Welcome to Magpieheaven, followers and friends - and a very special welcome to my newest follower. I'm really excited today, as Country View Crafts are featuring a project I made using some beautiful Lin Brown stencils designed by her for the PaperArtsy Eclectica Range. Please click here if you would like to flutter over to CVC. If you're visiting from there, it's lovely to have your company today! The theme this month at Country View Crafts is Stencils, so I hope you'll be inspired to get out your stencils and create something for the Challenge.
It was a class with Lin Brown that inspired me to create something using this butterfly shape. Lin had us making canvases using a technique creating little tiles from stencils and squares of paper or card. It had worked a treat on a canvas, why not on an MDF shape?.
I Gessoed my Butterfly and a little widow shape. I then stencilled Grunge Paste through Lin's leafy stencil on to PaperArtsy Chatsworth paper. In Lin's class we had snipped our stencils into little square or rectangular tiles, but I decided to experiment and to run the stencilled paper through my Big Shot and use the Tim Holtz trellis die.
I kept the trellis for another project, but I used the little tiles, sticking them onto the butterfly with Claudine Hellmuth multi-medium.
I became a little too caught up in the process to take any photos of the next steps, but I'll explain and hope that the detail pictures will help. Using stencils and Grunge Paste straight onto the butterfly this time, I created some texture at the top of the wings with a Crafters' Workshop ledger stencil and at the bottom, the Lin Brown leaves again. As soon as all this was dry, I painted the whole thing with PaperArtsy Antarctic. I then added darker blues: Bora Bora and a touch of Inky Pool, translucent around the edge. When this was dry, I placed the stencil back over the leaves and sponged through with some Fern Green Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink. Classic Treasure Gold lightly rubbed over the raised stencil areas really brings it all to life!
At the centre in her little arched window is a Lynne Perrella lady stamped onto painted tissue using Versafine Onyx Black ink. The window was Crackle Glazed using PaperArtsy Little Black Dress with a thin layer of Crackle Glaze and then a think coat of Mermaid. A wooden Prima butterfly and a resin bird and rose painted and highlighted in Treasure Gold, along with some leafy charms finish off my butterfly lady. I like to imagine that she is about to start on her first novel and that she is dreaming of a million imaginative possibilities as she gazes from her butterfly window.
Prima Mechanicals with tiny pearls at their centre and a touch of Green amber Treasure Gold, add the final touch to the wing tips! Thank you for stopping by Magpieheaven today and Thank You to Country View Crafts for having me over on their Challenge Blog and for choosing my project as one of the Top 3 for 'Nature's Glories'.