Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Watercolor Wings Tutorial By Connie McBride Johnson

26" x 11" Timetex Interfacing, 20-gauge craft wire, watercolor pencils (browns, blues, greens, yellows), glue gun, Tacky Glue, needlenose pliers, small screwdriver, paintbrush, paper cup (for water), paper towels, scissors and a pencil.

Fold the interfacing material in half. With a pencil trace the wing pattern twice. You should have a total of four pieces- a left top, a right top, a left bottom and a right bottom.

Pin the pieces together and carefully cut out the wings.

To prepare the wings for color, dip the paintbrush into water and paint the wings. Do not saturate the wings.

Outline the left and right wings with the darkest blue watercolor pencil. Proceed next with a medium blue, followed by a light blue. Dip the paintbrush in water to blend the colors together.

Apply the green color next to the light blue. Use the darkest green, the medium green, and then the lightest green. Dip the paintbrush in water to blend the colors together.

Using the yellow watercolor pencils, apply to the center next to the green. Use a wet paintbrush to blend the colors together.

Using the brown watercolor pencil, dip the tip into water and gently make dots in the center of the yellow section.

Using a pair of needlenose pliers, cut the wire into small pieces to fit inside each wing. Do not allow the wires to protrude the tips of each wing.

Apply the hot glue one inch at a time to the tops of each wire piece. If a wire is not laying flat on the wing use the tip of the screwdriver to hold the wire down in place as you apply the glue. Hold down for 10-15 seconds and then release the screwdriver. You may need to smooth over the area with your fingertips once the glue is warm....and not hot. Repeat for other wing.

Take your time gluing the wires to the wings.

The hot glue has dried and the wires are in place.

Once the wings have been wired, the next process will be preparing for the bottom halves of each wing. Apply tacky glue all around the wires and tips of the wings. Use your fingers to blend the glue.

Press the bottom wing to the back of the top wing. Remove any excess glue. Repeat for other wing.

Once the wings have dried, trim away any excess overlapping.

Trim any overlapping excess with a small pair of scissors and cut close to the edges.

Picture of finished Watercolor Wings.

Copyright © 2005 - All Rights Reserved - Connie McBride Johnson. Connie McBride Johnson is an artist who designs and creates cloth dolls, pin dolls, bags and totes. You can view her artwork on her blog at http://clothmatters2.blogspot.com/ .

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