Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Snowflake Art?

Art? Not sure if this really qualifies as art, but it works for me. I wanted, no needed Ü, something to hang on my fireplace for Christmas. As mentioned before, since changing my living room colors to blue, I have had quite the challenge deciding what to do for Christmas decorating. I decided to incorporate the blue, keep the deep reds, and get rid of the silver and bright reds. So, I wanted something that had blue, but also the deep reds. However, I am trying to do this on a strict pretty much zero budget, so I had to use what I had. I have had this canvas for at least three years.

I came up with this idea for a graphic painting. First I made snowflakes from contact paper. I always make a cone shape and then cut the sides and then the pieces to make a snowflake (my son thinks I am silly showing you how to make a snowflake. My high school Latin teacher taught me. )


I then put them on the canvas. Now they did not stick like I had hoped. The contact paper was a little old so that may have been the problem. I decided to seal the edges with white paint--gel medium works well for this, but I didn't have any. I wanted to use freezer paper and iron it on, but I didn't have any of that either.

Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the next steps--kids came home from school--life got crazy. But, after the white paint had dried, I painted a mix of two blue colors and some white with a big brush over the entire canvas. When that was dry, I added the red swirls. I then took off the snowflakes--there was a little leakage, not much, so I touched that up. It still needed something so I added the watered down white swirls. It may get a little clear glitter on the snowflakes too.

My husband needs your help! Every year they have a door decorating contest at his school. We are looking for a winning idea! If you have any fun ones, let us a know. If we use your idea, I will send you a little something. Think funny, catchy, hip (for high school).

11 comments:

  1. I like what you did with the canvas! Im not sure what you mean by decorating a door...for christmas, or anything? I'll have to put my thinking cap on!
    Sue

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  2. How do you think of all of these things? That is the neatest thing that you did with the snowfakes and canvas. I just love it! You are so talented! I want to try this!(If I can ever get some free time!!!) I'm gonna be thinking about the door for your husband. Thats gonna be a tough one since it is for highschoolers.
    Hugs,
    Lee Laurie

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  3. You are so clever....it looks awesome! I wish I could have shipped all of my blue Christmas decor to you.....I gave it all away as I was pinks and blues for the past few years.

    Hugs,
    LeAnn:)

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  4. That canvas is so pretty! What is the mascot at your husband's school? Or their rival mascot? Maybe he could do something with their mascot getting a cool gift, and their rival getting coal or something tacky.....

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  5. Your Snowflake Art is really cute. I bet it looks great in your room.
    I did receive your box of prizes and was delighted with each and every one. I wanted to post about them and send a Thank you card, but because of Thanksgiving travel and our dog's surgery today I have been really busy. We will have to be home most of the weekend to be there for Pepsi, so hopefully my husband will get the chance to hang up the cute hooks you sent me and other things that I want him to hang too;) Then I will post some pictures. I have the star you made for me in my kitchen window and it makes me smile every time I see it. It is perfect for the spot. I love the little Turkey tray hanging too. I don't have much Thanksgiving decor so it was perfect to receive that from you. I have sad news about the little aqua Give Thanks plate. The postal service wasn't too delicate with it and it suffered a break, however I think I can fix it. It is too cute not to. Thank You so much for your generosity. When your package arrived just in time for Thanksgiving it made me so happy. Thank You!

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  6. love the snowflakes! very cool!!!
    for high school door decorating.hmmm...........
    check these out
    http://www.accd.edu/sac/staffcouncil/lookback/02Door/02door.htm

    a real cool door
    http://bp3.blogger.com/_1uQostWt1SA/RXhZTDgNkII/AAAAAAAAAB4/42Zq2hcMSt8/s1600-h/Door+1.JPG


    my youngest daughter (18) says do a door with
    santa getting read to climb down the chimmney with a sack full of ipods, laptops, car keys, etc. :)

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  7. That is SOOOO pretty!! Love the little swirls :)

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  8. I'm not sure what your husband teaches...that might help. But every teenage kid loves to laugh at their teacher! How about a cartoonish elf with your husband's photo for a head?? Or he could be Santa, and have other teachers heads for elves?? Use the yearbook for photos. A naughty and nice list with the kids' and teacher's names on would be cute, too!!

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  9. Wow...what talent. The red swirls make it pop. I would love to be able to hand paint something...anything.

    Renee

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  10. I so enjoy coming to "Beyond the Picket Fence" and getting inspired!
    thanks
    Blessings
    Roxanne

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  11. Your snowflake art is so pretty! :)

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!