Mini Art

Now that the holidays are over and the the gifts have been received, I wanted to share some of the art I created for some of the special people in my life.  For the past two years I have created handmade ornaments for my team at Painting With a Twist.  It's always so fun to create on this tiny scale!  The ornaments are mixed media paintings, much like my larger work, only these are created to be little treasures to hang on a Christmas Tree!

Last year I had an angel theme.

  Mixed media   on canvas board, 2" x 2"   by Jennifer Snellings

Mixed media on canvas board, 2" x 2" by Jennifer Snellings

  Mixed media on canvas board, 2" x 2" by Jennifer Snellings

Mixed media on canvas board, 2" x 2" by Jennifer Snellings

I also decided to throw in a cute little snowman for fun!

  Mixed media   on canvas board, 2" x 2"   by Jennifer Snellings

Mixed media on canvas board, 2" x 2" by Jennifer Snellings

I also decided to throw in a cute little snowman for fun!

This year I decided on a Christmas Tree theme.

 Mixed media, 2"x 2" canvas, by Jennifer Snellings

Mixed media, 2"x 2" canvas, by Jennifer Snellings

Here is a look into my process:

 First steps: paint and collage elements, old sheet music and worn bible pages.

First steps: paint and collage elements, old sheet music and worn bible pages.

 A little help from art-kitty, Paisley!  Additional texture added with paint and unique stamped surfaces.

A little help from art-kitty, Paisley!  Additional texture added with paint and unique stamped surfaces.

 Now for the trees, created from collaged strips of patterned paper and the sentiments which are some of my favorite Christmas quotes, sayings, etc. Many of these come from favorite Christmas Carols.

Now for the trees, created from collaged strips of patterned paper and the sentiments which are some of my favorite Christmas quotes, sayings, etc. Many of these come from favorite Christmas Carols.

 Finally, I add the tree topper and some shading to help everything stand out.

Finally, I add the tree topper and some shading to help everything stand out.

 They are finished off with a cute Christmas ribbon to make hanging on the tree easy!

They are finished off with a cute Christmas ribbon to make hanging on the tree easy!

It will be fun to see if this tradition continues over the next years to come, (I'm hoping it will) and how the little mini paintings will continue to develop with each new collection!