Today I thought I'd share with you my process for my holiday ornaments.
I offer two different types - one is glass and one is art paper mounted to wood. I offer both because due to the fragile nature of the glass ornaments they are not available for shipping. Also, some households have Littles or pets and don't want breakable ornaments. On the other hand, for some people only glass will do, so I make both.
Here's what you need to know
Each one is hand painted. These are not dipped or water marbled. I use inks (and a lot of gloves!) and I let each ornament dictate what it wants to become. That's part of my intuitive painting process and it might sound hokey but that's how it works for me. I use paintbrushes, cottons swabs and spray bottles to nudge the patterns into place.
Once I've finished painting them and they are dry I apply a varnish to keep the ink in place. After the varnish has dried I apply a UV gloss coat to keep the inks from fading over time.
The final steps are to put the little metal collars back on the glass and add a ribbon to match (or for the wood to add the hanger and hook) and photograph them to list on my website.
I'll admit, it's a TON of work to produce these but you all love them so much that I have to make more every year.
If there is anything I can do to improve them or change them up (maybe tiny originals instead?) then let me know! I always appreciate your suggestions and feedback.
I'm in the thick of it now so I'd better get back to the studio. Thank-you for your loyalty and support during this difficult year <3
I will keep you updated on my latest work and perhaps some insight into my creative process.