On Wednesday, I emailed a friend of mine and happened to mention that we’re going to be doing the 12 Days of Wonderstrange Ornament Tutorials at the beginning of December. “I have figured out 5 projects,” I told her, “so one more! ONE MORE! I CAN DO THIS!” She wrote back, “Tiny picture frames (ATC size) with an ornament ribbon? (OMG I’m such a cheater, I saw tiny frames like that at Michael’s the other day.)” You can’t imagine the grin I got on my face when I read that. All week long, while I’ve been waiting for paint to dry and epoxy to set, I have been making none other than . . . tiny picture frame ornaments, which I don’t plan to use for a tutorial but DO plan to list in my shop. Of course, my frames come from Goodwill instead of Michaels, but still, that cracked me up.
Since I can’t show you any of the ornament tutorial business yet, I’ll share what I’ve done so far with the frames. The first frame features a tiny (1.5×2″) portrait of Emily Dickinson, painted with fancy acrylics on canvas paper and sealed with UV-resistant spray.
The second frame has two little slots, so I made Edgar Allan Poe and a raven in a Santa hat:
Now that I’ve managed to make Emily on that tiny scale, I might go back and paint Edgar & Co. again, even smaller. If I am going to keep painting with acrylics, however, I am going to have to get better at photographing acrylics, because both pieces look pretty darn cute in person, while the photographs make me slightly twitchy. And I can’t put twitchy pictures in my shop!
Oh! Last thing: I started a personal blog this week called WonderAnn Wonders, in which I included a sneak peek at one of my six ornament tutorial projects. The rest will have to wait until after Thanksgiving, but until then, a question: Would you be more likely to make some ornaments with us during the first 12 Days of December if we had a contest or giveaway? Or would you do it (or not do it) regardless?