Monday, 17 November 2014

Mixed Media Black Christmas Tree

Hello again, here is my last tree board,
I could not decide which colour to use or background. 
 It started out as blue then red and finally
I chose to go with Liz's idea of black.  I painted
everything with black gesso stippling the board to give
more texture. 

I used not only metal flowers and other items but I
also buttons of all sizes.  I love the result.
I attached all the items with hot glue and then gilded with
Treasure Gold using 3 different colours.
(close up)
Lastly I felt it needed just a little more and added the red stones
coloured with a Copic pen. 

I have enjoyed this series of festive boards and I still have a
multitude of buttons and junk to attach to something else! 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Christmas Wreath Board

Back again with my finished Wreath Board.  I realised near the end that there was
a danger it might be more oval than round, having the doily base came
in very handy to keep to the shape intended.
I used a large paper doily (with centre cut out)  glued this to the board as
a base and guide before adding two coats of
gesso followed by paint.  I then used a large crackle stamp with
white paint for the background.
I glued all the various metal bits, other die cuts I had
covered with metal paint or gilding paste to give
a metal finish.
I added colour with ink sprays, alcohol inks, gilding paste and
acrylic silk paints. Glued accent beads to all the gaps.
Back later with my latest Christmas Tree Board but in black!!!!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Mixed Media Christmas Tree Canvas and Pennant Swap


I had fun bringing together all my junk jewellery and lovely
metal flowers for this tree. I used a canvas as I did
not have a board before preparing for the November workshop.
Oh and although there are only two pearly dangles in this
photograph there are now 4 which looks better.
The preparation was exactly the same as for the wreath in my
next post but I used lace instead of a doily to
form the tree shape to show texture through the design.
I have used a photograph of this board for my Christmas cards this year.  Very handy!
Now for the pennant swap pics, only two this time as others forgot to bring
theirs but will swap with each other by post.
Both of our envelopes were hand made. I used paper from
my gelli plate play days.
My pennant
Annie's pennant
I cannot wait to attach my pennants and hang them in my craft room
for inspiration, thank you ladies for all the swaps this year.
Back later with my Christmas Wreath Board.

Mixed Media Christmas Workshop

Another great day with crafty friends creating festive boards.
I supplied the boards and other supplies to decorate
two sizes.
The 12"square boards were for the Wreath Design
I had sealed all the boards with Jo Sonja All Purpose Sealer.
We used a large paper doily, removed the centre panel and used
this as a guide for the layout of the embellishments.
Once glued to the board and dry, we added two coats of gesso then
choice of paint for background.
Liz decided to use black gesso for her background
 and more work to complete later.
Tanya had a great time with her board and red metallic paint before
attaching her collection of goodies and the only one to
finish her board, well done.
The 12 x 18" boards were ideal for the Christmas Tree design.
I supplied some lace but some members provided their own.
These were cut and glued to the board to form the
texture background for the tree shape from a template.
Two coats of gesso covered the lace and board ready to
attach the embellishments.
Burlap used for the pot at the base of the tree.
Annie had exquisite lace for her background tree, far too nice
to cover.  Here she has laid out some of her
embellishments ready to attach and finish later.
Jan decided to use very intricate die cut leaves that she
had painted for her tree which she will add to later.
I hope to see it when she has finished it.
Margaret had taken the time to lay out her design and
removed them before I had a chance to photograph them,
another to look forward to seeing finished.
Jane had a wealth of baubles to use for her board
which is very effective.
Maggie again has laid out some items ready to attach
but will have a search at home to find more.
As you can see there is still a lot of work to do to finish
some of these boards and I look forward to seeing
and hopefully sharing them on here.
Thank you ladies for a wonderful last workshop for the year,
looking forward to seeing you all again in February.
Back later with photos of my wreath and tree boards.....