"Hello all! For my second Ink & the Dog project of the week, I’ve switched from Dolls to Wings, but the Dolls will be back tomorrow - and I’ve just realised they do play a part in this creation too. For this I used one of the lovely chunky canvases, the 6x6 size, and I’m back in the neutral zone".
I pretty much started with the embellishments for this one... I’d been meaning for ages to create some stamped buttons, and that was the trigger point.
I stamped some images from the Dolls plates onto tissue paper. There’s the lovely script from Dolls 2, the body of the male Doll from Dolls 1, and the postmark from Dolls 4.
Then I spread slow-drying multi medium onto the tissue paper and carefully moulded it over the buttons, pressing down into the ridges.
If your stamping is too dark to see the buttonholes properly, hold the button up to the light so that you can pierce through with something (I used an Idea-ology Memo Pin - I always have one lying around to clear my glue nozzles!).
I waited until the glue had dried and then used a sanding block to gently sand away the extra tissue paper from the back of the buttons.
So we have a nice collection of buttons awaiting somewhere to live... At this point, I still vaguely had my original project in mind (as mentioned yesterday), but when that fell through, I had to find them a new home.
These canvases are so fabulously chunky - definitely an invitation to take the Grunge Paste texture into three dimensions.
I already love how the Grunge Paste script looks against the book text.
I really enjoyed playing with the mini tags for yesterday’s journal pages, so I grabbed some of them again, and stamped the beautiful feather from Wings 2 onto them.
I first applied Sepia Archival ink to the whole stamp, and then added Potting Soil to one edge. I love this two-tone (or more!) stamping... it gives a lovely depth to images, I think.
I stamped the wonderful winged cello woman from the Wings 3 plate onto a larger tag, and cut her out.
At this point, I had to already be playing with the layout, so that I would know where to stamp on the tags, and which direction I wanted the feathers to go in. And playing around allowed me to see that I could add the quote from Wings 2 to one of the tags too.
Another little play with the layout... You’ll see the lace has been cut in half and changed position, and I’ve also added some more words to one of the other tags.
‘Take flight’ comes from Wings plate 1
More tissue paper stamping next... With such chunky sides to my canvas, there was room to add the beautiful feathers to the edges too. I stamped them, still using the blended ink colours, onto some white tissue paper.
Using the slow drying matte multi medium again, I carefully adhered the feather to the canvas, and then used my fingers to gently apply more medium over the top of the image. I gently tapped a paintbrush upright around the edges, using the bristles to really work the tissue paper down into the texture of the canvas, so that it would be less visible once dry.
At the other side of the canvas, the space for the image was at the top corner, so I adhered the feather the other way up there.
The next step was one of those “oh, well, why not give it a go?” moments. I wanted to see what the Metallic Glaze would do for the project. I’d never used it, but liked the sound of it! I was even sensible enough to try it out first in the centre of the canvas, where it would be covered by several layers of tags if I decided I didn’t like it.
No such thing - I love the shimmery beauty of it, so I covered the whole canvas with it. And having started with metallic shimmers, I couldn’t resist going a step further, so I cracked open the Treasure Gold.
And of course the buttons had to be treated too ... They’d already had a little inking around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
So there’s my neutral, shimmery canvas, with wings of tags and lots of gilding. I hope it will offer your creative imagination wings - can’t wait to see how you take flight!
See you tomorrow for one final, very crazy project from me for this month.
Leandra Says: Really nice to see the full composition process you employ as you work through making decisions Alison! I really struggle to stick to such a neutral colour palette, but following this makes it so achievable! The buttons are too cool!
Gillian Says: Love Love Love this colour palette and the composition is just gorgeous. Really like the effect from adding Metallic Glaze.