My family give me “Wings”

Kelly’s Guesting at Mixed Media Monday this week and her chosen theme is “Wings”. I love birds, wings, angels, like a lot of people and use them often in my artwork. I was multi-tasking and messing about waiting for other things to dry when I prepped this page. I also had a toothbrush in my hand and decided it’d be fun to see if I could actually ‘paint’ with it. All the bold black marks – including the birdie shapes – were made with an old toothbrush…

Lots of  layers were required to hide the journalling, which is basically about how my family are the wings with which I fly… They enable me to achieve my goals. We measure success in happiness in my house and for the most part, we’re very successful!

I used a page in my altered annual, white crackle paint, blue base paint, black acrylic paint, Neocolours, pens and Tempra (for the flowers). I called it “Toothbrush Birds”!!

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  1. wow, you did that with an old toothbush??? it’s stunning, and I love the sentiment behind it too. beautiful artwork Rosie.

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  2. gorgeous painting!

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  3. wonderful meaning behind the beautiful artwork!

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  4. Love this wing entry Rosie – such a beautiful page !

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  5. The art itself and the story behind it is just brilliant. My family are also my wings every time I am falling.

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  6. Kathy

     /  January 18, 2010

    That is really nice, I love the colors and the pop’s of red.

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  7. Love your “toofy birds” girlfriend…trust you to create with your tooth brush!! What a hoot, but what a beautiful art piece..looks awesome! Just remember to leave it at your art table and not in the bathroom. BTW, for those of us who like to experiment, was it a hard or soft brush:)) Hugs, Gayle.

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  8. Pretty cool, Rosie. I love your birds and salute your ingenuity. Toothbrushes are certainly much cheaper than sable brushes and seem to do a fantastic job of making lovely art.

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  9. Amy

     /  January 18, 2010

    oooh, I love yours!!! Wonderful submission. I enjoyed seeing it

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  10. Sandy

     /  January 18, 2010

    Wow this is fantastic.
    Brilliant work. Love them.

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  11. johanna

     /  January 18, 2010

    this is one of my favorites so far!! love the colors, the layout, the idea… everything!!

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  12. Fabulous art work!

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  13. Love your post and your beautiful artwork Rosie.

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  14. A toothbrush, huh? Well, given the result, I will certainly save mine next time 🙂 It’s lovely!

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  15. Great pic and lovely sentiment behind it – just don’t use that toothbrush on your teeth again!

    Where do you get your white pen from? I just can’t seem to find one I’m happy with.

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  16. Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, this is just so amazing. It is just so creative, colour, theme, everything about it – I love it, Rosie.

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  17. Great creative pice, love it!

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  18. mixedmediamonday

     /  January 18, 2010

    Rosie, this is truly amazing! I would never have thought of using a toothbrush for anything other than speckling! I can’t wait to experiment now 🙂 Diane

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  19. Gorgeous artwork.
    Love your birds!!

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  20. barnie

     /  January 18, 2010

    Rosie, great idea to paint with a tooth-brush. It really looks fantastic.

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  21. Rosie, your painting is gorgeous! I`m blown away. Great artwork.

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  22. Hi Rosie, Thanks for your comment on my blog, and also telling me where the quote came from. There are some really great quotes on the video, but the authors are never mentioned.

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  23. Beautiful piece and I love the meaning behind it!!

    Linda

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  24. Rosie
    this is a brilliant piece!!! gorgeous colors, images, details and composition! love it! 🙂

    p.s. glad that sugarlump makes you smile…it was my Mom’s nickname for my oldest son! 🙂

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  25. I love the layers upon layers! And I love the color, and especially the toothbrush birdies!

    I was going to make a joke about mixing up toothbrushes, but Gayle beat me to it! But really, I shouldn’t joke. The truth is that the only reason I’ve never used a toothbrush to paint with is that for years before I had a studio space, I painted on my bathroom floor because it was the smallest area of flooring that I would have to replace if I really messed something up. I never used a toothbrush because I was afraid I might confuse it with the one I used for my teeth — could have happened, since I did take a sip of watercolor water once when it was sitting too close to my tea…

    GREAT artwork, Rosie!! XOXO

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  26. Beautiful work!

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  27. Lovely piece, I wish I could paint like that.

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  28. Such toothsome birds! This painting is wonderful, Rosie. The boldness of the black provides unity, and the red flowers are perfect contrast for the cool blues and greens.

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  29. Your painting is wonderful! Great art – cheers!

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  30. Brilliant piece. You have done such a fantastic painting.

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  31. great piece !!

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  32. Its awesome Rosie!

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  33. billiescraftroom

     /  January 21, 2010

    Hi Rosie

    I love you page its wonderful. It so much fun when you paint with something completely different and get a great result isn’t it.

    Best wishes

    Billie 🙂

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  34. Stunning stuff!

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  35. Very lovely and gorgeous piece.

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  36. mixedmediamonday

     /  January 24, 2010

    Congratulations, Rosie! I’ve chosen your amazing journal page for Art of the Week this week on Mixed Media Monday! Diane

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  37. Hi Rosie .. I found you while doing a google search for altered dominos. great inspiration you have here on your blog .. I will def be back!! glad I found you 🙂

    Love this page by the way .. toothbrush .. very creative!

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