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Mixed Media Artist Book

In 1976, the year after our 3rd and last child was born, I started to make fabric ornaments for our Christmas tree.  I usually made 20-24 of the same ornament so I could give some away as gifts.  And over the years I made several more for our family when I found a new pattern, design or needlework technique (for example smocking or silk ribbon embroidery).  After giving away 3 full sets of the ornaments to our children, when they were married, I still have 139 hanging on our tree. 

Each of the last few years I sketched and painted random ornaments in my daily watercolor sketchbook during the holidays, and then last year I decided  that I would make a mixed media artist's book of my favorites.  So I am scanning and printing some of the ornaments from my sketchbook pages and collaging them into the book.  And on other pages, I'm drawing and painting them directly on the pages in the 8 x 10" watercolor book. 

Here are 3 of the first pages.  This will be a long term project for the last two weeks of December each year.  Once we take down our tree and pack up the ornaments, they will be forgotten until the next year.






What a lovely tradition and memories for those gorgeous grandchildren. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Great project, Shirley! Those angels are adorable. Merry Christmas to you and all your family.

Great idea and obviously good technique! Merry Christmas and may you have a joyful time with all the little ones.

Love your idea and am so impressed that you find time for all this! I'd love to see photos of the illustrated ornaments. I realize that's probably too much work, though. Thanks so much for sharing!

These are just so cute! =) I love it during this time of the year and I've always loved looking at your creations of Santas. Merry Christmas~!

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