Happy Monday! It's only the start of November, but the end of Halloween marks the beginning of Christmas season in my world. Last year I made some special homemade ornaments for friends and family, and I thought it would be fun to share some of the ways you can personalize your own ornaments this year.
I love the idea of marking significant events with an ornament. You can even use them as part of your gift wrapping process!
My go-to homemade ornament is really very simple.
Start with a blank ceramic ornament. My go-to ornaments come in a two-pack from Hobby Lobby, but are only sold in stores. You can find similar options online like this. The next step is to pick your paint colors - there's no magic here, and I usually opt for a matte finish. The ceramic will soak the paint up quickly and your ornaments will be dry within about an hour. Once you've painted to your satisfaction (probably about 2 coats), it's time to whip out your writing utensils.
I started with my tried and true UNI POSCA paint pens (see below), Sharpie fine tip pens, and then ventured into the pointed pen writing once I got more comfortable with the texture of the ornament.
If you're never toyed around with pointed pen calligraphy, I highly recommend giving this hobby a try. It's a pretty affordable experiment (my initial starter supplies cost around $25 total). The supplies I used for writing on this ornament were 1) this pointed pen , 2) this Nikko G nib, and 3) this white ink.
The most important final step is a quick coat of Matte Mod Podge to seal the ornament on both sides and protect your handiwork!
If you experiment with cermanic ornaments this year, send me a picture (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tag me in a post (@jennajordanstudio). Happy creating!