November 28, 2012

Mixed Media Christmas Collage by ArtsyVa

What an honor to be hosting here at Sugar Bee Crafts!
Thank you, Mandy, for having me.
I'm Virginia, a.k.a. ArtsyVaVa. My blog is all about sharing fun and easy art and craft ideas.
 Today I am going to share with you how I made this
 Mixed Media Christmas Collage.
Polymer Clay
Rubber Stamps and other items to make texture
White Acrylic Paint
Red Acrylic Paint
4 x 6 Canvas  
Mod Podge 
E6000 Glue 

Start by conditioning the clay and pressing it out to about a half inch thickness. I do this on a cookie sheet so it's ready to stick in the oven.
 Form the clay into the shape of a Christmas tree or use a knife to cut it.
Cut the tree horizontally into 4 sections.
Notice how I didn't make the bottom perfectly straight.

Add a different texture to each section. 
I used ball chain and rubber stamps.

Assemble the tree and bake in the oven following package directions.
See ink left from my stamps? Don't worry, we're going to fix that!
Allow clay to cool completely.
Paint the tree with white acrylic paint to cover any left over ink. 

   TIP: Save your trays that meat comes on from the grocery store. Stick them in the dishwasher. They don't melt! They make great paint pallets!
Brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the tree and sprinkle with glitter.

Working quickly, before the Mod Podge has time to dry, rub your finger across the tree. This will allow the glitter to remain mostly in the recessed areas.

Paint a 4 x 6 canvas with red acrylic paint. Paint snowflakes using white acrylic paint and sprinkle the snowflakes with glitter while the paint in still wet.

Add paper to the bottom of the canvas using Mod Podge and sprinkle on a little more glitter. I used paper from an old book, but you could use scrapbook paper, magazine paper, fabric...the possibilities are endless.
Glue the tree onto the canvas and add a button or some other type of embellishment to the top of the tree.

This whimsical collage will be a great keepsake year after year!

I hope you'll come by and visit me at ArtsyVaVa.
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About Author:

Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

7 Fabulous Comments:

I've always wanted to make a mixed media art piece but have had no idea how to start. Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to get started on a piece of my own.

I love this Virginia!!! Polymer clay like Fimo or Sculpey? I didn't know that you could paint it ~ I will have to try that! Thanks for all of the great tips too!

Awesome! I love it. Thank you for sharing!

Wow Virginia, that is beautiful, I have never seen anything like it before

Thanks again for having me!!!

This turned out so beautifully! Great job.

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