I got a little funky with this one, but I'm really thrilled with the result!
There's a lot going on here, so I'm going to try to just touch on the most unique parts.
- The base of the ornament is a chipboard ring that I embossed with the Tim Holtz Woodgrain texture fade and colored with Vintage Photo DI. I gave it a spritz of Perfect Pearls Pearl Mist and added white acrylic paint in areas, applied to look like snow.
- The bird started life as a raw chipboard shape. I received my new phone book last week and was about to pitch the old one when I realized that the thin pages would make fantastic texture and grungy text backgrounds! (And really, isn't this the only use for a phone book anymore? If they didn't just show up on my porch...) So, to create some texture on the birdie's tail feathers, I made a big ol' mess with Matte Mod Podge and ripped up phone book pages that finally turned into some pretty cool fluffiness. After numerous layers of paint and distress inks, I added gold glittered Christmas floral fern leaves as a wing and additional tail feathers and some gold Stickles down the longer tail feathers.
- After painting, papering, and distressing the bird, I covered him in a thin coat of Rock Candy Distress Paint.
|Fancy Flourishes Two Set by The Creative Pointe|
- The final touches were the "Peace" banner and the hand dyed seam binding bow. This was my first time dying seam binding and I'm very pleased with the result. Instead of water, I sprayed the seam binding with Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist and then dragged it through Barn Door DI, a touch of Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky DI, and some SU! Real Red.
And here he is again, my funky little blue bird of peace... This took a while (mostly waiting for things to dry), but was so much fun!