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Saturday, December 8, 2012


 I promised you a snowman.
Start with a square artist board or canvas. Layer an assortment of paper ephemera with gel medium or Modpodge. Let it dry, or use a heat gun, if you're impatient like me. Roll on acrylic paint with a brayer or brush. Scrape more paint on with a credit card. Darken the edges with ink. Add a paper snowman. Mine is cut from re-cycled brown paper feed sack painted with gesso.

Print this naked little snowman on white fabric, then layer onto red linen, backed with cotton batting. Add a little hand and machine stitching (you know how I do), a few fabric embellishments, and tada! Let it snow!
He could be a wall hanging or a pillow top. 
Speaking of pillows. When you've finished your snowman, you may want to sit and have a rest here...
With this...
Relax and have a glass of wine or eggnog while you ponder your next Christmas-y project.You are resting your lumbar spine on a pillow made from a re-cycled thrift store coat. If you're a thrift store shopper and have crafty inclinations, a white, 100% wool coat is a happy find, indeed. Felt it in the washing machine, and you'll be snipping off bits for years. I embellished mine with wool felt holly. 
If there is any interest in a tutorial for this pillow, leave a comment and I'll share this project as well.
Hope you're finding the time for a bit of festive creativity at your house. XO.

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