I love oriental style art for its beauty & tranquility. While I was hosting Cards for the Troops events, most of my personal art got put on the back burner. Now that the CFT ministry has retired, I can again pursue some of my favorite art styles.
I have been a member of the Oriental Stamp Art Group for probably 14 years now. We moved into our home 15 years ago in 2000 & I believe I found OSA in 2001 or so. The group has had several changes over the years but one thing remains constant, the encouragement, kindness & support no matter where you are in your art journey, beginner or experienced. OSA is one of the best art groups ever & is a huge part of my art family. You can learn more about OSA at www.orientalstampart.com
I have hosted the Secret Santa Exchange for 8 years. It’s a fun time to exchange surprise packages & we all open them online together on the same day & share our goodies. With the high cost of postage, we modified it in 2014 to include a handmade card, ornament & oriental goodies that will fit in a 6 x 9 envelope. Here is the card & ornament I created for the 2015 exchange:
I sent a non-oriental holiday card so made a New Year Card in the oriental style. The bird is hand painted with Twinkling H2O’s & is stamped on hand colored background paper.
The ornament was a little rough on the backside but overall came out pretty well. It’s a shaker ornament & was fun to make. I wanted to create an ornament that could be displayed all year if the recipient wanted instead of just at Christmas.
I am looking forward to creating more oriental art this year. And being on the receiving end in the swaps is always a joy.
Have a Fabulous Sunday!