Make a Hand-Painted Ornament
Visitors will marvel at your tree trimmings as if you shopped the most exquisite boutiques. They'll be surprised to find out you hand-painted this charming ornament yourself.
How to Make It
Note: Ornaments with an outer glaze or frost matte finish are not suitable for this technique.
- To determine the finish on your ornament, remove the metal top and brush the exposed top of the ornament with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. If the finish is not altered, the ornament has an acceptable finish.
- Spray-paint the metal top white for red ornaments and red for the white ones.
- Using the marking pen, mark four equally spaced dots around the neck of the ornament.
- Making light marks with the marking pen, follow each dot down the sides of the ornament, stopping three-quarters of the way. Use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to erase and redraw the lines, if necessary.
- Referring to the photograph, randomly draw swirls, circles, lines, dots, and squiggles with the marking pen within the quadrants.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions with the Tip-Pen set to prepare the paint bottles.
- Use the second largest micro tip from the set.
- Prepare a drying area for your ornament by placing a dowel stick in a weighted cup.
- Hold the ornament in your hand, supporting it with your thumb and fingertips, and begin painting the design.
- Do not touch the micro tip to the ornament; let the paint flow onto the drawn lines.
- Turn the ornament as you paint your way around the design.
- Paint the top section of the ornament first; allow it to dry on the dowel for 2 to 3 hours.
- Paint the bottom section in the same way.
- When dry, replace the metal top.