|The Three Birds, mixed media|
I had intended to post some sneak peeks of it yesterday but somewhere between work and home the photos I uploaded didn't show up on my computer. So I decided I better just finish it now!
I took the last two photos below and then decided I really wanted to paint the bird. He just seemed incomplete still and I think I made the right choice to paint him. What do you think?
I began by using a piece of illustration board that I had layered with glue and then burned with a torch. I found some photos on a website with ephemera and I really liked the ones of old matchbox covers. I never realized how pretty matchboxes were. Then I started layering on diamond shaped pieces of magazines and torn paper with matte medium. I drew the bird in white acrylic ink and cut out some fuzzy circles and a piece of string to add to the composition. I also had an old piece of screen that I coated with paint and pressed onto the board for a pattern. I really just wanted to paint that bird too but I still wanted to see the layers underneath so I made sure the paint was translucent.
Overall I am pretty pleased with it! I wish I could do that all day long!