I like flying pigs because they are full of whimsy and possibilities and permission to fly into something new.
Kristie Taylor gave me the idea for the inked background and awhile back I saw a Graphics Fairy post by Heather that looked interesting, but I wanted to try it brighter.
The flying pig caused me to use waaaaay more artsy crafty goodies than normal.
The crosshatch portion of the large stencil from Mary Beth Shaw’s Private Collection 16.2 for April 2016 StencilClub
Once Upon a Time Stencil by Carolyn Dube
Large Feelin’ Groovy Stencil from Jessica Sporn’s April 2015 StencilClub set.
Mixed Media Paper and Deli Sheets
Staz-On Inks – Claret, Gothic Purple, Blue Hawaii, Orange Zest, Emerald City, Midnight Blue, and Glaze-On
1 flying pig, 1 fairy in the moon, 1 bird wearing a bonnet fussy cut from my stash of scrapbook paper – Graphics 45
Acrylic Paints – black, grey, yellow, pink, Translucent Pearl – Paper Artsy
Distress Crayons -Salty Ocean, Lucky Clover, Wildflower Violet, Squeezed Lemonade
Baby Oil, Sponges and Sponge Brush, Paper Towels, Heat Tool, Scissors
- Ink the background landscape on mixed media paper.
- Stencil castle and flowers on individual sheets of deli paper. Let dry. Tip: It helps to line up the deli paper and stencil with the landscape on the bottom.
- Apply baby oil to all three sheets and the pig. I just did the front sides. Tip: hold the mixed media paper to a light source to make sure it is not blotchy. It is greasy and looks like this:
- Use crayons to add a little more definition to landscaper and blend with finger.
- Let papers dry a couple hours or overnight.
- Trim layers.
- Place a scrap sheet under the project and apply Glaze-On between the layers – it works as a glue. (I bet good ol’ Modge Podge would work too.) Let project sit under a couple of heavy books overnight.
- Pearlize the top layer, add pig, bird, and fairy. I bent the wings a little so they’d stand out)
- Hit project with a heat gun to dry. Trim project from scrapsheet.
Shall I frame it or glue it into my art journal?
I had fun with this project and while I am glad I tried it, it did feel a bit too messy for my tastes. I think I prefer the outcome of beeswax and (be still my heart) actual encaustics. Still, I would hate to waste the baby oil.
It was almost my castle on the lake.
Betcha Ed Sheeran never saw a flying pig watching the sunset over the castle on the hill!