...I dunno about you but it is going faaaaar too quickly now-a-days... that old thing called Time. Disappearing away in mercurial fashion. I can't believe that it is October already. Yesterday I spent some time playing with some new Tim Holtz Xmas goodies... and I was thinking "tis a bit early to be making Xmas tags....." And then I thunked "actually, no, it isn't, it is October!" Anyways... enough of the waffle about time passing too fast, on with the announcement! Tis time to tell you who won my special candy giveaway from last week. So, I had 68 lovely comments... thank you all btw. I fed this number in Mr Random.org and he spat out #33 as the winner, which tallies with the comment left by RACHEL. Please can you drop me a line with you addy and I will pop it into the post for you :O))
On with today's offering. A few months ago I got all painty and altered this papier mache birdy. I have altered a fair few birds over the years, from big 'uns to small... and this one was by far the most taxing because she has lots of nooks and crannies that need covering with paint... and in my infinite wisdom I decided to colour each level a different... errrrm... colour!
Good old Cut & Dry foam is a God-send for me - applying paint with it just gives a really smooth blended effect, better than I could achieve with a brush at any rate. The paints are all Eco Green... I love the smooshiness of these paints and the colours are all gorgeous too. I used Sand colour to do the pedestal and mixed some white with it to do the standy bit under the bird. The bird herself was painted with Lake and Birch. I did about three coats in all to get a nice smooth effect. Decorating is always the fun part and I went a bit bonkers with the Studio 490 stashly bits. I stamped the open floral pattern onto the bird using Aquamarine Archival and zapped it with a heat tool to set it. The standy bit had a dotty stamp rolled around it in Black Archival to make that pop a bit more.
I then got inky with the embellies. The flowers are stamped onto Grungepaper and coloured with Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage DI's - colouring front and back so there are not nasty grey bits showing. I then used a background stamp and Black Archival to add some stamped detailing on the flowers.
Her wings are based on a couple of Art Part Leaves that I snipped into two, colouring with Peeled Paint Stain and overstamping with the dotty stamp to give it some cohesion. Her head-dress is an Art Part Floral coloured with Bundled Sage Stain. I added some Creative Expressions Dazzlers to the middles of the flowers - I wanted her to be a bit jazzy and these are fab because they sparkle nicely.
Of course, no self-respecting birdy would be complete without a pair of specs.. these were formed out of 26 gauge wire - and my thumb also took a hit - my hands are not as strong as they could be and I had a bit of a scrap with the curly bits of the specs... I wanted to get them even... erm.. nope, that didn't happen lol Finishing touches are scraps of CE lace... I love this stuff and I know, I know, she looks like she belongs in a bordello but I rather like that sexy look to her.
Anyways... that's about it from me for today. I hope you like her... she hasn't got a name just yet. I can't decide, last time I made a bird I called her Fanny and we had much mirth and merriment making comments about my Fanny *HERE's that post* Any ideas for a name will be gratefully received... Right, I shall away! Thanks for looking, have a F A B day! TTFN