Yes my Dearies, The Moon, 🌕 La Lune. She's always fascinated me ... So when Lindsay of the Art Elements Blog announced the January Theme Design Challenge, I was all in. I'm a July Moonchild and perhaps that's part of my partiality. As a young adult, a winking crescent moon was the logo for my graphic design biz, a few years later I added a fairy and I suppose that set the course for my lifelong connection to this magnificent, ever-changing orb. She rules the tides, farmers and gardeners rely on her and she definitely has something to do with our moods ... well, at least mine!
I knew at once what design and medium I wanted to use and had a pretty good idea of the piece. I recently delved into Leathercraft (see this post) and since January's Full Moon is also called The Wolf Moon, la voilà!
The Hair Stick is from a shop I happened upon online named Many Horses Jewelry Supply where Super Sandra makes the sticks to order. I ordered an assortment of 5- and 6-inch to start with and am very happy with the quality, thickness & colors (Lilac Tree (syringa) is just striking!) This one started as a plain 6-inch 'thin' stick. I painted it with the same black leather ink and applied an acrylic sealer.
I started out with a piece of 8-9 ounce Veg Tanned Leather and maaan, this stuff is thick. I had a hard time using the Xacto knife to cut out the oval. So I finished with scissors. I need to get one of those bigger utility cutters. Actually, I'm going to try 6-7 oz. for the next Hair Slide so the Xacto may be enough (wishful thinking).
I used a simple piece of tracing paper to trace the design onto the leather using a dull point (I don't have a stylus so I used a ball point pen. It's important to case the leather (wet it) with a sponge before any cutting or tooling. Then let it dry a little. It helps the knife get deeper and when stamping or beveling, gives that luscious shading around the designs. I painted my Wolf Moon, so you don't the shading except on the 'before paint' images. The yellow is a muted mustard color, not sure if my edited color correction worked too well.
|The darker moon spots are from my metal dapper. Unintended, but a nice effect after painting.|
While rubbing it, the paint started coming off of the Wolf & the Moon. I like the effect it had on the moon, some of the original leather color shows through and gives more dimension to it. But I did repaint the wolf & that's when the light bulb glowed about the night sky. duh.... night? ... sky? I think I've mentioned before that I'm a late bloomer and that must include parts of the brain!!
Last but not least, when I painted over the sky, all my little stars glowed no more! I had saved some extra watered down black and mixed a little of that with a smidge of pearl mica powder to add just a hint of sparkle and dabbed it on a few chosen 'stars'.
All in all, I'm very pleased with my little Wolfie howling his heart out 🐺.
How about Blog Hopping along with me to see what all the other Theme Challenge entrants and AE regulars have dreamed up? There are A LOT this month, who can resist such a great subject?