Family Thankful Tree
For today’s project, I wanted to create something a little bit different for me. When I am seeking inspiration, I look for a project with a minimum number of “strange” products. In other words, I love to use something I currently own or something fairly inexpensive and easy to use. That being said, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I got the whole family involved and created this tree on canvas using mostly just Gelatos® and water. Here’s a look at the completed project.
I started by sketching the tree onto a 16”x20” canvas using the gray Gelato® from the Neutrals pack.
I colored each branch of the tree with all four Gelatos® in the Neutrals pack. I applied a stripe of each color, overlapping just a bit. I made sure I started and ended with the darkest brown on both sides to give the tree some dimension. I dipped a paintbrush in water and used it to blend the colors together. I worked my way through the tree one branch at a time.
To add a few extra highlights, I used the new Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in white.
I used the same technique on the background using multiple shades of blue and green Gelatos®.
When blending the blue with water, I added some texture by stamping immediately after wetting and blending the canvas. By doing so, it removed some of the Gelatos® color.
I created a wavy template out of copy paper to make sure my title lined up correctly. I hand-drew these letters, but I copied them from the Stampin’ Up! Notable Alphabet stamp set.
Here’s a look at the final canvas, before applying the “thankful” leaves.
I used scissors to quickly cut out random sizes of leaves from white cardstock. I used a variety of distress ink colors to give them a rough look.
Finally, I had each member of my family take about 9-10 leaves and write what they are thankful for. We all used the same black pen for consistency. And of course, “candy” and “donuts” were submitted by my girls! My 8-year-old spelled “our” as “are”. I love it.
I adhered them to the canvas using foam adhesive.
I added “2012” in the lower right corner. I plan to hang in our house so we can enjoy it for years to come!
I hope you enjoyed my post today – thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Thanksgiving season! To see more of my cards and videos, visit my blog.
- 16”x20” canvas
- Color Gelatos™ 4 ct – Neutrals (#770160)
- Stamper’s Big Brush Pen, White (#770013)
- Various blue Gelatos™
- Various green Gelatos™
- Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil, yellow (I didn’t have a yellow Gelato™!)
- Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade
- Neenah Solar White Cardstock (leaves)
- Stampin’ Up! Foam Dimensionals
Darlene DeVries is an avid video blogger and papercrafter. She shares a new how-to video every Wednesday on her blog. Over the last 2 1/2 years she has posted over 160 videos! She introduces new techniques, tips, and products in a fast-paced fashion. She can also be found on Facebook.