Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Candy canes and paper trees

Yesterday I hit AC moores and found some fat red and white pipe cleaners.
I grunged them up with walnut and tea and cinnamon and cut them to make mini canes for my feather tree.
My friend joanne made me the tree and tree skirt and I think the prim canes fit perfect with it.

I tried an experiment today with my paper tree and deer. I used a heavier stock and then used antique ink, a tea stain and the green one, to color the paper. It gives a nice look with the color and I have put it on a top shelf so it shows up nicely. I love the antique inks, you can get them in all different colors and they are perfect to antique items. I had to dampen the sponge, I was using, so it blotched a bit. I need to find something better to apply the ink with.


Deb said...

I love your tree!! the canes are a great added touch.. and the wonderful tree skirt is just so...so awesome.. Love, love love your xmas tree.. thanks for sharing.
Your paper cuts are alot of detailed work and they are wonderful too...I don't see where there is blotching.. you did a fantastic job..if you want to try another technique for adding ink have you tried feathers??

antique quilter said...

love the candy canes on this tree.
the tree and tree skirt are just wonderful.
What a friend!
may have to go looking for pipe cleaners today
where did you buy the walnut (and what kind???) to use for dying?

WoolenSails said...

I do have feather brushes, might be worth a try for the trees. I would love to something more detailed and watercolor it.

I get walnut spray at the craft stores, you can find it in the scrap book and stamp supplies. For projects like this, I mix it with water.


Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie, you lucky you.... to receive a feather tree from Joanne, plus a mini tree skirt, how wonderful is that. Love the mini candy canes. Your tree looks great!

Joanne said...

Debbie - love your candy canes - will have to try to make some - they prim up the tree nicely! Love those paper cuttings too - What kinda paper do you use?


KSunshine said...

I love, love your candy canes (among other things). Thanks for the advice on the pens. I will try the ones you recommend.