DecoArts challenge for January is Winter Wonderland, so here is my cartoony offering, Thin Ice.



  • Base coat with White Gesso, then Media Fluid Acrylics; Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Cadmium Orange Hue blended, with Tinting Base for the sky/water effect
  • Glaze the pond area with DecoArt Texture Glass, applied thickly with a cranked pallet knife
  • Create the snowy shoreline with texture paste. Keep it smooth like fresh fallen snow
  • Once the Texture Glass is dry apply Media Crackle Glaze right up to the edge of the pond. When dry and cracks have appeared, enhance with white Media Antiquing Cream. Wipe back to your taste.
  • Use white gesso to seal the texture paste snow. Add snowman in Titanium White, dressed appropriately. Apply gloss glaze to the snowy ground, but not the snowman. Then one or two coats of Media Interference Blue to the glazed snow.
  • Add dotty falling snow to the skyline.


  • Base coat with White Gesso, then a pale tint with Tinting Base and the same colours as the background
  • Using a liner brush, apply lettering in Media Prussian Blue
  • Antique the edge of the sign with the Prussian Blue
  • Apply Liquid Glass to the bottom of the !
  • Apply Crackle Glaze. I needed Antiquing Cream in blue, so I added a couple of drops of Cobalt Teal Hue to white Antiquing Cream
  • I made an icicle from Texture Glass, to hang from the sign, and attached it with Liquid Glass

The sign is mounted on two thicknesses of cardboard to give a bit of 3D to the layout. I hope you like it.


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