The World Calls a Butterfly

Happy Friday and Welcome!!  Today is a special day for me, as this is my posting as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent!!  I’m in their Spotlight today as the winner of their June Challenge–Flaming June, which was hosted by OCC DT member Julia.

When Laura contacted me to take part as Our Creative Corner’s August Top Talent, I instantaneously started freaking out panicking thinking about what I could possibly make?  Do I create something in keeping with the monthly challenge (which Laura is hosting for August)?  Do I make something similar to my winning entry?  I bombarded her with my questions and nervousness and she simply said “Do whatever you like and have some fun!”  Well, OK then!!

I am HONORED and ECSTATIC to be a part of Our Creative Corner for the day and I hope you enjoy my step-x-steps, with boo-boos and changes along the way!  I’m showing you (almost) everything, except the finished piece–Ha Ha–For that, you’ve got to go to Our Creative Corner directly-and while you’re there, you can learn a little bit about me in their Top Talent Q&A segment!  Ha Ha–sneaky, huh?!  It’s fun that way and I hope you enjoy today’s creative journey 🙂

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I decided upon a 6×6 box canvas for my project, which is a pretty new surface-for me-to work on.  I’m going for it!!  I also gathered stamps from Darkroom Door and chipboard Mini-Butterflies from Tando Creative.

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I prepped my canvas with a layer of gesso that I applied with a paint brush and my palette knife and pressed a few scrap pieces of ripped book pages into it.  I heat dried the surface just a little….

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…while the gesso was still wet, I randomly pressed the DD Polka Dot background stamp into the surface and into the sides.

 Working with the DD Polka Dot background stamp again and the DD Patchwork Butterfly image, I used Archival Inks in Orange Blossom, Olive and Cobalt to stamp the images onto tissue paper.  I didn’t end up using the blue butterfly…it unfortunately got experimented with and ripped all to heck-you know how that can go (uh, that’s a boo-boo).

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I colored my canvas in layers–I used Distress Stains and rubbed them onto my craft sheet and pressed and rubbed the canvas down into the colors.  Here, I’ve used Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone and Squeezed Lemonade DSs on the front surface and sides.

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My direction with this canvas is already taking a turn at this point.  I’m adding ripped lengths of the stamped tissue paper with multi-medium so that I have a fun horizon line to work with (change #1 coming right up).

That floating piece of book page in the upper corner?  Gone!!  It didn’t work for me, once I started adding a horizon line.  I repaired the corner with gesso, stamping and staining.  I’m not too worried about that corner being a bit lighter in tone than the rest of the canvas…it’ll all work out 🙂

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 This butterfly image is a second gen stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink onto tissue paper.  It’s going to end up serving as a shadow of sorts and here, I’m doing some positioning.

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I’m going to add another layer of texture using my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil and WV White Embossing Paste, but I do a little pre-positioning to see where the dots will be hidden and exposed.

I taped the stencil down with painter’s tape and applied a light to medium layer of White Embossing Paste.  The stain will seep into the paste when it dries and I just love that effect.  I did a little heat drying, but I mostly let it air dry.

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After my embossed dots are dry, I apply my shadow butterfly down with matte multi-medium and heat set.  Most of the front is done…well, the foundation is set, at least.  Since this is a box canvas, the back is basically available to create upon and within, as well.  Like Laura said “Have fun”!

I’m using Wendy Vecchi’s Crackled Texture Paste to coat the perimeter of the frame with.  The back side of the canvas is going to be the same, yet different–

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I ran strips of TH Tissue tape to the inside edge of the frame and painted the surface of it with Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive & Broken China DPs.  I also painted the very inside of the frame (it slants inward) with Seedless Preserves DP.

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I inked the inside of the canvas with Dusty Concord DI and my ink blending tool and applied these ripped pieces of  floral paper from the TH Menagerie paper stash with multi-medium.  I heat set and then rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the entire canvas-front & back-with my ink blending tool.  I stenciled more dots onto the frame with a mixture of Broken China & Scattered Straw DPs and heat set.

