Holy Night Porcelain Plate

Holy Night Porcelain Plate

Posted by DecoArt on Dec 16th 2014

Find a decorative glazed or unglazed porcelain plate at a flea market or in your attic.


    • water container
    • paper towels
    • tracing paper
    • 1/4" angle brush
    • stylus
    • palette paper
    • fine point Sharpie® marker or pen
    • #1 round brush
    • 5/8" angle brush
    • #10/0 liner brush
    • white transfer paper
    • 1" angle brush
    • porcelain plate with raised, cross-hatched edge



    Wash the plate in warm, soapy water. Let dry.

    1. Mix (1) part Paint Adhesion Medium with (2) parts Ice Blue. Using a 1” angle brush, apply to the entire plate. Let dry. (Color can be applied again for stronger coverage.)
    2. Mix (1) part Paint Adhesion Medium, (1) part Ice Blue, and (2) parts Blue Haze Light. Side-load a 1” angle brush that is slightly dampened with water and float shade to the background. (Color should float from the outside of the plate in toward the center.) Color can be repeated. Allow surface to dry for at least one hour.
    3. Trace the design onto tracing paper using a fine point pen or marker.
    4. Lay the tracing on the plate and position the pattern. Slide the white transfer paper under the tracing. Transfer on the design lines using a stylus.
    5. The light areas of the sky are floated behind the hills using Ice Blue and Buttermilk; are repeated using Buttermilk; and are highlighted using Light Buttermilk.
    6. Instruction #5
    7. A tint color of Black Plum can be washed into the sky in the right and left corners.
    8. Using a large angle brush, side-load a float of Blue Haze Light at hills. Shade at the horizon line and allow color to fade up towards sky. Let dry.
    9. Repeat, when dry, using Blue Haze Light and Midnite Green. Light can be floated or dry-brushed using Ice Blue and Buttermilk; repeated using Buttermilk; and highlighted using Light Buttermilk.
    10. A tint color of Black Plum at the hills can be washed into the sky in the right and left corners.
    11. Base the front sides and steeple of the church using Blue Haze Light. Shade with a 1:1 mix of Blue Haze Light and Midnite Green.
    12. Instruction #10
    13. The light at the church is a mix of (1) part Blue Haze Light to (2) parts Buttermilk; the accent is Black Plum and a touch of Midnite Green.
    14. The roofs are floated with Blue Haze Light and Midnite Green in the shadow areas. The snow is dry-brushed or stippled using Buttermilk and then Light Buttermilk.
    15. Instruction #12
    16. Fill in the windows using Yellow Ochre and then outline using Light Buttermilk.
    17. The house in the distance is basecoated at front, side, and chimneys using True Ochre. Lighten as needed using Yellow Ochre.
    18. Instruction #14
    19. Shade the house with Traditional Raw Umber. The door is Traditional Raw Umber.
    20. Base in the pine trees using Midnite Green and Blue Haze Light. Let dry.
    21. When dry, double-load a 1/4" angle brush on the short side with the base color and Buttermilk on the long edge; blend on palette. Tap in the branch levels, keeping the long edge of the brush to outside of the tree. Apply to both sides of the trunk. Let dry.
    22. When dry, wash over and then shade using Midnite Green. Corner-load the long edge of the 1/4" angle brush and tap in snow. (This time cross over the center of the trees.)
    23. Float a shade in shade areas of snow using a 1:1 mix of Blue Haze Light and Midnite Green.
    24. The snow is pulled onto the ground level using Buttermilk and then repeated using Buttermilk and Light Buttermilk. Repeat with Light Buttermilk in the lightest areas of snow.
    25. Using a liner brush, pull thin grasses in the foreground area using Midnite Green and Yellow Ochre.
    26. Base the bare trees in front of the hills Traditional Raw Umber; let dry. When dry, add snow using Buttermilk and then Light Buttermilk.
    27. The leaves are based in solid using Blue Haze Light and Yellow Ochre.
    28. Instruction #23
    29. Light is applied to the leaves using a side-load float or can be dry-brushed using Buttermilk and a touch of the base mix.
    30. A second light is applied using Buttermilk. (The color stays within a light application.)
    31. Shade the leaves using a side-load float of Blue Haze Light and Midnite Green. A second shade is applied using Midnite Green. (The color stays within shaded area.)
    32. Add a thin float in the darkest triangle areas of the leaves for an accent color.
    33. Dry-brush or float a highlight in the lightest areas of the leaf using Warm White. Outline the leaf and pull in vein lines using a liner brush with Midnite Green thinned with water. Repeat the outline using Splendid Gold.
    34. For berries, use the handle end of a brush to place Ice Blue dip dots and a smaller dot of Light Buttermilk to highlight.
    35. Using a liner brush loaded with Splendid Gold, place in one large star and then several small ones in the sky.
    36. Spatter the sky using Snow White thinned on small round brush.
    37. The cross-hatched edging of the plate and stroke work are all painted using #1 round brush loaded with Splendid Gold. The edge of the plate is lightly brushed on with Splendid Gold.
    38. Spatter the entire piece with Light Buttermilk or Snow White to create snowing effect.
    39. Apply several light coats of Americana Matte Spray Sealer, allowing to dry between coats.


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