Saturday, July 4, 2015

Keep room in your heart for the unimaginable

This little girl, from Tammy Tutterow, was smiling at me and I knew I had to use her on a project.  I fussy cut her and gave her a bit of color using Fossilized Amber.  While she dried I worked on something to put her on. 
I took a 5x7 canvas panel and covered it with tissue paper.  I put a layer of matte gel on the canvas and put the paper on top.  I then applied another layer of matte gel.  I squished the paper around to get some wrinkles on there.  Wrinkles add great texture; and if you goof and make wrinkles when it was intended you can say you meant to do it! I dried the whole thing with my heat gun.  
 I smeared on some Distress paint in Broken China and Bundled Sage.  I used my finger to move the paint around.  I sprayed the canvas with water to move it around even more.  I dried it with my  heat gun, between each layer I blast with my heat gun.
Next I grabbed my Tattered Angels Simply Sheer in Cozy Yellow and randomly spritzed. I mixed some Jacquard Pearl Ex in Copper and water to spritz on too.   

After this was dry I used Distress Spray in Tea Dye.  I squeezed my fingers around the sprayer to give more droplets than a fine mist.  

Now it is time to start layering.  I knew I wanted to use the little girl and I found this fantastic saying.  The saying led to me giving her giant wings.  I used my trellis die and added that to the side.  I didn't use any of the internal pieces so the tissue could still show through.  At this point none of this is glued down.  I don't usually glue until I have everything set in case I change my mind.  
Here is why I don't glue.  Here are a couple things I tried before settling on my final layout.  At one point I had a key, a compass, and an arrow on here too! 
The wooden bits are old game pieces.  I have no idea what the metal number is from, but I bought a bunch at a junk show. 

I love how her wings are so big they hang off the canvas.  She is popped up using foam tape.  The wings are popped with a double layer of tape for extra height.   You can see I added some rub ons to draw your eye around the piece.   
Here she is all finished. She looks pretty pleased with herself. 
I am submitting this to Colour Arte for review.
What have you been crafting?


  1. This is wonderful Jess! I love all the different elements!

  2. Love your girl with her big wings!! Good luck!!

  3. thanks for your interest in being on the Colourarte DT

  4. Beautiful collage and wonderful tutorial - love the quote you used! Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie challenge!

  5. Oh Jess you've got the sentiment for this one spot on! LOVE the whole look to this creation. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  6. Wow, fabulous Jess! Love those amazing butterfly wings Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Something to Say' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)


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I've received products/compensation as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.