|“Hope With Wings” by Susan Brubaker Knapp|
Here’s how I made my shoes:
I started with blue pumps purchased for $2 at a local thrift shop, sanded them lightly with sandpaper, and painted them with gesso. The shoe in the front is the original color, and the shoe in the back is painted with gesso:
I painted them sky blue with brown tree branches:
I bought the nest, eggs, silk dogwood blooms and the bird at local craft stores, and auditioned them:
The birds did not resemble any I’d ever seen in nature, so I trimmed their feathers and repainted them to look like chickadees, my favorite bird. Then I glued wads of paper inside the shoes, and glued or pinned in the moss, lichens, nest, eggs, birds and dogwood blosssoms. Here they are, all done!