Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter Wishes to You All


Hi there and welcome to the PaperArtsy/StencilGirl Blog hop. It has been such fun working with all the designers from both companies to bring you this bit of festive fun. 

As you hop along with us don't forget to leave comments to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize. 



GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced onStencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

So here is my project

I began by gathering my supplies, first I chose canvasses as my substrates. One large canvas board, a smaller canvas board, 2 tiny frame canvasses and 2 small tags. 


I also pulled out some Christmas stamps from my sets EDY04, EDY15 and EDY16.


and here are my selection of StencilGirl stencils. 

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I began by sponging and scraping PaperArtsy Fresco paints over my large canvas board. I used Midnight, Southern Skies, Purple Rain, Blueberry, Turquoise, Lilac and Hint of Mint. It seems a lot of colours but they all blend and coordinate beautifully and only a tiny amount of each is needed. 


I then used my snowflake stamps from EDY04 and Silver Stratosphere WOW powder to create twinkly embossing all around the edges. 


I placed the face stencil on the medium canvas board, making a few pencil marks I could then remove the stencil and block out the rough shape with Blush and Rose. Once these were dry I replaced the stencil and added shading with more Rose, a little Irish Cream and some Chocolate Pudding . 


Next I worked on the background, leaving a gap for the hair. I sponged on some Purple Rain and Mermaid. 


For the hair I again marked out in pencil where it needed to be, then I added Chocolate Pudding and Toffee. 


 Once these were dry I replaced the stencil and then added Caramel, Copper and Haystack.


I kept layering the hair through the stencil till I was happy, then finished it with a few lines with a black pen. Next I added the smallest of the tall birds, he is stencilled first in Chocolate Pudding, then Caramel. A little Chalk and black pen complete the brown areas. His little red chest is done with London Bus, Mahogany and Copper. 


Now for a little texture. I added white out areas on top of the girl and the bird using chalk. 


Then painted the main parts of the hats with London Bus and Copper, with a little Mahogany to shade. 


I added some Expandit, this is wonderful stuff. You dab it on, heat it up and it expands and fluffs up. It makes great texture. Once this had expanded I went over it with a little Chalk paint. 


To finish this layer I added more embossed snowflakes around the edges and also stamped my bows and baubles from EDY04, the bows are painted with London Bus and Copper. 


This is how this layer looks now. 


Next the mini canvasses, first painted with Purple Rain and Mermaid. Then stencilled with the spheres stencil and using Bora Bora mixed with Mermaid.  To keep consistency I also edged them with the same WOW embossing powder from earlier. 


Along the bottom edge of each I stamped my trees from EDY16, these were coloured with South Pacific, Caramel and Chalk. 


Now for final embellishments. I painted some smoothy card with Hey Pesto and stamped my holly leaves from EDY04, they were then embossed with WOW Evergreen. 


The 2 small tags were painted with Midnight, then Crackle Glaze and finally Chalk. over this I stencilled some words from mixed media mail using London Bus and Copper. The 'Santa' word is handwritten. 


Finally a piece of card painted with Hint of Mint and mounted onto black card was stamped with one of the phrases from EDY15


All that was left to do was glue it all together. I use Golden matte gel as it is very strong, especially for glueing canvasses together. 




Here are all the guest designers that are taking part, visit each one and leave a comment. 

Blog Hop Order:

Tonight visit these four blogs and leave a comment.

Dec. 21
Darcy Wilkinson

Kim Dellow
Mary C. Nasser
Gwen Lafleur

Tomorrow, visit these blogs and leave a comment, the links won't work until tomorrow at 7pm (London time)
Dec. 22
Jo Firth Young
Lauren Hatwell
Kristie Taylor

Tina Walker

Visit these four blogs on Friday. 



Finally visit these four blogs on Saturday. 


I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. 
Darcy x


168 comments:

  1. This suits for the season :) Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Darcy, this is magic! I love those gorgeous birds, you're right, perfect robin material.

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  3. I love the face stencil and the way you have the Robin perched on her shoulder!

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  4. The robin and his Santa hat are stealing the show... but the girl looks great too!

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  5. Great tutorial, Darcy! Love birds, and need to work on faces, so I'll remember this..Thanks for sharing..

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  6. Gorgeous! I love the texture....and that Robin is fabulbous!

