Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring Tweets are Sweet

Spring is my favorite time of year for many reasons one is the return of songbirds that migrate south for winter and back north in spring. I like listening to bird songs and watching winged visitors perch or fly in the yard. It’s their spring songs that inspired today’s art project- chunky pages designed using bird themes.

Today’s project reaches from my crafty comfort zone of coloring, to a bold graphics and bright style highlighting a spectrum of colors! Envision blue skies, sunshine and birds.

To start the design I looked through old sheet music.  Since I wanted to assure that the paper I used stayed bright white and that it wouldn’t turn yellow and brittle I found digi papers and found these freebies. They were available in other colors but blue brought the blue skies to the To accomplish the circles I cut a small square out of bubble wrap, I used double sided tape to tape it to my acrylic block and inked it up. My friend Joyce would be so proud of me for letting my fingers get inky. Since they were dirty now and since the background still needed more so I pulled out stencils that haven’t ever used.  I found the sun and inked it with a sponge in only orange.  This put just the right amount of spring sunrise on the project.  On to the bird- I chose a pattern paper that was used to make the birds using the SU Birds and Blooms die.

Chunky pages are meant to be chunky so now I had to think off the page!  I decided that on side two I would add a pull out tag and stamp it up with a second birdy.  

More Details:
Inks: SU: Tempting Tourqoise, Summer Sun, Only Orange, Pixie Pink
Stamps: Martha Stewart on the tag,  Wood Thrush- Stampin Up from Bird Song set; birds of a feather from stampabilities;  
Punches: 1" square punch from Creative Memories; Itty Bitty punches from SU
Paper; White, Only Orange, DCWV designer series paper both yellow glitter
Accessories:  eyelash yarn, dimensional adhesive squares

Friday, April 8, 2011

It's a Small World

Today’s project is to create fairy objects, which will be sent into a swap and eventually become part of an altered book.  I looked at many fairy images and decided on this by Phee McFaddell.  She has a fabulous webpage and some images available for download.  You may see some more of them in the days to come.

To create this element, I resized the image so that two images printed on one page.  I then used my Kimberly Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter to paint the image.  At this point, I used Ranger Glossy accents as an adhesive and embellished with Tulip Shake-On glitter.  At the base of the image I used iridescent flakes and again attached them with Glossy Accents.  The background of the image was made using a scallop circle punch of vellum as a mask and then I sponged using Tempting Turquoise ink by Stampin Up.