i have a huge appreciation for stitching. it’s something i’ve always admired, but never had the patience for (at least with clothing). and so, stitching on paper seems to be my thing.
but that’s not to say these little ornaments didn’t give me any trouble. i ended up with four (one for my tree too). and each one its own original collage!
the problem that came up here was that i completely forgot to add some sort of cut-out at the top for hanging. so i cut out the square around the stitching, leaving a bit of the gold paper shining around the sides (this actually turned into a happy find, because the shiny edge looked quite nice). you know how it is, when you completely forget something so obvious! and it didn’t happen just that once. nope. i went ahead and forgot to add the cut out three times!
then i got out my beeswax pellets and iron and made each ornament into its own encaustic collage! the beeswax gave each piece a matte finish and really added to the aged look and feel of the original painting.