Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Eve Around the Bird Feeder

Had this gorgeous female Cardinal at the feeder the other day that I found out to be a Leucistic Cardinal. She was beautiful in her coloring and we were all trying to  get a good picture of her.

This is a Pied Leucistic female because she has patches of white. It is not like Albinism where the complete lack of pigment is lacking in the feathers.

We enjoyed sneaking up to the windows in the sunporch after dinner and presents on Christmas Eve.

It's going to be very, very cold for several days here, so we stocked up on goodies today for the birds.

Stay warm and be well,

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Altered Christmas Ornaments with Paper Clay

These 2 little clear plastic ornaments were really fun to decorate. I've had them on my worktable for a couple of weeks, but just found time last weekend to give them a new and improved look.

I got them at the dollar store. What a deal. The first thing I did was paint them with black gesso and make sure it dries. (do NOT try drying them with a heat tool...trust me, I know)  Then I added different Finnabair ArtAlchemy paints - opal magics and metalliques to them.

The Escucheons II mould from Iron Orchid Designs and Paper Clay is added to both of them with 3D Matte Gel.  Let it dry. 

Before the clay dries, I pushed the Snowman (from Hobby Lobby) and a Rustic Tim Dimensional Star into the clay and remove them to dry.

Next I painted the clay with Metallique Paints. The Art Alchemy Waxes and Mini Art Stones were added last with Soft Gloss Gel

The Chipboard Art Scrip Word Cut -  Joy is painted with Sparks just to shine it up a bit.

This bulb was a bit simpler with just gold and royal red paint. The gold wax was added last with your finger.

Glue the little snowman and the star with Heavy Body Gel. A ribbon or gold cord can be added to hang the ornament on your tree. 

The word cut-outs from Retro Cafe Art Gallery are fun to paint up to be put in a package for a gift. 

Hope you are inspired to play and make some memorable pieces for your holidays. Let me know what you think.

Your Friend in ART,