Monday 24 December 2012

Painted ornaments

Hi everyone!

It's been such a busy week leading up to Christmas 
and I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about.

I have been a little lax with my daily sketching too 
but only because I have been busy painting instead. 
As is my tradition each year,
I painted Christmas tree ornaments for my granddaughters,
Mikayla and Madelyn.

This will be Maddy's first Christmas and Mikayla's 3rd.

Inspired by this post,
I painted some paper-mache gift boxes and used white 3D paint to decorate them. 
I deliberately kept mine more simple and child-like.
It was the first time I'd used 3D paint and I found it impossible to control the flow 
of the paint but I kinda like how it turned out. 
They make me think of cakes decorated with white icing.

A close up view of each
To finish the ornaments, 
I applied a gloss water-based varnish 
and white ribbon.

It was Aaron's birthday yesterday....
my baby is now 14!!!

I found this (below) on this page on Facebook
and thought it might be a nice idea for 2013.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and 
a Happy New Year!
If you don't celebrate Christmas,
may you enjoy a Happy Holidays.
Love to all! xx

~ Love, light and peace ~


  1. such beautiful treasures!!!

  2. just gorgeous! wishing you and your lovely family a wonderful christmas and all the very best for the new year. I love that gratitude jar, saw it somewhere in pintrest! I even may get around to trying that idea!

  3. How pretty, Serena! These little angels are so lucky to have such a loving and talented grandma!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family...and Happy Birthday to Aaron!!!

  4. What lovely, wonderful gifts for the girls. Something they can treasure in the years to come. Happy birthday to Aaron. Zack turned 14 in October and has been growing quite a bit since then. He's taller than me now. Many years ago I gave some of my friends gratitude jars that I filled with quotes on gratitude. They were a hit! Wishing you a very merry Christmas and blessing of peace, joy and love in the new year. Tammy

  5. Beautiful ornaments and you're right about the paint looking like icing. It's simply perfect and I'm sure your granddaugthers will be thrilled to receive such wonderful works of art from you.

    I really love the gratitude jar idea. In fact I'm sharing it with friends on FB.

    Merry Christmas, Serena, and keep up the great work! I enjoy seeing all you do; you are truly gifted and a constant inspiration.

  6. LOVE seeing your ornaments every year! The boxes came out very well too!! I LOVE the idea for the gratitude jar. I've got the prefect one to start doing that with too. I'm headed over to FB to so I can share the idea too. Merry Christmas dear one!

  7. I've never used that 3D paint, either, but it does look really cool--and like icing! :) Adorable ornaments. Happy birthday, Aaron!! That jar thing sounds like a good idea--if I could remember to keep doing it all year--LOL! ;)
    Merry Christmas!! :)

  8. Adorable ornaments, Serena! :) And thanks for sharing that gratitude jar idea. I am so going to use it! :)

  9. Adorable and loving creations ~ they will be a treasure for years to come ~ Love the gratitude jar also ~ I already have one not like that ~ but a blessing container ~ ^_^

    Happy New Year ^_^ (A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and CArol ^_^

  10. What a sweet tradition! Both ornaments are beautiful. I thought the same about the white 3D decorations for the boxes. :D
    Happy belated birthday to Aaron!

  11. Hi Serena ...

    just stopping in to wish you a Merry Christmas ...

    Your blog buddy

  12. SWEET gifts for your sweeties, Serena! Hope you & yours have been having a lovely Christmastime! It's been a joy to share the creative life along with you here. All the best for 2013! ((HUGS))

  13. Hi Serena,
    I am back!
    Love the painted ornaments and boxes that you made for the granddaughters.
    Happy Belated Birthday to Aaron. Hope he had a super day. :)
    Hugs and Hope you and your family have a Blessed New Year!

  14. Thank you, everyone, for all your lovely comments. :)