Pine Marten Ornament

For the Ongoing Ornament Swap I painted this little guy for @AudiobookLover.

The base is a birch section painted with guache and acrylic.

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He’s such a cute little guy! I love the texture of his fur! I’d never heard of pine martens (or any sort of marten) before, so not only did I end up with a beautifully painted ornament, but I now know of a new type of animal.

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Love this!

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Wow! This is the cutest lil guy I’ve ever seen!

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Omg he’s so cute with his little hat!
The gouache didn’t run on the wood?

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Thanks for the lovely compliments, everyone!

@bethntim - I used acrylic as a base first so the gauche had a solid base. That said, I’ve used watercolor on wood sections like this successfully; the wood absorbs the water and leaves the paint so you have just a very slight translucency.

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What a cutie!

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1-I LOVE Pine Martens.
2-This is the cutest ever!

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Squeeeeee! So cute! My style of Christmas decorating is woodland, so of course I like this.

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Very cute!

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Beautiful work

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He looks perfect!! His little face is so cute! Beautiful job!

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Congrats! Your Pine Marten Ornament is one of this week’s featured projects. You are amazing!

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Your painting skills are fantastic. I love this, and I too learned of a new creature.

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Wonderfully detailed!

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He’s so cute!

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Thank you!

He’s so super sweet and I love the look of the gouache!

Have you heard, by chance, of Anne Louise Avery on Twitter? She writes little vignettes about a group of animal friends who care for each other and one of the main characters is Pine Marten. He’s such a thoughtful and lovable little fellow, just like the one on your ornament!

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I hadn’t heard of her! I’m definitely checking that out. Thank you!

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How adorably sweet! I think the pine background just makes the whole thing 50% better.

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