Hi Artists! I’m always inspired by seasons and those miracles which are happening every day. Some of them are very pleasant and bring us so much needed inspiration and aesthetical experience while others may remind us that along with the very cold weather come hunger and death too. We can see it every day in smaller towns when hungry wild animals are coming to our door steps looking for food. My next creative idea is inspired by the white of the snow and the silver of the ice. We have a lot of both in Canada nowadays with temperature dropping to -30C – brrrr – that is very cold! Usual winter art in landscapes is quite difficult to create and then the results may become plain. Personally I would not attempt painting winter nature but I have another way to make something exiting. Please prepare a mid size canvas (or any size, depending what you like and how much time you would like to spend on creating this piece). Then you will need paints (acrylic are OK this time), paper, scissors, white spray paint and silver glitter (could be transparent glue or powder). 1. Paint your canvas in a gray-ish, blue-ish color. Go for darker tones for better contrast. Then leave it to dry. If you plan to have it framed afterwards then you can leave the sides plain, or if you paint it all over then you can hang it as it is. 2. Now the tricky part as we will have to cut snow flakes from paper which will be a stencil for white spray paint. I have prepared a lot of forms designs are simple and easy to follow if you would like to copy them. The important part is that we are going to use the external part of the paper so please take your time cutting with small, sharp scissors for excellent results (I have used edge of the scissors, it did work like a little knife – worked out very well). 3. Once the canvas is dry and the forms are all prepared please place them on the canvas. I have used foam sheets in order to have them thicker and prevent from moving. That was actually a great idea however I could have used bigger sheets then I would have less corrections to do. 4. Now the most important part! Spry paint! Use it carefully and slowly, make sure it is well shaken and going on the canvas in a direct flow. Any angle may ruin the borders and go under the form. The canvas should lie down flat to avoid any drips or drops. Allow some time for drying it a bit. It is good idea to use hygienic face mask and protect area well. 5. Slowly remove the paper from the canvas. Make sure you will not touch the still wet pain in any place. Let it all dry. Then you can add some lines here and there to make each snow flake unique. 6. Glitter should by applied on the edges of your snow flakes. If you have dry glitter make sure to apply it before the white pain is dry so it will stick to it. Also be careful while removing extra glitter as it will stick everywhere else without your control. For dry one it is best to wait until everything is completely dry and then rapidly turn the full canvas up side down and allow the glitter which didn’t stick to fall off (for example into the bath tap, that way it will be easy to wash it off with the shower). 7. Some final touches with sparkling bids and corrections of background as white paint did gate in some places where it not suppose to. 8. Then frame it if you wish and hang it on a nice wall in your house for your guests to adore 🙂 You can use the same technique to your own seasonal ideas. This was fun! 🙂
Hi! I have such exiting news! My little precious box with clothes labels has been delivered this morning. I placed my order in mid December and I was really looking forward to starting to use them on my designs. Now all of my sewing projects will have my signature on them! I ordered two types. One is just a flat label to use on the back of the clothes, and the second one is a two-sided, center folded small label which I will use for pieces on the outside. I’m sure you could see those on many of your clothes. This is going to add quality and a professional look to my designs . I have decided on woven labels, these look better, are thicker and present great. In the future I may think about size clothes labels to go next to the other label. I’m simply flabbergasted and I love it, love it, love it! If you want to find out where I ordered them so you can design your own for your projects please e-mail me.