Look, I know it’s technically not Thanksgiving yet, but I’m hoping you’ll be a little lenient this year and let me start talkin’ Christmas anyway! Because I accidentally already started doing a couple Christmassy things here and there.
I didn’t mean to. The gold leaf LEAPED into my hands and hurled itself upon a canvas.
I can’t be held responsible for the misbehaviors of my craft supplies.
It’s been an incidental tradition every year that I whip up some kinda Christmas art. Here was year one.
After Christmas that year, I put it away in a closet with my other decorations, which apparently all came to life, Toy Story style, and held some sort of fight club, so the next year it emerged looking like this:
See? My craft supplies are mischievous. They cannot be controlled. Since that canvas was inexplicably destroyed, I made a new one that looked like this:
And this year it was all about gold leaf…
…and God stepping out of heaven into a filthy manger. Holy love coming down from above and making Himself human to demonstrate His love for us. I have an incurable love for Christmas.
And gold leaf. This was my first time using it! First I just slathered some navy and black acrylic paint all over a canvas. Except instead of using a new canvas, I used this one from my DIY herringbone art project.
Not that I hated that piece or wanted to destroy it, but it was the only large canvas I had on hand and sometimes I’m a SMIDGE impulsive. I thought once I painted it, you’d never know it wasn’t a blank canvas to start with, but I was w-r-o-n-g. You can totally still see the texture of the herringbone underneath.
Oops. Just pretend like you don’t notice.
First I wrote the words in with a pencil, then used this gold leaf adhesive pen (affiliate link) to just make a bunch of random dots all over the outside of the letters.
You let the adhesive dry for a couple minutes until it’s tacky, then lay these very very thin sheets of gold leaf over the glue. I dabbed it with the back end of a foam brush to make sure it stuck to the glue, then used the soft end of the foam brush to wipe away the extra gold leaf.
For the “came down” words, I just painted with metallic gold craft paint. No idea why I didn’t use gold leaf there.
I was all settled in with my fireplace and crazy hair and hot chocolate in a happy little place, so Andy came by and took that picture. Kinda wish I’d tamed my hair a bit first, but I think the art comes out better when you look a little wild.
I did the same gold leaf affect on top to symbolize the savior of the world stepping down from heaven in the ultimate expression of love at Christmastime, and called it a day.
No idea where I’ll hang it yet, but it was a fun little pre-Christmas craft to get ring in the holidays… a couple days prematurely. Can we still be friends even though I’m a little early?
Have your craft supplies ever misbehaved? Do you make any art pieces for Christmas?