Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Mixed media Butterfly

Hello everyone, Brr it turned cold this evening, so I hope you are all rapped up warm. 

I've been playing with DecoArt Media Mists. There a quite a few stages and this is probably the pieces that has taken longest to finish. You see I had no clear direction, so direction changed many times lol.  So grab a coffee and read on. 

I'm entering this into the Country View Crafts challenge Drips and Drops 

Any way I started with cutting my 12x 12 tissue paper into 4 twice so I had 8 pieces. Using a variety of colours and my 6x6 gelli plate I created these background.

I then cut theses into different sizes and laid them out and stuck them down on my canvas. I encouraged the tissue paper to wrinkle as I wanted lots of texture. Once it was dry I lightly brayered over the top in white to knock it back and tie it together.

I forgot to take photos at this part ( I was enjoying myself) but I used a couple of Dina Wakley stencils with Crackle Paste randomly over the canvas, when dry, I sprayed Media Mist and allowed it to run once dry rotated the canvas 180 so the drips faced upwards.  

I loved this! I should have left it there because I did this

I hated it! So I did this!

...and hated it more. ( the change in colour is due to different light in shed at kitchen)

So I left it for a few days...

I wanted to keep the butterfly so using Crackle Paste I painted the butterfly. Using a a pallet knife I attempted to even up the butterfly. I rubbed Burnt Umber Antiquing Cream in all over and when dry using a damp cloth rubbed it off.

To this I added influence acrylic in gold 


I loved this affect but felt it wasn't bright enough to stand out from the background but will definitely do this again on another project. Instead I coated it with Aqucridone Gold.

Using white Media Mist I finished the painting.

Phew got there in the end. I hope you like the finished project. See you again soon Debsxxx



  1. Enjoyed reading the journey with your canvas Debs, love the final look and the butterfly now stands out beautifully:-) xxx

  2. So frustrating when you take things too far. Good rescue though. X

  3. Well rescued - the colours on this close up are stunning .

  4. Oh I somehow must have missed this one, - probably missed a few, life has bee so hectic, anyway, glad I caught it now... What a fabulous make, love what you did here! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at country view crafts!


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