Hello Crafty Friends,
I have taken a few days away from social media ( other than a couple comments here or there ) to re-energize myself. I sometimes find it very peaceful as well as sanity saving to unplug and just enjoy the blessings that surround me. Anyhow, although I was silent online, I did take time to complete a Journey Coach Color Challenge. It is a private group for us Journey Coaches, and we have monthly color challenges. Since the group is fairly new, the challenges to get us started are simple and easy. My kind of challenge these days. LoL Anyhow, to go along with August’s promotion of select mixed media products being 20% off, we were encouraged to used 2,3, or 4 colors of paint, or use pan pastels, to create a project that we are working on. I knew I wanted to do a canvas but was unsure until I sat down at my desk.
I first started by treating my canvas with some Journey Gesso, and once it dried, I brushed on Cool Pool and Beach Ball paint to make a background of streaky blues.
Once that was dried, I pondered over what to do, add, etc. I knew I wanted to create something whimsical and after going through my stash of current products, I decided to go with a Christmas theme. I grabbed my Winter Wonderland stencil, Journey Modeling Paste, and a spatula, and then carefully applied the paste over the stencil to create snowflakes on my background. Before it had time to dry completely, I sprinkled a few Journey Silver Shavings on the wet paste, as well as sprayed a light coat of Silver Splash over it all to give it a winter shadow. (Sadly my phone died and I did not have my charger or a camera with me at the other house that day, so I did not get step by step photos during the process.)
As the paste dried, I pulled out the Advent Buttons I had in my stash, and played around creating a fun Christmas tree. Wish I had more than one set at this point. I would have loved a more dimensional effect for my tree. Before I added the tree, I placed some Journey Thread across the canvas and glued into place with a light coat of glaze. Before the glaze could dry I used a scrap piece of Corrugated Cardstock for the tree truck. At this point, I adhered the buttons to the canvas and painted them with gesso, before applying a blend of Green Olive and Limeade Splash. , allowing a tad bit of the original Advent Buttons to show through. I added a layer of Journey Glaze to seal the buttons and lightly dusted with some more Silver Shavings. I then adhered some Bloom Benefit (one of the free products you can pick when you have an order of $75 or more) sequins to use as ornaments. Added a few Cut Rhinestones as well. I then free-hand cut some *presents* and added Perfect Bows on two and Journey Thread on one. I dusted one of the gifts with some Sparkle Dust, added the Merry Christmas paper clips from the Merry Clips accents, and a start cut from Brushed Silver Cardstock using the Star-dom cutting and piercing dies.
Overall, it was a whimsical tree, and I believe it will look cute in the guest bathroom once I use a sealer to seal the canvas.
Hope you enjoy this project too. For more information, feel free to contact me. 🙂
Thanks for popping in. I will be back next week with another fun project.
Until then..happy crafting!
Hugs and Blessings<
Journey Coach #99