Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Bounty of Christmas Bulbs

One of the most popular selling items at craft shows are ornaments.  It's been a while since I painted on colored bulbs, so I was happy to get a stash of them at the end of last season.  Here are some of those I recently painted.
The floral design shown above is my interpretation of a design by Arlene Swiatek Gillen.  I really like the contrast of the pink roses on the silver bulb.  
Painting Tip:
Pick up plain Christmas bulbs after Christmas when they are marked down 70-90%.
The chickadee is my interpretation of a design by Johanne Morin.  
Painting Tip: 
To get a nice circle shape for the design I created a template using card stock and a circle punch.  I also used the template to cover the rest of the bulb when I added the fly specking.
I changed a barn into a church in this interpretation of a Linda Lover design.  
Painting Tip:
Stay away from rubbing alcohol to clean up any over painting on these type of bulbs.  It removes the color!  Right down to a silver ball.  To fix it, I removed all of the gold and then used gold alcohol ink to reapply the color.  
My interpretation of a bulb I saw on Pinterest.  
Painting Tip:
An ultra fine black paint pen made applying the lettering super easy. 
Another interpretation of something I saw on Pinterest.  I did several versions on how I wanted the arms to look, finally deciding on this one.  I left room under the snowman to add a name.
Painting Tip:
Personalized ornaments are big sellers at craft shows.  Bring a Sharpie marker or paint pen to offer this service at your next show.
I'll have these ornaments and lots more available this weekend at our annual Holiday Open House.  If you live in mid-Michigan, I hope you'll stop by!


BugBites said...

Do you take orders to ship in the U.S? said...

Absolutely! Please email me with what you are looking for and I can calculate shipping.