Twelve Balls of Christmas! Day 12: Painted decoupage


Welcome to our Christmas Ball
Just for crafters, one and all.
Smoothfoam balls rolled off the shelves
‘Cause we’ve been busy little elves.
We’re bloggin’ balls for twelve days through
To make the season bright for you!

Smoothfoam Cardinal-Christmas-Ornament-Jennifer-Priest

Smoothfoam is a perfect surface for decoupage as it is dense enough for the decoupage medium to cling, yet results in a lightweight, easy-to-handle piece for altering and painting. To create this Christmas ornament, I decoupaged a 4.5″ Smoothfoam ball with bits of brittle, vintage book paper before painting a cardinal on the surface.

1.  Tear the book pages into small 1″ bits. Apply the paper to the Smoothfoam ball with Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage medium, one section at a time. Brush more medium over top of the papers to seal. Allow to dry completely.

2.  Position the ball so the pre-drilled hole is at the top. Using a photo as a reference, paint a silhouette of a cardinal with red acrylic paint and allow to dry. Use a little black paint for the face, orange for the beak, and then use black and silver to add details to the feathers. Allow to dry.

3.  Paint some pine branches under the bird with green acrylic paint, add pine branches under the bird. Highlight the bird and branches with Smooch Inks in coordinating colors. Outline the bird with a fine-point Sharpie marker.

4.  To add a loop hanger, insert both ends of an 8″ length of grosgrain ribbon into the hole with a dab of hot glue, using pliers or tweezers. Tie another length of ribbon into a bow glue to the base of the hanger.


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