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?


  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 *~*

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

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

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

  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.

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

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

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

  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 Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.