Feathers keep showing up all over the projects at Simon Says Stamp & Show, in addition to the usual lovely birds that love to flock onto craft projects of all sizes and styles. So it only makes since to have a challenge for it. This week we’re "Flying". It is up to you if you choose to jump onto the feather trend, from charms to paper accents to stamps, or you can just put a bird on it. You can even take the challenge more loosely and take a different soaring approach with just blue skies, or talk about what you feel like when you’re on cloud 9 in your art journal, or even use a metal bird (aka an airplane) on your project. Whatever approach you take, we can’t wait to see how you spread your wings and fly creatively this week.
Ah the peacock...probably the most gorgeous bird in the land, the male that is. He can't fly far, but the beauty of his feathers make up for any self-esteem problems he may have. I love the deep beautiful jewel toned colors in the peacock's feathers, and I tried to mimic those tones here, but as you can see this bird is sort of strange looking. That is because I used all 10 of the numbers in the Tim Holtz Numeric Stamp Set from Stamper's Anonymous to create the body of this peacock. WHY did I do that??? Well...it's a sweet story. When I was little, my mother who was not a very good drawer, but who knew I loved to draw all the time, and all over everything, would sometimes take a napkin and write letters and numbers on it, and then would connect them to form pictures for me. I always squealed in delight. My favorite was the first one she showed me how to draw when I was about probably five or six, which of course I also taught my own children.
As I grew older, this became my doodling...usually on the back of the phone book while on the phone for hours...and I'd turn numbers and letters into animals all the time. I made some great ones, and I'd give anything to have those old phone books and memo pads back. They were my first Art Journals! Sigh!
|I began stamping the numbers on using Ranger's Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers in Stream, Butterscotch, a mixture of Citrus and Bottle, and Eggplant.|
|I painted in an eye, a beak, and feet. This really helped me to visualize the peacock, although my kids had their opinions. They think it's a turkey. Hey...I tried! I also knew I wanted a tree branch somewhere on here, so I die cut one from Tim's Bird Branch Die from Sizzix using some scrap I had.|
|I didn't want to paint the body on, because then I would lose my numbers in the process, but I needed color, so it was Dyan's Dylusions to the rescue. I used some paper to help keep it in place. I matched the colors to the paint, so I used Calypso Teal, Pure Sunshine, Fresh Cut Grass, and Crushed Grape. I allowed the Dylusions to sit awhile as this is wood and is porous.|
|I traced around the peacock with a pen, and started added some background. I stamped one of my favorite script images from Tim's Letter To Santa Set using a Pearl Dabber.|
|Then I stamped the mini Alphabet Letters from the Going Somewhere Set using Eggplant.|
|Next, came the flower from the Floral Tattoo Set using Butterscotch.|
|Then I finished the background by stamped the sentiment several times in Pitch Black.|
|Now, it was time to finish up my feathery friend. I stamped Tim's mini peacock feather looking images from Mini Ornates in Jet Black, along with several of the images from Maya Road's Vintage Peacock Feathers Stamp Set.|
|Back to the branch...I painted it with Pearl, and embossed it with the Wood Grain Texture Fade.|
|I painted the buds on the branch with the mixture of green paint, and highlighted the raised areas with Mushroom Pigment Ink. Some gold wire and beads from my stash made a quick hanging to finish this off.|
Do you like birds, feathers, or things to do with flight? If it's your thing, create some type of Art depicting it and enter it into our challenge. You just might be the lucky winner of a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp. You can also be named as one of the "Top Three Picks" for this challenge. Good luck, and please visit the other DT member's blogs to see projects that just soar!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!