I knew I wanted to do something with a paper piecing. I especially love small projects and detail work, so a 4″x6″ postcard was the perfect canvas. The Zing cuts so precisely, you can really work with some tiny pieces and cutouts.
After looking through bird pictures on the web, I decided to go with a Chickadee on a branch. As with most piecings, the challenge is trying to decide what pieces to layer on top and where to “cut through” so you can see a larger piece underneath. In this case, I decide to put most of the pieces on top of a black silhouette. Just a small portion of the eye is layered. You’ll need to attach a scrap of white under the eye to get the little highlight. And the branch actually goes between the birds claws.
Here’s how I created this postcard:
- Cut the pieces of the chickadee from black, dark grey, light grey and white. Although there are shades of tan and brown on the chickadee, those pieces were cut in white. The branch is cut out of brown. You can download Chickadee Paper Piecing and import it in to Make The Cut (MTC).
- Shade parts of the chickadee in tan and brown PanPastels using a cotton ball or Q-Tip.
- Tear a piece of sheet music to fit the postcard. Collage the torn piece on to the postcard blank using Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) Matte. Since sheet music is thicker than tissue paper, dunk the piece in some water to relax the fibers and then collage it on to the postcard.
- Use a 1/2″ Bright Brush to apply Titanium White Perfect Pigment Pure Liquid Acrylic Paint to the area where the sentiment stamp is in the upper right of the postcard. This will “knock down” the music so the sentiment is clear when it’s stamped.
- Wash the postcard with a mixture of Deep Sky Blue Perfect Pigment Pure Liquid Acrylic Paint and Clear Perfect Glaze – Translucent Acrylic Glaze. Go a little bit heavier in the upper right to give the sentiment a solid base.
- Adhere the paper pieces to the postcard. Pay careful attention to the order you adhere the pieces in. Remember, you might want to put a small scrap of white behind the eye. To fit on the postcard, some of the pieces were so small I had to work with tweezers!
- Stamp a sentiment using Staz-on ink.
The chickadee looks great! And would scale up well to make a fantastic canvas as a home decor piece.
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