Today I wanted to show you a project
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Design can be found in
Lynne Andrews Book
This was a HUGE project full of detail.
I worked on it as time allowed over the course of a whole year!
I set a goal of trying to complete at least one ornament a month.
Let's step inside my STUDIO and begin!
The original patterns were done in
but you can easily convert the colors to
using the conversion charts found
Antique Gold, Buttermilk, Olive Green, Pineapple, Deep Burgundy, Cerulean Blue, Deep Midnight Blue, Light Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Blue Chiffon, Green Mist, Berry Red, Cherry Red, Midnite Green, Plantation Pine, Hauser Medium Green, Golden Straw, Black, Traditional Raw Sienna, Dove Grey, Calypso Blue, Desert Turquoise, Bluegrass Green, Bittersweet Chocolate, Admiral Blue, Williamsburg Blue, Spa Blue, Light French Blue, Terra Cotta, Burnt Orange, Titanium White, Hauser Light Green, Neutral Grey, Flesh Tone, Celery Green, Jade, Baby Blue, Golden Straw, Lemon Yellow, Summer Lilac, Orchid, Wild Orchid, Desert Sand
My surfaces were bevel cut frame ornaments
Sheila Landry Designs
You can purchase the surfaces
It took about three thinned coats of Buttermilk to base coat the surfaces.
The backgrounds are painted using a #2 Lowell Cornell Ultra Round.
I layered my washes to build up depth of color.
For added softness I mopped immediately after applying the wash with a Duster Stippler
You must dry completely between each layer or else you will lift the paint.
I keep a small blow dryer by my paint table.
On The FIRST Day of Christmas ....
Painting the partridge and pears
Adding the ribbon and snow
I used Dazzling Metallics Splendid Gold on the outer edges of the ornaments
On The FIRST Day of Christmas .... My true love gave to me .... A partridge and a pear tree
I base coated the finial Lamp Black
I used a Silver Micron Mini Lettering brush to do the stripes on the finial.
I used a GOLD DecoColor marker to do the inner and outside edges of the ornaments.
**** To do this easily I held the tip and applied enough pressure on it to create a V shape indentation on tip. I then proceeded to run the marker around the edges of the ornaments. The result is a beautiful gold line. This is an oil base marker. It matched the DecoArt Splendid Gold paint perfectly.
Working on days 1 & 2 along with the finial.
I designed a tree to hang my ornaments on.
The tin pear finial is galvanized and has no rust.
I lightly sanded it, then sealed it
I used my scumbler to stipple on Antique Gold.
Once I had finished painting the pear finial I dry brushed some
Finial with PEAR topper
Days 1 & 2
lettering and checks
can be done with either
Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Pen
I experimented with BOTH pens when doing the lettering and checks. I found they both produce pretty much the same results.
The Rapidograph is great when it works but it can be frustrating when it clogs.
It also requires some maintenance to keep it clean so it won't clog!
The most important thing to remember when using these pens is to spray
FIXATIVE on your piece
BEFORE you varnish.
*** This is an important step to prevent your ink from smearing! ***
Backs of days 1 & 2
Days 1 & 2 are complete!
On The Second Day of Christmas...My True Love gave to me..... Two Turtle Doves
On the Third Day of Christmas ......
Day 3 ....... Painting the french hen
Front of Day 3
Days 1 , 2 & 3
On The Third Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Three French Hens
Day 4 ...... painting the birdhouse
There is incredible DETAIL in these ornaments !
Day 4 ...... painting the calling birds
On The Fourth Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Four Calling Birds
There were many components of this project!
The ornaments, tree, finial, base of tree.
Day 5...... Floating the background using a wash technique.
Painting five golden rings
On The Fifth Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Five Golden Rings
Days 1 - 5 are complete!
Day 6..... painting the geese
Each ornament is like a small portrait!
Both the fronts and backs are painted and lettered.
Front of Day 6
Back of Day 6
On The Sixth Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Six Geese A- Laying
Day 7 painting the swan
Back of Day 7
On The Seventh Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Seven Swans - A - Swimming
Front and Back of Day 7
Days 6 and 7 complete!
