Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Getting ready for Christmas 2010!

I still feels like summer most days, but if I learned nothing else the past few years is that I need to start thinking Christmas before it feels like Christmas. 

I remembered to take pictures of these ornaments as I was painting them so I thought it would be fun to share the insanity with you!

This is what the stands looked like after the last craft show...we don't normally leave them like this but a sudden thunderstorm and driving rain made a neat and orderly take-down impossible!  First order of business...untangle the mess!

Next, all the glass has to be prepped and allowed to dry.  This is just half of what I'm working on this morning.

For the first step, the flamingo bodies, necks and heads as well as legs are painted on.  Love this color pink!

Next come the palm trees.  This is tricky because you will see these through the glass so the "lights" have to be painted first.

Next are the Santa hats...even flamingos like presents!

Next I painted the palm trees.  I think they look really cool with the white lights on them!  (Although hubby will ask where they get electricity on an island...don't know and don't care.)

Finally I can paint the sand and water to complete the design.  I really like the 3-D effect painting on this type of ornament can achieve. 

Here's a straight on shot...really looks like this flamingo is wading through the water on Christmas morning looking for his presents!

No matter how this ornament turns, you have a great image to look at.  Took some tries to get it to look just right (too many do-overs to count) but it's a fun design. 

Most of these will be heading to The Hive, a shop in Florida that is carrying some of my work, but I will be offering these in my Etsy shop and my ArtFire shop in the next few days.

Keep watching...snowmen are coming!

1 comment:

  1. Awe! Fun!
    There would also be great with a little sand and tiny shells inside.