Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog!! For this blog hop, we were asked to make a special Handmade Holiday project using items from our scrappy stash. If you didn’t arrive here from Heather’s Blog, please go back to the start of the hop at Amanda’s Blog.

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do a canvas project, so when this blog hop came up I knew exactly what I wanted to try. In my November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, I was inspired by the reverse collage painting article by Holly Christine Moody. I really wanted to try out this new (to me) technique. It was a lot of fun, but definitely more difficult than I’d anticipated.

To create this piece, I first cut up all different sizes of Christmas patterned paper and collaged them on to a 12 x 12 canvas with Golden Gloss Gel Medium. When dry, completely cover the entire canvas in another coat of the gel medium and allow to dry completely. Now comes the hard part. Working in about a 5 x 5 section at a time, cover the collage in a thick coat of Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Burnt Umber. While it’s still wet, carefully draw in your design by wiping away the paint. I started out using my finger and a paper towel but that got really messy and hard to control, so I switched to using Q-tips instead which gave me better control over the design. Work over the entire piece adding and taking away paint until you have covered the entire canvas. Allow to dry completely. Then I just used my white Gelly Roll pen to finish off around the snowflakes. The next step was to computer generate the words and adhere them using the gel medium after inking around the edges with Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. Finally, I finished the piece by painting all of the edges with opaque Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Cadmium Red and added the red bow for hanging. Here is the final product:


If you would like to win this piece of holiday decor, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. I will pick one random winner on Monday, December 5. If you become a new subscriber I will enter your name in the drawing twice. I want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season!!

To continue hopping, please visit my very talented friend Amanda’s blog 🙂


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dleebug
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 00:36:00

    It turned out SO cute! Love those snowflakes. 😀


  2. Becky
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 00:51:15

    That is very cool!! I might have to try that!


  3. Lisa
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 07:57:09

    Wow! sounds like it was a lot of work. It came out great. I’m just not THAT artistic 😉


  4. Stacialyn
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 09:07:03

    Very pretty! I love the colors you picked!!


  5. Carrie Butterwick
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 09:56:53

    wow!!!! That is an amazing piece of art! I’d love to win it b/c I am not sure that I could ever duplicate it!!!! Thanks for the chance! I am already a subscriber so I guess one entry is all I get :(!!!! ha ha! Have a great weekend! I am giving you a shout out on my blog under Friday Favorites.


  6. Laura Mooney
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 11:29:12

    I love it! It is so cool looking. This would look fantastic in my living room 😉


  7. Ashley Horton
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 13:46:07

    Melissa, this is incredibly amazing!! You do such an awesome job with art pieces and I really, really love this one!! What a very fun technique!


  8. Marina Müller-Alberring
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 15:20:34

    This one is so colourful. I love it.

    Hugs, Marina.


  9. Carole
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 15:31:07

    Thar is really cute


  10. Steffanie S
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 16:55:51

    Great project! Love all the color on that black—very striking!


  11. Cassie
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 17:34:43

    This is so beautiful! I am also a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win!


  12. GLOANN
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 18:19:15

    That canvas is so very cute.


  13. Cathy Spain
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 18:59:32

    I love how artsy your craft projects are. You’re never afraid to get messy and always come up with something so original!


  14. Cynthia D
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 21:00:19

    Very cute!


  15. Laurie Cashen
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 22:58:25

    I love it!


  16. yolanda804
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 23:23:35

    So cute! Love the black against those pretty colors…looks awesome!


  17. Becky
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 03:43:38

    Very cool!


  18. Kelly Ryan
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 11:07:20

    awesome! thanks for the hop!


  19. Sande L.
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 09:21:02

    Thanks for sharing…this is just gorgeous and a ton of work. Even after reading the directions twice, I’m not sure I could even begin to duplicate it. Would love to win….of course.


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