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Santa Gnome Cone

Americana® Acrylics

Santa Gnome Cone
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Santa Gnome Cone

designed by Deb Antonick

Be jolly with this Santa gnome cone creating cute winter decorations using Americana® Acrylics.

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Americana Decor® Matte Metallics™

  • Silver (ADMMT14)

Americana® Acrylics

  • Burnt Sienna (DAO63)
  • Colonial Blue (DA334)
  • Cotton Candy (DA347)
  • Deep Midnight Blue (DA166)
  • Lamp (Ebony) Black (DAO67)
  • Light Buttermilk (DA164)
  • Mocha (DAO60)
  • Raw Sienna (DAO93)
  • Snow (Titanium) White (DAO1)
  • Vintage Pink (DA369)
  • Warm White (DA239)
  • Wild Berry (DA362)

Chalky Finish™

  • White (CG01)

DecoArt Media® Varnishes

  • Ultra-Matte Varnish (DMM24)

Snow Products

  • Snow Writer (DS65)

Other supplies

  • stylus or pencil
  • papier mâché cone (24" tall; Hobby Lobby)
  • #4 flat brush (Dynasty Black Gold)
  • tracing & transfer paper
  • 1-1/2" Styrofoam ball (for pompom)
  • 1/2" angle shader brush (Dynasty Black Gold)
  • stipple brush (to add snow texture)
  • makeup sponge (to load paint onto the stamp)
  • 3/4" flat brush (for basecoating hat)
  • snowflake sky rubber stamp (or similar) (Stampendous)
  • twinkle glitter (Stampendous)
  • #8 wave filbert brush (Dynasty Brush)
  • 5/0 script liner brush (Dynasty Black Gold)


  1. Seal the cone with a coat of White Chalky Gesso.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Basecoat the entire cone surface with Vintage Pink.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Trace on the pattern. Stamp over the pink hat with the snowflake stamp loaded with Cotton Candy. (This is to create texture.) Shade the hat with Wild Berry. Basecoat the face with Mocha. Basecoat the beard and moustache with Colonial Blue.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Shade the face with Raw Sienna. Deepen the shading with Burnt Sienna. Shade the beard and the moustache with Deep Midnight Blue. Float in a little Wild Berry into the corners by the hat and above the moustache for the cheeks.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use the wave filbert brush to paint in the first layer of the beard and moustache hair. (To use this brush, water the paint down slightly on the palette and work the paint into the brush so that the brush hairs separate.)
    Step 4 Example
  6. Repeat the layer of hairs with Light Buttermilk.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Repeat the hair layers again with Warm White. Finish with Snow White. Trace on the eyes. Repeat the same hair layers for the beard onto the eyebrows.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Paint the base with Lamp Black for his boots. Line and dot the laces with Silver.
  9. Basecoat the eyes with Colonial Blue. Shade under the eyebrow with Deep Midnight Blue. Highlight along the bottom with Warm White. Paint the pupil with Lamp Black. Line the highlights with Snow White.
  10. Highlight the nose with Light Buttermilk. Line the highlight with Snow White. Paint the mouth with Lamp Black. Paint the bottom lip with Wild Berry. Line the highlight with Snow White. Stroke in additional hairs on the beard and the moustache with Snow White to define and shape.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Add snow texture by applying Snow Writer to the hat band with a stipple brush. (See photo.)
    Step 10 Example
  12. While the snow is still wet, sprinkle with twinkle glitter. Do the same for the Styrofoam ball that gets added to the top of the hat. Line and dot the snowflakes on the hat with Silver Matte Metallics.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Varnish with Ultra-Matte Varnish.
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