I am going to show you step by step
how I painted this
Olde World Santa
Kristen Birkland, CDA
In case you are not familiar with
I will give a brief background history
Zim's was founded by Cliff & Eleanor Zimmerman over 50 years ago. Zim's was very well known as a major pioneer in the Arts and Crafts Industry and built a reputation in that industry as a most innovative and reliable company.
It was 1995 when Zim's began to produce a charming line of unique nutcrackers and smokers for the Gift Industry and this marked their official entry into this market. For many years prior to this time, Zim's supplied products, raw materials, various components and manufacturing services for many producers of quality gift lines. With four years of successful production and marketing of the Heirloom Collectibles Line, Zim's began to plan the next quality line that they would produce. The Elves Themselves were introduced in January 2000 and became an overnight sensation. With these incredible successful lines of finished products abd 50+ years in the Arts & Crafts Industry, many people became familiar with Zim's name and consistent dedication to quality, creativity and service.
unfortunately went out of business several years ago.
Their unpainted surfaces are hard to find now, if you are lucky enough to find one they are often pricey.
Light Buttermilk, Shading Flesh, Fleshtone,Gingerbread,Tuscan Red, Royal Fushia, Persimmon, Light Cinnamon, Russet, Forest Green, Hauser Medium Green, Citron Green Lamp Black, Uniform Blue, French Grey Blue, Burnt Umber, Snow White
Dazzling Metalics Splendid Gold, Glamour Dust Ice Crystal
I started by first
coat, hat and pants
Transfer design using graphite paper
Painting detail along the bottom of the coat
The trees, and scroll work were painted with
Forest Green, Medium Hauser Green and highlighted with Citron Green
Further detail work was added using
Dazzling Metalics Splendid Gold
I then basecoated the fur trim on the hat, sleeves and coat
I added the various size dots on the back of the coat using
the ends of
different size brushes
The various size dots were painted using
I then painted the mittens and the Christmas tree.
After I painted the tree it was dry brushed with
I then went back to working on the fur.
I used a stippler brush
to go over the areas of the fur that I had previously painted
I immediately used my blow dryer on it
which added texture to the paint.
I then painted the fur using
Deco Art Glamour Dust
to add some
Painting the shoes
adding details to the base
Adding details to the hat
Painting the BLUE bird!
I sprayed my Santa with 2 coats of
MATTE Sealer/ Finisher
THYME to give Santa a beard!
Are you ready to see him?
Olde World Santa
This was a fun piece to paint!
Deco Art provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist Program