Monday, December 14, 2015

Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland by Barb

If there is anything prettier than a snowy day in the woods, I don't know what it is. With the low Winter sun catching on the snow, the whole world looks like it's dusted with glitter. I will confess, I actually crafted this piece back in August when I was still busy being crabby about the hot weather. A girl can dream, y'know?

For this piece I began with a 12 x 16" canvas panel to which I applied blue and white paint for the background. I used StazOn Cotton White ink and various snowflake stamps on the sky. I set that aside and went to work on my pieces from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I started with the bare tree. I gave this a very thin coat of white gesso. I wanted some of the brown to show through so it would look more like a bare, frosty winter tree. Once it dried, I coated it with glue using my Essential Glue pad. I worked quickly, "inking" a section and sprinkling it with glitter before moving on to another section. 

I used Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy on the birds to give them just a tiny bit of shimmer.

Next came the deer, which I coated in Versamark embossing ink, dusted with glittery embossing powder, and then heat set. With those done, I went to work on the fir trees. I coated them with a liberal dose of white gesso - sponging it on so it blobbed up in areas to give the trees some texture. While the gesso was still wet, I sprinkled on white glitter, then set them aside to dry.
Once all my pieces and the background were completely dry, I glued everything in place. Using a palette knife I slathered on more white gesso to make the snow look real and drifted and trampled. I sprinkled on more glitter while those areas were still wet.

I can just about hear the cardinals calling to each other as the deer take their hushed steps through the snow.

Supply List

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Leafy Branches with Birds - coming soon

Acrylic paint
StazOn Cotton White ink
Versamark embossing ink
Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink
Essential Glue pad
Glittery embossing powder
Palette knife

Snowflake stamps by RubberMoon

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