They're already looking in our direction! But maybe, if we keep quiet and don't move, they will continue their search for food in the winter forest.
I love deer and I often meet some when walking my dog alongside the Marchfeld Canal (gladly my dog is too small to see them as the path lies a bit deeper than the fields...;).
Calico Craft Parts used:
- Group of Deer MDF Wood Shape - Style 6
- Blackberries & Leaf Sprig MDF Wood Shape
- Blackberry Bramble MDF Wood Shape
- Oak Leaves with Acorns MDF Wood Shape - Style 3
I also die cut a tree line and some twigs to go with my shadow box and to enhance the impression of thicket the beholder is looking through.
To start with I covered the back of my canvas with torn dictionary page scraps using matte DecoArt Decou-Page. Once that was dry I stamped on some trees, deer and pine needles using archival black stamping ink.
One dictionary page was glued to a piece of white cardstock and used for die cutting my tree line and several twigs.
Then I toned down my covered canvas using a wash of DecoArt media fluid acrylic Raw Umber.
While that was set aside to dry I scraped on some white DecoArt media Crackle Paint to my tree line using a palette knife. I put the trees on our heater to speed up drying time.
The die cut twigs were coated with DecoArt Snow-Tex.
Parts of the canvas as well:
Then it was time to paint my deer and the foliage using various DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints, partly painting them on, partly dry-brushing them, partly adding them as a wash.
The finer details like the eyes and noses were drawn using a permanent black fine tip marker.
For a finishing touch and a more wintery feel I sprinkled on some white DecoArt media Shimmer Mister (unscrewing the Mister and using the tube to sprinkle on the paint) and let that dry before I gave the canvas and my deer a coat of DecoArt media Ultra-Matte Varnish.
Then it was time to layer all my pieces in- and onto the canvas shadow box. I used sticky dots (and also their "excess framing") to stack my pieces.
Some close ups of the snow covered twigs, the oak and bramberry sprigs:
I love the frosty effect of the Snow-Tex!
And the deer MDF wood shapes are all so beautiful! I will definitely have to get me some more of these (and also some of the other designs) ! ;)
I used a photograph of a deer as a model. Especially their noses are very typical and have to be done properly so they don't look somehow awkward.
What a peaceful little winter scenery! I hope you like it as much as I do!
I had so much fun creating this piece! I hope some of it shows trough.
Thank you so much for stopping by and a happy creative 2017!
Hugs and happy crafting!