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"Elf" Christmas Letters

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

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"Elf" Christmas Letters

designed by Micaela Spiggle

These colorful "elfin" letters will brighten a mantel or wall shelf for the holidays.

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Learn more about Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics.

SUPPLIES

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

  • Apple Green (DA518)
  • Blue Bird (DA527)
  • Cotton Ball (DA500)
  • Dolphin (DA537)
  • Green Beret (DA521)
  • Lipstick (DA506)
  • Muted Gold (DA516)
  • Red Barn (DA507)
  • School Bus (DA515)
  • Turf Green (DA520)
  • Turquoise Waters (DA525)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • pencil
  • wood glue
  • #12 flat brush
  • #1 round brush
  • wooden "ELF" letters and crowns (Cut It Out Already)

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Get "Elf" letters and crowns from www.cutitoutalready.com.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use a pencil to loosely add stripes and a wavy line to all letters.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use a #12 flat brush and Turf Green to paint the letter's bottom section. Rinse brush.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use a #1 round brush and Green Beret to outline the bottom section of Turf Green. Rinse brush.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a #12 flat brush and Cotton Ball to paint the top section. Rinse brush.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Use a #12 flat brush and Lipstick to paint every other stripe. Rinse brush.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Use a #1 round brush and Red Barn to shade the Lipstick stripes. Rinse brush.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Use a #1 round brush to mix (1) part Dolphin with (1) part Cotton Ball. Use the mix to shade the Cotton Ball stripes. Rinse brush.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Use a #1 round brush and Lipstick to fill in the stripes on the letter "l". Rinse brush.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Use a #1 round brush and Red Barn to shade around the stripes. Rinse brush.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Use a #12 flat brush and Apple Green to fill in the wide stripes. Rinse brush.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Use a #12 flat brush and Turf Green to shade around the edges of the Apple Green section. Rinse brush.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Use a #12 flat brush and Turquoise Waters to paint the shoe avoiding the polka dots. Rinse brush.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Use a #1 round brush to mix (1) part Turquoise Waters with (1) part Blue Bird. Use the mix to shade around the shoe and around the polka dots. Rinse brush. (Save mix for future step.)
    Step 13 Example
  15. Use a #1 round brush and Red Barn to paint polka dots on the shoe. Rinse brush.
    Step 14 Example
  16. Use a #12 flat brush and Turquoise Waters to basecoat the letter "f". Rinse brush.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Use a #1 round brush and the mix from step 14 to shade "F" around the edges. Rinse brush.
  18. Use a pencil and the tracing and transfer papers to trace and transfer the swirl pattern onto the "F".
    Step 17 Example
  19. Use a #1 round brush and Lipstick to paint on the swirls. Rinse brush.
    Step 18 Example
  20. Use a #1 round brush and School Bus to paint the centers of both crowns. Rinse brush.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Use the same brush and Muted Gold to blend into the School Bus color.
    Step 20 Example
  22. With the same brush and Muted Gold, paint the crowns' edges.
    Step 21 Example
  23. Attach the large crown to the "e" and the small crown to the "f" with wood glue.
    Step 22 Example