In one of our spare bedrooms, we have twin beds and a closet full of toys and games. We call this the “Grandkid Room” for fairly obvious reasons. There’s a built-in desk, and for the holidays every year, I put cotton batting and an assortment of Christmas trees. Some trees I’ve purchased; many I’ve made. Every year, I add one or two, so our forest is slowly growing.
I decided to temporarily replace a five-year old photo of my grandkids with a mixed media piece of a fall pumpkin. The grandkids have grown so much, but I can’t say my art skills have! I started with a 11×17″ sheet of mixed media paper, some ecru tissue paper, and scraps of other tan-colored papers. I ModPodged these down to form a random brownish background for my pumpkin.
I then added some details to the background using stamps and black ink (though I neglected to take a picture of this).
My next step was to sketch a pumpkin onto another sheet of paper.
I cut it into sections and used these sections as templates to reproduce the shapes on orange and patterned scrapbook paper.
I decided the center piece was too white, so I scribbled on some orange Distress Crayon and smeared it all over with a baby wipe.
To add some depth to the pumpkin sections, I used a brown Distress Crayon to edge each piece and smear the crayon marks with another baby wipe.
Now that the pumpkin part was finalized, I prepared it for ModPodging onto the background sheet.
Now came the hard part. I played and played with green stems and leaves to get them just right.
I continued to add leaves and tweak their appearance until I was happy with the effect. I added some depth to both the leaves and the stem with brown and green Distress Crayons, a white GelliRoll pen, and a black Posca pen.
I added a few more stamped images, framed it, and have it proudly displayed in a place of honor in my living room. I’m already working on the Christmas picture that will replace it!
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I made a pretty ornament using a $2.00 paper mache ornament from Hobby Lobby and an inexpensive decorative paper napkin. Read the rest of this entry
Yes, I’m obsessed. I made another bracelet this morning. This time, I painted the bracelet purple and stuck on some pansy stickers I had in my craft collection. The stickers were designed for scrapbooking. I had to finagle the flowers a little to get them to remain flat, but once that was accomplished, I gave the whole bracelet three coats of gloss ModPodge. I love it! Read the rest of this entry
I love, love, love this project! Using plain wooden bracelets, I transformed two into high fashion! Read the rest of this entry