Tuesday, 12 April 2011

A sketch of a bird, and what became of it....



Another day, another post. Yesterday the weather here was almost like summer, but is has changed overnight and is now cool and grey - sort of normal again. I had a nice walk through the woods with my friend's dog, Emily, and had a great evening watching DVD's of Harry Potter.
But in between I did manage to get some crafting done.

Actually, I wanted to draw a bird for the Sunday Challenge at *Blue Chair Diary*, which was to do just that. But then I started to work on the bird. Drew it again twice onto patterned paper, stamped them, and decorated them with rub ons.
Then I decided they had to be part of something else, so I covered a canvas with strips of old magazines and printed paper, painted it with gesso and let it dry. The sun got it dry in no time. After distressing it with TH ink in tumbled glass I put the birds on right and left, and they reminded me of Frida Kahlo, who so often painted birds in her wonderful creations, so I fixed a picture of her in the middle, and then decorated it with everything I had to hand - lace, beads, flowers, rosettes etc. And I like the results, as I adore Frida Kahlo's work.


And I promised to show some of the stash I bought from Alyson, who makes beautiful mini books, and who has started to put together kits, which she sells from time to time at very reasonable prices, and they are really packed full with goodies and papers and acessories etc. Here is the first one I bought, with Basic Gray papers and coordinating embellishments:

As I am taking part in a mini book swap over at Lenna's Creative Swaps Blog
I will have plenty of *ammuntion* for making them.
Okay, enough for today. Have a great day, whatever you are up to, enyour yourself, and thanks for stopping by!

16 comments:

  1. Wow, this is even more beautiful than the one you did yesterday, love it! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. This is a beautiful piece! Love the colors, flowers and how you've added beads to the birds!

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  3. Thanks Ladies, it was really fun to make!

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  4. Beautiful loving the flowers and beads the birds are so pretty!!!

    Hugs June

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  5. Gorgeous piece, love all that bling on it too!

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  6. Gorgeous artwork!

    And you're doing Lenna's 'little books' - hooray! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I've got a theme in mind for mine, just not a clue how I'm going to make them!

    xx

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  7. Loving this, it really is a magical, dreamy piece! Hugs, Barb

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  8. Love those birds & pearls yum

    Love Dawn xx

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous, Valerie! Love the bright colours and all the embellishments!

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  10. Beautiful work again Valerie, Annette x

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  11. Another beautiful piece, love how you did the birds.

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  12. OOOOOHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOO ... the Frida piece is spectacular, Valerie. I'm in love. And your STASH ... I'm actually drooling .. off for the kleenex box. hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  13. Oh I do love this so much, it is very invocative of Frida's work, well done! Hugs, T

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  14. Welcome! I think your sketch turned out/molded into something quite lovely. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  15. Wow, what lovely stash, lots to play with there! And your canvas is great, I love the landscape orientation, and those colours are gorgeous. Lovely work again, Valerie. CoB

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