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Metallic Grape Ornament

Metallic Grape Ornament

For my family, now that Thanksgiving has passed in North America we have moved our focus onto Christmas.  In preparation for creating some new ornaments this year I picked up a package of these Styrofoam balls from the craft store and I decided to decorate each of them differently, and this is the first ornament.

Now this week our Gelatos® color is Metallic Grape, which isn't necessarily the first color you think about when you think of holiday colors, but I don't believe you have to stick to traditional rules in art! 

To create this ornament I dug through my fabric stash for some white background fabric and came up with these three patterned fabrics: houndstooth, polka-dot, and a light cream with some screen printed white flowers on it.

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I started off by ripping my fabric into about 1" strips. 
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I took my Gelatos and scribbled it all over my craft mat, not minding the little chunks that were there.
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Next, I sprayed a lot of water onto the Gelatos and used my spatula to blend it together as I smashed out the chunks. I also gave the fabric strips a good spritz.
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I then took all of the fabric strips and kneaded them into the diluted Gelatos to dye them.
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I then let all the strips dry by tossing them on my craft mat as I used my heat gun on them.
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I love how all of them turned out, but the fabric with the flowers on it was my favorite since the screen printing acted as a resist to the diluted Gelatos.
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After heating up my glue gun I began wrapping the Styrofoam ball with the dyed fabric alternating the patterns and directions I wrapped.
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I also hot glued a ribbon onto it as well so I could hang it on my tree.
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You can stay tuned to my blog for how I decorated the remaining ornaments in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

 

ERIN

 

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