a few early snowflakes

These little snowflake decorations are made from cardboard and gesso, given two coats of Farrow and Ball emulsion from my stash of tester pots and then handpainted. They will eventually have silvery gold thread but I wanted to share the colours I have chosen this year, although it is difficult to represent these accurately.

I have spent a lot of time this month refining ideas and introducing a more delicate feel and subtle palette, which is what I felt was lacking from several of the items I produced a couple of years ago. I have enjoyed the sense of creating a collection which looks good as a whole and in which the different products complement one another, as well as being attractive individually.

All of these will be on sale at the winter craft markets I plan to do in the next couple of months, and many will be available in the online shop as a one-off, seasonal event. This is something I may revisit in future years as I like the idea of a winter shop window which then allows me to involve myself in other artistic pursuits over the rest of the year.

This is a close-up of my poetry snowflake garlands which have been fun to make and look gorgeous catching the evening sun. All of these early snow flutters are making me expectant for winter and Christmas!

24 comments:

marigold jam said...

So simple but so very effective - love them and the snowflakes too. Vey "you" in their colours too I feel.

Jane

Sweet Birdy Love said...

Hey Sue love the colours you have chosen for the snowflake decorations.........they are very calming and look great grouped together.
Snowflake, poetry garlarnd looks great too. All the best with your winter craft markets.

Magic Cochin said...

Your snowflakes are beautiful. Isn't it interesting how we have an inner palette of colours? I didn't think about it until I saw my prints hung in a gallery.

I'm painting the main rooms in our house in F&B 'Slipper Satin' - a lovely subtle shade.

Celia
x

Dan said...

These are lovely Sue! The delicate shades you have chosen are so peaceful, and very wintry!!
Dan
-x-

Vintage Tea Time said...

Those are both lovely - they'd be great to have all year round - very soothing colours. I love F + B!!!

acornmoon said...

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!

Getting in the festive spirit with your decorations.

rossichka said...

Although it's too early for me to think about Christmas ( I still haven't enjoyed Autumn to the full!), I can't deny I like your sample of snowflakes! They are so tender and stylish! A nice decoration for the upcoming winter holidays!

Sue said...

Thanks every one and Rossichka - I'm definitely still enjoying autumn - my mind is only half on Christmas :-)

BumbleVee said...

some day I'm gonna learn how to cut out a decent snowflake....til then...I'll enjoy everybody else's.... your garland is lovely.

maybe I can find some info online... but, I can't seem to cut any nice ones.
I don't think I was a kid that had fun art classes with a really nice art teacher... I'm sure there should have been one on snowflakes and surely I would remember it if I had! Although, having said that....I do think I've pretty much lost the last of my remaining 3 marbles....

Gina said...

They are beautiful Sue. Such restful colours and I especially like the snowflakes cut from text.

A Time to Dance said...

I love the snow flakes Sue, and admire your steady hand ... I am knitting away and my mouse blanket is calling to me...its getting chilly and we are in need of it but so many christmas presents to make..

pussman said...

They are lovely!
So simple and so lovely!

Danielle

Greedy Nan said...

These are simply lovely. Not sure what gesso is but it sounds very impressive! Fab colours but then if you use F&B you couldn't expect anything else.
Really like the newsprint snowflake too and the loose ends of thread!

Hollace said...

I love all the snowflakes, but especially the poetry ones. Is there a way to buy them from afar (wish I could come to the fair)?

Chrissie said...

Your snowflakes have a wonderful Scandinavian feel to them,lovely!

Frances said...

Sue, these new creations of yours are bound to attract lots of attention in the upcoming fairs. You are so wise to think of the Christmas (or holiday as we are to call it in the States) season as a focus for your beauties.

I am tempted to try some cardboard cutting, thanks to your inspiration. But first, I am going to have to find the time to start painting my Christmas cards.

xo

elizabethm said...

Like these very much Sue. Great colours.

ljw said...

You've made me come over all creative. I like that feeling now that the nights have drawn in. I'm looking forward to getting my pencils out.

Isabelle said...

I can't remember if I've commented on your blog before - I put it on my Favourites a few weeks ago and then I forgot to visit again. Anyway, I just love it! Your pictures are so pretty and you're so creative and positive and sweet. I shall definitely return.

(How do you manage to do all those things and work as well?)

Jackie said...

Absolutely beautiful and so subtle. Your stall will look gorgeous.

The Border Tart said...

I so admire your restrained use of colour and your packaging - everything looks so elegant!
I do enjoy your blog and your quiet take on life as expressed on here

elsy said...

just wonderful sue.....its a long way to manchester though.....good luck

Ginny said...

lovely! the colors are wonderful, and the poetry flakes are so much fun! I'm hoping you take paypal so my shopping is simplified...

Denise Scicluna said...

beautiful decorations :) and lovely blog too X