I love this piece. Yes modest I know… but I love this piece!! I’ve been having a browse on blogs, Facebook and Pinterest and one style that keeps calling me is bright colours with black contrasts and that was the inspiration for this piece.
I started with the backing card from a 6×6 paper pad I had squirrelled away in my kit. I firstly stuck dictionary pages over it with Artists medium and allowed to dry. Then I painted it with gesso (a thin coat so I could still see some text) and allowed to dry. Next I took a palette knife and scraped over texture paste over pretty much the whole surface. My aim was to get it sort of smooth – but having some rough areas too – basically take it away from being flat.
Next I worked with Distress Inks – this was what started me playing this week as I started this project first but it took me a little while to finish it. I put Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn and Festive Berries onto my non stick craft mat and spritzed with water. I then squidged my textured surface into the ink – adding more ink to the mat when needed.
I set aside to dry and used the green and blue to colour some more dictionary pages just in case I needed them.
Once dry, I pushed the bottom of my water spray bottle into my archival black ink and stamped onto the surface in different places. I also discovered the end of my waterbrush has an interesting number on it that is good to stamp with too! I also used the edge of my slim jims into the ink and put a few lines top right and bottom left too.
I stamped my wording (from Indigoblu Enjoy Life set) onto my dictionary page and once dry I pasted it onto the surface with the artists medium.
The birdcage is a Marianne Designs die and the bird is Perched Bird from Memory Box. The birdcage was cut from Black card, the bird from a piece of card with an offcut of the dictionary page glued to it – and then coloured with blue and pink distress ink using cut n dry. I rolled the birdcage around a promarker to get the curl and picked up the embossed detail with some gold gilding wax and then stuck the bird on with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue and once bonded, then stuck just the edges of the birdcage to the panel. The final touches were to go around the outside with the black Promarker quite roughly and to add three black gems in the corner.
I will put this piece on display in the shop if you want to come and have a look and hopefully you will love it as much as I do!
Don’t forget its our demo day tomorrow – 10-4pm in our Attleborough shop – do come and join Annette who will be demonstrating with Woodware and Stix2 products.