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Three little birds sat by my doorstep

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A month ago I heard about an art exhibition being held at my work’s atrium, for employees to display their artsy skills to their colleagues. How fabulous, Count me in with bells on. I am really rubbish at getting on with my crafty shenanigans when I’m purposeless, but when there is a “thing” like this I get a huge surge of juicy energy.

Over the last year I have found a proper love for collage on old wood. I used to live with a crowd of people in a big old house in Oxford Circus that had an attic full of old rotting wooden planks. (We had to move out because of fire issues but we still sort of commune there a bit.) When I decided to display at Art Week I clambered up to the attic to choose a few choice cuts but to my dismay saw that I had used up the stores!

I did manage to forage some white tiles though and have tried to do something a little similar…

They are based on the Bob Marley tune about three little birds telling him not to worry but to be happy. I think there is some potential, but do miss the multi-layered look that I can normally create on wood because you have more space. You have to be a bit more deliberate with these tiny tiles. I’m also a bit cross about the varnish yellowing. I am a big fan of varnishing, it gives papery things their mojo, kind of like how laminating did in the early 2000’s. But tiles are much less forgiving then wood when it goes wrong. (Husband Tim had to take charge of the varnishing so as to not intoxicate our unborn!)

This is the first stage- tiles, gel pens, old magazine paper, scissors and glue!

Second stage avec old sewing pattern paper (love this stuff) and bits of cotton threads.

This is them pimped with varnish so the sewing paper goes see through but still adding texture, and mounted on wood. Not too happy with the finished result but feel like there is some future between me and white tiles.

4 responses »

  1. OMG. I love these – they would look completely perfect in our birdy bedroom. Are you selling them? Or making more? Or giving them away?!

  2. We love our one you made us, it's awesome!!

  3. Ah, you guys are lovely. I am working on them… hopefully I can master them soon xxx

  4. Pingback: Bottletop Magnets – a quick craft « Lulastic and the Hippyshake

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