After listening to a beautiful version of "What Child is This?", I was inspired to carve a Nativity scene into an old wood spool. Joseph holds a staff in one hand, while leading Mary on a donkey.
They follow the Star of Bethlehem over the hilly desert.
You can see the silhouette of Bethlehem in the far off distance.
This entire spool is done in "Relief", which is a form of carving pictures in wood. It wasn't easy and I swore I'd never do it again. But now, looking at the finished piece, I may give it another go! (Sold)
Working in mixed media has definitely opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities. After carving and painting Santa's face into an old spool, I added a bottle brush tree that I hand-dyed pink. Then I got to decorate the tree with pretty little beads, Diamond Dust and glitter, and a vintage earring for the tree topper.
Deciding which color to paint the Santas is usually easy. It's like I let the piece tell me what it wants. When I looked at this Santa, it just screamed Burgundy and rust to me. An old button is set on top of the spool and is encircled with a piece of vintage chenille stem. (Sold)
This piece was created for all the "Pinks" out there! (Sold)
This Santa ornament cried out, "Country!"; hence, the Prairie Green paints and gingham tie. He comes complete with beads and a rusty bell. (Sold)
I don't think I've bought a Christmas ornament in years. It's too fun making them!