Holiday ornaments 2021

pinstriped christmas ornaments- hotrod jen
Ornaments

Hey all,

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For those who have been following me for a while know that i used to crank out ornaments around the holiday like crazy, i would take tons of custom orders and slave away behind the bulbs. I absolutely love Christmas and especially ornaments. Growing up the ornaments that adorned my family tree were reflections of our family some of them were like little windows to the past to gaze at. A lot of the ornaments had stories behind them. My grandmother started a tradition where she would gift us an ornament each year, i still have all of them and it’s nice to see them all now on my own Christmas tree. My husbands and I have continued that ornament gifting tradition and i love it.

So, painting them for others to gift to their loved ones i thoroughly enjoyed, up until a few years ago. To tell the truth it took one customer to push me over the edge, i stopped doing what i enjoyed doing for so many years because the pushiness of one person. I’m usually really great at handling things like that or not letting those things get to me (let it go like water off a duck’s back) but it sure bothered me. After that i stopped taking orders for ornaments, and switched gears to focus more on custom artwork (panels) for people instead of the ornaments which worked out great!

This year a member of a family close to my heart reached out to me to do 2 sets of ornaments for them, no way was i going to say no. As i was painting up these ornaments for a special family it rekindled my ornament painting loving spirit it was game on after that. Decided i was just going to paint 100 ornaments, so that i did and loved doing every single one of them. They all found homes to create memories in, looking forward in doing something like this again next year.

  • HotRod Jen

Delft Blue


Sourcing Inspiration

Where to find inspiration these days? ANYWHERE! Seriously it really is hard not to find inspiration, what i feel gets in the way of inspiration is motivation and when you get motivation in your corner the sky is the limit. So i try to push myself often to get outta my comfort zone and also learn about the subject that is being used as my source of inspiration because learning is after all fun!

This time around i thought about that pretty blue and white pottery that seemed to be pretty common for years but what was it called , simple google searched answered that turned out “blue and white pottery” turned out to be Delftware, or Delft Blue its got a few names but those are the common ones. Delft is a city in the Netherlands hence the name and where it was heavily produced. So I searched a lot of Delftware photos new and old these style of flowers also can be seen in the art of the Pennsylvania Dutch , the style of color blending on the flowers can be sourced in tole painting . Tole painting is another form of folk art painting i watched some videos on YouTube where most of the artists use arcylic paint but the idea of split blending on the brush can be used for enamel paint.

When you mash together Pinstriping, Delft blue inspired flowers and tole painting blends this is what you get


For this piece i used 23k gold leaf spun with velvet, and only 2 colors made by Alphanamel a new paint company very exciting stuff, King 13 pinstriping brush, Mack virus and for the split blends i used two Mack 189 quills size 4 and size 6. This piece was not only a great way to stretch my mind but it made me get used to doing more split blending which comes in handy doing lettering shading effects .