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Not to give the finished piece away or anything, but, my main focal points for the front and back, are going to be a butterfly, and I want them to be different from one another.  For the butterfly that will be on the front, I’m making an alcohol ink background to stamp the Patchwork Butterfly image onto.

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Isn’t this pretty?  This is a combination of Lettuce, Wild Plum & Aqua Adirondack Alcohol Inks, on glossy stock, with just a touch of blending solution dabbed over the entire surface.

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I used Jet Black Staz-On ink to stamp the butterfly with and I heat set it, carefully.  Glossy paper, when too hot, will bubble.

I ran the stamped image through my Xyron adhesive machine, then placed a piece of WV Modeling Film onto the sticky surface.   I fussy cut this butterfly out and set aside for later assembly.

Now, a couple of the major boo-boo’s that happened, took place after assembly and during my photo shoot (the sprinklers came on, the canvas and I got wet, things tweaked and failed…boo-boo!) Then, I don’t have any pictures of the replacement butterfly that I recreated for the back of the canvas..boo-boo again! However, I can tell you, I used vellum, frosted film and WV White-Out modeling film for it.  You’re just going to have to go over to Our Creative Corner and see how it all turned out!! Sorry about that!! 🙂

 I’m using Tando Creative Mini-Butterflies as some of my embellishments to finish the canvas with.  I painted each butterfly with colors of DP that I’m already using in the canvas-Seedless Preserves, Crushed Olive & Scattered Straw.  I dabbed each chipboard butterfly with paint and set with my heat tool.

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I applied a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to each painted butterfly then sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over each one.  I gently tapped off the excess and set aside to air dry.

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To finish everything, I found a lovely quote about butterflies and made my own word bands with my computer & printer for the front, and I used the quote again in an image transfer onto tissue paper, for the back.

It’s really kind of fun being mysterious about the finished canvas and I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough that you’ll want to go to Our Creative Corner now for the finished project!!

Thank you all soooo much for joining me today, in what’s to me, a momentous occasion and one that’s going into the creative resume!!  Thank You, Our Creative Corner, for this fantastic opportunity!  Laura, I did have fun!! 😉 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari

SUPPLIES I USED:

  • 6×6 Box Canvas; Tissue Paper; Book Pages; Kraft Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Modeling Film & White Out Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490); Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Vellum; Menagerie Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Glossy Stock
  • Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Stains, Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Matte & Glossy Multi-Mediums (Claudine Hellmuth); Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Stamps:  Patchwork Butterfly & Polka Dot Background (Darkroom Door)
  • Mini Chipboard Butterflies (Tando Creative); Dotted Flowers Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Trinket Pins (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);
  • Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Palette Knife; Scissors; Ink Blending Tool; Air Tool (Inkworx); Foam Dots; Embossing Heat Tool; Xyron Machine

5 thoughts on “The World Calls a Butterfly

  1. Another beautiful project. I especially love the quote that goes with the amazing butterfly. It was interesting reading your interview. I grew up in So. Cal and am now in Steamboat, CO. Hood to woods gal too . I also lived in Germany for 18 months. Love living where it’s green. We almost moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2009. In fact, my son was in high school and went to football camp with Coeur d’Alene high school that summer. The area is beautiful and honestly, we have never met people more welcoming and friendly. You’re a lucky girl. Congrats on your selection. You’re a talented artist.

  2. Congrats on having your artwork showcased! Your Butterfly box canvas is absolutely stunning! I love how the butterfly in the front pops off the canvas and butterflies on both sides…amazing! Thanks for the tutorial and photos too…now I just need to try some of these techniques!

  3. Apologies for missing this post, shame on me!
    Oh wow this is simply so gorgeous and it showcases why you deserve to have the limelight upon you. Beautiful use of the butterfly stamp – I don’t own this one 😦 and I think I need that background stamp!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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