I have been working on a new project for Christmas. I have been asked (along with other artists) to create an ornament(s) to be sold for a club called Junior League, which raises money for different causes to help the community and of course I said yes πŸ˜‰ While this is partly charity, I will be compensated some what for each one.

After thinking about what I could create for a while, I came up with painting a wooden star I call ARtisan StARs. They are about 7 inches in diameter. I will create them as the orders come in. Right now, I’ve just provided two prototypes. Tonight was the reveal meeting, so I hope my ornaments were well received.

inked in the design before I picked up Asher from school

I got my husband into the act, he is cutting the stars out of wood with a scroll saw. I drew the pattern and he cut them out. He’s pretty handy to have around, I guess I’ll keep him.

sorry about the poor lighting, I was painting in the studio at night
another night time shot

These are fairly labor intensive but I enjoyed making these. I’ve got about two hours into each one not counting cutting out time. I didn’t get a picture of the final product which just has a gold cord on it so it can hang from whatever. I will also have silver cord.

Each star is unique and I couldn’t make two exactly alike if I tried. I’ve used my india ink and metallic paint technique. The designs are spontaneous. I love the way the flat black contrasts with the metallic sheen.

“Candy” – more traditional Christmas colors. Both sides look pretty close.
“Ribbon” – my kinda Christmas colors πŸ˜‰
swirl side of “Ribbon”

Wish me luck!
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