I really LOVE how they came out. (I might even keep one of my own pages and only swap 4, LOL)
They started out as plain gray chipboard, I covered them in sage green star burst textured specialty card stock. Then I took a slightly lighter shade of green acrylic paint and mixed it with gel medium with lava rock particles. I painted the area that would be the under belly of the bird and spread it towards the head and face and tail. Then I used metallic gold acrylic paint and mixed it with tar gel medium, and let it run off the a palette knife all over the bird. When it was good and dry, I used Bronze and a Green (a bit brighter--can't think of the name now) glimmer mists by Tattered Angels, and sprayed them fairly liberally.
I traced the wing shape onto a different green designer paper, and then also sprayed them just with the bronze. I traced the heart out of a scrap of specialty paper. I didn't spray them. glued the heart on the wing, outlined it with a micron pen, and then attached the wing with Xyron, I held up the tips of the wings and used some Crafter's Pick Ultimate crafting glue, and stuck some feather's in. Then I let then dry. meanwhile I had a chunk of other India-made specialty paper black with silver flowers and designs on it. I cut some of the tiny circles out and used them as eyes. I used a sharpie to make an eyelid. Then a bit of white gel pen on the eye for highlight.
When they were all solid and dry. I made a split in the Chipboard in the tail area, and used the same glue, but different feathers for the tails. I used Cat's Eye Fluid chalk ink to cover the edges of the chipboard. Lastly I painted the beaks on, and used the micron pen to put the little air slit on.
It is hard to see here, but just before putting my info on the back, I stamped a word or phrase on each of the wings: Dream, Aspire, Achieve, Experience, and Enjoy the journey. This one is the "Dream" one.
Next week I will share the cover bird which is going to be different in a few ways.