Happy spring to you! Can you believe it is March already? That means we have a new challenge at Stamps & Stencils - Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep,Cheep! ~ Put a Bird On It. Our hostess Toni says, "One of the joys at this time of year, is to wake up to the glorious sound of birdsong. The challenge this month is in celebration of our fine, feathered, friends. We would love to see your mixed media projects, that include at least one bird. Whether it's a journal spread, an assemblage or card, just make sure that a little dickie bird features somewhere. Please don't forget to include stamping, or stenciling or both. Can't wait to see your creations!"
Ironically, this tag started with an entirely different purpose and was tossed in the basket. I was anxious to try the new Darkroom Door Grunge Marks harlequin stamp with some verdigris embossing powder I found in the stash. Look how beautiful! (Oh PSX - how I miss you!!!) Only when I inked over it with Shabby Shutters I was afraid I had lost all of the detail, hence it being tossed aside. I tried some Infusions over it, but was still unhappy.
My go to rule for creating is balance. Always a bit of white and dark on everything! I embossed the French Script stamp in white to add back some highlights. Then I splattered on some watery gesso. Now for the fun part! About a year ago I watched THIS PaperArtsy video on YouTube where Leandra stamped onto tissue paper and painted the background with acrylic paint. I wish I had taken more care in painting my tissue, as the body of the bird is a little sloppy, but the technique worked beautifully. I mod podged the tissue onto my tag, a little worried that the texture from the embossing would distort my image, but it did not. I added a little more Infusions around the edges of the bird to help the white blend back in.
Feeling that the tag need not much in terms of embellishment with the striking focal image, I added some punched leaves from Tim Holtz's new punch and a purchased flower over a bundle of string. Some small talk words fill in the circle. I do hope you will take the time to play in our current challenge and put a bird on it! Thanks for your visit. <3
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Inspired by THE Good Book - The Bible: Zachariah 4:10
Check out THIS amazing article on this verse.