Friday, December 11, 2015

5 for 5 Christmas Inspiration Day 5 - Tree

Welcome to Day 5 of our 5 for 5 Christmas Blog Event. I can't believe it's our last day,  the time has flown by! Today our theme is "Tree". We are all sharing a Christmas Tree themed project. Each day our 5 Designers will post a Christmas Inspired Project based on a theme. Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to visit all the links below and leave comments. My prize is shown at the end of this post, check it out!!

This project started back in September when I took a Powertex class with Cheryl Boglioli in Boiling Springs, NC at a fabulous LSS called Dorothy's Stamps and Scraps. In the class, they were making female sculptures using Powertex. But, I had another idea. I wanted to try to make a Christmas tree. So, while everyone else made beautiful figures, I worked on my tree.

Cheryl was great. If you ever get a chance to take one of her classes, I highly recommend her. I also took a class on Gelli Printing that was tons of fun!!

First we shaped our sculptures with wire, then covered them with tin foil. I had to really fill the inside with the foil. Then we covered them with masking tape. It might not look like much, but getting the tree shape and especially the star took quite a lot of work. 

 Then we covered them with strips of cloth coated in the Powertex. 

Since the class was only using brown and gray colors, I brought my tree home and created a green color with my  DecoArt Americana paints. 

Then I painted the tree with several coats. 

I decided I wanted to glitter it up, so I proceeded to paint it with several different colors of DecoArt Twinkles Glitter paints. 

Then it was time to paint the star. I start out with my Americana paint that I thought was a little to orangey so I went over it with my DecoArt Acrylic Primary Yellow. Then I covered it with yellow
and gold glitter Twinkles.

I'm still considering whether or not I want to add ornaments and trim to it. 
But, for now I like the super glittery look. 

My prize for this event is two Tim Holtz Blueprints Wood Christmas Stamps - Stocking and Candy Cane. Just follow my blog and leave a comment for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on my blog Saturday, December 12. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna Bowman (me)
Rachel Kleinman
Lynn Kopas
Karen Crossen
Kris Lancaster


  1. Fun project! I love the look of the glitter paint!

  2. wow what a fun way to make a tree! So outside the box but a wonderful idea. Thanks for such a great blog hop!

  3. Now that is an amazing tree ! Not sure if I would decorate it either ... I'd show off it's glitter finish :)

  4. Wonderful project!!! Love the sparkly glitter and the bright star on top. Love how this tree looks all warm and cozy like it is wrapped up in a blanket. Your photos of the process were fascinating. Thanks so much for all you have shared with us this week!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  5. A great project - what fun you have had with this!

  6. Oh, I can see that the star would have really been tough to shape! I love all that glittery shine that you added and I kind of like it plain too. You can always add a removable garland to pretty it up if you want. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 3-D projects are always tough for me but this tree sculpture was so worth it! I love the simple shape and folk art look that can be dressed up or left as-is! Thanks for a great week of projects to share!

  8. This is such an amazing creation and blown me away how beautifully you created it on your own! Love the glittery look and star is just Fabulous, totally inspired!

  9. Looks like you had a blast creating this!

  10. What a wonderful creation! Sound like you had a great time creating it and spending time with some amazing people! Love the shimmer!

  11. Beautiful Donna, very creative. Thanks for the chance to win!


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