How to Paint a Holiday Watercolor of a Glass Ornament

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Holiday images are plentiful, but, sometimes it is good to step back and paint something simple, delicate and beautiful. Using contact paper as a masking method, and a wet-into-wet technique, this no-fail painting can take as little or as much time you wish to spend on it.

Steps

  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Turn over the shelf paper to the side with the paper backing. It will often have guide lines printed on it. Cut out a piece, approximately the size of a piece of computer paper and position the cup in the center of it. Draw around it in pencil or marker.
  3. Cut it out it out using scissors.
  4. Open your watercolor pad and turn back the page. Keep it attached so the back of the pad will support your work. Position the contact paper slightly below center on your good paper. Turn over the sticky-backed paper, peel off the backing, and place it on your paper. (You might need another pair of hands to assist in getting it perfect, wrinkle-free and just where you want it to be.) Rub around the opening to seal the cut edge. This masking will protect the paper and give you clean edges on your ornament.
  5. Prepare your watercolors. Either dry pans or tube paints are fine for this, but, if using tubes, set up a palette of primary and secondary colors. Wet the colors with a few drops of water using a brush.
  6. Paint the ornament one of two ways. Wet-into-wet means that you wet the ornament using a paint brush and plain water. Let it sit a minute or two until the water soaks into the paper slightly and drop colors into the space for the ornament. This will give you a swirled and abstract design.
  7. If you want more control, work on the dry paper with your paints. The masking will keep your painting just within the area of the ornament, so try to get enough color on it to tint the entire circle. Let this dry thoroughly using a hair dryer to speed up the process, if desired.
  8. Unmask by gently pulling off the sticky-backed paper. Set the sticky paper aside to use again. If any color has leeched outside the circle for the ornament, use a thirsty scrubby brush, one that has bristles and is dampened with water, to clean up an overflow. If you use new contact paper, there shouldn’t be a problem, but touch ups are easy at any rate.
  9. Paint the ornamental bracket at the top, the loop. Draw a string coming from the top of the paper using fine line marker.
  10. Prepare to paint the pine branches. You might want to mask out the ornament if you intend to densely paint the background. To do it, pull the backing off the circle you cut from contact paper and place it on the painted ornament. Press it down carefully, taking special care with the edges all around it. It is fine to just paint around the ornament, also.
  11. Paint the pine branches. The masking will protect the ornament from paint so go right over it as you work. Use greens, yellows and brown, paint pine branches coming in from both sides of the paper. Show the ones closest to you by making them brighter and in clear focus, and have some distant ones done softly and out of focus. Let the page dry thoroughly.
  12. Show the transparency of the ornament. If you wish, you may suggest a section of pine branch showing through the ornament. A very carefully and broken dark line at the edges of the ornament will make it appear rounded. Another touch is to scrub back a highlight or two on the ornament’s surface closest to the viewer.
  13. Stand it up and step back to look at the finished product. Make any adjustments to color intensity that you wish. Add more branches, if you want them. If you wish, add details using fine line colored markers or water-soluble colored pencils.
  14. Hang the painting for a festive touch to any room without fear of breaking the delicate glass ornament. Do another painting, this time planning for more ornaments, or with a different color or design on the ornament. Instead of pine branches, have more ornaments of varied sizes as a background. The possibilities are endless.

Tips

  • Use heavy, watercolor paper to withstand pulling away the contact paper. Good paper will not buckle as you work, either. Lighter weight paper might tear.
  • Keep the contact paper pieces to use again by replacing its original paper. Or, stick it on another sheet of watercolor paper or on the back of an old painting. It will hold up for many uses.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavyweight watercolor paper. The 140 pound weight should be just about right.
  • Pencil
  • sticky-backed paper, Contact paper suggested
  • Small dish
  • Paint brushes
  • Watercolor paint
  • Circle shaped template
  • Plain ornament
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