I know that I’m slipping this one in at the last minute, but I wanted to share one more Christmas craft! You can scrape together the materials for this year or hunt and peck at some after Christmas sales for ribbon and unfinished ceramic ornaments to have some handmade gifts and decorations in the hopper for next year! Here is a tutorial for hand-painted Christmas ornaments using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint with acrylic and gouache accents…
This hand-painted ceramic ornament tutorial was easier to show in a video as opposed to pictures and words alone, so here is a short video tutorial showing how I painted the first one…
I actually filmed four of the ornaments that I painted, but my hands were out of the frame! That’s happened to me a lot lately, so I really need to pay better attention to that.
Anyway, here are the materials I used…
- Unfinished ceramic ornaments – I bought mine from Hobby Lobby and THIS website
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – a sample size will be plenty and I used Bergere & Boxwood
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax (50g)
- White acrylic paint
- Holbein Acrylic Gouache in Pale Gold
- Chalk pencil
- Velvet ribbon (The one I used is sold out, but HERE is some beautiful velvet ribbon at a good price)
- Brushes, palette, water cup, water, paper towels, inspiration pictures
The process for these hand-painted ceramic ornaments is pretty simple. I mixed up my milk paint and put a coat on each ornament. If you pop off the top and hold the ornament on a pencil stuck through the opening, it’s easier to hold them without making a mess of your hands. Milk paint dries quickly, so it’s a little easier to work with on this type of project.
I used acrylic paint and gold gouache for the decorative painting since they have more body.
Once the ornaments were completely dry, I applied clear Furniture Wax to bring out the richness of the color and give them a little luster. They aren’t shiny but look a little more finished. You could certainly leave them unfinished to keep them looking matte and chalky or use a high gloss spray to make them shine.
I kept the designs very simple to show that hand-painted ornaments don’t have to be elaborate. As I said in the video, pick a design that will be fun and won’t stress you out. Also, pick designs that don’t need to be precise. Organic shapes are more forgiving than geometric ones, for example. And, if you’re unsure of the design, try drawing it out with chalk first (I used a chalk pencil), so you can wipe it away and try again if you’re not happy with it.
This ornament ended up being my favorite. It’s loosely inspired by a 17th-century embroidery pattern. Isn’t that cool?
I love how the milk paint allows the ceramic to still look like ceramic if that makes sense. It doesn’t smother the surface but allows the character of the ceramic to show through.
I also love how the look is soft and a little irregular.
I made the circles on the ornament above with a little sponge brush and then added loose, hand-painted circles with gold gouache.
Isn’t that a fun little project? I really enjoyed painting these and I love how they turned out. I hope this gives you a little last-minute inspiration.
If you need some more Christmas crafting & decorating ideas, you can find a bunch HERE.