Friday, 18 November 2016

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Here's a canvas board with a snowy Christmas theme. However the background was made months ago and just left in a box, so I've hauled it out to use as a Christmas easel card.


I think the process steps to re-create this backgroud are something like -
- I began with some gesso scraped and dabbed on, dried and then texture paste added through a stencil.
- I probably dipped and dried layers of distress inks and the colours look like snowy sky, tea dye, pumice stone and vintage photo.


I stamped the image from Tim's new Scribble Woodlands set using three archival ink pads, olive green, watering can and coffee and cut round it. The clock was cut from gold card, daubed with sand paste, dried and watery washes of paynes gray, raw umber and quinacridone gold added to it. I also died some seam binding with stormy sky, stamped the sentiment and found the skate charm to dangle from the ribbon.


I watercoloured the stamped image with some of the distress inks before adding it to the card with foam pads to lift it a bit.


I wanted this to be a real winter wonderland so I added loads of DecoArt snow-tex to get the effects I wanted. It scraped beautifully over the textured clock.



I even added some to the skate after I had painted it with burnt umber media fluid acrylic paint and ribbed some silver spark metallic lustre over the blade.



Even the ribbon got a dusting of it too.



Here you can see the easel which allows it stand.


With the background already made this only took me a couple of hours ... that's amazing for me lol.


I really would love it to be a white Christmas, but there's very little chance of that here in the south of the UK - so I carry on 'dreaming'.


Thanks for stopping by and if you are at Mixology this weekend, see you this evening or tomorrow. I shall be driving up this morning so that I can help get it all ready.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda xxx

32 comments:

Patty O'Malley said...

I love this canvas, Brenda! I am hoping for a white christmas, too, but with global warming, snow on Christmas isn't too likely anymore.

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Only two words for this canvas Brenda.............Absolutely stunning! I love everything about it. Sandra X

Joanna said...

Beautiful canvas.
Joanna

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous Brenda, beautiful textured background and wonderful stamping and watercolouring on that lovely cabin scene. Love the snow tex layered about as well, a real winter wonderland! Deb xo

froebelsternchen Susi said...

And "I am dreaming of " this canvas!

Kaz Hall said...

Am in awe of that beautiful background! Love it Brenda! Have a fabulous weekend, take lots of photos, just really sad I couldn't get.... maybe next time xx

Elena said...

Enchanted!

Jan Hill said...

Love this Brenda, it really has a charming, whistful feel about it x

Jane said...

I adore this Brenda..it screams a perfect Christmas to me. The decoart snow is such fun..you can never add too much in my books! Have a brilliant weekend. Huge hugs xxx

Kath Stewart said...

gorgeous canvas Brenda with that adorable image...my favourite from Tim's Christmas release this year...see you soon and it looks like there may well be snow in my neck of the woods soon...fingers crossed it doesn't arrive tomorrow morning...hugs kath xxx

Redanne said...

So much wonderful texture Brenda, the clock looks fabulously rusty and I love the snow cottage stamp too, I have used it so much this year already...

I hate to say it, but it is snowing here this morning, just in time for us to set off to Coventry!! I too would love a white Christmas, just not this early!! Looking forward to seeing you soon... Hugs, Anne xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Sooooooooo beautiful Brenda, love the rusting effects which makes it look lovely and vintage
Hugs
Donna xx

Joi at RR said...

PEACEFUL, PRECIOUS, PERFECTLY PICTURESQUE Brenda. Love the soft, lovely colors with the grungy highlights. It's just WONDERFUL - it really is. Xj.

Monika Gulyas said...

So beautiful! A real vintage winter dream land! I love it! xx

Paula Cheney said...

wonderful work Brenda - love everything about this! The colors are the perfect vintage and adding the snow tex really made it come to life. xx

Team Clark said...

You have AMAZED me with this awesome project Brenda! I truly love the snowy vintage vibe here and your gorgeous attention to detail. Tremendous! Don't you just love this stamp set?! Hugs, Autumn

Corrie Herriman said...

This is absolutely stunning Brenda !
I hope you are having a fab time at the Mixology weekend !
Corrie xx

Meggymay said...

Its a beautiful card, love the snow textures and the vintage style of the card,
Yvonne xx

Juliz Design Post said...

A stunning magical project Brenda, beautiful.
Julie x

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow this is gorgeous Brenda, love it xx

Gina said...

The feelings of Christmas' past...beautiful XXX

Annie said...

A truly stunning Christmas canvas Brenda x love the background and the layered clocks face with the stamped festive scene x
FABULOUS!!!
Have a great time at MOM, wish I was with you all xx huge to everyone, Annie xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Brenda, your canvas is absolutely stunning! The use of the grungy-ness with the DecoArt snow, WOW what a fab combo-I would have never thought it! I love love love this piece- well done you!
hugs,Jackie

A Pink said...

Totally gorgeous ! Brenda. Fabulous colours and texture that create such a lovely vintage feel and the snow is just the perfect finishing touch for your winter scene .
Hope you have a great weekend
hugs x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Brenda, this is just so beautiful!! Love that background. Isn't it fun to pull out something that's all ready made and think, perfect!! Love the wintery cottage image, one of my favs for the holidays. Amazing piece, so frosty and fun! hugs :)

Suzanne C said...

Just pinned it on Pinterest.. Just love everything about it!!!

Linda said...

This is really gorgeous, Brenda! :)

Paper Profusion said...

This sure is an artwork to cuddle up by!! Absolutely beautiful Brenda. Picture perfect in every sense. Hope your weekend has been a blast. Nicola x

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, just wow, Brenda, I think this must be one of my all time favourite Christmas cards!!!! Totally stunning, - I'm in love with the colours already, but then that clock and those wonderful stamps, LOVE IT BIG TIME!!! Off to pin.....

Anita Houston said...

Pinned this beauty! LOVE the clock...gorgeous!

Sara Barker said...

Thud! That's me on the floor! Brenda, this is my favorite Christmas project I've seen! The background is perfect to set off this scribbled scene with the clock to give it even more rustic punch! OOOOOh! How I adore this! Pinning so I can look at it over and over! I've totally run out of things to say...Wow! Now that's what I call speechless! Thank you for your incredible inspiration! Hugs!

butterfly said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Brenda - the clock, the ribbon, the fabulous textures and colours in the background - it really is sensational. And that lovely cottage as the focal image works beautifully. I've had that same image for years as an Artistic Outpost stamp, but now that I've seen Tim's in real life (thanks to a lovely card from Anne) I see that his is considerably larger. Maybe I "need" that too!!
Alison x