Acrylic Gnomes

Designer: Bob Moreni



  1. Cast the molds in usual manner. Allow greenware to dry!  Clean the greenware with a Clean-Up Tool.
  2. Bisque fire to cone 04.
  3. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.

CD041 Waving Gnome

  1. Using a Basecoat Brush, basecoat the coat with 1 – 2 coats of SS-57 Accent Green. Basecoat the hat, gloves, shoes and beard with SS-24 Chocolate Fudge. Allow to dry!
  2. Using various size drybrushes, drybrush as follows – Coat: SS-276 Forest Green then OS-487 Olive Green followed by OS-466 Avocado. Highlight with SS-19 Country Sage.
  3. Drybrush the hat, gloves and shoes with SS-234 Medium Mocha then OS-571 Curry. Highlight lightly with SS-3 Honey Toast.
  4. Drybrush the beard with SS2345 Medium Mocha then OS-567 Ash followed by OS-474 Grey. Highlight with SS-130 Medium Gray then SS-135 White.
  5. Basecoat the nose with SS-234 Medium Mocha then shade with SS-24 Chocolate Fudge.
  6. Shade/float around the coat with SS-57 Accent Green to deepen the crevices.
  7. Add scallops around the edge of the hat using a Shader Brush and SS-24 Chocolate Fudge.

CD042 Hands Up Gnome

  1. Basecoat the hat, coat and gloves with OS-586 Ultramarine.
  2. Drybrush the hat, coat and gloves with OS-468 Deep Turquoise then SS-317 Turquoise then OS-469 Light Turquoise. Highlight only the hat and gloves with SS-135 White.
  3. Basecoat the beard with SS-130 Medium Gray. Drybrush with OS-500 Snowcloud Grey then highlight with SS-135 White.
  4. Basecoat the nose with SS-192 Light Taupe, shade with SS-183 Rich Peach.
  5. Basecoat the Shoes with SS-138 Flat Black then highlight with a little SS-135 White in the brush.

CD043 Hands on Hip Gnome

  1. Basecoat the hat and gloves with 1 – 2 coats of OS-480 Garnet.
  2. Drybrush the hat, and gloves with SS-179 Antique Red then SS-176 Christmas Red. Highlight with OS-449 Bright Red.
  3. Basecoat the coat and shoes with SS-138 Flat Black.
  4. Drybrush with OS-475 Charcoal then OS-567 Ash. Highlight with SS-130 Medium Gray.
  5. Basecoat the beard with OS-475 Charcoal. Drybrush with SS-130 Medium Gray followed by OS-500 Snowcloud Grey. Highlight the beard with SS-135 White. Highlight the Shoes with SS-130 Medium Gray.
  6. Basecoat the nose with SS-1278 Medium Portrait. Shade with SS-234 Medium Mocha.
  7. Add various size dots on the Hat with SS-138 Flat Black. Allow to dry!
  8. Using Graphite Transfer Paper, trace the daisy pattern on the hat. Basecoat the flower petals with SS-130 Medium Gray to block out the red and black. Then basecoat with SS-135 White.  Shade the petals with OS-469 Light Turquoise. Add dots of Shade lightly with SS-234 Medium Mocha. Basecoat the leaves with SS-19 Country Sage then shade with SS-57 Accent Green.

Finishing All Gnomes

  1. Using a Soft Brush, apply 2 coats of AC-502 Matte Brush-On Sealer to each gnome. Allow to dry between each coat. Then apply 2 coats of AC-501 Gloss Brush-On Sealer the all shoes and noses.
  2. Do Not Fire!
  3. Apply Embellishments of choice to each gnome.



  • CD041 Waving Gnome
  • CD042 Hands Up Gnome
  • CD043 Hands on Hip Gnome


  • Softees Acrylic Stains
    • SS-3 Honey Toast
    • SS-19 Country Sage
    • SS-24 Chocolate Fudge
    • SS-45 Buttermilk
    • SS-57 Accent Green
    • SS-127 Medium Portrait
    • SS-130 Medium Gray
    • SS-138  Flat Black
    • SS-135 White
    • SS-176 Christmas Red
    • SS-179 Antique Red
    • SS-183 Rich Peach
    • SS-192 Light Taupe
    • SS-234 Medium Mocha
    • SS-276 Forest Green
    • SS-317 Turquoise
  • Duncan Bisq-Stain
    • OS-449 Bright Red
    • OS-468 Deep Turquoise
    • OS-469 Light Turquoise
    • OS-474 Grey
    • OS-475 Charcoal
    • OS-480 Garnet Red
    • OS-487 Avocado
    • OS-500 Snowcloud Grey
    • OS-507 Ash
    • OS-571 Curry
    • OS-586 Ultramarine
  • Sealer
    • AC-502 Matte Sealer
    • AC-501 Gloss Sealer

Decorating Accessories

  • Basecoat Brush
  • Various Dry Brushes
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-202 #2 Detail Liner
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Foam plates or aluminum foil for palette
  • Paper towels
  • Water bowl
  • Clean-up tool
  • Graphite transfer paper
  • Embellishments from Hobby Lobby
  • Pattern