Project:  Stars and Snowflakes

Created by Barbara (Franzreb) Bunsey, Helping Artist

Barbara (Franzreb) Bunsey is a designer and teacher with 25 years of experience. She has taught at chapters, shops, retreats, SDP conferences, HOOT, and in her home studio. Bunsey is a widely-published artist who has been admitted to the Directory of Traditional American Crafts in Early American Life Magazine. In 2008, she had the honor of painting 1,010 ornaments for President and Mrs. Bush to be used as gifts for family, friends, and White House staff.

These lovely painted wood ornaments encompass the spirit of Winter and feature bright stars and snowflakes that would make a wonderful addition to any holiday décor.

DecoArt supplies

Americana Acrylics

  • DA157 Black Green
  • DA142 Blue Green
  • DAO37 Blueberry
  • DA240 Cool White
  • DA171 Driftwood
  • DA153 Eggshell
  • DAO82 Evergreen
  • DA177 Green Mist
  • DAO51 Leaf Green
  • DA241 Light Mocha
  • DA174 Milk Chocolate
  • DAO92 Mink Tan
  • DAO45 Mint Julep Green
  • DAO95 Neutral Grey
  • DA253 Pistachio Mint
  • DAO61 Sable Brown
  • DA297 Sea Glass
  • DA277 Spa Blue

Dazzling Metallics

  • DAO74 Shimmering Silver

Snow Products

  • DS65C Snow Writer

Glamour Dust

  • DAS37 Crystal
  • DGD02 Silver Bling
  • DGD05 Limelight

Sealers / Finishes

  • DS17 Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • DS21 DuraClear Satin Varnish

Brushes / Accessories

  • TB12 1/2″ blender mop
  • TB72 1/4″ angle (scruffy is best)
  • TB33 #8 flat
  • TB35 #12 flat
  • TB12 #0 liner
  • TB51 3/4″ oval
  • TB81 3/8″ rake

Additional supplies

Surfaces

Supplies

  • snowflake stamps
  • make-up sponge
  • snowflake cut-out
  • water container
  • palette or wax paper
  • paper towels
  • 3/4″ wash brush
  • white nylon fan brush
  • #272-M and #272XS dome brush
  • #16 flat brush
  • jewels and initial

Preparation

  1. Sand surface. Remove dirt.

Instructions

Pine boughs and snowflakes ornament

  1. Background: Base Green Mist. While still wet and using 3/4″ oval wash, pick up Leaf Green and, beginning at bottom left of design, slip-slap color up toward upper right of design, going about half to three-fourths of the way up. Using dirty brush, pick up Evergreen and, starting at lower left, add darker color to bottom left. Temper brush by picking up Green Mist, then Pistachio Mint. This time begin at upper right and move color toward darker colors. Repeat using Mint Julep, then Sea Glass. Repeat this step several times until you achieve the look you like. There should be a gradual transition in colors, but some streaking adds to the design. Shade at the bottom left with Black Green; reinforce Blue Green.
  2. Pine Branches: Using #0 script liner and Sable Brown, lay in branches. Highlight tops with a hit-and-miss line of Mink Tan; shade bottoms with a hit-and-miss of Milk Chocolate. Beginning with branches A and B and using rake brush, begin adding needles with Evergreen. This goes on both sides of the branch. On branches C, D, and E, add needles only under the branches. Add more needles with Leaf Green, then Green Mist. Add Green Mist needles to both sides of all branches. Now add needles with Pistachio Mint, keeping it fairly light (or darker, actually) on branch A, making branches E and F the brightest. Now beginning with branch F and working down, add needles with Mint Julep, then Sea Glass. Add Cool White needles, beginning with both sides of branch F, keeping this color on the needles only on the top of branches E, D, C, and a little on B. Add more color to add brighter highlights to top branches. Lightly add shading and tints of color to the three darkest edges, under some of the branches, and under area where the snowflake cut-out will go.
  3. Snowflakes: Using snowflake stamps of your choice, apply Cool White mixed with Silver Bling Glamour Dust to stamp using make-up sponge. Base snowflake cut-out with Cool White. Shade top edges and paint sides Spa Blue.
  4. Finishing: At this point, varnish ornament and snowflake cut-out. Add snow to branches with Snow-Writer. Over a piece of wax paper, sprinkle on Glamour Dust. Tap off excess Glamour Dust onto wax paper, then roll paper, and put extra Dust back into the bottle. “Paint” area where you want glitter on your snowflake cut-out with a bit of sealer or varnish and your liner brush, then sprinkle on Glamour Dust while it’s still wet. Tap off excess onto wax paper as before. When dry, glue onto ornament. Paint edge of ornament with Metallic Silver.

