December 25

Classic Christmas

And what more suitable for Christmas Day than a nice, soaked and rich, Christmas pud? Make it nice and round.
Make sure there’s plenty of aromatic hard sauce….
And decorate with some holly! Voila.
You did it! And it’s charming. If you keep your calendar for future decorative use, just be sure to store it in a dark spot during the year so the paint doesn’t fade.

Festive Foliage

And for a Merry Christmas, a modern asymmetrical wreath.
Let’s mix some rounded leaves with some fir branches.
And don’t forget a pretty bow.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little paint-a-long amidst the furor of holiday preparations. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from our family and Primrose the dog at Hackberry Farm!

December 24

Classic Christmas

Christmas Eve! Growing up I would spend the afternoon helping my dad shop for my mom. Now, we see family, or rest up in preparation for our candlelight church service. And of course with a flurry of cooking and filling the fridge with food prep for the ‘morrow!

Start painting your mistletoe with a few stems “hanging” from a bunch.
Fill out your greens with little, rounded leaves. Make your bunch nice and full.
Add a bow and some little berries. Pucker up!

Festive Foliage

This is a simple, symmetrical branch for a busy day!
Keep it simple.

December 23

Classic Christmas

Finished skating? Come in for a cup of hot cocoa. Start with the body of the mug.
Add a handle and some layers of whipped cream; homemade I hope.
Decorate your mug, and perhaps a sprinkle of nutmeg on top?

Festive Foliage

Almost there! This branch looks a bit like one of Matisse’s collaged running figures, ha.
Add some twisting and “dancing” round shaped leaves.

December 22

Classic Christmas

And to go with your skates; a nice cosy mitten. Start with the thumb and top of the hand.
Round the hand down to the fluffy cuff.
They’re warm; now make them cute!

Festive Foliage

We’re getting there; is it getting colder where you are? These bare branches speak winter to me.

December 21

Classic Christmas

Home stretch! Outline the top and back of an ice skate.
Make sure your boot has a bit of a heel and a nice full toe.
Tie up your laces, add your skate, and off you go!

Festive Foliage

With a light green, start your branches on an angle.
Add your rounded leaves; leave some white highlights.
You’re a pro at this by now!

December 20

Classic Christmas

Here we’re going to do a five-point star; oops!! I started with a cross. No matter: “erase” the mistake with clean water, and dab with a paper towel. Worry no more:)
See? Good as new….
Now you can add the other two legs!
Give the star some dimension, and….
Make it shine!

Festive Foliage

This branch is going to be loosely in the form of a Christmas tree!
Add the needles; do this quickly!
Very nice!

December 19

Classic Christmas

OK, we’re going to try a reindeer. It’s hard, but you can do it! Start with a little pointy head, ear, and top of the back.
Paint down it’s think neck to the “flying” front leg and feet. Go under the belly.
Paint the back leg and foot and don’t forget the little bushy tail. Add quintessential antlers!

Festive Foliage

Start with the blue-green stems facing downwards.
Fill your stems with fir needles; try not to make them uniform, variety is better!

December 18

Classic Christmas

Hang your stocking by the fire today: start with the top fur cuff on a slant.
Paint down the stocking and around the heel and toe; add a hanger at the top.
Add some sweet details to your stocking.

Festive Foliage

These pine branches will be pointing upwards with the fluffy needles hanging down.
The needles sort of flop over; imagine yourself holding this branch, what would the needles be doing?
Cute; if a bit Dr. Seuss-like!

December 17

Start your winter bird with it’s beak.
Do some “feathery” outlines around the top of your bird’s head and down it’s chest.
Give him a nice full, feathery tail, and perhaps a sprig of mistletoe in his mouth?

Festive Foliage

Paint a green branch angling downwards.
Add some tapered leaves off of the established branches.
Variation in the leaves is always nice; every leaf doesn’t have to be filled in, you can leave some white highlights.

December 16

Classic Christmas

Outline the top of your “Christmas card.”
Add the envelope outline around it.
Don’t forget some writing detail squiggles.

Festive Foliage

Paint some brown branches overlapping in a circular form.
With short, delicate, little strokes, add needles to each “branch”; trying to treat them each separately to give the illusion of multiple branches.
This wreath looks better the less perfect it is.