Sorry for the long post, lots of stuff I did ^-^.
I have finally finished my monastery, lots of changing fixing, we learn
from our mistakes, don't we :O).
I first gessoed them, then covered both side go figure.
The front I used some gorgeous hand made paper from Malaysia,I purchased 20 pages at a second hand store,there was 2 large
photo albums full of some amazing pages, I used them to cover
altered journals and only payed $1 a page. they have all sorts of
leaves, fibbers, it has lots of texture, I stained them all with
Tim's walnut ink.
I had no idea how to do the roofs, a bit of cardboard was sitting
on my desk, light bulb went off ^-^
I sliced it in 3 strips, these pieces fit perfect, imagine that:).
I cut 3 circles out of some paper from the steam punk botanical.
trimmed them in my gold ink.
The door handles are the backing for pierced earrings, I love them:O)
I was skpeing my DS in England, I was telling her about my make and
She told me they were Tibetan pray wheels, which was perfect.
I love the Dali Lama, which is why it is now Tibetan lololo,
Change them I had to shesh, when I had one in my hand, I realised they spun
around, I was soooo excited butttt, I had them upside down.
So I had to take them all apart, now they can spin after I mounted them,
not that anyone will spin them, but it's kool anyway..
The backs hhmm I had some lovely dyed material I had gotten from
a Textile artist in Norfolk, Marion Barnett, she had a huge bag full of dyed pieces
all kinds of material. I fell in love with this piece, it's an old tablecloth
the colours are yummmmy, I had to cover the back of them with it.
The doors are games pieces, I gessoed them inked with worn lipstick
stamped Chinese characters, the single on means beauty,
the other 2 mean wisdom. I used a screw clasp for a necklace for this handle.
I wanted the beads I got at the dollar store to hang, I first tried to use
thread, that didn't work, then I got out my wires and BINGO..
Worked perfectly through the holes in the cardboard, I fell in love
all over again with cardboard :O)...
I put the wire through the back, added my bead, curled the end
to stop it from falling off then bent it where I wanted them to hang,
flip it over and curled the back easy peasy, killed my wrist but it
worked like a charm..
I curled up the ends on the roof, added some pieces of my jewelry,
It is a flower, like a lily pod.
The buddhist curve their temple roves, they believe they help ward off evil spirits...
Thanks for staying around to read all of this, and for visiting.
I wanted to tell all those wonderful woman whom I visit everyday
all inspire me to heights I never thought I could reach.
Thanks so much for the inspiration and your support.
Part 2 tomorrow..