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Joy, A Mid-Century Modern Ornament

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Joy, A Mid-Century Modern Ornament
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Joy, A Mid-Century Modern Ornament

designed by Chris Thornton-Deason

Decorate this season with this mid-century modern style wooden hanging ornament, created with Americana® Acrylics.

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Bahama Blue (DA255)
  • Carousel Pink (DA274)
  • Cranberry Wine (DA112)
  • Evergreen (DAO82)
  • Irish Moss (DA312)
  • Lamp (Ebony) Black (DAO67)
  • Light Buttermilk (DA164)
  • Peacock Teal (DA326)
  • Pineapple (DAO6)
  • Spiced Pumpkin (DA310)
  • True Red (DA129)
  • Wedgewood Blue (DAO38)

Dazzling Metallics®

  • Emperor's Gold (DA148)
  • Shimmering Silver (DAO70)

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • Americana® Primer & Sealer (DS17)
  • Triple Thick Gloss Glaze (TG01)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • sandpaper (fine-grit)
  • painter's tape
  • #6 flat brush
  • #0 liner brush
  • stylus
  • rhinestones
  • #6 shader brush
  • clean cloth
  • 1" wash brush
  • wooden disc (12" diameter)
  • pencil
  • 1/2" wisp brush
  • #14 shader brush


NOTE: Read all instructions completely before beginning the project.

  1. Apply an even coat of Primer & Sealer to the wooden disc, on both sides, using the large brush. Allow to dry and sand with fine-grit sandpaper. On opposite sides of the disc, apply painter's tape in 1-1/4" from the edge.
  2. Apply one coat of Peacock Teal to the center of the disc; allow to dry. On the second coat slip-slap Peacock Teal and Wedgewood Blue, using the 1” wash/glaze brush. Let dry and then apply the pattern.
  3. Line the branch in Snow White, using the #0 liner brush. Using the #6 flat brush and starting at the branch, lightly pull out the needles in a mix of about equal parts of Snow White and water.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Using the wisp brush, thin Snow White with a little bit of water and pull in toward the branch. Pull in toward the branch with a little Snow White using the #6 shader brush.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Pull in a few strokes of Emperor’s Gold toward the branch. Repeat with Shimmering Silver.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Undercoat the smaller ornaments in two coats of Light Buttermilk.
  7. Paint as follows: Base, True Red; shade, Cranberry Wine; and highlight with Carousel Pink. Base, Bahama Blue; shade, Peacock Teal; and highlight with a mix of equal parts Bahama Blue and Snow White. Base with a mix of equal parts of Spiced Pumpkin and Snow White; shade, Spiced Pumpkin; and highlight with Pineapple. Base, Irish Moss; shade, Evergreen; highlight, Pineapple plus a touch of Irish Moss. (Refer to photo.)
    Step 6 Example
  8. Using the wisp brush, pull a few strokes of Snow White randomly over the ornaments.
  9. Do all of the Lamp Black accents with the #0 liner brush.
  10. Remove the painter's tape.
  11. Do the lettering and paint the sides and ¼” in on the top and bottom, all in Emperor’s Gold.
    Step 10 Example
  12. To finish: Spray with two coats of Triple Thick Spray following the directions on the can. Let dry. Adorn with rhinestones, beads, or metallic ribbon of choice.
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