Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Winter Solstice!

Tomorrow is the Solstice, the shortest day of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  We will gather with friends and family for a feast, candles, talk and music.

It has been on my mind this week. We leave for work in the dark and return home in the dark again. It isn't until the weekends that we sponge for daylight and hope for sun.

But there are also perks within these darkened days - clear, cold nights with bright stars and the aurora borealis.  Hence my Solstice ornament!


Dab a mixed color palette of Distress inks on photo paper.  Blend with paper towel. When dry, use StazOn ink (Jet Black, here) to stamp New Moon.  Paper punch and set aside for layering.  

Start on your background. I used a heavy black cardstock with a stardust appeal.  On it, I painted the northern lights using acrylic paints:  teal, magenta and lime.  I used a paper scrap cut die of evergreen trees to line the bottom edge of my skyscape.  From there, I added white ink for snow on the tree boughs, along with a bit of glitter glue.  Finally, star gems and moon.  Set aside.

Now the fun part; the frame!  Roll out a slab of Polymer clay, fairly thin, but sturdy once baked.  Press image, Moon Stage, into clay.  Trim out the middle, the edges and bake.  When finished, I painted a base layer onto the clay.  From there, various acrylics, including my base layer Midnight Blue.  Once dry, I touched up certain areas with Distress Inks/Brushed Pewter, to add a bit of shine.

Once finished, adhere frame to background with glue, trim, and Happy Solstice!

1 comment:

Nigel Roberts said...

Blessings to you, and those you hold dear
At Solstice, and throughout the new year.