Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 2

On the Second Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Two Turtle Doves

by ELIZABETH (our hostess)
You may visit her blog by clicking here.


In Elizabeth's own words on how she created the 2's (as posted on her blog):
"I hand drew the "2" on wax paper using white glue. I tried to control the glue as it came out, but some of the "2s" are better than others. I spent an insane amount of time placing plastic confetti birds on the glue, and unfortunately, made the "2s" a bit wonky. Next, I added single layers of facial tissue to the tops, using watered down glue. Be sure to dab the glue/water mixture on at this point. The tissue is quite fragile and tears easily. Allow to dry, preferably overnight. After the "2s" were dry, I cut them to size, then backed them (still with the wax paper on them) with dictionary pages, again using white glue, this time full strength again. Then I sewed around the piece."


"For the paper, I used some deli paper and painted them fun Christmas colors. Since the deli paper was a bit see through, I backed them with sheet music. Then I inserted the art square gift and sewed the package shut using the longest straight stitch I could get from my machine. I made a small tag and stapled it to the string I left hanging, in hopes the recipient would be able to easily pull the string freely." ~Elizabeth


"While I was looking for ideas for pages for the first 12 Days swap (Dec. 13-24), I learned the doves I had created were not turtle doves. In fact, the more research I did, I found that turtle doves are smaller than other doves, and have a beige body. The turtle dove's tail is key, though, because it is wedge shaped, with a dark center with white borders and tips. So I dug out my black marker and beige stamp pad, and went to town on the doves. The words in their beak are stamped (yes, I stamped) on seam binding. It was already doubled, so I didn't have to deal with raw edges. I printed a portion of the 12 Days song, colored it with Staz-on/alcohol mixture, then sewed the front to the back (which contains my personal information). I added the two doves using foam dots for lift." ~Elizabeth

Please visit Elizabeth's blog for additional pictures and to view more of her tutorials!

I absolutely love the wrapping for your creation Elizabeth! I will most definitely be putting it to use somewhere else. It's obvious that you put just as much love and creativity into the wrapping of your art piece as you did the Turtle Dove creation.

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