The theme this week on the blog is Christmas ornaments. The Christmas tree is arguably the most iconic and distinguishable symbol of the holiday season. This past weekend, I decorated my Christmas tree for the holiday (read more about our Christmas decorating and traditions here), and ever since, I have definitely been feeling the Christmas spirit. This year, more so than previous years, I am truly excited. Listening to Christmas music on the radio excited. Usually, I can’t stand listening to Christmas music unless it is literally Christmas Day. I’m not sure what’s so different about this year, but I am soaking up every second of the Christmas season! As I was decorating my tree, I was admiring all of the personal, individual style that come from our special ornaments. I love fashion sketching and I love Christmas. Why not combine the two? In this sketching tutorial, I am mixing it up from the usual pen on paper type of sketches and jumping into creating a fashion sketch on an ornament. Follow along and do it yourself!
- Clear glass Christmas ornaments
- Paint & paintbrushes
- Glitter glue
Time: 1 hour (includes drying time)
The first step is to begin painting the outline of the gown. It can just be a rough idea of what it’s going to be.
The acrylic paint that I chose to use on the glass requires several coats. This may turn out differently depending on the paint that you choose to use. In the picture above, I am beginning to add extra coats and thicken the gown.
Next, begin to add the head, arms, and shoulders to the drawing.
While the gown is drying on the ornament, begin filling it with pearl beads or any other decorative items. Personally, I like the way that the pearls react with the lights on the tree and absorb the colors.
Fill in the gown with more paint and add decorative touches. For this sketch, I added a red ribbon from drama and flair. Choosing the color red from the ribbon also brings a Christmas mood to the ornament.
Then add hair and other finishing touches. When the paint is dry, use a marker to draw on facial features.
Finally, use glitter glue to add a little sparkle and shine on the gown that the lights on the tree will pick up beautifully and twinkle.
This is the final version of the ornament hanging perfectly on the Christmas tree. I added a decorative bow to the top of the ornament that really makes it stand out against the tree.
This was the original sketch that inspired me to recreate it on the glass ornament. How did yours turn out? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! These ornaments are so easy and sure to brighten up any Christmas tree. They would make the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life!
Stayed tuned for a DIY tutorial on how to sew a giant, decorative ornament pillow up live on the blog tomorrow.
Until next time.