I’ve got the base color on everybody and tomorrow I will do the fine details and embellishing. The cat shapes are based on this cat ornament, below, which was posted on Pinterest by AnnsCrockteria, of New York in the U.S.A. My cat shapes are coated with FolkArt : 901E Wicker White. I’ll use Sharpie Ultra Fine point markers for the features on the cats.
The running pig shapes are based on this pig ornament, below, which was posted on Pinterest by SnowBunnys, of Angelus Oaks, California, U.S.A.
On my version of the pigs, I gave them two ears and all four of their legs and a tail. And for the color pattern, my husband wanted me to make the pigs look similar to one of these guys….This is a baby version of an Oxford Sandy & Black. My husband’s uncle raised this breed of pig and even grown up these piggies are incredibly cute! I went over my gingerbread base color on the pig shapes with a real thin wash of Apple Barrel : 20764E Apricot acrylic paint to get that sort of sandy orange piggy fur color. For the black markings I’ll use FolkArt : 938E Licorice acrylic paint. I’ll use a black Ultra Fine point Sharpie for the eyes.
For the two ninja kick fighters, the two star shapes and my teddy bear shape, to get that gingerbread kind of color, I had to mix into a base of FolkArt 901E Wicker White : FolkArt 939 Butter Pecan, DecoArt Americana Espresso, DecoArt Americana Burnt Sienna, and a small bit of Apple Barrel 20764E Apricot. My round shape ornament is being used to test how the various colors and washes look against each other, I’ll paint over it when I get everybody else done. I’m going to use various colors of the Puffy 3D Paint to embellish all these guys.
For long suffering Squirrel Boy, the light is now visible at the end of the tunnel. To get his all over base color I mixed into a base of FolkArt 939 Butter Pecan : FolkArt 901E Wicker White, FolkArt Artist’s Pigment 462 Burnt Umber, DecoArt Americana Espresso and just a touch of FolkArt 938E Licorice. For his tummy I’ll mix a kind of soft cream color and I’ll probably use that color for the light rings around his eyes. His nose will be a soft brown… I’m trying to make Squirrel Boy look a little bit like this guy, above. Not exactly like him but at least recognizable as being a squirrel-like creature. And not a zombie, my husband made me promise to not make a zombie squirrel and not make any of these ornaments into zombies. Though I have more of the clay, different things will be made with that… Any way, all the paints I used are acrylics and I used FolkArt Floating Medium 898 for thinning the paints and for making color washes. So after the ornaments are embellished and dry, on Saturday I’ll varnish them and put their hangers on them. So, it’s coming down to the wire now, Christmas is almost here! I hope you have a SUPER GREAT DAY and HAPPY CRAFTING!