Thursday, November 5, 2015
It is time for a new challenge at Anything But Cute and this time I am the hostess and am calling the theme It's Ornamental.
Since the holiday will be coming up pretty quickly, we want you to create a mixed media ornament for your Christmas tree or a Christmas decor item for your house or table.
About 4 years ago I decided it was time to hand over the tree with all the kid-friendly and kid-created ornaments to my Grandchildren and get a new tree that I could decorate in a more adult fashion - besides I was tired of stringing all the lights on it and wanted a pre-lit tree. I really want it to be chock full of ornaments so I decided this was a perfect time to make more. My tree is red and gold with touches of white. For this challenge, I stuck with the red and gold.
This ornament started as a wooden tree cut by my husband on his laser cutter - I am loving his new toy. I coated it with gesso and then covered everything with some Golden Light Molding Paste that I dabbed on so it would be bumpy.
Once the this was dry I added some other wooden shapes cut for me by my husband and some lace strips. I have discovered that Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel makes a terrific adhesive for this sort of application.
Everything was then given a good coat of Deco Art Champagne Gold Metallic Acrylic paint and then dabbed lightly using a sea sponge and some Dark Scarlet Acrylic Paint from Deco Art and some Antique Gold Acrylic Paint from Folk Art.
Then I added lots of beads and gems from my stash.
I made a second ornament and this time after the Molding Paste was dry I added some chain, nut covers stolen from my husband's work shop, buttons, bead caps and wood shapes. Then I painted everything with Dark Scarlet Acrylic Paint from Deco Art. The next step was to add a bunch of gold beads from my stash.
To make the base of this tree since it didn't have a base in the raw form, I covered a Styrofoam ball with gold sequins and then used Xmas Red Stickles in the centre of each one.
I thought this one was a bit flat looking so I gave it a spritz of Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist. I think I like the gold tree better but both will look good on my tree and fill more spaces so I am happy.
I hope all of you will create something for your holiday tree or home decor and share it with us. You have until December 4th and that will be just in time for decorating.
I am going to enter the gold ornament in the following challenges:
City Crafter - Getting Ready for Christmas
Altered Eclectics - Anything Mixed Media or Altered (no cards or ATCs)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Mixed Media or Altered (no cards. scrap pages, ATCs)
Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge - Christmas Decorations
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes on Wood
We Love to Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Allsorts Challenge - Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes