Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me

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This is another set of pages for the Marie Antoinette circle journal group I belong to. These pages are for the owner that started the group Elena Vigil-Farinas. (So glad she asked me to join and got me going on these wonderful projects.) Anyways her theme was "A Day In The Life Of Marie" You basically had to pick any day and write a diary entry and include art to go with it. Since I have always been fascinated by her extreme hair-dos I thought of an entry about her waiting for a special designer coming to do a hairstyle for her 18th birthday. What better then to have a bird cage with the real little tweeter inside as part of your coif? Below are the details on how I did it all.

1. The background of Marie's page is on watercolor paper. I sprayed it with water and while it was still wet I smeared a Distress ink pad all over it in Tumbled Glass. I then sprinkled water and Walnut ink in Cherry Blossom on it when it was partially dry to give it a mottled effect. After it had completely dried I then splattered sizing (metal leaf glue) all over the edges of the page. When it dried I rubbed silver metal leaf over it and it makes it look like molten silver was splattered on the background. To highlight the pink droplets I took Distress Stickles in Worn Lipstick and dabbed some on all the pink splatters. To finish the background I stamped and heat embossed some images along the edges.

2. The image of Marie was an actual wig model I found on-line with a Marie style wig on. I was going to use her as is but I discovered that I wanted something to make the transition of the bird cage on her head more cohesive so I decided to add the hair. It is the kind that you would normally use for Santa and it is all in little ringlets. I had to gather ringlets and clip them off and glue them flat starting at the bottom of her head and overlap them as I went up.

3. The birdcage is a Tim Holtz die cut and I cut it from light weight chipboard. I then coated it with sizing and gold leafed it in 2 colors of gold. Once it was all leafed it looked very bright so I knocked it back by painting black acrylic over it and then lightly wiping it off. To make room for the bird I also took the cage and rounded it slightly over a soda can so is was like a real cage.  The bird is also from the same Tim Holtz die but I wanted it in a more realistic size according to the cage. So I cut it from white shrink plastic and sanded it then colored it with pencils. I then made a little perch from a very small dowel rod, wire and a bit of gold chain.

4. The drape around the cage is made from crepe paper because anything else I tried was too stiff and didn't drape well. The pearls are simply strung on some beading thread and wound around the cage and behind it and then into her hair. Her earring is an old rhinestone button that I cut the shank off of. The finishing touch was to add the rose ribbon along the top of the page.

5. The diary entry was printed up on my computer and the I added the rubber stamped and heat embossed images. I took some watered down pink and blue ink and colored in the openings on the stamp images and called it done.

10 comments:

Netty said...

Ooh Valerie I enlarged your photo so I could have a better look and WOW its totally terrific. I adore your pages and thank you for explaining how you created them.
Annette

artydoll said...

WOW how stunnung is this ,what a beautiful image

Electra said...

This is breathtaking! I love seeing your artwork and learning your process, Valerie. Thank you!

Sue Young said...

Well,my dear,you have done it again.this is really really wonderful!It's just a fabulous design,Val!SUe

khrestel said...

I just tend to hold my breath when I see these pages of yours. They've all been fabulous and this I think is my favourite this far.

donna!ee said...

love love lovely!! ;)

crimsoncat05 said...

this set of pages is gorgeous!! (I love collecting fonts- what is the font you used for the writing??)

Valerie B. said...

The font is called Jellyka-le Grand Saut and you can download it for free on Dafont.com.

Leeshy said...

That's absolutely freaking fantastic.
LOVE IT.

thanks for sharing.

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