I had a great time painting with some wonderful, talented ladies on Saturday. It was freestyle, but I brought out some transparency plastic to use for stenciling. I was inspired by posts like this one from Sand and Sisal:
And some embossing was thrown in thanks to a crafty friend! As I was getting my paints together, it became apparent that I've tended toward neutrals and metallics lately. But it was so neat to see what each of us did with the palette we had.
I first wrote a quote about being lucky (which definitely applies to my boys!) by University of Texas coach Darrell Royal. While the gold script dried a little, I cut a freehand edge from the transparency plastic, then I placed it over the writing. Meanwhile, one of my friends cut an awesome snowflake pattern to paint with, while another cut a keyhole for an "Alice in Wonderland" canvas.
The varied paint treatments used, with pouncing and shading and blotting, made shadows and wood and leather looks.
The transparency plastic did a great job, but using a temporary spray adhesive would probably keep the edges crisper. I outlined my edging in silver, then added gold and purple to evoke a wave. I finished my creation with a favorite photo of Son Two looking at the zoo's river fish, because I can't have a ladies' brunch and not refer to my kids at least ten times.
(And a glittering, embossed, lounging Woodstock!)
And all this after mimosas, cider, and a Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole from Lemon Tree Dwelling.
Looking ahead to the Spring, I recently ordered 25 small egg gourds from gourdlady48 of Etsy. They were shipped quickly and in fantastic condition, clean and ready to be burned and painted!
They have seeds inside that create a great rattle, and the decorated pieces will be perfect for the little hands of my small nieces and nephew this Easter. They are lighter than wooden eggs but still tough enough to work with. If I feel like sharing, I may let my sons decorate a few. Since they'll last, they could become a keepsake that can come out year after year, similar to our Halloween coffins.