This mixed media Christmas verse piece is made from recycled pallet wood, crepe paper circles, old sheet music, a wood tree, and upcycled soda can star. It is so fun and challenging to see what you can come up with from what you have in your stash. With creative layering of paint, paper and ink, the possibilities are endless.
Here is how it went…
Acrylic paint in red, aqua, white
3D aluminum can or other star
Old sheet music
Matte gel medium or mod podge
Pitt pen or other permanent black pen
Wooden tree silhouette
The “canvas” for my background came from this chevron pumpkin piece I showed you in the fall. It is composed of pallet wood.
I wanted to update it to Christmas, and decided to cover the chevron with a festive, snowy background for my tree. The inspiration for this piece came from Claudine Hellmuth’s holiday layers card over at Ranger.com.
To start, I painted on a layer of Gesso. I didn’t really care if the chevron peaked through, so I just did one layer. Wben that dried, I used red fluid acrylic paint to lightly cover the gesso. It is ok to leave parts white. Not going for perfect here.
When the red paint was dry, I added pieces of torn sheet music to the bottom to form a hill shape. Apply matte gel (or Mod Podge) to paper and adhere to canvas. Once in place, cover with layer of matte gel.
I stamped aqua acrylic paint randomly.
Once I was happy with the background, I painted on a thin layer of matte gel and let dry. I used my sizzix Assymetric rings die to cut rings and circles from white crepe paper and adhered them onto the layered background to create snow.
When I had all the rings I wanted, I touched them up here and there with white acrylic paint, then coated the entire piece with matte gel and let dry.
When that dried, I painted a blue scalloped edge at the bottom, outlined it with black Pitt artist pen and covered the entire piece with one more layer of matte medium.
To create the tree, I painted green acrylic paint and doodled the verse with pencil first. I went over the text with Pitt artist pen. There will be a tutorial on how to do this in the future. I adhered the completed tree with permanent glue dots.
The star was made with Sizzix 3D star die from a coke can. I dipped it in Mod Podge and sprinkled glitter on and let dry. Adhered it to tree with permanent glue dot.
I am a little bit in love with it. It may be the last transformation of the pallet canvas. It is ok. There are more pallet pieces in my garage just waiting to be pieced together for the next piece.