Put a bird on it. Here at CreateMixedMedia we love birds on art and so we are thrilled with the publication of Crafty Birds. Editor Kristy Conlin searched high and low through every North Light mixed-media book for the best projects featuring our avian friends. In this tutorial, originally from Altered Curiosities by Jane Ann Wynn, you’ll create this beautiful collaged box. What will you put in it?
This tutorial was previously published in the book Crafty Birds, edited by Kristy Conlin, copyright 2013; republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com.
Here’s what Jane Ann says about this box:
There is something very intriguing and absurd about blending images of humans and animals together in different ways. This combination has piqued my interest since I was a child. It started with Beatrix Potter stories of little animals wearing clothes and talking. I fell in love with the idea of animal playmates. I used to look carefully at my cats and wait to hear them speak. I was convinced they would talk to me one day. (I still am.) So, when I started looking into the art and history of anthropomorphic images, I realized I had tapped into a very common subject, dating back to Egyptian times and continuing up through modern-day advertising. Pants on pandas, suits on seagulls and cats in hats—all humorous and delightful.
When I began to create my box, I knew I wanted to create a very dignified ladybird. I did a little research to help my efforts and discovered that there was an Egyptian god, Thoth, who was the god of the moon, magic and writing. He was usually depicted with the head of an ibis (bird) and the body of a man. I imagined his wife would have had a lovely jewelry box, so I decided to make a box in her honor. I took the image of a bird and one of an elegant lady, cut and pasted them together and created what I like to call Mrs. Thoth’s Jewelry Box.
Materials Needed to Make a Collage Box
Wood jewelry box
Ivory acrylic paint
Gold metallic paint
Patina solution and brush
Drill and 3⁄16″ (5mm) bit
From Crafty Birds edited by Kristy Conlin, 2013; courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com.
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