Manger Sheep Ornament by Tammie Wilson

Note- for best results please review all product instructions before starting your project.
Tips & Techniques-
  1. Once background is complete apply a coat of Matte Medium to the surface. This will protect the work you have already done plus allow for easy clean-up, if necessary, on the next step.
  2. When using paint on stamps it is important that you do not overload the image. Pour a puddle of paint out on the palette. Using the smallest end of the make-up sponge tap into the paint, pounce the sponge on a clean area of the palette. When you look at the bottom of the sponge it should be covered by paint but you should still be able to see the texture of the sponge. Now quickly pounce the loaded sponge over the entire image and stamp it on the surface. If you don’t like what you have stamped simply wipe it off with a wet wipe! Since you already have a coat of varnish on the surface, it will clean up easily.
  3. If you are working with the larger 6” or 8” square stamps, it is easier to use a brayer to apply the paint rather than a makeup sponge. Pour paint out onto the palette. Roll brayer through paint, then down the palette a few times. You need enough paint to cover the surface of the stamp, but not too much or it will fill in the crevices. If desired practice a few times and stamp on paper before working on your project.
  4. Clean-up is easiest if done immediately after you use the stamps. Simply clean with soap and water and use an old toothbrush to get into the crevices. If you cannot clean the stamp right away wipe it off with a wet wipe, or place in a shallow pan of water. If the acrylic paint dries on the stamp mist it with rubbing alcohol, let sit a few minutes then clean as usual.
Project Instructions
  1. Sand ornaments to remove any rough edges or patches.
  2. Using the 1” Mop brush apply two, smooth even coats of Light Buttermilk to ornaments. Let dry.
  3. Apply one coat of Matte Medium, let dry.
  4. Arrange stamp components on ornament as desired.
  5. Press handle onto stamps, so you can stamp everything at once.
  6. Following step 2 in Tips & Techniques, stamp images onto ornaments using Lamp Black.
  7. Repeat until all ornaments are stamped.
Manger Sheep Scene
  1. Using a 1” angle brush, lightly float Primary Cyan on ornament background to create a halo around image.
  2. Base skin with a wash of Titan Buff. Shade with a brush mix of Titan Buff plus a tich of Transparent Red Iron Oxide. Stipple cheeks in, very lightly with thinned Transparent Red Iron Oxide.
  3. Apply a wash of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to hair, manger, and straw on ground and in manger. Shade manger and straw in manger with floats of Raw Sienna. Shade straw on ground and hair with choppy strokes of thinned Raw Sienna, using the round brush. Deepen shades on manger and straw with a brush mix of Raw Sienna + Dark Grey Value 3.
  4. Base lamb with Titanium White. Base hooves and ears with Dark Grey Value 3. Shade white areas with a brush mix of Titanium White + Dark Grey Value 3. Shade grey areas with black.
  5. Shade baby swaddling with Dark Grey Value 3.
13. Base stars, hanger and lower point of ornament with Metallic Gold.
14. Add a thin line of Primary Cyan between Light Buttermilk and Metallic Gold areas.
15. Use the pen to redefine any lines that may have been lost or blurred.
16. Finish with 1-2 coats of Matte Medium. Add ribbon of choice. Enjoy!
Print Project

Also uses these supplies:

DecoArt® Americana™ Acrylic Paint
DA164 Light Buttermilk                                                      
DecoArt® Media Fluid Acrylics™
DMFA38 Titan Buff                                                                  DMFA42 Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
DMFA36 Raw Sienna                                                              DMFA41 Transparent Red Iron Oxide
DMFA27 Primary Cyan                                                          DMFA22 Dark Grey Value 3
DMFA49 Metallic Gold                                                         DMFA39 Titanium White
DMM20 Matte Medium
Royal & Langnickel Brushes
RG 905 Gold 1” Mop                                                              2160 Aquarelle 1”, 1/2”, 3/8” and 1/4” Angle      
2250 Aquarelle #0 Round
Wood ornaments
Other Supplies
Water basin                                                                                 Palette paper
Paper towels                                                                               Sandpaper- fine grit
Makeup wedge- dense foam                                               Extra fine permanent black pen
¼” ribbon of choice

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