Department 56 Suggestions for Village Decorating
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How-To: Turn A Winter Swan Pond Into A Spring Scene.
Start with a NEW Swan Pond #809009 and remove all packaging.
Materials to Purchase
Yellow, blue, white, red, dark green, medium green, and grass green acrylic paint found at art supply or craft stores.
Small acrylic paint brushes. Use an acrylic brush to ensure a smooth application.
Masking or painters tape to protect the blue pond from green paint.
Plain (without snow) trees. We recommend #56.52892 or #56.52885.
2. Tree Removal
- Remove all sisal trees and bare branch trees from the base. The trees should simply pull out.
- Remove magnetic swans from the pond. Store these pieces for later use.
- Tape off the blue pond so that it is protected from the green acrylic paint application.
- Begin to paint the pond base green.
- Completely paint the base green including the inside lip of the base.
- Let the paint dry completely. Read the paint label for appropriate drying time.
4. Detailing the green with flowers.
- Begin with the dark and medium greens and start to dot in a base of color in patches.
- Start with a dark green and layer on top the medium green. Work your way around the base creating various sized patches of color.
5. Close Up Detail.
- Let each layer dry before applying another color.
- If you do not let each color dry, the colors will bleed together.
6. Add More Color.
- Continue to layer more color in to create a field of wildflowers.
- Allow time for the paint to dry.
7. Add Trees.
- We added plain, (without snow) trees. You will need to remove the bases to slide the trees into the holes in the base.
- Do not add the bare branch tree since it is now springtime!
- Complete your scene by adding the swans.