I spent Christmas break in the studio experimenting and playing and getting messy- it was the best.
The next section of Unfurling focuses on backgrounds. This is where my hoarding comes in handy. I have tons of paper ephemera waiting to be used for just the right project. I loved decoupaging the pieces on, covering them with paint, and then uncovering them again! It’s all about the layers.
They are so beautiful on their own but add so much to a piece as the starting point.
I am loving Christmas break and in the studio pretty much all day everyday. It feels so good just to experiment and play without a destination for the end piece.
Still practicing my portraits. Much better than the last. I need a tabletop easel. The perspective is so different sketching and painting while the work is flat on the table than when you look at it upright.
Painting my hubs was my best attempt, yet. One thing I wish the book would elaborate on is blending and brushes to use. Round, flat, big, small…
The next few pages are on backgrounds, the fun and free stage!
I finally finished our advent calendar, it’s only Dec 4th!
I have Christmas decor ADD- I rarely decorate the same way from year to year. This one just might stick!
I am totally obsessed with the painted decoupaged clothespins I made for this project. I’ll be doing that again!
We are ready to turn this summer out!
I have a ton of silver trays around my house. I love to go garage saling and thrifting where you can find these for a dollar or less. They are so cheap that I just go ahead and buy them, which really defeats the purpose of saving money, but that’s a whole other discussion. Things just look better on top of trays. A sort of optical illusion of organization. Instead of the classy “British tea” vibe, I like to make them fit me a bit more.
You can use scrapbook paper, magazine pages or even a photo printed onto matte paper. I am personally obsessed with book pages. Lay the paper inside the tray. Loosely press the paper into the base of the tray. Run your finger around the base of the tray to crease the paper to hold the shape of the tray.
Gently tear the paper at the crease. It is better not to take too much off. You can always tear off more if needed.
Using decoupage medium, cover the base of the tray in an even coat with a sponge applicator or paintbrush. Lay the paper on top and smooth out any air bubbles. Spread a thin even coat onto the paper, carefully covering all edges. Do this neatly. You don’t want any on the sides of the tray. Let this coat dry and apply one more coat.
Use a light sandpaper to sand the paper edge after it has completely dried. Gently sand until the edges are smooth.You should not be able to feel where the paper begins and the tray ends. Take your time doing this. Remember… it is still paper. Give it one last coat of decoupage medium for protection.
Do a whole slew of mismatched silver trays for a unified look. Use it to hold outgoing mail. Use it to display cherished items. Hang them on the wall. Use it as a photo frame. The decoupaging medium makes it a paintable surface so the possibilities are endless. I think I might paint one of my daughters’ silhouette on it.