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A PaintWorks Christmas

Winter 2008 Issue ‘Tis the Season to Share

Christmas is that special time of the year to share your loving, caring, and giving spirit. This can be expressed in many ways. For some, the gift of service is their way to give back—donating time to local soup kitchens, senior centers, hospitals, animal shelters, and more. For others it means holding bake sales, craft fairs, or rummage sales to raise money to donate to those in need. With this in mind, be sure to paint an extra Christmas piece to donate for a good cause—it’ll make someone’s holiday extra special!

With each new issue of A PaintWorks Christmas, we strive to bring you new, inspiring designs along with traditional favorites. This year’s collection proves to be again different from any other year. Among the projects for this holiday season, we are pleased to present several plaques that can be hung indoors for a festive look or placed outdoors as a welcome greeting to family and friends. We also feature florals for your tree—an elegant tree topper and freeform rose ornaments. Don’t forget the tabletop; try painting a gorgeous china hot chocolate/coffee set which makes for a striking display when not in use. Another innovative idea is the window topper grouping, featuring chickadees amidst holly leaves and berries. You can easily leave this painting up for the entire winter season. And for those who collect Santa paintings, our primitive Santa board, inspired by the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” will become an heirloom piece to pass down for generations to come.

Christmas is also a time for reflection. A very special holiday project, Ellen’s Winter Basket, is tribute to talented artist and beloved decorative painter Ellen Stamilio, who passed away in May 2006. Of all the projects presented this year, this one was truly painted from the heart, as Ellen’s niece, Susan Stamilio, painted her aunt’s last design. Ellen’s Winter Basket is the fourth piece in Ellen’s four-season basket collection.

We had such a wonderful array of projects to choose from—many had to be placed in our next issue, PaintWorks December (our 16th Anniversary Special).

Until then, happy holiday painting!
Linda R. Heller
Editor

Projects
hanging socks Christmas Hanger with Socks
by Cynthia Erekson
Create this Williamsburg welcome and hang throughout the holiday season!
Purple & Sage Santa Board Purple & Sage Santa Board
by France Quirion
The soft gentle colors complement the tenderness and spirit of giving seen in Santa’s face.
Christmas Goose Christmas Goose
by Johanne Morin
Place this holiday goose by an entryway to welcome guests as they enter your home.
Winter Window Toppers Winter Window Toppers
by Judy Diephouse
Hang these window toppers for the holidays, and leave them up throughout the winter months.
Ellen’s Winter Basket Ellen’s Winter Basket
by Susan Stamilio
Ellen Stamilio’s passing, in May 2006, left many of us struggling with an enormous sense of loss, even as we continued to celebrate her life, her talent, and her legacy within both our family and the decorative painting community. This design and the manner in which it was painted can only be characterized as Susan Stamilio’s interpretation of Ellen’s vision working from a rough preliminary sketch. It is Ellen’s family’s wish that the light that emanated from Ellen’s joy in the use of color, and her love of family, nature, and decorative painting will burn as brightly in each of you this holiday season as the candle featured here in the gift that is her final design.
santa pillow Santa’s Watching Pillow
by Roxanne Jarvis
Fabric painting is not only a lot of fun and the surface plentiful, but it’s also a very economical way of filling your Santa orders with expensive-looking results.
Kitten Door Hanger Kitten Door Hanger
by Lydia Steeves
This little kitty is all wrapped up for Christmas!
Frosty Charger and Christmas Tree Box Frosty Charger and Christmas Tree Box
by Debbie Cole, CDA
These two surfaces will bring smiles to your guests, making the season even merrier!
“Gingerbread Express” Floorcloth “Gingerbread Express” Floorcloth
by Patricia Rawlinson
WooWoo…All aboard the “Gingerbread Express.”
St. Nick Mail Holder St. Nick Mail Holder
by Prudy Vannier, CDA
This traditional holiday figure is updated with contemporary colors in an angular design.
Old Man Winter Old Man Winter
by Sandra Lee Goodale
Combine texture and metallics to create this unique holiday project.
“Three Kings Gift Shoppe” Sign “Three Kings Gift Shoppe” Sign
by Jill DiMaria and Maria Grimanis
Prior to the existence of named streets with numbered buildings painted signboards with figures that depicted the written wording were used to attract the eyes of customers.
Christmas China Chocolate Set Christmas China Chocolate Set
by Chris Thornton-Deason
Warm up to winter with this holiday-themed serving set with matching cups and saucers!
Rose Tree Topper Rose Tree Topper
by Beth Wagner
Top your Christmas tree with this eye-catching holiday star.
Romantic Rose Ornaments Romantic Rose Ornaments
by Beth Wagner
Each ornament will be unique and special in its own way--no two should look exactly alike.
Grosbeak and Berries Plaque Grosbeak and Berries Plaque
by Willow Wolfe
The grosbeak has incredible color contrast and lends a festive flavor to the season with its bright red chest and black head feathers.
Berries & Blossoms Plate and Candleholders Berries & Blossoms Plate and Candleholders
by Robin Mani
A touch of gold adds a festive touch to these pieces.
The Twelve Days of Father Christmas The Twelve Days of Father Christmas
by Lynne Andrews
Father Christmas has been designed as a companion piece to Lynne’s new book Christmas Blessings.
Holiday Watercolor Cards Holiday Watercolor Cards
by Kathi Sojka
Personalize your holiday greetings by sending hand-painted cards to your family and friends.
“Red Rider” Sled Cabinet Insert Panel “Red Rider” Sled Cabinet Insert Panel
by Debbie Cotton
Remember your old sled? Wow, have things changed! It sure would be nice to have a red rider decorated with a large pine wreath outside the door to add a holiday greeting!
Christmas Wall Box and Angel Tea Light Holder Christmas Wall Box and Angel Tea Light Holder
by Karen Wisner
Paint these fun holiday helpers to warm your home or share with friends.
Snowman Gift Tags Snowman Gift Tags
by Kay Quist
Just in time for the winter holiday season, these whimsical snow fellows on large gift tags can be added to gift packages, basket handles, glass jars, or given as a set of ornaments for the Christmas tree.
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