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Christmas Art Activities

I love when the weather turns cool and it’s time to start those Christmas Art Activities. For this one I painted some familiar images on ornaments.

 

Christmas Crafts and IdeasMy favorite thing about stencils is that it helps me get hand painted images in difficult spots. When I decided to create my own Christmas Ornaments I knew I had to use some creative stencils. So, here’s how I did it in this Christmas Art Activities Project – first in words and then follow along with me on a great video below.

I bought some of those inexpensive clear glass globes that you can find in boxes at the craft supply store or maybe even the dollar store. I poured acrylic craft paint into them by drizzling it around the opening and then rolling the globe until the inside was covered with color. Here you have the opportunity to create ornaments any color you want. You can stick to the traditional red or green but you can also use Magenta or Cyan or Fluorescent Yellow (for a unique Retro Look). It’s up to you so be different!

Then I printed the Poinsettia Stencil from Free Printable Christmas Stencils or Free Christmas Stencils and prepared it for painting on my ornament. Hint: you’ll have to reduce the size to a very small Poinsettia to fit on the ornament. You can do this on a copy machine if you don’t have Photoshop or another program that will let you size an image on your computer.

I held the stencil onto the globe and with the stippling technique (pouncing up and down not back and forth) I layered on a coat of red acrylic paint. For this step you just want to get a coat of paint because when it dries you will have a good pattern to paint on the will allow paint to adhere better than on glass. To remove the stencil without smudging the paint, hold the globe at the bottom with the hand you have used to apply paint and lightly pinch up the stencil and pull straight up.

After the paint dries, use a thin artist’s brush to paint over the petals using two or more reds and pinks to create depth, shadows and highlights. When that dries dot a few spots of yellow in the center.

OK – That’s it in words. But wait! Wouldn’t it be great to see it in action? No problem! I put together this video so that you can join me as I work on this Christmas Art Activities Project. You’ll be creating before you know what happened.

So now you’re all excited because you made some ornaments and you’re itching for your next Christmas Art Activities Project. Do you like the hand painted napkins in the picture at the top of the page under the ornaments? I have all details for doing this at Homemade Christmas Crafts and best of all it uses Free Christmas Stencils too.

Merry Christmas and Happy Stenciling,

Penny

Wait! Go back up to the picture at the top and look closely at the green ornament furthest on the left. That ornament was colored green satin with a gold shimmer before I painted the pointsettia. So, you can use any ornament and if you find one with a unique and beautiful color that save you a whole step!

 

 

 

 

We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

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Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

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