What I learned from this experience. First, my “version” does not look much like the inspiration picture. But that is okay, I like this rendition too. I felt it was really hard getting it right, due to the lack of a true pattern to follow. Next time I will put more effort into creating a pattern instead of eyeing it, then maybe it will look closer, if that is truly the end result I am looking to accomplish. Second, I will really try to identify color shading. IT IS SUPER IMPORTANT! Do you know how many whites are used in magazines…a lot. And none are just white either.
The glue sticks worked BUT they tended to gum up your fingers as you worked, so you must wash your hands often to keep things moving. After a few days the glued papers seemed to lift off the backing, which ends up being a real issue. The drama begins when I used decoupage to add the protective coating. YIKES my heart dropped when the paper started to wrinkle and crinkle…. eeee gads. IT LOOKED HORRIBLE. What to do, What to do? Well I decided to go out on a limb and try to IRON it out, bam it worked, project saved. So in the end using a glue stick was a very temporary option, next one I will use white glue with water. Lesson learned.
I really liked this medium, like the results as well and the cost of the project came in at a whopping $15 for the glue sticks and decoupage. I will frame it with wood I have left over from a remodeling job. So I won’t need to buy anything more, but I did originally purchase that. I will share with you the end results when we are done. The overall size will be approx 30 x 40. Next one will be a cow… to be continued