Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Free, a mechanicals dream

Hi Bloom fans!!! It's Milagros today continuing the showcasing of Jamie's awesome birds stamp. I will be using the smallest guy for my project    You see a while ago I found this metal birdcage and saved it for a project, and totally forgot all about it.  As I was looking on my craft room I saw it on my shelves and asked myself what if?   Well the smallest bird fit perfectly, but I was determined to set him free!
And also I wanted to explore different avenues rather than go with the expected watercolors , another what if on my brain!
So here's my process
Carefully cut your bird after stamping 
Use Black gesso to alter Jamie's floral embellishments 
Give a coat of white crackle texture paste to the birds chest 
Lay it on thick for nice crackles and leave aside to dry 
It's a good moment to add some microbeads while it's wet
I was looking at my jar of mica flakes 
thinking another what if... So I gave my bird a metallic silver paint coat and 
over it I took my sharp tweezers and picked and adhered each piece of flakes to simulate feathers. I used the frosted color. For the head I painted the crown in gold leaf and the cheeks in 3D Gloss gel to hand apply more mica flakes
For the eyes I used 3d Gloss Gel with a fine brush and then I filled it with bronze microbeads 
Can you tell the cracks are beggining to appear?
I think the shimmering result of the hand applied mica flakes make it look stunning!
He's now free to wander...
Thanks for stopping by I hope you have enjoyed my mechanical bird and inspired you in trying your own!
Milagros 

10 comments:

  1. Tutorial the best....step by step!! you work always inspired!!

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  2. Thank you so much, so happy you liked it!!!

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  3. Very nice. What thickness of paper did you use for the bird? Seems it would have to be somewhat thick to handle the crackle goop. Love that you tried something different.

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  4. Very nice. What thickness of paper did you use for the bird? Seems it would have to be somewhat thick to handle the crackle goop. Love that you tried something different.

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    1. Thanks Sharondipity! I used Jamie's A4watercolor paper pad from her Bloom collection. It is indeed a very thick and in my opinion very thirsty paper. As you can see it easily took care of all the heavy Art Ingredients with no warping at all. It also works beautifully with gelatos and watercolors!

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  5. I love this! I have a love of birdhouse sand birds and I really like what you have done!!!!

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  6. Oh my gosh, Milagros, your piece is totally beautiful. I loved following all of your "what ifs" through your process and the little bird is gorgeous and like like - and seems very happy sitting on the outside of the cage!

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