Carolyn Dube here sharing a Christmas gift I've made for a friend. These 4 Pitt Pens, from the Holiday Lettering Assortment, did it all on this canvas from creating the soft background color, to the two tone edging, to the bright stars, and more! In the video, you'll see how it all came together!
Using a preprimed canvas board, I colored the background in sections with a Pitt Pen. While the ink was still fresh, I added Gesso with a brush. The ink, mixed with the Gesso on the canvas, created a custom color for the background. One word of caution, you want to keep the tip of the pen out of any wet gesso.
Next, I ripped three triangles out of old book text. Using the same pen that I used for the background, I colored each tree. It didn't have to be a perfect coloring job because of what was coming next.
Once the trees were colored, a layer of sparkle and texture was added using the Glass Bead Glitter Gel. When it goes on, it is white but when it is dry, it is sparkly, textured and see through. Here you can see one that was just covered in the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and one that is completely dry.
Trees need a star on top, so a free handed a star. For the largest tree, the largest star, for the smaller trees, smaller stars. When I drew it on the book text, I didn't worry if it was perfect or had well defined points. Cutting them out with scissors took care of that.
I am not a big fan of my handwriting so I have learned ways to make my handwriting a little better. One trick is to write on book text. Often, when I write words seem to slant as if they are going up a hill. But if I write on the book text, I use the lines of words as my guide to keep me level. Without a guide, letters in my words are often different heights. The book text acts as my guide so the -erry in Merry had letters all the same height. Another benefit of writing on the book text is that if I don't like it, I can simply grab another piece of book text and try again.
Another trick is to layer the pens. No matter what I do, I can never get the second layer to be exactly the same as the first. That's a good thing because that means some of the bottom color peeks through and adds interest. I wrote Merry in red first, then wrote over it in black. I did the same kind of thing on the edges by first drawing the lines in gold, then going over the top of it with the red.