Project:  Holy Night Scene Plate

Created by Mary M. Wiseman, Helping Artist

Former president of the Society of Decorative Painters, Mary Wiseman has been painting for 35 years and teaching for 32. Working first in oils, she has enjoyed painting flowers, fruit, and scenery in acrylics for the last 26 years. Wiseman has taught at the last 20 SDP conferences, in her home studio in Sterling Heights, MI, and at other small conventions in the US, Canada, and Japan. A published designer and author, she has contributed to several publications in Japan and the US and has been honored by Decorative Artist Workbook Magazine and SDP for her work.

A quiet winter scene on porcelain is Wiseman’s design for Helping Artists.  She can be reached at; her Website is

DecoArt supplies

Americana Acrylics

  • DAO1 Snow (Titanium) White
  • DAO3 Buttermilk
  • DAO8 Yellow Ochre
  • DAO84 Midnite Green
  • DA135 Ice Blue
  • DA143 True Ochre
  • DA164 Light Buttermilk
  • DA172 Black Plum
  • DA220 Traditional Raw Umber
  • DA239 Warm White
  • DA279 Blue Haze Light

Dazzling Metallics

  • DA263 Splendid Gold

Sealers / Finishes

  • DAS13 Americana Spray Sealer, Matte

Americana Mediums

  • DS39 Paint Adhesion Medium

Brushes / Accessories

  • DT2 Palette Knife

Additional supplies


  • Porcelain plate with raised, cross-hatched edge


  • ¼”, ⅜”, ½”, ⅝, 1” angle brushes
  • Liner brush
  • Small round brush
  • #4 fabric round brush
  • #1 round brush
  • Paper towel
  • Water container
  • Stylus
  • White transfer paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Palette paper
  • Fine point pen or marker


  1. Wash plate in warm soapy water. Let dry.
  2. Mix one part Paint Adhesion Medium with two parts Ice Blue. Using 1” angle brush, apply to entire plate. Let dry. (Color can be applied again for stronger coverage.)
  3. Mix one part Paint Adhesion Medium, one part Ice Blue, and two parts Blue Haze Light. Side-load 1” angle brush that is slightly dampened with water and float shade to background. (Color should float from outside of plate in towards center.) Let dry. Color can be repeated. Allow surface to dry for at least one hour. Trace design onto tracing paper using fine point pen or marker.
  4. Lay tracing on plate and position pattern. Slide white transfer paper under tracing. Transfer on design lines using stylus.


  1. Light areas of sky are floated behind hills using Ice Blue and Buttermilk, and then repeated using Buttermilk and then highlighted using Light Buttermilk.
  2. Tint color of Black Plum can be washed into sky in right and left corners.
  3. Using large angle brush, side-load float of Blue Haze Light at hills. Shade at horizon line and allow color to fade up towards sky. Let dry. Repeat when dry using Blue Haze Light + Midnight Green. Light can be floated or dry-brushed using Ice Blue + Buttermilk, then repeated using Buttermilk and highlighted using Light Buttermilk.
  4. Tint color of Black Plum at hills can be washed into sky in right and left corners.
  5. Base front sides and steeple of church using Blue Haze Light. Shade with 1:1 mix of Blue Haze Light + Midnite Green. Light at church is mix of one part Blue Haze Light to two parts Buttermilk; accent is Black Plum + touch of Midnite Green
  6. Roofs are floated with Blue Haze Light + Midnite Green in shadow areas.  Snow is dry-brushed or stippled using Buttermilk and then Light Buttermilk.
  7. Fill in windows using Yellow Ochre and then outline using Light Buttermilk.
  8. House in distance is basecoated at front, side, and chimneys using True Ochre. Lighten as needed using Yellow Ochre.
  9. Shade house with Traditional Raw Umber. Door is Traditional Raw Umber.
  10. Base in pine trees using Midnite Green and Blue Haze Light. Let dry.
  11. When dry, double-load brush with base color on short side of ¼” angle brush and Buttermilk on long edge; blend on palette. Tap in branch levels, keeping long edge of brush to outside of tree. Apply to both sides of trunk. Let dry.
  12. When dry, wash over and then shade using Midnite Green. Corner-load long edge of angle brush and tap in snow. (This time cross over center of trees.)
  13. Float shade in shade areas of snow using 1:1 mixture of Blue Haze Light and Midnite Green. Snow is pull onto ground level using Buttermilk and then repeated using Buttermilk and Light Buttermilk. Repeat again with Light Buttermilk in lightest areas of snow.
  14. Using liner brush, pull thin grasses in foreground area using Midnite Green and Yellow Ochre.
  15. Base bare trees in front of hills Traditional Raw Umber, and let dry. When dry add snow using Buttermilk and then Light Buttermilk.
  16. Leaves are based in solid using Blue Haze Light and Yellow Ochre
  17. Light is applied to leaves using side-load float or can be dry-brushed using Buttermilk + touch of base mix
  18. Second light is applied using Buttermilk; color stays within light application.
  19. Shade leaves using side-load float of Blue Haze Light and Midnite Green. Second shade is applied using Midnite Green; color stays within shaded area.
  20. Add thin float in darkest triangle areas of leaves for accent color.
  21. Dry-brush or float highlight in lightest areas of leaf using Warm White. Outline leaf and pull in vein lines using liner brush with Midnite Green thinned with water. Repeat outline using Splendid Gold.
  22. For berries, use end of brush handle to place Ice Blue dip dots and smaller dot of Light Buttermilk to highlight.
  23. Using liner brush loaded with Splendid Gold, place in one large star and then several small ones in sky.
  24. Spatter sky using Snow White thinned on fabric round.
  25. Raised cross hatched edging of plate and stroke work are all painted using #1 round brush loaded with Splendid Gold. Edge of plate is lightly brushed on with Splendid Gold.
  26. Spatter entire piece with Light Buttermilk or Snow White to create snow.
  27. Apply several light coats of Americana Matte Spray Sealer, allowing to dry between coats.


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