You will need:

  • 2” or wider painter’s tape or masking tape
  • Small blank white canvas or canvas panels (samples  were done on 8”x 10” panels)
  • Toothpick or fork
  • Blue paint (liquid watercolor, acrylic,  or tempera paint)
  • Silver paint
  • Black magic marker
  • Shaving cream (the cheap local dollar store brand is fine)
  • Baking sheet  (large enough for the canvas)
  • Ruler or other straight edge tool
  • Optional white glitter, clear glitter, or white paint

For the 8’x10” canvas we cut masking tape into 8” long strips. If you are using a smaller or larger canvas, cut the masking tape long enough for it to reach from the bottom to the top of the canvas.

Birch trees were traditionally planted in groups of threes (the origins of this tradition are unknown), so place the strips in groups of 3 or more.

After you have cut your strips, starting at the top, carefully rip the painter’s tape length-wise to create an uneven edges.

Tape the painter’s tape to the canvas as desired.  Set aside.

In the baking sheet , spray enough shaving cream to cover the bottom of the pan.

Swirl in a small amount each of the blue and silver paint into the shaving cream, using a toothpick, or fork, careful not to mix completely, creating a marble effect.

Take the canvas, and press it into the shaving cream mixture taped side down.

Lift gently, and scrape off excess shaving cream with a ruler or straight edge tool.

Let dry.

Gently remove the painter’s tape to reveal the white canvas underneath.

Using a black magic marker draw in bark accents to the trees.

If desired create snowflakes with the white paint applied with a toothpick or cotton swab.

Or if you want some sparkle- paint on some glue and lightly sprinkle on the glitter.

Allow to dry completely.

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Cathy grew up in a Christian home where she was surrounded by the sounds of her dad’s old time gospel quartet music records, and the hum of her mama’s sewing machine. Cathy married her best friend Guy, and they homeschooled their 5 daughters for 15 years. During that time, she taught art classes and needlecrafts for her local homeschool support group. Cathy is a member of the worship team at her church, and is passionate about music, Italian cooking, her new Cricut machine, and a sweet cocker-spaniel named Daisy.