Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The Wooden Sky-A Peek-a-Boo Project

 I've always wanted to see the aurora borealis, and think maybe I have, but not in their grandeur of the far north like Alaska, Norway or Lapland, with its spectacular spectrum shades of colors on crystal clear night sky. This is the inspiration for this artwork.  

1.  Gather Supplies-I Ended Up Not Using the Birds on a Swing Set

2.  Use Ink Dauber/Blending Tool to Apply Alcohol Ink to Wooden Coasters.

3.   Add Neon Pink Ink, Blue Glitter Paint, and Hi-Lite Blue Acrylic Paint to Inked Coasters.

4.  Seal Everything With Matte Varnish.

5.  Use Various Green and Brown Golden Acrylic Paints on Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Framed Trees.

6.   Use Golden Heavy Gel Matte Medium to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Framed Trees to Painted Wooden Coasters. Weight Down to Form a Perfect Seal.

7.   Add Liquid Pearls in Bright Yellow to Look Like Stars in the Sky.

8.  Add "Snow" Highlights with Golden Fiber Paste and a Small Paintbrush.


 Some Final Thoughts.

There was a time long ago when much younger was I that we were visiting with the neighbors, the Leideckers, in our area of Pennsylvania, near the foot hills of our Appalachians. Their front porch was high above the creek that flowed in the valley, the night sky wide overhead where we saw a spectacular sight, there were colors not familiar or usual to this part of the land. It was illuminated much like the night that Wallis's Barn Caught on Fire, it was mysterious and magical and to this day I swear they were the northern lights. If this be true than I was glad to be chosen to see their glory.   

The Hunt For The Northern Lights

-Lesley Elaine Greenwood

Snowy white fox of the Arctic,

was it your brush-like tail

that sprayed snow, like crystal sparks,

adorning the dark sky with a shimmering veil?

Are you the Northern Lights?

Flourishing forest fungi,

was it your luminescent glow

that ignited fires across the frozen North,

covering the woodland floor, so very long ago?

Are you the Northern Lights?

Plentiful waters of Lapland

was it the light falling into your seas,

that reflected back off the fishes shiny, wet scales

into the streams of the sky? If so please,

Are you the Northern lights?

Or was it the solar winds that, colliding with earth's gasses,

started to glow, creating streamers in their masses?

A magnificent array of colours. Reds, greens, violets, blues,

A mystical curtain of  bright celestial hues.

Constantly in motion.

A beautiful blaze of auroral displays

Around Heaven's swirling ocean.


Trailing bands of luminous  plasma,

Spellbinding, magical sights.

A plethora of colourful waves from the  sun.

Was He the creator of the wonderful

Northern Lights?

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Framed Trees, Square Wooden Coasters, Alcohol Inks, Ink Dauber/Blending Tool,  Neon Pink Ink, Blue Glitter Paint, Hi-Lite Blue Acrylic Paint, Matte Varnish, Various Green and Brown Golden Acrylic Paints, Paintbrush, Golden Heavy Gel Matte Medium, Liquid Pearls Bright Yellow, Golden Fiber Paste

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!



Saturday, December 4, 2021

Nutcracker Sweet

Happy Saturday, everyone! Here's a little guy I made for the holidays, I plan to use it as part of a larger nutcracker mantle display. He's made from a Mini Nutcracker Kit and he's cute as a button, only standing 2.75 inches tall.

The nutcracker kit has nine pieces to decorate and assemble. I decided to stick with the traditional red/black/gold color scheme and set about painting the individual bits with acrylic paint. Once assembled, that tiny dowel threads through the lever which opens and closes the jaw just like a full sized one. Very clever!

Once he was put together I added a tiny snip of gold dresden trim to his sleeves and chose a GSL Bagatelle Box 1.5 x 4 Inch to display him in. 

The box was lined and covered with paper from Graphic 45's Twas The Night Before Christmas collection. 

Final details include a painted wood turning for the top of the box and a round wooden disk for him to stand on to give him a little more height.

This cute little project was finished in an afternoon. Happy holidays and thanks for stopping by!

GSL Products Used

Mini Nutcracker Kit

Bagatelle Box 1.5 x 4 Inch

Other Supplies Used

Tacky glue

Acrylic paint

Gold dresden trim

Graphic 45's Twas The Night Before Christmas

Wood turnings






Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Hunting Unicorns-A Peek-a-Boo Project


A few months ago we sold our 1930's brick Cape Cod cottage it had a certain charm but it was deteriorating and needed a major over hall that we were unable to provide or commit to. So, we made the decision in the middle of my craziest school year of my 32 year career to put it on the market. We went looking for our unicorn, a condo closer to my work, with no steps, located on ground level. We sought this as there were bidding wars for almost any property on the market. Our house sold within three days and we found our unicorn in less than a week. We felt as if the universe listened to our pleas and gave us more than we anticipated. I'll write more about that at the end. One of the bonuses were amazing windows that brought in tons of natural light, our cottage was dark and dreary with no overhead lighting. This natural light is featured in my tutorial pictures below, and the inspirational of this art work along with unicorns.    

