Thursday, November 20, 2008

Nativity in Black

Yesterday, I was bored. Really bored. Since it was raining-- which I love, but tends to limit activities-- I decided to do something I'd not done in quite a while. I pulled out my paints and played around. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to paint... so I just started playing for a while and this is what I ended up with.

Nativity In Black

Nothing fancy, but it was fun to make.  I used my acrylics and painted the background and the silhouettes, along with the stars; this way they would lay on the canvas smoothly. Then what I did that I had a lot of fun with was experiment with the swirls. They are not paint.

I took matte finish Modge Podge, and mixed in different colours of food colouring. I then brushed one colour at at time all over the canvas in swirling designs. Blow dry it and then add another layer. Some are really faint and as you can see I added heavier swipes too. When those were all dry, I took a mini roller brush and rolled a thick layer of normal modge podge over the entire thing (so that the whole canvas had at least one coat of it) and then took a #8 sized brush and did swirling strokes in it across the whole canvas-- originating at the star. 

Simple, but a fun way to spend an evening/this morning. And now I have a nativity to display at this year's community creche. 


Allanna said...

Very pretty!! I like it lots.

Another craft that you're going to have to teach me. ^_^

Bob C said...

I hope you consider showing it at the Creche

Shauna said...

Are you going to start selling these, because that is gorgeous!!! You did an amazing job. What a beautiful gift you have.