Bead Christmas Tree 🎄

christmas Aug 03, 2022

This project is as simple as it gets! This is my last Christmas in July project for now, and it's very easy and very fun. This is a Christmas tree on an 8x10 canvas and all you need is some acrylic paint, seed beads, and resin! Make this now for the holidays or put it in your back pocket when the festive mood strikes.

First, we are going to add some navy blue to the canvas, plus some white. I've already sketched on my tree, so I'm just going to paint the navy blue all around the tree. I'm also painting the edges blue too. 

Add some dark green, medium green, and light green to your palette. I'm grabbing a fat round brush to paint the tree. I'm just going to add the color in long strokes from the edge of the tree towards the middle. 

Now, it's time to resin! I know - it seems like we're doing this backwards, but after the resin, we will sprinkles our seed beads.

We're going to elevate our canvas using blocks. Mix 1/2 ounce of resin and stir gently for three minutes....

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Jingle Shells Christmas Tree 🎄

christmas summer Jul 27, 2022

This Christmas in July "Jingle Shells" is such an easy project! This is an 8x10 canvas and there is no tracer - we are literally just making a triangle, adding shells and other embellishments, and finishing it off with resin. No paint or painting skills required! 

I started off by adding two coats of white paint to my canvas, just so it is clean and smooth.

I have a bag full of shells of all shapes and sizes. I'm going to using a bunch of the smaller shells as my first thin layer. 

I'm just going to keep adding goodies as I go! I'm putting some bigger shells on, and I am adding a starfish as my star on the top of the tree. I also using a longer shell as my tree trunk. Do what you would like here and be creative with it! 

I am also going to add a teeny bit of glass - it's called Glass Filler from Michael's. This is a champagne colored glass. I am going to use this as a gap filler!

Now, we will add resin. We're going to elevate our canvas using blocks. Mix...

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Christmas Palm Tree 🎄

christmas summer Jul 20, 2022

Merry Christmas in July! Today, we are going to do a Christmas beach scene with a palm tree, sand, and Christmas ornaments. We'll be creating using some acrylic paint, glass, seed beads, and shells. This is a great project for the summer or the holidays!

I'm going to start by painting the background. I'm using Vintage White on the bottom for the sand. I'm putting down a coat of white on the rest of my canvas and adding some blue as well. Let dry.

Grab your tracer and tape it to your canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace your palm tree with your stylus.

Next, we're going to paint our palm tree. I'm using Raw Umber and a little bit of white for the tree trunk. I'm painting the palm tree leaves with green paint. I just want to get the basic shape for them because we will be adding green glass leaves that I created from sheet glass. 

Feel free to decorate your palm tree however you would like! I am going to add some ball Christmas ornaments with some red paint and...

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Check out this gorgeous angel with lots of color! 😇

angel christmas Dec 21, 2021

Hello friends! We’re going to make a cute, quick little angel today on a 6x12 canvas. This one is going to have a more bold background than I normally do because I want her dress to pop! I’m excited about this one, so let’s get started.

First, we’re going to paint the background. I’m using white, seafoam green, and beige. Grab your palette knife and spread your paint on the canvas, alternating between the colors. Just kind of "wiggle" the paint on in a natural way. Let dry. 

Tape your angel tracer onto your canvas. Place graphite paper underneath and trace your angel onto the canvas. 

Next, use gold paint to create a halo glow around her head and then use a warm beige color to paint her face and neck. 

We're going to paint her dress now. First, I started with a paintbrush and painted the outline of the top of her dress with white paint. I then took a palette knife to dab some brown into the dress. Next, I used my palette knife to...

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But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? 🎄

christmas Dec 14, 2021

We're going to do a quick little piece of art that was requested by a little girl. We're going to make her a reindeer! When a seven-year-old girl asks you for a reindeer, you give it to her, right? It's really sweet and whimsical. Let’s get started!

We’re starting with a 5x7 canvas. Before we do our tracer, I am going to paint a quick coat of white and then we'll dry it with a heat gun.

I'm going to take my cute little reindeer and try to get him centered a little on
the canvas and I'm going to trace him, but I'm not going to trace his antlers because I have
something special planned for that. I'm just going to trace the outer parts of his head.

Now, we’re going to paint him brown. I’m using this Folk Art Rusted Pipe. It will take two coats and then I’m going to dry with my heat gun again.

I’m going to put the tracer back on the canvas and get the details - inside of the ears, face, eyes, nose, etc.

Now, we're going to get a small brush and we're...

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Animal Print Ornament

christmas Dec 09, 2021

We are going to make something really fun and different today. I got a little hooked on the foils and started thinking about what else I could do with them. Today, we’re going to make a small canvas with a leopard print ornament and glass Christmas tree! 

I put one coat of paint on this already because I was thinking it was going to need two, and so what I'm using is Deco Art in Enchanted. It is turquoise and it is an iridescent flash paint. It says iridescent top coat acrylic, but it's flash. It goes on white and then as the light hits it, it flashes turquoise green.

We're going to do a cute little animal print ornament, and then we're going to embellish it with a little Christmas tree made of glass. These tiny 4 x 4 canvases come from Michael's. You can buy one or you can buy a whole pack that has about 9 in it, so that's an option too.

You do not need to reinforce the weight. We're not going to be using that much glass on these. If you are trying to make a circle, you...

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