HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I cannot bring myself to put these away for a whole 10 months so they will be left out and dressed accordingly for each holiday. I have a ton more pics of these but they are trapped in my phone! This pic doesn't show any of the detail very well.
I had so many sweet comments on Facebook that I decided to post how I made the GIANTS!! I had my friend, Woody at Apple Pie Memories cut these out for me out MDF ( which is like wood only it doesn't warp). It was great fun as Woody cut these out for me in MINUTES right in front of me. Video is also trapped in my phone! Woody can cut anything for you too.. I have a link above to his contact information.
I succeeded at taking all of December OFF to play with all the fun stuff I have been collecting this year!! It was just an awesome time for me!
To paint on MDF.. first you need to seal it. I sealed mine with DecoArt spray matte sealer and finisher. Stunk up the warehouse pretty bad! You can use any water based sealer on it - brush on or spray.
I then based the bodies with Americana Acrylic Cocoa using a sponge roller. Let dry then gave another coat of the same. If you have ever painted from any of my books or patterns you will know what color meshing is. I color meshed Cocoa, Honey Brown and Moon Yellow over the entire surface of each. Color meshing is awesome because it not only covers great.. you also get a great texture! I will have video explaining this technique coming to you next week.
The gumdrops and hair are separate pieces so those were painted separately. They were adhered to the gingers with heavy duty velcro.
There is a ton of glitter and super fun color in these.. the pattern is in my head.. all of the product I used is by DecoArt (maker of Americana Acrylics) and Martha Stewart Glitter. THEY WERE SUPER FUN TO MAKE and I plan to add to the collection over the next few years! Much love to all and thank you for your sweet comments on Facebook! I loved reading all of them! BIG HUGS and Happy New Year!!
Q: are these for sale? A: no
Q: can they be put outside? A: Yes ( if you plan to put something like this outside- you need to seal them with a durable outside sealer)