During a visit to 'The Spirit of Christmas' last November, a craft fair specialising in Christmas themed items, I spotted a pair of metal wings about 8inches long and decided I had to have them. I have several pairs of wings around the house and thought these would look good behind my bed side table. However they sort of disappeared into the decor so I needed to mount them onto something. There the tale stalled until challenge 31, I decided, mostly cos they fell off the shelf in the craft room onto my foot! that now was the time to make the background for them. So here we go.....
The wings had a sort of 'old' finish so I rustyed them up a bit with a dirty wash of Deco Arts quinacridone gold and carbon black acrylic paints in lots of water and dried them with a heat gun. I dry brushed them with some Pebeo Dyna paint in Iridescent Copper and added a little gold gilding wax round the edges to finish off and I then set them aside to work on the background.
Wow, paragraph three and I still haven't mentioned the technique to be used....opps! Its Layering Stencil, paint resist, page 47 in the Compendium of Curiosities. I decided to use an A4 size canvas board for the background. I used a Sheena Douglas stencil, Clouds and Antique linen and a combination of salty ocean, mermaid lagoon and tumbled glass distress ink for the technique background trying to make the canvas a little darker at the bottom.
I found I needed to add a little more distress ink at the bottom so I used faded jeans distress ink. I then discovered just how mobile distress ink can be, I had to hold the canvas while adding the extra ink and ended up with a lovely, LARGE, finger print right in the middle of my work!X@*** I just about managed to shade this out using mermaid lagoon but luckily I decided to do some extra stencilling on the canvas and hid it under one of the stencilled wings! (Breathe... there are no mistakes just happy accidents)
Having decided to stencil the wings I had to mask off quite a bit of the stencil as I only wanted the wing. I stencilled the wings with faded jeans distress ink. I used post-it notes to mask the stencil and just about managed it even though it was a humid day and they didn't seem as sticky as usual, yes I know the UK doesn't get that humid but we cannot cope with much anyway!
I added some stamped text for a bit more texture using black archival ink and the Sheena Douglas stamp set Aging Beautifully. To finish the edges of the canvas I stamped some cracks from the same stamp set in walnut stain distress ink and edged with a little more walnut stain ink.
The bottom of the canvas looked a little empty so I used Tim's stencil, Rays to add a sunrise. I first used white gesso as a base and then blended spiced marmalade, wild honey and scattered straw distress paint over the top for my sunrise.
Once the background was completely dry I attached the wings and was just deciding on the sentiment when my daughter wandered in to see what I was doing. When I told her what sentiment I was going to use, she said I should change it. I was going to use 'If life gives you wings learn to fly' but she suggested 'If life gives you wings Flap' I must admit this made me laugh soooo......
The words were printed onto kraft card and cut out individually and inked with walnut stain distress ink. I then drew round them with a fine black pen and added a few white high lights, then added them to the canvas.
The Curiosity Crew have been hard at work as usual and their wonderful creations can be seen on Linda Ledbetter's blog. A big thank you to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring the challenge.
One last thing I bet you cannot guess where this piece is going to end up? Yep thats right at University with my daughter, I'll just have to find another pair of wings for beside my bed! LOL