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  7. So perfect for the holidays. The background colors are just fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing. I love the stamps, the stencil work and the paper artsy colors.

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  8. Love this!! That robin is so sweet!
    Need to check out that Expandit too.......

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  9. I love the idea of this. A Christmas Canvas. Love your painting

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  10. Just amazing. Fab idea beautifully executed. Lx

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  11. My two fave companies.....Stencil Girl and Paper Artsy. I would love to win! Darcy, as always I love your art work today. So festive and creative. Thank you.
    suzschultz23(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. Blue and red are always a fantastic combination!

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  13. Wow Darcy it must have taken you forever to do this!! Fab!!

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  14. Wauw whay a piece of work. Love what you have done with the stencils and paint.

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  15. Very cool holiday artwork. I love the use of smaller canvases to accent the larger work!

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  16. Amazing piece, love the background colours.

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  17. Great piece of work! Love the use of various sizes to construct the entire work. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. What a stunning, multi-faceted portrait, Darcy! Love that texture! It's been a joy collaborating with you! xxx

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  19. Just fantastic, Darcy - so inventive and so festive too!
    Alison x

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  20. Darcy I just love how you layered the canvases. I've never heard of Expandit before and am putting it on my wish list. Beautiful piece.

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  21. Wow Darcy, this piece is so festive - the girls face really stands out, love her complexion, plus the robin is so much fun. Rachel

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  22. What a clever piece Darcy...until I popped over I didn't realise the face was a stencil..amazing x

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  23. What a neat way to build a face! Great embellishment with the stamping!

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  24. A fab winter canvas! Faces terrify me be using a stencil makes it look more approachable...will have to give that a go :-). Merry Christmas

    Sally

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  25. Darcy, your work is so inspiring. I love the way you work with faces, either using stencils or your own drawings. Well done on your piece today. Jean.x

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  26. Beautiful piece! I love the little mini canvases - they'd make fun little stocking stuffer gifts by themselves!

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  27. Cool idea with all the elements combined!

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  28. First up..since your photo was up at the top of the page, you do not look your age GF! Just had to get that out. Really very interesting how you started the canvas with all the colors which blended into a great background. Then the face....would love to see a video of how you did that...amazing! The finished canvas is awesome, theme, colors, textures!

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  29. This is brilliant Darcy, Merry Christmas xx

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  30. This is gorgeous Darcy! Love the robin, he is perfect. Very festive xxx

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  31. Really to cool to see how you built the layers on the woman stencil. Wow!! That's a really creative use of that stencil!

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  32. Brilliant...loving the textures and colours! xx

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  33. What a great project, so textural,

    Lucy x

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  34. Your canvas looks amazing ..... so much detail and texture. Love the tall birds stencil! xx

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  35. Gorgeous canvas, love how you've used the girl! x

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  36. Love the texture! A wonderful canvas!

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  37. awesome work Darcy - I adore that stencil and love how you used it - brilliant! Love the look of the hat rim too - looks like a fun product! Hugs rachel x

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  38. FAB project, love how you've built the background

    Great first stop to the blog hop

    Kathyk

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  39. Lovely start to the blog hop. I especially love the tall bird x

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  40. wonderful piece for a Christmas week. the colors in Fresco are fabulous I love that some are opaque.

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  41. Love how those colours blended together! It does make a fabulous background for your brilliant canvases!

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  42. Really like the way you made the background. I will have to look for some of those Paper Artsy paints. beadsophisticate(at)gmail(dotcom)

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  43. Wow! That's great Darcy, a wonderful seasonal project

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  44. Very interesting project. Love the bird with his festive hat! joybird1223(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  45. Great holiday project. Love the background.

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  46. Absolutely love the Bird mating the girl. Thank you for your. Merry Christmas, c21claudia@aol.com

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  47. awesome! that was a lot of work...love that bird stencil
    elisebuskey @ yahoo .com

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  48. I love the idea of the three coordinating panels, and the beautiful, frosty colour scheme you chose for your backgrounds. Really creative!

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  49. What an awesome project. I think it's so creative to put fifferent sizes of canvas and boards together this way. And I love that you did put this cute bird on her shoulder. Thank you for a very easy to follow tutorial. And thank you for sharing your lovely art.
    Hugs from Monica
    Spain

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  50. How unusual. Love the robin. like the extra panels too.











