We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Monday, 23 February 2015

Another birthday - but still Little Sis!

You may recall the tissue papers I painted (see here), some of which I used to enter the Paper Artsy fragile papers challenge, but at the time I couldn't tell you the main reason for the papers.  Now I can!

Every year, for my sister's birthday, I try and come up with something to use as a card, which is not a card!

I was inspired by a project in the January issue of Craft Stamper - and it was all a case of trial and error for me ...

Making a wire figure was, on the face of it, easy, but the first one I made had separate legs, which I tried to attach, but of course it wouldn't stand up.  So I created the head, body and legs out of one length of wire.

I then attached the paper.  At this point I realised the tissue paper wouldn't be robust enough, so I used the crunchy wax paper, which still retained the translucency I wanted.

The paper was stuck to the wire with glossy accents, then the whole body area was filled with glossy accents with an embedded little wooden heart.

Once dry, I trimmed off the excess paper.

The balloons were done in the same way.

I then added the arms and hair, and attached the balloons.  I fixed the separate pieces of wire together with glossy accents.

I drilled a couple of holes in a piece of cut driftwood, and inserted the legs, again using glossy accents as the glue.

Happy Birthday Little Sis!

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