Sunday, December 20, 2009

On the eighth day of Christmas ...

... it's my turn so I don't get to open a pressie, but here's what everyone participating in the Art Sisters Yahoo Group will receive.

... a star ornament.

Here's how it's made ... I started with one of those wooden shapes from Kaiser Kraft and I covered both sides with torn pieces of tissue paper glued with PVA.  I then stamped swirls over the top and inked around the edges.

Then each of the 12 stars were covered with Gold Webbing Spray.

I used a Heidi Swapp mask with a butterfly and covered the whole star with impasto. 

I was quite devastated to find that the impasto did not dry properly overnight ... it's supposed to be clear.  I'm sure it's due to the heat as the top coat dried so quickly, underneath didn't catch up.  I wasn't going to give up so I kept forging ahead.  I coloured the butterfly in with red and gold alcohol inks.

The final stage was to cover the whole thing with crackle medium, allow it to dry and crack thoroughly and then another coating of espresso alcohol ink to show up the cracks.  You can barely see the white impasto now and if you look at the first picture taken 3 weeks after it was made, it seems to have dried clear afterall.

Next year's tree is going to have all these wonderful hand-made ornaments all over it.

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
~W.T. Ellis~


Sarah W said...

A beautiful star. One I would love to have on my tree. When you get yours, there will be so many gorgeous handmade decorations.

LuvLoz said...

What a great technique, Di. I looks beautiful hanging in the tree in the first photo.

Barb said...

Love yoour star Di....and altho it had you worried, it turned out great!

kirsticoo said...

Wow this is gorgeous... going to try this with some little Blonde Moments trees that I have...have a great christmas...x