Wednesday, 23 June 2010

fly free

I have been thinking about attempting some altered art projects for a while, and the recent purchase of a glue gun has helped give me the push. The blog 'Alter It Monthly' has the theme of 'birds of a feather' this month (see here), so I've been mulling over what I could create.

We had a baby blue tit in our garden the other day, and its mother was flying down to feed it - me and my little girl were watching. I decided I wanted to make something to reflect how my feelings are probably similiar to the blue tit mother's, so I thought it would have the words 'fly free little one' on the project somewhere.

I started with a wooden birdie purchased from Hobbycraft in the sale:

And I ended up with this wall / door hanger:

You can see I ended up just using the words 'fly free', as I decided I wanted it to apply to myself and others that I know and love as well as my daughter.

I began by painting two coats of white acrylic paint onto the bird, sanded the edges to reveal a bit of the blue underneath, re-painted the eye, and punched two holes with my big bite for the ribbon to go through:

Then I arranged the chain for underneath, by taking a few charms off a bracelet, and adding a couple of old earing bits and extra beads. I used glitter glue in the bottom of one of the earing bits, where it was missing a gem, and then I attached the chain to the bird by hot glue-gunning the head pins to the back.

I finished off with the word plaque at the top, edging a piece of corrugated card with white acrylic paint, and then layering on a piece of paper, an old postage stamp, and my pink stamped words, which had all been edged with a blue ink pad. I added a white metal rose which I'd cut off an earing, then punched holes and tied the pink polkadot ribbon to the top.

Now I've just got to decide where I'm going to hang it! I think it would be good on daughter's door, but as we live in a rented house I'm not sure if landlord would be happy with me sticking a hook or nail it!

For those of you that are curious about the creative facts about myself which I posted yesterday, you'll have to wait a few more days for the answers - I'll post them at the weekend. To keep you happy in the meantime, I will be posting a giveaway tomorrow so check back then for a chance to enter!



Rosie Bird said...

very nice, the corrugated cardboard and postage stamp is very effective!

I find it interesting that although your piece is about 'flying free', you also attached a chain weighted down with bits and bobs. It's almost like... 'fly free, but carry your responsibilities with you.'

Or maybe, 'fly free but carry you loves, memories, hopes, dreams and wishes with you.'

Zuzu's Blog said...

Well done. its very altered and a beautiful hanging. Thanks for joining in with our theme this month. and well done on the first Altered art attempt. hope yo feel like doing more. the next four months have sponsors so vouchers to buy craft goodies are up for grabs

Meghann said...

What a beautiful project! You must be so proud of this. Love it!

SarahLP said...

So pretty!! Love how you've used bits & pieces of old jewellery.. and the corrugated cardboard and the blackbird stamp are perfect.

Gillian said...

Hi Jennifer, thank you for sharing your altered art piece with us this month over at Alter It Monthly, the fly free theme is perfect.

Maggie said...

This is lovely I love the colour theme


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