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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Earning My Wings

Hi everyone,
Are you having fun planning and preparing for the holidays?
I'm afraid that I've gotten way behind this year.  For the past 2 1/2 weeks, hubby and I have had an unwelcome visitor in our home.  The kind that arrives without an invitation, and just won't leave soon enough!  No, I'm not talking about an elderly eccentric aunt, or a loud and foul mouthed brother in law!
I'm talking about a really nasty cold/flu bug that just won't go away.  I won't bore you with details, other than to say we've felt more miserable than we have in years.
We are slowly improving, but have quite a way to go til we are back to our old selves.
Not very good timing, but what can you do?
So needless to say, I've not been doing much of anything, and really have missed blog visits and playing in my craft room.

I did manage to complete a project for DecoArt, that I want to share with you today.
Angel wings are all the rage. Well, I know they have been for quite some time, but I guess I am always slow to catch on to things:)!
So when I was given the assignment to create something featuring the new metallic lustre
by DecoArt, I immediately thought of angel wings!
Metallic lustre is a water based wax, that can be buffed to a high shine.  For this project, we had to use their "rose gold", which to me looks like a light pinkish copper.
Ok, I am babbling.  Must be all of those cough drops I've been eating!
At any rate, here is what I came up with................
 And this is what they started out looking like.
I searched high and low for wings, and finally found this beautiful wood pair on line.  I didn't care for the overly distressed look on the bottom portion of the wings, but no worries!  I would soon be painting over them!
 I first painted the entire wing area with my favorite creamy "Lace" chalky finish paint. A bit of distressing followed. Then I 
used DecoArt's "Dazzling Metalics"
to add a really pretty iridescent shimmer.
It's not showing up well in my photos, but trust me when I say it is lovely!
 Then I used a combination of my fingertips and a stencil brush to apply the rose gold, to highlight the feathers and the edges.
 It's a rainy gloomy day here, so unfortunately my photos didn't turn out that great.  They really don't do the wings justice.
 Here you can see the detail in the feathers. So pretty, I think!
 It was a really fun project.
 I'm hoping I can get my handy hubby to create a really large pair of wings for me using his saber saw.
 Thanks for visiting, enjoy the rest of your week!

(I've been compensated by DecoArt, but all of the opinions here are my own.)


Trisha said...

Love angel wings and I love the finish you put on these! Hope you guys get to feeling better soon...that nasty stuff is everywhere it seems!


NanaDiana said...

Those are beautiful, Donna, and I can tell there is a lot more depth to them than shows up in the images. It is so hard to photograph flat objects and especially to capture "sheen". So sorry you and hubby are both dealing with the flu. Hope you are feeling 100% better soon. Please keep it on your side of the lake! xo Diana

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Donna,
I love your angel wings and I'm going to try some of that metalic paint. Love the look.
I have a thing for angel wings and sometimes I think everyone is tired of hearing about them, but I say the more the merrier!Right?


Susie said...

Donna, Those wings turned out so nice. I love the sheen they have. I'd like to make some of lace stretched over a wire frame. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Your angel wings are precious and so are you. Please Donna rest and take care and be well.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Sorry you have been under the weather, get well soon! Your wings are heavenly!

Rose L said...

I do hope the bug flies off and leaves you on the road to good health again! Love your wings!

Bente said...

Hi Donna.Hope you feel better soon. Love your angel wings. They looks just beautiful.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

So sorry that you and your husband have been sick. It's not fun, but at Christmas time that is terrible.
Your angel wings are beautiful and turned out so pretty. I bet your hubby can make those.

Feel better and I hope Katie doesn't get sick.
Have a better week.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, WOW are these angel wings gorgeous. I love how the sheen turned out and the details that show after your painting. Just beautiful. This looks like a wonderful product to try by DecoArt. I've used another but always open to something new.
So hope you and your hubby are feeling better soon. That crud is everywhere this season and hanging around so long.
Sending hugs your way! xo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a pretty project! Love the angel wings. I've had that pesky cold thing also and it won't go away! Hoping we all heal up soon!

Cynthia said...

Donna, I'm so sorry you've been sick. I'm so far behind with emails with decorating for Christmas. Love those wings. Everything you touch us so beautiful and being sick and making them is amazing. Get well


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful, Donna...the rose gold looks like fun! Hope you are feeling better soon...we've been sick hare this year, too...

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Sorry to hear that you have been sick, but glad to hear you are better. Your angel wings are beautiful... much better now that you've put your touch on them. I have an angel table in my booth this Christmas. Take care!!!

Debbie said...

The wings are just beautiful, Donna! You did a wonderful job on them!
I sincerely hope you start feeling better soon. I still have the cough from that flu bug. It was brutal!
Enjoy the weekend, sweet girl.