Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of Strange Ornament Tutorialpalooza!
My projects usually involve some old, abandoned object that I’ve felt the overwhelming need to rescue and make fabulous, but for today only, there’s no rescue operation required. There is still a lot of fabulous, but all you need is paper, a pencil, and some paints or markers. What you don’t need – at least in the beginning – is your eyes, because you’re going to draw Santa without looking Not knowing what you’ll wind up with is part of the fun! You might get a dazed and confused mall Santa, or a Santa who skipped out on reindeer roll call to track down his patchouli dealer, or maybe even a Bad Santa. It depends on you!
If you’ve never done any blind drawing, it’s honestly one of the most fun and liberating things you can do with a pencil. Here’s a brief video of me, showing you my inspiration for this project and drawing with MY eyes closed (and my glasses off, which is a rare sight usually reserved for my husband – and not because it’s sexy.)
If you draw a Santa and don’t find it endearing, by the way, you can just . . . do it again. Stop when you feel sufficiently amused, then finish out the drawing with your eyes open. Mine felt like a hippie Santa, so I finished him out that way, complete with peace sign:
Here’s that template I promised you in the video, by the way. You don’t have to use it; it just gives you a fun, wonky silhouette that’s sort of perfect for this project. If you want to print it, click it, size it, and go to!
Okay, back to the project!
On this type of piece, it is kind of important to do a professional job with the coloring so that people don’t think that you handed over your art supplies to a disenchanted preschooler. I used acrylics, and I’ll show you my progression, on which I (once again) followed Sarah’s tutorial:
If you want to join in for my last two ornaments, look for a doll head like this one and a glass bottle!