Friday, September 20, 2019

Bee: The Gift Part Three

"According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyways.  Because bees don't care what humans think is impossible."

And so Dearest Readers we come to the last posting of this Bee.
I thought this quote hit home on what this Bee is exuding- confidence and grace!

As you remember she took off from her hive and has made it through her journey to return home with her treasure.
Along the way she became her own strength and gained much compassion for others.


Her wings were created using two Japanese Papers:

Tarasen Washi Paper -
The white on white Grass Tarasen Paper screen prints an intricate pattern of bending lines across a translucent sheet for a fascinating and eye-catching design.
• Silk screened • Made in Japan • Wood/Rayon Pulp •

And Surf Paper
Japanese Surf Paper is extremely lightweight yet strong and is made to meld almost transparently to other surfaces. This allows you to transfer prints and designs to other surfaces without seeing the background paper. 
• Rayon Fiber • Made in Japan •

I purchase both papers in white and then print my wings onto the surf paper which is very shear. 
I adhere the printed paper onto the beautiful Tarasen paper. The silk screen design shows through, I feel, enhancing the prints of the wings.
Special Note: My adhesive works beautifully on the surf paper, but water disintegrates it into a pulpy non usable blob. So best to have your ratio of glue to water spot on!
All are stabilized along the top wing edge using a cotton coated wire sealed into a casing of the paper.
Then a stiffener is added to keep the wings shape. The goal is using just the right amount so the are sturdy but not hard and ridged. 

The wing borders are tipped in alcohol ink to created a "frame".
I love using the alcohol ink because there is no controlling is totally an organic experience for myself as well as what the end result will be!

Additional view...

I wanted her to be side mounted so you can take in the beauty of her wings and create a piece in "flight".

The Final Touch

The Gift...the most precious gift bees give us is their pollination!
So this Bee brings back her gift of pollen...

She has found her wings and is returning to her home community with her gifts of trials and wisdom to share with you.

And now she is find new adventures and great treasures!

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