Hello, it's Julie Ann here, delighted to be back at the PaperArtsy blog. I have a simple Christmas decor project to share, combining Lynne Perrella and JOFY stamps . Recently while I was visiting a trendy little cafe and gift-shop, I noticed some magical, Christmas branches: my creative cogs started to whir! Could I use PaperArtsy products to create something equally magical but not so pricey?
I started with a few twigs gathered on a winter walk, tiny pine cones and an empty glass bottle that had contained Bath Milk - probably from last Christmas! This was my chance to have a go at painting glass with Fresco paint!
I was totally bowled over by the coverage! I used a couple of good coats of Antarctic with a touch of Lin Brown's Hint of Mint, randomly splodged and I painted the branches with layers of Antarctic, Lake Wanaka and just a hint of Limelight for a translucent lichen effect. All it needed for a winter sparkle was a sprinkling of Distress Glitter here and there.
I wanted the snow-flakes to appear to melt into the glass, so I stamped with JOFY Mini07 without a block. I used Lake Wanaka, sponging it onto the stamp with 'Cut-n-Dry' foam and acting quickly - before the paint could dry! With the paint still moist, I sprinkled the bottle with a little Clear Distress Glitter. This frosted effect looks great, but it doesn't show up in photos.
Time to adorn! I took some Polyshrink Shrink Plastic and lightly sanded it with a 'cross hatch' pattern of strokes. I then applied a diluted coat of Antarctic - if the Fresco is too thick or uneven, it can flake when it's heated. I then drew a drop shape around an image stamped from LPC016 by inking up the stamp with Jet Black Archival and carefully pressing
the paint side down onto the stamp.
My 'matryoshka tree' takes me back to the blue skies and glittering snow of Christmas 1987 when I was on my honeymoon in Moscow. I do hope you will feel inspired to create a glittering winter tree using Fresco Paints and PaperArtsy stamps. If you don't enjoy working with Shrink Plastic, you could alter little wooden ornaments to hang from the branches!
A huge thanks to Julie Ann from PaperArtsy for this delightful project, what a stunning reminder of your time in Moscow. I think we are all enchanted with nesting dolls, there is something so romantic and ancient about them. The Fresco paints have worked beautifully on the glass and the snowflake stamp make the bottle look etched.
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