR code link that takes you to a wonderful video for this project.

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