Getting into the holiday spirit this week !
I used to revert to a complete sort of sparkle glitter fever when this time of year came around . Uncontrollable glass glitter and sparkles everywhere, the more the merrier. So much that I was sweeping and vacuuming sparkles up clear through the month January . I find that that part is really no longer true. However , my deeply loved tradition of a handmade holiday is definitely rooted in my dna . Every year I still wish that my Mother would have kept the Santa , Mrs. Claus and Tin soldier ornaments that she created and hand painted dozens of for the entire tree when I was a girl. They had very geometric almost psychedelic hand painted outfits. I guess after about 10 or so years she figured they were out dated and we moved on to those sequin ornament kits from the craft store. Does anyone remember these? I still have some that we made together and I hang them every year. We had several displays set out at Christmas each hand painted throughout the years by my Mother.
Christmas was also a time for 3 generations of girls to get together and create . This included my Grandmother , who was a professional landscape artist in northern California . Over the years we created what ever theme my mother came up with for that year . Huge Mr and Mrs Santa dolls out of Panty hose, Christmas villages, and the year I insisted we recreate Faberge eggs, which I lovingly place on my tree today.
Here are some of the ornaments that I have painted this season . My Mother showed me how to do these years and years ago . We used to take all of the used and scratched up balls and bleach them . Then paint them with beautiful abstract swirls inside.
Now you can of course by them already clear and save that oh so smelly step ! Still recycling has its strong merits as well.
Wax on Wednesdays!
While strolling through the isles equipped with my 50% off coupon, I found this stencil in the craft paint isle of Michaels last week. It reminded me of snow flakes !
Perfect for a December Wax on Wednesdays to show that stencils are great for use with encaustic ! One of the boards went as planned. The second I played around with for quite a while taking it in a few directions. When I became dissatisfied with the overall composition and coloring , I decided to take a step back in order to move forward. I over fused purposefully melting back everything to a flat state . This then became a beautiful swirled background for a new pattern !
So do I show you my full process of what I went through in the video , or just edit like I planned it that way the whole time?
Right ! You know me to well. This was a perfect opportunity to also show that each layer is a journey and an important part of the process. No mistakes , just keep going ! It will find its way eventually and you will probably teach yourself something very valuable in the process.
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If you love encaustic , creating beautiful papers, creating handmade papers, and creating handmade journals , "Encausticology Paper Journey " online workshop begins in just a few weeks !
Details are on the online workshop page of this blog , and in the Etsy shop.
Also not too late to enter for the drawing for 1 free spot in Encausticology Paper Journey workshop ! Because I was taking care of a recovering from surgery hubby all weekend , I have extended the drawing to selecting the winner this Sunday December 11. Simply leave a comment on the post . Also sharing on Pinterest , Facebook , Twitter, Instagram etc etc and social media will get you entered in the drawing one additional time for each share ! Please let me know where you shared so that I can make sure and enter you for each time you shared in the drawing :)
Blessings to you,