December is a frenetic month in so many ways, but there are moments to stop, think, and reflect scattered all through the month. I had some of those moments this week when we spent some time riding in the car with soft holiday music playing. I LOVE to look at Christmas lights as many times during the month as I can. Tonight was no exception. There is always familiarity, of course, with all the icons of the season, but there is something new to experience every year if you really look closely. I love to see the color changes in the whites, the lines people choose to accentuate outside, the color trends, and love the variety of wreathes.
I feel the same way about ornaments. I love to fall in love with them every year when we are hanging them. (Yes, I have weeded some out through the years, so the ones I have made the cut.)When I saw these ornaments by Rubbermoon, I knew they would be perfect for my "Victorian" era Christmas project.
Stamp references: white and black border (db4986i catalog p. 60), spiral ornament (mk264a catalog p. 89), checkerboard ornament (ge2551c catalog p. 86), stars and swirls on ball (I drew the topper), and my all-time favorite word, joy.
I have been obsessed with manipulating Citrasolv backgrounds so I took a random National Geographic page that had already been sprayed with Citrasolv in a National Geographic and left to dry while the magazine was still intact. For more info on this process, visit the tutorials on my blog in September and October. So, as you can see below, this piece is torn straight out of the magazine. I didn't trim it down so you could see the raw manipulation (totally happenstance). I believe the original picture was some kind of cricket match. I chose it only for color. I went in search of a page with green and then fell in love with the peachy secondary color on this page. This page was done around six weeks ago, but you can rework it after the fact. I make piles of pages. Become best friends with someone with a National Geographic stash. You'll be glad you did.
For this particular design, I chose to remove a pattern around the edges with Terri Stegmiller's Layered Salad stencil. I did first cut down the design to remove the text from the article and to have a workable size. The detail picture below shows which part of the stencil I used with a paper towel scrap lightly dipped in Citrasolv. I was able to remove a lot of the green, leaving the peach behind. The second picture below shows the finished border.
StencilGirl's Club. Then I finished it off with the simple word joy at the bottom. Now who would have thought this was a cricket game???? That's the beauty of creating art from something else. I know. You now know, but no one else would see anything except a complex background.
USArtquest and some of their Guilt Trip pearls and went to town using my toothpick with a little bit of PPA to pick up the Prills right from the container. The antiqued gold color and organic nature of the Prills was perfect to finish off the ornaments.
I love to do oddly colored Christmas pieces. It keeps it fresh for me! I hope you enjoyed it. Rubbermoon has oodles of other Christmas and holiday stamps. Check them out and please comment with any technique questions you might have here, my website or on my facebook art page. I'll see you on my blog on December 24 for holiday part 2, a holiday gift from Rubbermoon and me.