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  51. Hi Darcy, I love the colors you chose for the background,and that bird is just too cute!!

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  52. A fantastic piece of art Darcy, thanks for sharing

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  53. Really fun holiday piece. Thanks for sharing and hope your holiday is filled with artsy goodness.

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  54. Beautiful work. I love how you transformed that bird beautiful art !!

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  55. Love the little trees :) and the colors

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  56. Wow, this is so creative! Thanks for sharing your process of stenciling the woman.

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  57. How clever Darcy. Fun Christmas idea.

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  58. Very festive piece! Love all the stencils!!

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  59. I have this stencil, but would not have thought of using it this way. Thanks!

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  60. What great ideas thank you for the inspiration and Happy Christmas.

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  61. I loved how you used the Fresco paints (my current fav), stencils and embossing to create this fabulous project! Very nice!

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  62. Gorgeous canvas, I love the addition of the smaller canvases, they really add interest & the robin is very cute.

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  63. Wow can't believe the lady was built up using a stencil. Love the robin
    Happy Christmas xx

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  64. Wow Wow Wow Darcy!! Amazing these comments...70 comments!! I'm 71st. All comments done what I want to say!! But I comment to you this project is absolutely gorgeous and the bird stencil is my first Stencilgirl one. Congratulations to collaborate. xx

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  65. Love how this turned out! I was interested to read how you created the face using the stencil x

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  66. I love your montage of canvases Darcy, the texture and depth is fabulous x x x

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  67. lovely colours and very festive. Great Project. x

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  68. Darcy, what a great idea layering the canvases! You have inspired me to make my own layered canvas. The Fresco Finish Paint is fab with the stencils.

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  69. just love your paint blending Darcy and the use of the stencil is fab, Ive got it and would never have thought of using it the way you have. x

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  70. Love it Darcy.. you still have time to create while studying :) ?!

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  71. wow impresive project. Quite a bold color combo and so much layering! Love how you sneak extra dimension in all the components.

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  72. Not much more to add, that's what I get for waiting! Love th face stencil ad what you did with it xxx

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  73. Really love this little birdie with his stocking cap! Happy Holidays to you!

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  74. Love how you used the goddess stencil.

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  75. love the shiny snowflake touch!

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  76. Very creative and fun. Thanks for sharing...

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  77. I love how you used so many different textures! The expand-it was very cool! Never have used it but I can think of many ways to use it in the future! Thank you for sharing. Cmdibello.

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  78. Darcy, I love this piece the background is so pretty.

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  79. What a great piece to start us off with! I love the textures and canvas layering. Thank you.

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  80. Great idea of using canvases on top of canvases.

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  81. Great texture! Thanks for the great tutorial. poetryqn(at)optonline(dot)net

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  82. What a great idea to use different sizes of the canvas boards.

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  83. Love the little bird perched at the bottom.
    Also that you used stamps for some of the work.
    Great painting.
    thanks for sharing
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  84. Oh, man! Darcy, you have used some textures I'd love to try. The gorgeous effect of that silver substrate is electric, how you used it on that dark background. That santa hat on you girl comes to life with expandit. I looked these products up! I'm sure you enjoyed making you three part canvas. It's wonderful.

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  85. I love how you took such pains with the hair. The idea of using other canvases on top of a canvas is genius. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  86. Love the paint names! How are Fresco paints different?

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  87. This is super cool. I love how it all came together.

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  88. Those tiny canvases are the CUTEST! I love all things tiny. I love that sphere stencil too. The idea of adding a Santa hat onto the girl is genius!

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  89. Thanks for sharing your beautiful art!

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  90. That Expandit looks likes lots of fun!!! I must get some and play!!!

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  91. I love the way you used the Fresco paints. Thank you for sharing your work!

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  92. Very nice. Thanks for sharing your process. Happy everything!

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  93. Love the mixture of techniques! And the idea to look at your supplies for ways to use them that are different!

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  94. What beautiful art! Thank you for sharing your process!
    Wishing you a very happy and blessed Christmas season!

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  95. It's beautifully done. I love the tall robin and all that texture!

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  96. What a cool project! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great holiday!

