Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Cult of Blue Oysters

So I'm scheduled to work in a book whose theme is "Astronomy" this month.  However, it's not astronomy in the usual sense of the word.  This book theme is inspired by the lyrics of a song entitled "Astronomy" by the band Blue Oyster Cult.

Kudos to the many of the artists that came before me who listened and studied the lyrics for inspiration.  I wanted to do something a bit different.  Initially, I thought about doing something linked to the band's album cover art, but I was stumped.

I think at times like this, going literal helps me push through the block.  In this case, I took the band's name and created a literal translation.  Blue Oyster Cult = A Cult of Blue Oysters!  Aha!  Now THAT, I could do!

I found a black & white sketch of oysters to use as my background.  I added a turquoise blue glaze to give it some color.  Then I printed out different images of more black & white oysters onto cardstock and also glazed them blue.  Then I glued several layers together before cutting each oyster out.  I placed the cut-out oysters on top of my background and secured them with glue dots to create a 3-D effect.  I added touches of glitter glue, well, just because.

Of course, no oyster would be complete without a pearl or two (or 12!).  I used Liquid Pearls (what else?) to make my pearls and then topped each off with some Glossy Accents to give them a more life-like, spherical appearance.  I used an extra oyster to decorate my sign-in tag (bottom photo).

I apologize to Hope who did not wish to have too much bulk added to her book pages, but I just couldn't resist!

1 comment:

  1. I love your blue oysters! It's always interesting to see what you are up to!