Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Watch The Birdy.... Plus **Candy Winner**

...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 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

Hels x


Artyjen said...

The "Boobie"? ROFL
xoxo Sioux

Korry said...

She looks fab !!! Sorry I can't help with a name !

Redanne said...

Wow Hels, that is some bird! You have done an amazing job on her and I love her specs, they are fab. Now that you have mentioned the bordello I am stuck for names, can only think of racy ones now! I do like Sioux's 'Boobie' though...

Many congrats to the lovely Rachel on her win!

Crafty hugs, Anne x

Anonymous said...

Hi Hels. What a masterpiece. Fantastic. What about "Plume" as in plumage.

Unknown said...

Congratulations Rachel

My word what a masterpiece - a briliant bird!!

Oops just seen that Val before me said the same - but it truly is a magnificent bird said...

I totally understand the mirth over Fanny - Never ever use it in public when you come over to Aus, Hels. I'll have to give you a NO Lingo List so that you don't get funny looks from the natives!

Birdie is a true delight right down to her lacy bits and tiny spectacles. I have seen your English Boobie bird and she could very well be the Boobie Queen.
Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog - it really does mean a lot. :)

EmmaT said...

Morning Hels, my first thought was 'flipping heck its my gran!!', this birds front view definately has a likeness to her. Im also only get racy names!! Just goes to show how dirty out ladies minds can be at time. lol.

Helen said...

no wonder you're being bombarded by spam mail then my lovely!!! Love the specs, they are SOOOO cute. Your bird is pretty good too.

butterfly said...

Watch the birdie... he's fabulous!
Alison x

rachel said...

so cute Hels - I love those glasses he's wearing!!!! I can't believe I've been picked by Mr Random to win your candy - so excited - will drop you a line shortly! Hugs rachel xx

Marleine said...

Hiya Hels.
Love the bird she looks like a teacher I used to know
,many years ago.
Missed the last couple of your samples and waffling. due to a short unexpected stay in hospital. I was champing at the bit,withdrawal symptons started to set in. I've got it bad.
All the best. X

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels, love the birdie and the specs are sooooo cool! Carole Z X

Aquarius said...

That is some amazing bird and the specs are a master stroke!! How about Araminta?? That just popped into my head uninvited but then I'm a touch weird!!

Planetsusie said...

Sorry Hels - I've been trying to think of a name but the specs keep making me laugh. I think she looks a tad tiddly. I am sure a suitable name will appear shortly.

Hugs Sue Pxxx

lainey said...

this is soooo cool Hels!! lainey x

ria gall said...

Hi Hels
What a fun bird, I think she looks like a Tilly. I love her little glasses

Alexandra said...

I think you wee birdy's lovely Hels, love all the flower plumage. I think she looks like she's wearing Harry Potter's glasses. Maybe she could be Harriet, lol

craftimamma said...

I like Sioux's name for your bird too, lol! Fab alteration job you've done and those specs are brilliant. Like the Art Part wings too.

Congrats to Rachel on winning your give away.

Lesley Xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

LOVE HER!!!! I would call her Fowla!!! LOL! She really is a marvelous construction!

Nan G said...

Oh Millie is fabulous! Look out birdie gents if she takes her specs off!! :D Millie is dressed for fun! ;)

Lisa said...

Totally in love with her and Hows about "Scary Mary?" for a name.... she reminds me of another Mary with Specs that I know of who I always think is a bit of a Scary Mary too!!


Lisa R

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, WOW she is stunning, absolutely stunning. Love how you have done her wings and her spectacles are 'to die for' ha ha. 'Florence' came straight to mind immediately I saw her, she is stunning, well done.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Karen said...

She's stunning Hels! She's definitely not scary, beautiful she is! How about 'Chick' as her name - it fits her perfectly! hugs Karen

Barb Cady said...

I so love ypur bird, she is wonderful! The name Augustus came to mind, but please don't ask me why as even I don't understand how my brain works! Wonderful work Hels, do you keep all your birds in an Avery? xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Sorry, me again.
I forgot to congratulate RACHEL, well done girl.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

HeARTworks said...

That bird sure looks all dressed up! How about Alouette? If I am not mistaken, there's a French song about a bird entitled Alouette and I cabn sing it too (without understanding!!!) Patsy from
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