Day 8 ..... I had to adjust the line drawing some to fit my surface,
I cut the line drawing to make it fit my surface.
When Lynne Andrews originally designed this series she used bisque ornaments.
Day 8 ......painting the maid and cow
Day 8 adding the checks
Day 8 lettering complete
On The Eighth Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Eight Maids - A - Milking
Four more ornaments to go!
Days 1 - 8 are complete!
Day 9 front
Day 9 lettering
On The Ninth Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Nine Ladies Dancing
Back of Day 9
Day 10 front
Day 10 lettering
On The Tenth Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Ten Lords - A - Leaping ....
Day 11 background wash
Day 11 painting the piper
Day 11 adding the checks and gold trim
On The Eleventh Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Eleven Pipers piping
Day 12 painting the drummer
Day 12 painting the face
Day 12 adding the gold trim around edges
Day 12 adding the checks
On The Twelfth Day of Christmas .... My True Love gave to me .... Twelve Drummers Drumming
A golden nest!
As I mentioned earlier I sprayed all my ornaments
before varnishing to prevent the ink from smearing.
I then varnished my the outer ring of the ornaments
with a coat
I sprayed the inner circles of the ornaments
before applying a light coat of
I then painted the outside and inner edges of the outer part of the ornaments
the outer edges of the small circle
Once the Splendid Gold had dried
I went over all the above areas with a light coat
Deco Art Gold Craft Twinkles
I let my ornaments dry completely before gluing the centers and adding the hanging tassels.
I found a very large old bakers tin in a thrift shop.
I thought it would make a perfect base for the tree that I designed.
I began by cleaning the tin well, I sprayed it with grey metal primer.
I used a press and lift method to apply the Black base coat.
I base coated the cover in the same manner
I base coated over the black with Rookwood Red.
I added the lines for the diamond pattern.
I taped off the diamonds before painting them with Camel
The tin became a bit of a trial and error project until I decided exactly on a look that I liked!
I originally painted the lid like this.
I later changed my mind on the lid color and painted it all Black.
I used an adhesive measuring tape to painted the dotted lines Black.
Close up view of side of tin.
I made a template for the lid lettering and printed it out on vellum.
I them painted the lettering with Splendid Gold.
I cut a hole where you see the small air holes for my tree trunk.
The lid says ....
On the first day of Christmas , my true love gave to me .... a partridge and a pear tree.
Once the lettering was dry on the lid
I varnished it
then added a coat of DecoArt Craft Twinkles
I am now painting the design on the front of the tin.
I have painted in the tree now I am working on the pears.
I am now working on the partridge and the pot the tree is in.
Working on shading the pot for the tree. I've added the birds and the ice on the tree.
I've added the checks on the outer edge of the design.
I have added the checks to the pot. I'm starting the vines.
I'm now adding the snowflakes.
Lots of progress!
I've painted the partridge and the birds on the vine.
Close up of tin.
Another close up!
Now for the tree!
I used a large empty tin coffee can for the inside of my tin.
I secured the tree in the can
filled it with Plaster of Paris.
I inserted my tree trunk with lid.
I had to let this "set up " for several days.
Here we have a partridge GOURD!
I have base coated the partridge with Buttermilk
Working on the feathers
Painting the eyes.
I added some Metallic Lustre to the wings.
Close up view
Now for some tail feathers!
I used a spray glue lightly on the feathers them sprinkle on some Deco Art Glamour Dust
I then glued the tail feathers on.
A partridge in a PEAR tree!
I found some beautiful ribbon for my tin and made a large bow.
I added all my gold tassels to my ornaments.
I hung all my ornaments.
I glued wood balls that I had painted with Splendid Gold to the ends of each dowel.
Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt
provided me with the paints to complete this project
as part of their
Helping Artist and Blogger Outreach Programs
Thank you DecoArt!
I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint
The 12 Days of Christmas!
Happy Painting !