Sunday, 9 December 2012

Bird Gehrl

Ok, onto the next CJ... Desert Island Discs for Collabor-art. I chose the song Bird Gerhl by Antony and the Johnsons for Karen's CJ. This song means a lot to Karen and she wants it for her funeral. Here are the words:

I am a bird girl now

I've got my heart
Here in my hands now
I've been searching
For my wings some time
I'm gonna be born
Into soon the sky
'Cause I'm a bird girl
And the bird girls go to heaven
I'm a bird girl
And the bird girls can fly
Bird girls can fly

I wanted to create a bird girl - literally - who had transformed from human and was flying towards heaven. I had a gorgeous Indigo Blu stamp which seemed to have the perfect hair and face - her hair has birds and butterflies in it and her face is one that looks like she's closing her eyes ready for the next stage - that's what I think anyway lol - but I needed a birdy body. I turned to Etsy and found a set of gorgeous collage birds which I bought. The seller advertises that he custom makes birds for people and so I asked him to make me a bird with the lyrics to Bird Gerhl in, some birds and stars and whatever else he thought would go. He agreed and told me it would take a couple of days. Unfortunately he not only didn't deliver but decided to ignore me from then on in! So a custom bird we didn't get (sorry Karen) but his originals are lovely. I stamped the girl in sky blue and printed the bird in blue, joining them with blue and white paints. Here she is:

I added some lyrics in the shape of birds around Bird Girl. I drew the bird shapes in white gel pen then painted over them with blue and white paints. I wrote the words with a blue pen

The background was blue and white paints and I created a white light shining down from the top left hand corner to represent the light from heaven as Bird Girl approaches. I originally wanted to doodle the title but after much practise I just wasn't happy with the results and chose to stamp in teal with a Stampin' Up! alphabet instead. 

So I hope it has some elements of what Karen envisages when she listens to bird girl. When I first heard it I really wasn't sure about it but music is one of my biggest inspirations so in typical Sian Style I bought the song and played it on repeat for several hours whilst I started creating this piece and by the end I was in love with song and can totally see why Karen loves it and why she wants it at her funeral, it is a perfect song for such an occasion :o)

Keep crafting! Sian xx


  1. This is lovely. I'm looking forward to seeing it in real life.

  2. This is really lovely Sian. Do you mind if I copy the photo of the completed page and add it to your entry on Collabor art? But leaving the link to your blog for the full story... pain about the collage man letting you down but I love the way you have incorporated the lyrics instead so no harm done

  3. It's a lovely page, the bird shaped lyrics are great.

  4. Thank you Sian - a lovely page for the song x