All week I have been dying to share this Turkey with you....I started making him last Saturday...I was trying to decide how to assemble him when my husband came home for lunch and pointed out that the current construction I was working on made him look more like a penguin then a Turkey...so low and behold four hours later my husband had totally redesigned my Turkey...Now in order for you to appreciate how truly gorgeous he is I am going to start my thanksgiving parade early...so you can see all the detail in him.. I will post step by step instructions on how to make him on Sunday November 4th.
The papers we used were from the Great Outdoors Earthtone Collection from American Traditional Designs PA 0910 Autumn Plaid, Nature Patchwork PA 0908 and The Polka Dots are from their Recipe Times - Earthtones - Recipe Time Dots - PA 0359.
The top back view as he ruffles his tail feathers (these are the same cones as Tree #2). These were made from 4" squares of Paper and 3" squares of the Plaid paper. Since this paper was all single sided ...we of course airbrushed the inside of the cones.
The underside view of his tail feathers.
The side view of his body...these loops were placed on him like architectural shingles are laid on a roof. As you may have already guessed my husband is a carpenter and custom furniture designer!! (definitely a measure it kinda guy versus his wife who is an eye it kinda gal) Don't worry we took photos as we constructed this bird. The plaid strips are 4" x 1/2" strips and the dotted strips are 3" x 1/2" strips. The wings are constructed from Autumn Stripes Polished Stone paper from Murdock Country Creations.
We actually ran out of paper when we got to the chest of the turkey and decided that a little airbrushing would fix that...I like how this broke up the front. Now for his gobbler we used a scrap piece of paper doilies- airbrushed red. His head is a styrofoam ball airbrushed with copic and I love the look...since the copic is translucent the whole head shimmers. We didn't have exactly the right size eyes so we used the smallest circle from my nestabilities set and cut out black circles to mount the movable eyes on.
Here is without his hat. The sign is a stamp from Hampton Arts!!
Now for you to get an idea of just how big this turkey really is here he is with my first pumpkins made from 3" balls:
A very special thanks to my husband who is an integral part of many of my creations...he gets it all...and is very supportive and involved in my creative process. I am so lucky to have him in my life ...and he certainly was worth waiting for....EVEN IF I WAS SINGLE INTO MY EARLY FORTIES!! It was worth the wait!! So I guess it'll be okay if you have to wait one more day..for complete instructions including in progress photos. I just love him!! My husband and the Turkey..thanks HONEY!!
Oh yes, I forgot to tell you how truly spoiled I am - my husband designs custom furniture for stamping, scrapbooking, and crafting. Since he gets it all..(what we do and how much stuff we have) he has designed some of the most functional furniture on the market....and its not cubes...it is real furniture custom designed for how you work- whether you have a tiny workspace or a whole room to play in. He designs full furniture suites...If you have a dual office - play room - He can make it all function. Check in on Monday as we nationally launch the first pieces of furniture. Which you can add to your Christmas wish list!!