Sunday, July 27, 2008
(at least unless Petra's missing CJ ever turns up - which I really hope it does one day)
This is my entry for 3DJean's book - we had lovely giant chipboard tags to work on for this one, which is great because they can hold up heavy stuff like the thick texture paste background I put together for my page.
The stamp we were given was a fabulous pair of Zetti legs:
Cool aren't they.
My first attempt at this page was to make a Chinese dragon, with numerous pairs of stripey legs. It would have looked great if I could have got it to work :)
Having abandoned the dragon idea, I went for a puppet, as I figured that way I could cut the legs up and present them in a slightly different position to how they come out when stamped, as that would add a little variety to the book.
A quick how-to.
First I stamped and cut out a draft copy of the legs, and arranged them on the chipboard tag how I wanted them - I also sketched in her upper body. (copied from a picture I found on the net of a marionette, as I can only draw when I'm copying...)
Then I layered on a thick helping of texture paste all around where the puppet was due to end up, and etched swirls into the wet paste with the end of a paintbrush.
Once dry I sponged the paste randomly with Ranger pearlescent acrylic paints (cranberry, wild plum and raisin), and sprayed some dark purple and dark blue glimmer mist on for good measure. And when all that was dry I rubbed a very small amount of gold rub n buff over the top to highlight all the texture (a little of that stuff goes a very very long way)
Her legs were embossed in gold and coloured in with pink and orange glimmer mists (with a paintbrush rather than sprayed).
And her body was sketched onto plain white paper and painted over using various acrylic paints.
Button brads and a little bit of netting at her collar were her finishing touches, and then I glued her down in the valleys previously left without texture paste.
Some gold embroidery thread and lilac dymo tape finished the page.
This book has one more stop before it goes home to Jean, but that's a secret ;)