Spoiler alert, here's a preview of Sunday's art video!
Sometimes in craft stores you can find some intricately cut wood pieces to do with whatever you wish. Of course, when I went looking for them, the best I could find were these tag shapes.
As usual when I'm working on wooden objects, I like to start out with a barrier layer of matte varnish, and then with a bit of watercolour ground on top of that after it's dried. Both of these dry completely transparent (assuming the layers are thin), so the wood colour and grain still shows through.
I'm not a fan of holidays or other seasonal trends, so I didn't paint any snowflakes, or elves, or Santa Clauses. It's just not my thing at all. I put on random plants or patterns using watercolour, and then cutting out other painted creatures to glue to the front (and backs) of them.
The butterfly one was a bit different once I remembered that I got some small fabric doilies. That green tag was coloured with ink! I'd love to see how something like this would turn out on fancier, more decorative shapes.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?