Thursday, February 5, 2009

Homemade Christmas 2008: Crosbandary

This past holiday, my family and I decided to make eachother Christmas gifts. My brother Chad is incredibly creative and thoughtful and he solicited my help to create a surprise sign for the Christmas Village that he is building/collecting with his wife. The town name is a mash-up of Crosby and Eskandary—their last names. We put on Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” album (the best ever in my opinion) and started to make magic out of various colors of sculpy and Xacto knives. The result:

We were having so much fun that we decided to make a pair of owls in a nest too. We thought they’d make suitable, lovable guardians for the town.

So, Chad ended up getting the “Husband of the Year” award and I got some great QT with my lil’ bro. Win-Win.


Anonymous said...

I love this! The colored lights are so cute. How did you get the town name onto the clay sign??

inspiredbyeverything said...

The lights were unintentionally inspired by the Charlie Brown Xmas music, I imagine...the old school big fatties (which I LOVE). Chad and I set the type/bird in Adobe Illustrator then printed it out. I took tracing paper, placed it on the deesign and traced both sides with pencil. Then I placed the tracing paper on the cooked sculpey, then traced again so the pencil would transfer a template on the sculpey. It gave me a great guide to draw "freehand" directly on the sculpey with an ultra fine sharpie. Chad took it home and finished it by spraying an acrylic finishing spray on the design.