Saturday, 31 March 2012

Papillon the Pig on Parade

Back in February Lorraine had a fun idea for celebrating her blogoversary and soon after that one pig flew in to Dublin.

I've never tried anything more complex than decorating simple shapes like boxes, so this was something of a learning curve for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wings were optional but as Lorraine celebrates National Pig Day each year with Flying Pigs, they were to be preferred.

I'd bought some Decopatch tissue paper thinking I could use that, but it didn't take long to realise that this would be easy with a box but NOT with a pig. So back to the drawing board - and the gesso.

After three coats of gesso I used some blue and green distress inks and sponged the body to be like grass and the sky. Still thinking about what to do with the face

Then I stamped foliage all over using Versafine green ink. I added Liquid Pearls in red and gold Stickles for flowers. By this stage I was thinking of using some sort of butterfly for my main wings, so I also added some little butterfly stickers.

I tried several different types of butterflies for the wings - punched, stamped - and in the end, this one, the only large one left from a pack I bought about 8 - or more - years ago. I decided to sponge the face with pink, and used punches to create eyes. I thought she needed something around her neck, so I used some Mizuhiki cord threaded through a little clasp. This had the advantage that I could knot the cord in the back of the clasp and not have the knot show.

Then C suggested that she should really have a ring in her nose: no old brack rings in my cake-decorating box, any curtain rings I could find were too big, but a little gold hoop earring was just about perfect. And I remembered to curl her eyelashes up a bit for her final photo shoot.

I want to post while it's still Saturday the 31st in GMT, because like me Papillon likes to be punctual; but later on all the pigs should be parading over at Paper Vernissage.
Thank you, Lorraine, for giving me the opportunity to participate in this.


  1. that's so cute! and also very creatively decorated :)

  2. Thank you for being part of the Pigs on Parade. Your pig is beautiful and I am so glad that you had fun creating it. This has truly been a rewarding experience for me. More so than I ever imagined!

  3. Oh my goodness, Sabrina! What a lovely, lovely Miss Piggy! Your colors and flowers are so pretty, and I love the final touch with the ring through her nose (what a clever idea, hubby!)