Pallet Knife Tiny Tree Painting and it’s Background Story

I love painting with a pallet knife. Probably more than painting with a brush. It gives that blurry, impressionistic look. I love Impressionism so I love this style of painting. This little painting or Mixed Media Project caused me to have to PIVOT and redo the background. Please keep reading to see how it was made. I also have a time lapsed video on Facebook.

——–I bought the rights to paint this from Amanda with Little Bluebird Gallery. Please go check out her website and her Facebook page. I love the way she paints and she is a great teacher.——–

When we studied this style in school I fell in love. I took a painting class at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where I majored in Business. It was an elective my Senior year. I continued taking continuing education paint classes when I moved back to Victoria, Texas. My professor there had us paint many different styles. I forgot how much I enjoyed the pallet knife painting so I am glad I bought this “little tree” virtual class.

I hand painted red band black buffalo check onto a Canvas Board.

It’s freehand so it’s rough looking but I like it like that. Perfection is NOT necessary.

Then I wanted to practice my little tree on my Media Pad. But I liked my tree so much on my Paper Pad, that I thought I would decoupage it onto my canvas. Sounds good right? Kind of like a multi media project.

I painted this without a tracer, just used my memory.

I tore the paper to give it more of a rustic finish.
I should have left it like this but it just looked unfinished and I wanted the edges to stay down.

Well, I made the mistake of putting Mod Podge on my whole canvas after I put my little tree on. It stayed high gloss and it did not look good. It looked sticky. So I had to PIVOT and rethink the whole background out.

I hated it. But I learned a lot. Maybe that’s the important thing. Gotta get out there and try.

I thought if I put glitter on the background it would look alright. BUT NO. It was still too shiny and sticky looking. So I ended up painting a black background with my pallet knife.

I added snowflakes and then glitter. It worked this time because the black paint had toned down the high gloss finish.

It still looked plain, so I added some glitter. See above without glitter, see below for with the glitter.
The glitter had big chunks of glitter in it. Call Glitterific.
It’s not perfect. But I did the best I could with a bad wound. I may make another one for practice too. “The best laid plans of mouse and men……”

Just fyi….I am NOT a fine artist.

Like Heidi says from Texas Art and Soul, it is FUN ART, not FINE ART.

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I had all these small sections of scrapbook paper left over from other projects. So when I saw several Christmas Trees made from scraps, I decided to do one too. It’s awesome that every single tree will be different and unique. These would make great gifts. Especially secret Santa gifts.

Supplies needed:

  1. Scrapbook paper cut into about one inch wide strips (all lengths are needed)
  2. Scissors or paper cutter
  3. Glue stick
  4. Background paint color (eye ball what color would look good with YOUR scrapbook papers)
  5. Canvas or wood or a picture frame to use as a backdrop
  6. Ribbon to coordinate with papers (optional) or you can put a STAR on top
  7. Snowflakes 3 dimensional or stencils (optional)

Below are two pictures of how I was just cutting out strips from leftover pieces we had already used. You should be proud of me….I took a lot of pictures for this blog post. lol

Leftover scraps of scrapbook paper.
I still have plenty of paper. Maybe I will make another one for a gift??

Below is a picture of how I lined them up. I put similar lengths all together. I could tell that a white background was NOT going to work. It was not showcasing the papers off to their full potential. So I decided to paint the canvas……But oh what color should I choose?

Lining up my possibilities. I HAD to use the little red vintage car.

I decided to go with a cream color for my canvas background. The two black wooden boards are for another project. I always work on several projects at a time.

Below is the paint I used. I thought a creamy color would be perfect for the white scrapbook papers to stand out against.

Deco Art Americana in Buttermilk

But after I put my scrapbook paper on the painted canvas, I felt it needed something else. Plus I had in the back of my mind that I wanted to put snowflakes in the background. White was just not standing out enough. So I decided to put some kind of antiquing medium on the cream colored paint.

The white was not standing out enough.
I painted my cream paint on the diagonal.
I put on my creme wax on the diagonal too. But it didn’t matter because I rubbed it in.
Here is the creme wax I used.
I rubbed it in with a dry paper towel.
This is the glue stick I used to paste down all my scrapbook paper. I did not want to use Mod Podge. I make a mess with that stuff and it is too thick for my liking. I also did not want to paint OVER my scrapbook paper with anything. I like the multi media look instead of the decoupage look.
Yes, it looks better now against a slightly darker background.
I had to use a small brush to get all the corners to stick with the tacky glue.
This picture has a glare on it but you can see how I was determining to put a ribbon at the top and snowflakes on the side. I also added a ribbon that has “Merry Christmas” on it. It was the perfect finishing touch.
I hope you like the finished project. It was easy and fun. No stress involved at all. Remember to have fun with all projects. Perfection is NOT NECESSARY!
Merry Christmas!

I think you could do this and make Christmas cards or gift tags. It’s a great way to use up leftover scrapbook paper.

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