Monday, December 22, 2014


Are you 

I am still 
in my 

I was gifted this large gourd by a friend
It came to me "paint ready" so I had no prepping or cleaning to do first!
I decided to paint a 
Lynne Andrews design 
on it called

My pallette for this project

Antique Gold, Buttermilk, Flesh Tone, Burnt Umber, Country Red, Hauser Medium Grenn, Plantation Pine, Titanium Snow White, Lamp Black

Speciality Paints
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Emperor's Gold, DecoArt Glamour Dust, Americana Sealer Dura Clear Matte Varnish

I used graphite paper to transfer my design to the gourd surface.
Transferring your design to a round surface can be a little tricky.
You may have to make some adjustments as you go along.

We are now ready to paint!
I first basecoated 2 coats 
Antique Gold 
drying well between each coat.

I then began the 
face details, beard and wreath on Santa's hat.

I used 
to add to the holly wreath on Santa's hat

The pattern directions called for the mittens to be 

  They were painted with a wash technique.

I then began painting the twig christmas tree and candy cane.

At this point I began to think that the mittens 
stood out a little more than I wanted them to
but I continued with the rest of the design.

I started working on the FUR on the cuffs of Santa's coat.

Lynne Andrew's often adds a checkerboard pattern to many of her designs
You can use a Koh-i-noor Radiograph pen size 00/.30 for this or a good quality permanent marker (medium point) or you can also use your liner brush and Lamp Black paint.

I painted the Lamp Black checkerboard design on my Santa with a tiny liner brush.

As I continued to paint the Santa I still was still not sure about the mittens as I felt the plaid competed 
with the candy cane and the black checkerboard design on sleeve.

I even changed the color of the plaid!

Working on the sleeves of the coat

Painting the fur on the bottom of Santa's coat.

I used
to add some sparkle to the fur 
on the
cuffs and bottom of coat.

I finally decided to paint the mittens a 
SOLID color 
just add a snowflake to them
I painted the mittens using Antique Gold to match Santa's jacket.
I liked them a LOT better!

I sealed my Santa with several coats of 

I added some buttons to the botton of his coat

This was a fun design to paint. 
You can find Lynne Andrews wonderful patterns 

DecoArt provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of thier
Helping Artist Program
Blogger Outreach Program
Thank you DecoArt for giving me the opportunity to try your wonderful products in my paintings!

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DecoArt Blogger Profile 

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint


Keep those brushes flying!
Happy Painting!

"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon.
Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness,
at the end of the day you don't look at it
wish you had painted something different."
 ~Author Unknown


  1. It came out BEAUTIFUL, Lynn! I find so much JOY in seeing you painting again! Thank you for sharing your process with us all. It certainly keeps the MAGIC of the season alive! xoxox


  2. Each and every one of your creations mesmerize me! Thank you for sharing your talent !

  3. I love how santas look on a gourd, really beautiful piece.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.



Keep those brushes flying!
Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

"Life is a great BIG canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it!"
~ Danny Kaye