Definition: Aggregate is a collection of items that are gathered together to form a total quantity.

The fleeting moments of knowledge in which we discover our existence are facts that can be committed to memory. We can enlarge this aggregate memory and refashion it as we go through a lifetime. By saving these memories on paper and reconstructing the images of our lives. We see the art of our lives unfolding before us.

Face the brilliance of your most wonderful creations and dwell on your dreams.
I believe in teaching, the sharing of ideas and playfulness of creating.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Murmuration Of Starlings and Artistcellar Stencils

Hello Creatives....

I have an unusual post for your mid week muse.
Murmuration of Starlings is a most amazing occurrence. If you have seen one of these displays first hand you know what I am speaking of. If you have not seen one please visit this link to see an amazing video of a Starling Murmuration. You will find the video about half way down the page. This journal page speaks to my current physical and mental space as of late. Enjoy-!
Definition of  Murmuration of Starlings is as follows.
 "A murmuration, or flock of starlings, here includes thousands of these tiny birds collectively flying and swirling about. The mesmerizing act is typically seen at the beginning of winter, right before dusk, as the birds look for a place to roost for the night.", Huffington Post.
“Numbers build up slowly near the roost over the afternoon as small groups of birds return from foraging in the area,” explains Paul Stancliffe of the British Trust for Ornithology. “By late afternoon there is a huge swirling cloud. It’s all about safety in numbers – none wants to be on the outside, none wants to be first to land.”, Huffington Post.
Here is what you will need;
§  Gesso
§  Palette Knife
§  Foam Brush
§  Paint Brush
§  Plastic bag or saran wrap
§  Water in spray bottle
§  Rag
§  Pan Pastels
§  Indian Black Ink
§  Quill Pen
§  Heat tool
Step 1: Gesso the page using palette knife. Let dry or use heat gun.

Step 2: Add the Modeling Paste with the palette knife, let dry.

Step 3: Add gesso to the top of the dry modeling paste. Let Dry completely.

Step 4: Apply Distress Paint and water to page. Use heat tool to dry.

Step 5: Added some more texture with acrylic paint and plastic bag.

Step 6: Added crimson red acrylic paint with a paint brush and let the paint drip down the page. Dry.

Step 7: Add Pan Pastels using a sponge with the Playful Pods Stencil. 

Step 8: Add the Mumuration with indian ink and quill pen. Then add the larger bird to the top.

Step 9: Enjoy.

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  1. Beautiful texture and colors, Sarinda! thanks for sharing the step by step pics.

  2. Wow! Talk about layers!!! I loved reading each step, looking back at the photos before, then looking at the new photo for the latest addition! The murmuration turned out beautifully! I had seen this video before, and it was my first encounter in 69 years of the word murmuration. See, you really are never to old to learn something new! ;-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us!