I asked a few crafty friends to join me in creating some Christmas & Winter holiday themed projects. I know that summers are usually pretty busy for all of us, but I find that if I start thinking about Christmas in July, I'll have a better chance at finishing at least a few holiday crafts in time to enjoy by the time Christmas comes around. So let's get started :)
This project was so fun to create. I was so inspired by this adorable chair I wanted to apply the same concept but with a mixed media style using canvas. I wanted my Santa to be a little bit larger than the pattern so I just eyeballed it and sketched in pencil on the canvas, and made some tweaks and adjustments as I painted.
I used paper clay to make Santa's nose. I shaped and flattened it, allowed it to dry over night, painted it with acrylic paint, and then adhered it to the canvas. To create the background I used scraps of patterned paper, stamps, paint, & Stickles and worked around the Santa sketch. If I were more confident about my drawing I would have created the entire background first and then painted Santa on top. I think it just would be easier and would have required less "touching up" to Santa's suit that way.
I wanted to incorporate more texture and depth to my painting so I added white fun flock to the trim of the hat. a chipboard snowflake & alphas, and some wood veneer shapes. I painted the wood veneer shapes, snowflake, and alphas and then applied Stickles to the wood veneer shapes. I also added two buttons & scrappers floss to Santa's jacket. Finally I adhered all of the pieces to the canvas and added some shading using oil pastels.
I also created a mini canvas using a poinsettia flower I've had in my stash forever. I added a little ink to give it a little more depth, and then layered in on a stamped & inked cardstock square that I layered on top of a glittery corrugated paper that I die cut using a nestability die.
I'm really looking forward to creating more Christmas home decor projects and I hope my canvases have inspired you to pull out your brushes and paints to create a painting or two.
To help you get into the Christmas spirit I'm giving away a little collection of crafty goodness that you can use to create your own mini canvas. Just leave a comment below & on each of the blogs listed below before 12 noon EST. on Wednesday July 10th. for your chance to win. The winner will randomly selected.
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