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  97. Saw the bloghop link this morning -- I am seriously loving that purple and mermaid colors!

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  98. Fabulous canvas, love your robin Darcy! Xxx

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  99. WOW Darcy, Love! She bought a smile to my face :) Love how you put her together and her santa hat! Kx

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  100. Super canvas, love the robin and the santa hat! xx

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  101. This is such a fabulous project and love how you have used all the products. Thank you for such a great blog hop
    catherine

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  102. love love love the robin...great first night xx

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  103. Wow love the canvas.. a lot of effort has gone in to create a beautiful piece of art x

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  104. I love learning techniques from all of you talented bloggers. Thanks very much, Ellen

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  105. I love learning techniques from all of you talented bloggers. Thanks very much, Ellen

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  106. Love this Darcy and so festive. Thank you x

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  107. Love the way this came out!! Thanks!

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  108. I love the way you painted the face, you made it look easy.

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  109. I love the canvas on canvas idea. I've only tried a few Colors of the fresco paint but I love them-Quick to dry and you're ready to move on. I love how this all came together!

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  110. What a fun idea for a project. Love it!

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  111. Loved the leaves and the tags on the small canvases. Nice piece.

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  112. What a cool idea to layer all those canvases and tags to create a single cohesive piece! Not to mention the stamps and stencils you layered on to boot. It's so nice!

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  113. Love the set of leaf stencils. A very cool project with great instructions. Thanks for sharing.

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  114. This is a stunner Darcy, WOW!!!! Love love LOVE this to bits!!!!!
    Thank you for all the steps, you blog is always a feast and a way of learning so much for me as I'm still an avid learner and your lessons and tips so great... It's always such a pleasure to visit you.
    Sending you all my wishes of Good luck and success at your art school next year, and a very happy Christmas! xx

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  115. Super texture, that really adds to the piece. Thanks for sharing.

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  116. I just love seeing the thought process from beginning to end. The expandit texture 'stuff' is really cool!

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  117. so festive!!I love the gal wearing the santa hat!! Great stencils!!! I would be so happy. Like a kid at Christmas if I won.

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  118. Wow! Darcy, this is amazing. So much work has gone into it. It's fabulous x

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  119. Hi Darcy, lovely project to kick off the hop! I love the robin on her shoulder and the twinkling snowflakes Xx

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  120. Sweet little details, Darcy! I love the way you used the stamps and stencils!

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  121. The fresco paints are a knockout! Whether I win or not, they have been added to my list of must beg, borrow or steal art supplies!

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  122. Love the robin. The fresco paints are fabulous!!

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  123. That little birdie is adds the perfect touch!

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  124. The mini canvasses say it all.

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  125. It is amazing what you can do with a stencil!

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  126. Nicely done! I love how and where you used the Expand it for texture. I'll say!

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  127. Lovely alternative use of the girls stencil Darcy but the robin steals the show for me.....I have such a soft spot for these cheeky chaps.

    Thanks for the brilliant tutorial.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  128. Love the blending of the paints and all the texture but the robin is the show stealer! Great tutorial, thanks

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  129. Love the background with the snowflakes!

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  130. Just love how you used the stencils and the colour combinations!

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  131. Great project! My personal favorite parts are that big background and the embossed bits. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  132. Lovely robin and festive Christmas hat!

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  133. What a creative and amazing project! ThNk you for sharing. Those paints are stunning! 😊

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  134. wow - a lot of inspiration here!

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  135. Beautiful project! I love the bird and the snowflakes!

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  136. This is so cool! I love the tall bird, just gorgeous! xxx

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  137. What a beautiful Christmas artwork!

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  138. What beautiful art. Love the little trees and holly.
    gildamc@hotmail.com

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  139. Christmas meets mixed media! It is a beautiful piece, Darcy!

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  140. Wonderfully festive! And I particularly love that robin

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  141. What a great piece! A Christmas card that you can hang year after year.

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  142. All the elements that when in to making this piece were great. The stamps and stencils,paint colors are lovely. I want to explore using expandit.

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  143. Love those little canvas on canvas bits

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  144. I have that stencil but haven't used it yet. I like how you used the snowflakes in the background and the texture on the Santa hat. Very creative!

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  145. Thank you for sharing your 'how to' on your project.

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  146. Fascinating to see the picture take shape!

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