Winter Sleig Ride glass vase – votive is mouth-blown and hand-painted on the outside with acrylic paint using the "SFUMATO" technique.

SUFMATO in Italian means “to tone down” or “to evaporate like smoke”, in painting or drawing, the fine shading that produces soft, imperceptible transitions between colors and tones. It is a special technique developed by Leonardo da Vinci. In painting his landscapes, da Vinci “wrapped” the surface in fog to create an illusion of depth and volume, achieving the gradual look from light to dark. This creates the perfect background enhancing the look of the winter scene. I studied this technique and applied to the votives.


To produce the fine layers of the background hues, I repeatedly applied several layers of paint to the outside of the bowl until the desired effect is achieved. The bowl is hand-painted on both the front and back with a myriad of vibrant acrylics and shimmering glitter accents. The windows of the houses I leave unpainted, so when the candle is placed into the votive, the light shines through the windows. 

Vase Votive White Winter with Sleigh Ride

  • Add a special touch to your holiday decorating this year with this lovely Winter Sleigh Ride chimney -  votive. A spectacular village scene with a glittering blanket of snow is hand-painted on both the front and the back with myriad of vibrant acrylics that adds an enchanting appeal. A figure in a horse-drawn sleigh is journeying past a picturesque château in the wintry countryside. The windows of the houses and the country church I leave unpainted, so when the candle is placed into the votive, the light shines through unpainted areas giving the light within the house. The snow sparkles & glistens with fine glitter.


    The votive is 5 inches tall and 4x4 inches in diameter.


    This delightful decorative hand-painted glass votive will be a great addition to your house. Keep for yourself or give as a gift!

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