Sunday, November 14, 2010

Painting for Christmas pressies

Hello friends, I know its been a while.  I've had my wonderful Mum here for the past three weeks, spending some quality time together shopping, gardening and painting.  Oh, my Mum's not normally a painter but as she loves her garden and knick knacks in her garden I purchased a couple of metal ornaments that we painted. This butterfly was sanded back, prepped with All Purpose Sealer, painted Black and then painted with Iridescent colours over the top.
The sparkle is Kindy Glitz in Crystalina colour.
 While Mum was here she was admiring my latest sewing pieces.  I offered to make her a cushion that ended up being a small pillow. 
{Argh, so hard to find small rectangle cushion inserts} 
Can you guess my Mum's favourite colour is Green!
That's one OPAM for November, another one in the works.
 In the mood to make Christmas gifts? 
Here is a simple and bright idea to decorate a Glass Candle holder~I'm sharing with you!
 Please note~the decorative petal paper under these pictures is compliments of Jenny's blogspot. Pop on over to see her easy tutorial.
 Take a piece of lace {soft lace is better} slightly larger than the candle holder.  Apply a generous coat of Atelier Impasto Gel over the glass.  Smooth fabric over this and add another generous coat of Impasto Gel {you can trim excess lace while you go, just make sure you have enough to overlap} so all the fabric is smooth and wet.  Turn up side down over a thin bottle to dry overnight.
 When dry, trim excess lace.  Apply a coat of Carbon Black.  Iridescent paint is brighter over black. Allow to dry. 

Then paint with whatever Iridescent colour you prefer.  Above is Jo Sonja Violet, the below candle holder is painted with Gold Iridescent.  Jo Sonja Iridescent colours also come in Red, Green, Blue & Turquoise.
You can use this method to apply lace and embellishments to almost anything. 
This was a plain evening bag purchased from the op shop.
I'll be back soon to show you my latest sewing project!
Hugs, Anna


Vicki ♥ said...

Wow! You are doing some amazing things Anna :) I love your ideas and your evening bag has turned out just beautiful. :) hugs Vicki xxx

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Love how the colors came out on that butterfly! WOW!!!
Of course, I like anything shiny and lots of colors.... :)
You have been busy my friend!


The Pink Poodle said...

Hi anna...sounds like you had a fab time with your mum...

thanks for the lesson on the candle covering etc..

I have made kerryanne's clay christmas decs...might give this a try now...

take care..

xx andrea

Hazel said...

Beautiful colours on the butterfly Anna! Glad you had some quality time with your mum.

Hugs, Hazel

Kerryanne English said...

Aww... you'll miss your mum I know.
At least you spent some quality time together and you even got some crafting in too!!
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

You must have had a wonderful time with your Mum Anna.
Love the pillow you made for her :)Looks like you had fun painting together too.
Hugs, Sharon

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

Great're butterfly is stunning! I LOVE butterflies. You've been very creative :)

Marlene said...

The butterfly is marvelous. Love the pillow you made for your Mum too. Thank you for all the tips.

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Anna

Lovely you got to spend time with your Mum!

I love your new projects, you are so creative!!

Gail xx

Serena said...

That butterfly is awesome!! Your other projects are lovely too, Anna. How nice that you got to spend some quality time with your Mum also.

Love, light and peace,
Serena xo

Diane said...

Love these!!! And that butterfly is exquisite!

Jan said...

Beautiful butterfly! I love garden art. Glad you get to spend some time with your Mom, sounds as though you are having a good time together and being productive too. Great ideas for the candle holders and lace, thanks, I shall file that info away in my little brain.

ArtfulLee Designed said...

Wow Anna, you have certainly made up for the weeks away haven't you? I love the butterfly. Glad to hear you had a great time with your mum. See you soon

Sew Useful Designs said...

Absolutely stunning, Anna!

You clever gal, you! Your gift recipeints are going to have some very big smiles on their faces!

Thanks for your inspiration sweetheart!

Hugs! Vikki xx

Paula said...

What a cute garden butterfly, just love that. A neat idea with the votives and covering the purse, very cool!

ittybittyandpretty said...

how nice to be spending quality time with your mother and creating such gorgeous memories.
always lovley to drop in and see what you have been up to, always something differnt.

i have been making tags as well but i have been using paper clay which air dries as well. really special stuff and light as a feather.

Carol Mae said...

Hi Anna, Thanks for the nice comments on my Christmas projects. I love your great ideas for covering a candle holder with lace and the small purse also. Nice work. Hugs, Carol Mae

Jonny J Petros said...

Hi Anna, I love your butterfly, those irredescent colors are beautiful! Neat idea for a candle holder. Have a beautiful week Sincerely, Jonny

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna, every time i come here i am awed by your diverse talent. gorgeous work on everything. that butterfly is gorgeous and i adore the lace candle jars. how clever!
Hugs June xxxx

Lynn Stevens said...

What a gorgeous pillow, butterfly and clever idea for the candles!

clare's craftroom said...

You have been so busy Anna ! Love it all especially the cushion .

Beach said...

Geez you are a busy woman. Keep up the good work. Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my magazine article. xx

Suzanne said...

Hi Anna~ how nice to spend creative time with your Mum. Looks like you both had a great time! Love the metal butterfly, looks like a fun project.

Kerri said...

Oh I love that paisley pillow!