Hi guys! While working on a new Artist Trading Block Design this past weekend I made a pretty cool creative discovery that I can’t wait to share with you! So what’s this creative discovery you ask? Well, I figured out a way to make realistic fairy and butterfly wings that are as feather-light as the real thing! Come along and I’ll show you how to make realistic Fairy and Butterfly wings for your mixed-media and paper projects!
This discovery could not have come at a more perfect time since the project that inspired this technique was for my Guest Design spot at Altered Pages using collage sheets FROM Altered Pages!
It’s easier than you think to create realistic fairy wings. All you need are a few supplies and you will be on your way to making your projects flutter and fly! Originally I had planned to use packaging plastic to create wings for my fairies but the weight was too much for my photo paper fairies. Harumph! Back to the drawing board.
I took a chance and tried adhering my Butterfly images (printed on Craft Attitude) to Tim Holtz Frosted Film and by Jove it worked! These two films are pure fairy magic when used together! It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to make your paper projects fly. Here’s the deets…
- Collage Sheets (I used Beautiful Butterflies, Color Collage Sheet Black, Color Collage Sheet Brown from Altered Pages)
- Photo Paper
- Craft Attitude (any kind)
- Tim Holtz Frosted Film
- Adhesive (I used glossy accents and hot glue)
- Small Scissors for fussy cutting
*Be sure to flip your images when printing on Craft Attitude.
STEP 3: Fussy Cut vintage images and hold them over butterfly images to “try on” wings.
STEP 4: Fussy cut wings and lay image side down to the adhesive side of Tim Holtz Frosted film. Replace frosted film backing and burnish with a bone folder to smooth any air bubbles.
STEP 5: Cut out wings and remove backing.
*TIP* Give your wings added movement by cutting a slit between the upper and lower part of the wing on each side.
STEP 6: Shape wings by squeezing and bending.
STEP 7: Adhere wings to vintage images with Hot Glue, Glossy Accents, or favorite adhesive.
So which fairy is your favorite? I’m kind of in love with the black and white ballerina fairy, but then again, I love them all! I would love for you to stop by the Altered Pages blog and let me know what you think of these fabulous collage sheets. What would you create with them? You can find all the collage sheets used in this project and more at Altered Pages.
The Team ATB and Altered Pages “Block Hop” continues this Thursday with more creative artist trading block designs featuring collage sheets from Altered Pages! Stay tuned, this Fairy filled Artist Trading Block will be “growing”.
Have a fairy tale day!