Karen Hayselden created this wonderful tree assemblage using an MDF shape as a substrate

She says:

I had the urge to create a primitive style decoration as I love the natural base colour of this Christmas tree. I coated the tree with three or four coats of gesso mixed with talcum powder to give the tree a lovely thick, textured surface and as it dried I scratched in the deep grooved lines until the natural base colour peeped through.

Once completely dry, I filed off the gesso around the edges to expose the beautiful natural base colour. The gesso covered surface was then randomly stamped and a little foil was applied for added shine. The bells were coated with a touch of dry brushed gesso and Treasure Gold.

Finally my Holly Wally design stamp was coloured in very slowly to build the layers of colour a little at a time until he starts to glow! 'Oh Christmas Tree' was simply stamped on an old used brown envelope!

 

This project first featured in the January 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine