Hello to all my crafty friends! Mary here for The Robin's Nest Design Team. The holiday season is upon us, and I find myself wanting to make some holiday projects. Here is my tutorial for today, a Christmas tree night time scene. I hope you are inspired to create a project like this for yourself.
I start off with a black canvas, a brayer and some fluid acrylics. I coat the brayer with the paint and roll it onto the canvas in no particular way. Cover as much or as little of the canvas as you want.
I added a few more blues, just for a little contrast and shine.
To make the sky look like it's snowing, I splattered white fluid acrylic paint mixed with water using my fan brush.
I have a ton of cardboard left over from a project for my son's school, so I thought they would be perfect as trees!
To add more texture, I ripped off the top part of the cardboard in some areas.
For this next part, I started with dark green, then light green, back to dark green and then white. I brayed in that order to make the trees look a little more life-like and snow colored. Brayering like this is so much fun! No pressure to get it exactly right. Just roll it on!
As this is a winter scene, I needed something to ground the trees, so they don't look like they are floating. I drew lines where I wanted the snowflake paste to go with a white paint marker.
I "frosted" the canvas with the snowflake paste, using a palette knife. Make sure the paste is dry before you continue your project, so you don't accidently mess it up.
I glued the trees to each other with sturdy glue before I glued it to the canvas.
After gluing the trees down to the canvas, I "blended" the trees in with the snow by adding more pasted until I was happy with the look.
I painted 5 wooden stars (only one in the frame) with a gold paint marker, and then I glued them on the tops of the trees.
With a white paint pen, I drew in random stars.
I wanted the trees to be more festive, so I glued on Goldenberry Dew Drops and Primary Dew Drops for that holiday touch!
So, I have had these cute little lights in my stash for forever! I finally found a project to use them in. I glued them at the top of the canvas.
I grabbed a piece of scrapbook paper that has a bit of blue in it and cut off the bottom of the page so that I could stamp my sentiment on it.
I decided to emboss the word "celebrate" in gold, to match the stars on the trees.
It's kinda magical, ya know?
I added a bit of dimension to the back of the word with some foam double sided tape.
I glued the word down onto the snowflake paste at the bottom of the canvas.
Here are some close ups and the final result! Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
My Supply List:
11x14 Master's Touch Black Canvas
Golden Fluid Acrylics in White and Teal
Liquitex Basics in Light Blue Permanent
Pebeo Studio Acrylics in Iridescent Blue Green
Cardboard cut into tall triangles
Liquitex Basics in Hooker's Green Hue Permanent and Brilliant Yellow Green
Posca Pen in White
Finnabair Art Extravagance Snowflake Paste
Small Wooden Stars
Ranger Glossy Accents
Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen
EK Success Jolee's By You Holiday Lights
Art Glitter adhesive
Authentique Seafarer Seven paper
Tim Holtz Ideology Cling Foam Stamps- Type Lower
Stampendous Clear Embossing Ink
Personal Stamp Exchange Gold Embossing Powder
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