I started with applying inks to the watercolor paper.....I swiped the pads directly on the paper, sprayed water on top, then blended with a paper towel. I kept doing this until I was happy, and added a torn strip of beautiful paper from the Mariposa stack (DCWV). That paper suddenly looked a little bright to me, so I toned down some of its glitziness with more ink. (Don't you love how you can alter patterned paper to suit your needs?)
I drew the bird head on cardstock, cut it out, and covered it with bits of old dress pattern paper (thank you Sherry, for sending my necklace wrapped in this wonderful paper!). More ink (black and several browns), and then the whole thing coated with some gel medium to seal it and give it a nice glossy finish.
I had some leftover crayon paper made with a used dryer sheet (click here for a tutorial on that), and tore some wisps of that for the birdie's head feathers. Since most self-respecting birds in my dreams are regal, I gave this one a nice big crown.
Texture is hard to see in photographs, but the bird and cage on the left have it (texture, that is).
I used the negative left over after cutting Tim's caged bird die as a stencil, and applied some modeling paste. This left a raised image of the cage and bird, which dries hard and is firmly attached to the paper. More ink, some random stamping and doodling, and side one is done.
On the back....the same sort of inking and spraying, and another piece of Mariposa paper, also toned down with ink. The "fly away home" stamp is ATC-sized, and is from Red Lead. Dangling from it is a (very distorted) little bird cage, cut from Tim's die on black shrink plastic, shrunk down with my heat tool, and embellished with some beads. I'll go on record here as saying that the distortion was carefully planned and came out exactly as I wanted. Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
The journaling was done with my much beloved Sakura glaze pens.
I started making art angels a while back, and have shown you some in the past. This is one of my favorites, and was sent to my friend Sherry to look over her and protect her while she deals with a serious health issue. Sherry just blogged about this, so click here to get the info from the source. Love you, Sherry!
Made with LOVE, a key, a crushed bottlecap, some wings, a stamped image, resistors, and did I say, LOVE?