I have been working on the Vintage White Christmas canvas paintings and now for the matching Santas.
I found these wonderful unfinished chalkware Santas to paint.
These chalkware Santas were created using vintage chocolate molds. I purchased the Santas although I have been tempted to try to make them, but these were so beautifully detailed I decided to be satisfied just to paint them for Christmas gifts.
I have been fascinated with painting chalkware ever since I took a workshop during a collector's weekend at the Vaillancourt studio. Judi Vaillancourt designs a new Santa collection every year and Vaillancourt folk Art is a collectible treasure known throughout the country.
I used white acryllic paint as a base coat and then used oil paint to finish them. Then I used white glitter paste that Martha Stewart sells in Michael's. I found that Twinklits Diamond Dust looks just like the glitter on Vintage Santas. I used some Winter Wonderland Snow at the base.
This Santa I decided just to use glitter on his boots and the bag on his back. I'll use the snow on the base when the paint dries.
This Santa looks more Vintage so I covered him with diamond dust glitter.
Painting Santa and listening to Christmas music made me feel like I was in Santa's workshop today. A lovely way to plan for Christmas. This year feels like the Christmas when my sisters and I spent the Christmas in the Hamptons at my mother's home. None of us were married yet, and we sat around and laughed and decorated the tree together. I hope my sisters and my mom enjoy these Santas. I hope they feel the love and memories that I feel this Christmas.
I found myself the last few years getting lost in making Christmas for church, shops, and last year a large Christmas fair. In the end I rushed to get my shopping done for the people that matter most to me. This year I have decided to just appreciate my family and simplify my commitments. I am making my gifts like I did when I was young. I wanted to remember "Just In Time For Christmas" what Christmas is about, and to be full of joy and count my blessings and remember how much I love the people around me.
The music for this post is Just In Time For Christmas.