Apparently there's another winter storm passing through this week. Personally, I'd love to see a few snowflakes, but here in Memphis the forecast just looks really cold and wet. We haven't had any snow all winter (not really complaining, especially when I think about those who have had far too much!), but I made my own snow day a few weeks back while working on Seth's birthday invitation.
It's a bit unorthodox, but I almost always paint the background last. For this painting I wanted to put snowflakes in the background so I started by tracing some coins. I can draw a lot of things, but a perfect circle is not one of them!
After I had my circles, I drew in snowflake designs. Mostly I referred to a tattered Christmas gift tag that was still laying around.
Then I just painted over the lines with a masking fluid. Once dry, it allowed me to paint the entire background in washes of blue while preserving the white of the paper under the masking fluid.
When I was ready, I simply peeled off the masked part, revealing the clean, white snowflakes underneath. I was a little ambitious in the intricacy department, so some touching up here and there was in order. Overall, I was really pleased with the final result!
Plus, ya know, Seth was all, "Oh my gosh Mom, that painting is so amazingly cool and special and I will treasure it forever and ever!"
Only not really, cause he can't talk yet.
And he prooooooobably wouldn't say that, even if he could.