Thursday, March 3, 2016
It is time for a new monthly challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this time Rachel is our hostess and is calling it Spring Is In The Air. She describes it this way:
"I want you to think about what the coming of spring means to you? Is it a colour burst, or maybe flowers? Whatever it is I would like you to show us in a mixed media piece including stamping or stencilling or both! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!"
I am hoping that spring really is in the air because we haven't had a harsh winter as we normally do but it has been up and down with brutal cold followed immediately by really mild temperatures. Luckily the snowfalls have been light but just as it all melts we get another snowstorm, like the one we got yesterday. Pretty soon I will be complaining that it is too hot and humid - that is the way it is when you live somewhere that has four seasons. Now on to my project.
I was surfing the web and saw something here that inspired me, especially since spring usually comes with lots of new birds but of course I had to add my own touches to my project. I started with a 9" x 12" canvas that I picked up from Dollarama and I covered it with Liquitex Gesso. Then I used some Mod Podge and torn pieces from an old book to completely cover the canvas. Once it was dry I covered it with some watered down Gesso. Then I used a TCW stencil called Mini Bricks and Golden Light Molding Paste to cover the canvas.
The eggs were made next by shaping some Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay into an egg shape and then once it was dry, painting it with Craftsmart Robin's Egg acrylic paint, adding spots with a Copic marker and then covering it with Gloss Mod Podge.
I found the bird template in my stash, traced a couple onto cardboard and then fussy cut them. I coated them with Fresco Finish Blood Orange chalk acrylic, then Folk Art Crackle Medium followed by Folk Art Country Twill acrylic paint making sure each coat was dry before adding the next.
I decided I didn't like the end result so I added some Lindy's Moonshadow Mist Burnished Brass, FW Antelope Brown ink and some Liquitex Transparent Burnt Sienna ink - happy now. I stamped the wings with some Jet Black Archival Ink and a stamp from a Kaisercraft stamp called Sheet Music and added some teeny pearls for eyes.
The next step was to make the nest. The ground was covered in snow so I had to go digging through my craft room and despite what my husband says, it pays to hang on to certain things because I found a couple branches and some dried weeds in a box with some silk flowers. I broke the branches and weeds up and arranged them along with some jute string, burlap ribbon, bits of bark and strips of old book paper. I found that Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel made a great adhesive. I went over the whole nest with more Gesso.
Before I added the eggs, birds and a few feathers I added some shading around the nest with some watered down Craftsmart acrylic paint called Espresso.
I am going to enter this project in the following challenges:
Art Journal Journey - If You Go Down To The Woods
Artistic Stamper - Springtime (wings are stamped)
Crafts and Me - Spring
Live and Love Crafts - Signs of Spring
Lunagirl - Spring Flowers and Birds
Cards und More - Spring (wings are stamped)
We Love 2 Create - Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - M is for Mixed Media (wings are stamped)