DIY – Reindeer With Bells Wall Art Painting Packet
If you don’t want to paint YOUR own, then YOU can purchase one of these at JAMsCraftCloset.Com – SCAN HERE - or CLICK HERE
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Otherwise, saddle up…I am going to take you on a painting ride…
Sandpaper and/or Palm Sander, Tack Cloth, Hammer, Mod Podge Varnish either Gloss or Matte, Wood Stain (I used Minwax Early American, E6000 Glue or Glue Gun, fine steel wool, and a technical pen (see picture below)
PAINT: White, Red, Burgundy or Maroon, Burnt Umber, Black
BRUSHES: ¼ Flat and a small short haired round or liner brush
TIME DURATION: Several Days
MATERIALS INCLUDED in Packet:
Wood Reindeer Cutouts, Bells, Hanger and Nails, and Painting Instructions
- Once you have received your painting packet, the first thing you are going to do is SAND your wood cutouts.
YOU can sand YOUR wood cutout with an electric palm sander or with just some sandpaper that YOU probably have lying around. I LOVE my Makita palm sander with the attached dust bag. I was going to give YOU a link to this sander, but Makita no longer sells it. Boy, I am happy that I have 2 of them. It just makes the sanding job easier and quicker. YOU will still need to get into the tight places with sandpaper.
- Using a TACK cloth remove all the dust particles.
- Now it is time to seal our wood cutouts. I used Minwax Early American Stain on my wood cutouts. Be sure to allow them to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
- Once the stain is dry, YOU are ready to paint…
- Let this dry overnight. Once this is completely dry, then you can add TWO coats of varnish. I like to use Mod Podge varnish. YOU can choose GLOSS or MATTE…whether YOU like it shiny or not…Once YOUR varnish is completely dry YOU can trace on YOUR reindeer pattern.
You will paint the RED bow first. Give it at least TWO coats of paint drying completely between coats.
Now, trace on YOUR bow lines for the shading. Use YOUR BURGUNDY OR MAROON paint. Dip the FLAT brush into clean water then scrape off excess. Stick the side of your brush into the paint (This is called SIDE LOADING), paint back and forth on a piece of wax paper to spread the paint evenly. Now shade YOUR bow. (I moved on with painting and forgot to take pictures.)
Now YOU can paint the nose and black part of the eye. Paint the brown (Burnt Umber) part of the eye as well as the white part of the eye. We are ready for more shading using our Burnt Umber paint and our flat brush.
This is what your shading should look like…
Add the painted Burnt Umber ‘commas’ on the nose and above the eye.
NOTE: Before doing the next step, add a coating of Mod Podge to the top of your painted reindeer. The Technical Pens work best on a smooth surface.
We are almost done…Now YOU will need YOUR Technical Pen. There are several that work well…
YOU can use any of the above to outline YOUR bow, cheek, and eye. Make sure YOUR Mod Podge coat is COMPLETELY DRY before doing this step. Once the outline is DRY YOU can add another coat of Mod Podge to seal the ink. If YOU put the Mod Podge on BEFORE the ink is DRY, the ink may smear and YOU don’t want this to happen. Don’t be in a hurry to finish, since we are so close to being done.
- I used two coats of varnish. If YOU notice your reindeer feels a little rough, use some fine steel wool and rub away any rough patches.
- Once YOUR reindeer is smooth, TACK again and then put another coat of Mod Podge on it. Let dry for several hours.
- Now it is time to add YOUR hanging hook on the back. On mine, I only put ONE nail in the top hole. This way, should it not hang correctly on the wall you can adjust the hanger.
- Our LAST step is to add the bells. I use E6000 glue, but YOU can also use a hot glue gun. Place a glob of glue on the reindeer and push YOUR bell firmly into the glue. YOU have now completed the LAST step. Give YOURSELF a pat on the back for a job well done!
YOU did it!!!