This was an interesting project for me.. It started out with a pale yellow background. Once that dried, I added the swirls (Revolution stencils I made out of scrap cardstock) and then I drew the tree.
Then I thought (so what if it was outloud...) "You should put someone in the tree"...but I wasn't looking for a cutsie project. 'Little Al' from justjohanna..perfect! At this point, the project was still looking too cheery for today's mood, so I covered the whole piece with micaceous iron oxide paint (golden) which gives an awesome glittery, but not shimmery, but not froo-froo effect.
Here you can see the iron oxide effect nicely. one more step...the iron oxide paint leaves a sand-papery feel..gritty- no good for my pens. To be able to write on this surface, I took a chance and buttered the whole thing up with Golden "Clear Tar Gel". I also had some transfer pieces drying today, so the gel was ready at hand..it worked perfectly! Once dried, the clear tar gel left me with an awesome surface to write on.
So here's my not-so-cute-not-so-halloween-but-a-little-bit-fallish project for today. Oh! I almost forgot...the whole piece is on my Cheerios box. That's right...right out of the recycle bin. Wait til you see what I've got going on with the Wheat Thins...