1.  Gather Your Materials.

2.   Decide of Layout.

3.  I Found this Magazine at the Bookstore and it was Full of Inspirations.

4.  There was an Article  About "The Hunt of the Unicorn" Seven Tapestries that Reside at the Met Cloisters, in New York City. I have had the Privilege of Seeing Them in Person.

5.   Choose the Portions of The Magazine Pictures you Want for Your Background of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Arch Top Triptych 8 Inch-I Used Middle Frame Only, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych-Arch Top-I Used the Two Outside Frames Only.

6.  Paint the Back Part of the Frames with Golden Acrylics-Fluorescent Blue Titan Green,  and Prussian Blue Hue Randomly Mostly Around the Edges.

7.  Make a wash of Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold Acrylic Paint and Matte Varnish to "Age" the Brighter Colors.

8.  Use UHU Gluestick to add Background Pictures to Painted Frames.

9.  Use Oil Pastels to Color Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Oak Scribble FrameGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Queen Anne's Lace .

10.                Use Golden Acrylics-Fluorescent Yellow and Orange, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Van Dyke Brown, and Copper to Paint Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Bird on a Swing Shape Set.

11.                Assemble Your Collage Using Golden Heavy Gel         Matte Medium.

12.                Spray With Hairspray and Sprinkle with Cinnamon             and Chili Powder.

13.                Add a Dusting of Blue Glitter.

14.                Once Fully Dry Use a Scrip Stamp to Add Wendy            Vecchi Red Geranium Embossing Powder in Random          Area of the Assemblage. 

15.                Use Golden Heavy Gel Matte Medium to Attach the           Top Frames to the Back Frame Portions.

16.                Hold Tightly Into Place with Clamps.

     17.                Add Dots of Liquid Pearls-Juniper to the Borders of                 the frames.

18.                Once Fully Dry add a Coat of Matte Varnish to  Seal Everything in Place and Give Your Artwork a Uniform Professional Look.

19.                This Triptych can be Hinged Together with Small Metal Hinges and Microscrews or By Using Cloth Tape. I will be Using Mine as Book Cover Panels


Some Final Thoughts.

Our Condo Unicorn is not only on the ground  floor but a rancher, end unit, less than five miles from the middle school where I teach Math and Science. There are only fifty-five units and its hidden a bit off the beaten path in a cookie cutter community of Single Family Homes. My drive to work in on a windy country road surrounded by open fields and forested patches, with a meandering brook flowing under a single lane bridge. Yet, within the same five miles in the other direction all of our favorite restaurants and shoppes. We feel truly blessed by our immensely rare creature.

The Article  in Cabana, describe the Met Cloisters, as a "bucolic haven only a few miles away from the hustle and Bustle of Mid-Town." It is where you can go see the exquisite, well preserved, sets of the late Medieval tapestry, "The Hunt of the Unicorn." I have been fortunate enough to see these magnificent enchantments in person. I am intrigued by their intricate weaving and hidden details. They are magical and transport you to a time long forgotten. I want our condo to be such a place.

Unicorn by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

My friends say I should not believe

in things that can't be true.

But my heart believes one must exist

as real as me or you.

So don't listen to those who swear

that things they cannot see aren't there.

I am a unicorn, free and wild,

and someday I will find a child.

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Arch Top Triptych 8 InchGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych-Arch TopGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Bird on a Swing Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Oak Scribble FrameGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Queen Anne's Lace, Magazine Pages of Unicorn Tapestries, Art Scraps of Images of Your Choice,  Pencil, Scissors, Paintbrushes, Golden Acrylics-Fluorescent Blue, Yellow and Orange, Titan Green, Prussian Blue Hue, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Van Dyke Brown, and Copper, Embossing Powders-Seth Apter-Weathered Wood and Gold, Crushed Copper, Wendy Vecchi Red Geranium, Embossing Ink Dabber, Embossing Ink Pad, Heating Tool, Script Stamp, Golden Heavy Gel Matte Medium, Matte Varnish. Blue Glitter, Hairspray, Spices. Oil Pastels, UHU Gluestick

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are making.