October 18, 2016

Free Folk Art Santa Claus Ornament Pattern Tutorial (for personal use only)


Fiberboard cone (4” high and 2” diameter)
Carbon paper
Hole puncher
Matte Modge Podge


12 Loew Cornell 7330 Curved Flat
4 La Corneille 7000 Round
4 La Corneille 7300 Shader
000 Grumbacher 4620 Round


Folk Art- Aqua
Americana -Flesh Tone
Americana-Cool White
Americana-Lamp Black
Americana-Neon Sizzling Pink
Americana-Bittersweet Chocolate
Americana-Titanium White
Liquitex-Naphthol Red Light
Liquitex-Cadmium Red
Liquitex-Cadmium Yellow  Medium
Martha Stewart-Gray Wolf

Scherer Pattern-Copyright Lisa Scherer


Cut out the Santa pattern and trace the pattern with carbon paper around the fiberboard.


1.       Use brushes of your choice when painting and clean them with water when needed.

2.       Paint the face using Flesh Tone. Add shadow with Quinacridone around nose, eyes, hair line (be sure to blend it into Flesh Tone). Paint whites of eyes with Cool White. Paint irises with Folk Art Aqua. Add a bit of Cool White to Folk Art Aqua (on a palette if you wish, or paper plate), mix, and apply around the outside of Iris. Paint pupils in center with Lamp Black. Add dot to pupil area for light reflection with Cool White. Paint lines above eyes with Quinacridone. Paint cheeks and tip of nose with Naphthol Red Light (be sure to blend). If necessary, add more Flesh Tone to area first to blend it nicely. Outline top of eye with Lamp Black. Let dry. Highlight top of nose with Cool White, as well as use Cool White to highlight under eyes, but not directly under eyes-more near cheeks. Go back over same areas if needed to bring out the features a bit more. Use a touch of Lamp Black around nose top sides. Paint partial eyebrows with Gray Wolf. Highlight beard with a bit of Cool White. Begin painting beard and mustache with Gray Wolf. Paint a little of Gray Wolf above the eyes (Santa will look like he has eye shadow on).

3.       Once you cover the beard and mustache(including sides and back area) Gray Wolf, add shadow with Lamp Black mixed with a touch of Gray Wolf- so the area is not straight black. Go over areas with this same mix that would normally have shadow like under the mustache and nose, and a little along the top part of beard. Add shadow to where the hat line will be too, and don’t forget the backside under hat.  Paint around bottom of nose and sides of nose with Lamp Black. Paint hat with Cadmium Red. Let dry.  Mix a bit of Cadmium Yellow Medium with water to make a water-down tint. Apply this over Santa’s flesh area on his face. This gives him a nice realistic look. Let dry. Paint the lips with Cadmium Red mixed with Cool white. Highlight the lips with Cool White. Paint the inside of mouth with Lamp Black. Let dry.

4.       Paint the creases under eyes, around cheeks with Quinacradone.  Paint just under the eyebrows with this color as well.  With the 2nd smallest brush you have paint a little of this same color on the top white areas inside the eyes-for shadow.  And, with this same color again, lightly brush below the lips. Paint the eyelashes with Bittersweet Chocolate. Let dry. Go back over anything that needs touching up before moving on with next steps.  Sometimes you may find that the eyes need outlined a bit more. If so, do this at this point. Let dry.

5.       Lightly brush Neon Pink paint on top of forehead and below the lips (just lightly).

6.       Using Titanium white, paint feather strokes on Santa’s beard, mustache, eyebrows, and hair area (be sure to go around backside). Let dry.

7.       Paint a flower-like design around the rim of Santa’s hat-with Cool White. Let dry.

8.       Make 2 hole punches in each side of the top area of Santa’s hat.  This is where you will put a 8” piece of twine, which you will tie in a knot inside, for hanging.

9.       Seal Santa with matte Modge Podge. Let dry.

Have fun!

This pattern is protected by copyright and may not be photocopied or copied in any way for the use of re-selling or anything other than your personal use. Sew for fun or profit. Scherer Art cannot be responsible for human errors, printing errors or individual workmanship. Patterns and finished items are not intended for small children or pets. 

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