Gazing sheep ornament

  1. Background: Undercoat Blueberry; base Blue Green.
  2. Trees: Using dry, scruffy 1/4″ angle brush, tap in background trees with Evergreen. Keep this row uneven, some taller, some shorter, etc. On dirty brush, pick up Leaf Green on long end of brush, tap out excess, and apply highlight to right side of some of the trees. Repeat, adding more highlight with dirty brush and technique above with Green Mist, then Pistachio Mint. Clean brush on dry paper towel and tap in foreground trees as above with Green Mist. Add highlights, as above, with Pistachio Mint, Mint Julep, and Sea Glass. Finally pick up Cool White in dirty brush and add final highlights to some of the trees you want to “bring forward”.
  3. Hills: Using #16 flat or 3/4″ wash brush, sideload into Eggshell, blend, and begin laying in hills at top, walking color toward bottom of each hill. Do this twice to get a nice look to the hills. Add more highlight by picking up Cool White on the dirty brush, walking down not as far as the first two times. Add more highlight to top three hills with just a float of Cool White.
  4. Sheep: Face and ears are based with a brush-mix of Sable Brown + Light Mocha (1:2 approx.). Highlight tops of each with Light Mocha, and shade bottoms with Sable Brown. Wool is stippled in with a dry dome brush with Neutral Grey, then begin building highlights with Driftwood, Eggshell, Light Mocha, and finally Cool White in the brightest areas. Pick up a tad of Pistachio Mint on dirty brush and add touches of color here and there. Clean brush in dry paper towel. Pick up Cool White and Spa Blue, smash to blend, and tap in additional highlights. On the back sheep, shade to separate, and at back of sheep in front, and at bottom right of sheep in front with a mix of Neutral Grey + Evergreen (1:1). On the front sheep, using same color mix, add shading to top right of head next to ear, at bottom of head and to separate head from body, at bottom corner of body. Also add this shading at the bottom of the big sheep’s face. Eyes, nose, and mouth are done with a liner and a brush-mix of Evergreen, Blueberry, and Milk Chocolate. Add a highlight dot to front sheep’s eye. Also add a bit more highlight to his face and ears with Cool White.
  5. Stars: A liner of Metallic Silver for main star and dots for smaller stars. When dry, dampen area around main star, then float Cool White toward the trees.
  6. Finishing: Using fan brush and thinned Cool White + Silver Bling Glamour Dust, add snow. Shade bottom left edge of piece with Evergreen + Blueberry (1:1). Also add this color under the sheep toward back. Varnish. Add Metallic Silver to edge of ornament. Add Limelight Glamour Dust here and there on trees. Add Silver Bling Glamour Dust on hills.

Large snowflake ornament:

  1. Background: Base with a mix of Spa Blue and Cool White (3:1). Using snowflake cut-out, pick up Cool White and Silver Bling Glamour Dust on dry M Dome brush, take out excess, and stencil randomly on entire surface. Shade around outside edges with Blue Green; repeat, using Soft Black. Using dry dome brush, stipple on Blue Green, then Soft Black in a smaller area under where you place the jewels and initial. Glue on jewels and your initial.

Patterns

Click on the pattern below to view it full-size for printing.