Saturday, March 26


I just finished this layout for a mists and stencils/masks challenge over at
Paper Secrets.

I first painted over the design on the paper with a permanent masking medium so I wouldn't affect those areas with the colors I was going to add. Then I placed a large Prima mask in the center and sprayed over the area with daffodil Glimmer Mist and then in the upper left only with seaglass GM which made a fade to pale green.

I used Prima craft flowers, which I stamped a random design on with walnut stain Distress Ink, and then sprayed with coffee & frost GMs. I used small copper brads for the centers.

I also made the butterfly. It's why this layout took 2 hours to do, lol! One of my 'other art' supplies is india inks. I have several 'scrappy' uses for them, one of which is painting. They can basically be used like watercolors.

Here's a short picture tutorial on the butterfly:

It's Prima Mistable canvas. It was already stamped with several images (they are just outlines, btw), I cut out one butterfly. (I'll probably ignore some of the images and make what I want using the reverse side)

First, I sketched in the details with a marker. These didn't need to be exact as they will end up covered by the inks and painted on again at the end of the process. I used black ink for the body and blended with the blue near the body. I then worked out farther with pure blue.
Closer to the edges where I wanted a brighter blue I began blending the blue ink with white ink - yes there really is white ink, you just can't get it for your printer, lol. I added a darker band of blue near the outside edge.

When I finished the blue on the wings, I painted the detail lines again with black ink.

Then I used white ink to highlight some areas.

To finish it I spread Diamond  Glaze over the entire surface. Then I floated a heavier coat of glaze over the body and flocked it.

Thanks for stopping by!



Tally Gal said...

Wow! I thought that butterfly was a "store-bought" element until I scrolled down and saw your how-to photos. What a beautiful detail to the page. I have been meaning to buy and experiment with the canvas. Gotta give it a try. :)

Geri said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I agree with Maggi - the butterfly could easily pass as storebought. The entire layout rocks, love all the misting.

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Lisa Echerd said...

Absolutely fantastic! Just beautiful work all the way around.

Margie said...

Wow, how pretty!! I love the misting, what a beautiful page!

Clair said...

This is beautiful!!!

Miss Jaster said...

simply awesome! :)

Tina said...

Fantastic page! And the, it is stunning! The colours are absolutely beautiful, and so vibrant. Thanks for the tutorial.

dlwidder said...

Gorgeous butterfly! Love how you added so much detail to it! I'm sure I would have thought it was store bought if I hadn't already known it was handmade! Fab job!