How to Make a Painted Feathery Penguin Ornament

This feathery penguin ornament is a great addition to any Christmas tree. Follow these instructions by Barbara Greve to make your own.

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Materials:

Forster XL and XXL Jumbo Woodsie circles
Forster 2 large Woodsies teardrops
Forster Woodsies Too medium triangle
Forster 2 large wooden stars
Forster Christmas Woodsies I large candy cane
Delta Ceramcoat acrylic: black, white, pumpkin, rouge, Napthol red light
2-1/2" piece white feather boa
8" metallic silver thread
4mm orange chenille stem
Sobo glue
Zig Memory System Dual-Tip Black Writer
Daler-Rowney Robert Simmons Expression paintbrushes: series E60 flat shader, #2, #6; series E55 flat wash/glaze; series E81 10/0 detail spotter; series E51 10/0 liner
small wire cutters
pliers
fine-grit sandpaper
drill with 1/16" drill bit
paper palette
tracing paper
stylus or ballpoint pen
graphite transfer paper
water basin
scissors

Note: Painting guidelines and patterns can be found in the PDF file.

Steps:

1. Using the scissors, cut off the corner of the triangle to make the beak, referring to the diagram in the PDF file at the right.

Painting Notes: Use the brush that best fits the area being painted unless otherwise indicated. Allow paint to dry between steps, coats and colors. Extend paint around to the back of the ornament.

2. Paint the XL and XXL circles and the candy cane white and the feet (large stars) and beak pumpkin.

3. Paint the area around the head and the wings black, referring to the diagram in the PDF file at the right.

4. Referring to the diagram in the PDF file, draw the candy cane stripes onto the candy cane and paint with Napthol red light. Using the liner brush, add the highlight line onto the candy cane with white.

5. Dry-brush the cheeks with rouge. To dry-brush, fill the brush with paint and rub most of it out on a paper towel. Scrub the brush in a circular motion on the area being painted.

6. Using the end of a small paint brush, dot in the eyes with black. Using the spotter brush, dot in highlights on the eyes and tops of the cheeks with white.

7. Glue the head over the body as shown.

8. Using the drill and 1/16-inch drill bit, drill two holes in the bottom of the body 3/4 inch apart and 1/8 inch from the bottom and in the middle of each foot.

9. Lay the body horizontal and glue the feather strip to the front of the penguin and glue the arms on either side of the boa.

10. Glue the beak in place under the eyes.

11. Cut two 2-1/2-inch pieces of orange chenille stem. Dip the end of one piece in glue and insert in the bottom hole in the penguin's body. Dip the other end in glue and insert into the hole in the foot. Repeat with other leg.

12. Fold the metallic thread in half and glue to the back of the penguin with the loop end up. Glue the candy cane to the back of the penguin's arm.

13. Using the fine-tip of the black marker, outline the beak, candy cane and feet.

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