Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Caged Fairies

I continue my September lament, some days 'adulting' is a real drag, especially as a middle school teacher when you had off for summer vacation. This is the inspiration for this artwork, I've titled "Caged Fairies" as I feel like I cannot be my true self with all the expectations and requirements that are part of many jobs!! Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book was released many years ago when I first saw it I was very amused. It tickeled my sense of humor. Having a good sense of humor makes many "adulting" entrapment less daunting.
1.  Take the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Doodled Cage, Birdcages and one wing from GSLC Steampunk Set and Icicles from GSLC Winter Shape Set, and chosen fairy apart.

2.  Use Versa Mark to add layers of copper, antique gold, and Verde embossing powders to birdcages.

3.  Cure with heating tool.
4.  Once cages have dried, dry bush with black acrylic paint to "antique" them.

5.  Trace Birdcages onto Scrapbook Paper and fussy cut out background shapes.

6.  Use Weldbond to glue decorative paper to largest birdcage to give them a background save the medium and small backgrounds for later.

7.  Trace edges with purple marker.

8.  Use Versa mark to color fairy  and wings using Black, Blue, and Extreme Peacock embossing powders.

9.  Cure with heating tool.
10.                Use Versa Mark to color cut out heart from scrap, and icicles using red embossing powders.
11.                Cure with heating tool, and "antique" using a dry brush and black acrylic paint.

12.                Sandwich Fairy, Heart, and Wing inside of birdcages-trapping them using Weldbond on edges.

13.                Secure with clamps and allow to dry fully.

14.                Add Blood Icicles to birdcages, securing with Weldbond, using clamps to assure stability.

15.                Once everything is complexly dry use a small hole punch to punch small holes on top of birdcages and bottom corners of Doodled Cage.

16.                Use flat nose pliers to add smaller birdcages to bottom of larger birdcage using decorative chain.
17.                Your Caged Fairy Mobile is now ready to display!!
Some final thoughts. There are not many quotes about caged fairies but there are a few for caged birds. Maya Angelou, "The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom." Stephen King, "I have to remind myself that some birds are not meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright" I've learned many lessons along the way of becoming a grown up, and I believe that we have freedom to choose how we will respond to all that comes our way, and we are not trapped or caged in, there is always the hope of better days.
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Doodled Cage with Solid Back, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Garden Fairies Small, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Steampunk Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Winter Shape Set, Decorative 12x12 Scrapbook Paper Fairy Theme, Pencil, Scissors, Weldbond, Purple Marker, Versa Mark, Heating Tool, Embossing Powder(Gold, Copper, Verde, Black Sparkle, Blues, Perfect Peacock, Red). Black Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush, Clamps, Small Hole Punch, Flat Nose Pliers, Jump Rings, Decorative Chain

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!

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