Thursday, 20 May 2010

Dragonfly dreams

I'm sharing a piece made with Tando Creative chipboard today. I love dragonflies and thought the new large dragonfly shape would make a lovely brooch.

To mimic a little bit of the iridescence of dragonfly wings, I melted three coats of clear UTEE onto the wings and when almost cool, I rubbed several different Perfect Pearls colours on there. I remelted and added more Perfect Pearls to build up the colour depth and finally remelted and pressed a stamp into the molten UTEE. Finally, I picked up a tiny bit of pearlescent acrylic paint on that most sophisticated of crafter's tools (my index finger) and swiped over the high spots of the textured wings. You can click through for a better view of the pic if you'd like it.

The body was coloured with a black marker and then I added Glossy Accents and a row of Dew Drops to finish it off before gluing on a brooch back.

Dragonfly by Tando Creative (you can check out Tando stockists here)
Cheesecloth backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms - now available in the UK from Bubbly Funk {here})
Clear UTEE by Ranger
Perfect Pearls by Ranger (Turquoise, Berry Twist, Forever Violet, Forever Green, Forever Blue)
Pearlescent turquoise acrylic paint
Dew Drops by Robin's Egg
Glossy Accents by Ranger
Brooch back
E600 adhesive

Thanks for stopping by!


Heavens2Betsy said...

Oooh, this is so gorgeous! Those wings are amazingly lifelike and I love the addition of the glossy accents on the body too. Just beautiful. Penny

Karen said...

I am in awe of how the wings look so lifelike Joanne! You have certainly worked your magic here my lovely XXX

Unknown said...

This is beautiful :)

Caroline said...

Lovely Joanne.
Love the colour and the texture you have created from the stamp...x

Deborah said...

Wonderful brooch! The dew drops give it something of an art deco feel.

Janice said...

Love it!

Von said...

Think this is my first visit here and I just lovel your work the brooch will have to a look at Tando never heard of them before
Cheers Von

Marlene (cards4u) said...

Love what you did with the dragonfly! Great project!