Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Don't forget to Fly project reveal

It's no secret that I love anything with wings- butterflies, fairies, birds, you name it.  I decided it was time to make my own feathers and here is the result.  



Ok. Here comes the tutorial.  There are a ton of pictures today.  

 Take your chipboard base and cover it with a couple layers of gesso.  Once the gesso is dry I sanded it a bit to remove the tooth.  I then used white paint and a stencil in random patches all over the chipboard.  While the paint was drying I placed bits of washi tape on the base. 
 When the paint was dry I used several brown distress inks to color the gesso.  The paint acts like a resist and you can easily see the pattern.  


I then used watered down black acrylic paint and flicked it all over using a paint brush.  
I used flower rub ons to finish the base of the background.


To make my feather I used a paper wrapped wire stem typically used for floral design.
 I trimmed the wire to about 13 inches and then folded it almost in half.  I twisted the ends together and then glued it on my Wedding Cut Out Cardstock from the Robin's Nest
I cut the paper into 4 even pieces.  I used one piece for the bottom of the feather and the second for the top.  I tried this a couple different ways.  The first time i glued the paper and put the wire on top.  The glue spread too much and made it too difficult to cut correctly(it didn't have he feathery look I was going for).  The second time I put a bit of glue on my fingers and just rubbed it all over the wire.  This kept the glue where I needed it and kept the two pieces of paper together.  I set the feather aside to dry for about an hour. 
Once the feather was dry I traced a rough feather shape out. 
I trimmed the paper and then snipped all the way around the edges right into the center where the wire is. 

I colored the feather using various Distress ink sprays and Perfect Pearl shimmers. 
The bottom exposed wire is wrapped in the same washi tape I used on the chipboard base. 
The feather is topped off with some green jute and a smidgen of Leafy Green Straw.
I printed a quote from JM Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, on plain ivory cardstock. 
I inked and smudged the print a tad.  A tiny Tinkerbell from the Funkie Junkie boutique charm adds a bit of whimsy to the piece. 
Three Forest Brown Mini Dew Drops help draw your eye around the piece. 
A big fluffy bow made out of silk sari ribbon completes the wall hanging. 
I hope you try to make your own feathers.  I made a brightly colored one too using the same technique and it is awesome! 
What have you been crafting?
Jess

9 comments:

  1. hello Jess! so awesome, wow...thanks for sharing the details.....the feather is amazing! I am so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

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  2. That's a gorgeous project! So kind of you to include the instructions for the feather - I feel very inspired to try it.

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  3. A fantastic hanger is this! Lovely and beautiful!
    Thank you for joining TIOT's this time!
    oxo
    Susi

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  4. Great project, love all the details. Thanks for joining us at TIOT, Valerie

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  5. Gorgeous project and great post. Thanks for sharing your creative process and the instructions for the fabulous feather. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  6. A great project, love it and a super tutorial. Thank you for joining us on the TIOT tutorial hugs Bee

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  7. A wonderful project and details of how you made it. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's this time.
    Yvonne

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  8. Absolutely beautiful! I love how you've created that feather. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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  9. This is so beautiful! O love your attention to details! barbarayaya

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