Wednesday 24 May 2017

Batting Her Eyes by Lesley

Hey people, i have an upcycled piece for you this week.

This piece originally started out as a hanging tealight holder which i picked up from a supermarket for 50p.

Because it is china, there was a good chance any paint would scratch off, even if it was primed with gesso. With this in mind........i decided to cover it in torn bits of printed tissue pieces using a matt medium. And the inside was coated with two layers of gesso.

I added a was of red paint to the entire piece, and then applied texture paste through a stencil. Once it was dry, i rubbed some gold wax over the raised areas. A few little rub-ons were added as well.

The bats were painted black and more gold wax added to the edges. I used a length of thick wire, and wrapped it around the bats and then around the top of the holder.

The dolls head was primed with gesso. And i then added black, red and white paint to her.

Using the last bat i had, i wrapped a length of wire around her neck, bending it around so that the bat sat in front of her eyes.

To finish it off, i added a length of chain so it can be hung.

Thanks for reading,

Ingredients used
Flying bats colony


  1. Love the bats and the touches of gold on the stencilled texture, Lesley!
    And what a fab make over this is - your imagination is almost limitless!

    Claudia xxx

  2. Love the use of book pages to cover and the touches of gold. She sits perfectly in there batting her eyes lol. Great transformation . Tracy x

  3. I love this use of the flying bats colony, Claudia! xx