Friday, 2 August 2013

FLUTTERBIES



...this world is but a canvas to our imagination...
- Henry David Thoreau -

...hello everyone, today I'm sharing with you a chunky canvas, that was a lot of fun and very easy to create and so much cheaper than buying one from a designer store...


...most of the products used to create this piece are from DecoArt you can see the products below...
 
 

...the canvas given a rough coating Burnt Umber, once dry I went over with Titanium White...I had a piece of plastic ribbon in my stash (stuff they use in flower shops) full of tiny holes, I placed it randomly and smoothed over with Stucco and was left with tiny pimples...

 



...next up I took some mini mister bottles and added 1-1 with paint and water...the colours used are Aquamarine & Blue Green Light from the Traditions range, the 1-1 gives a nice light colour wash which I sprayed on the canvas randomly and evened out with a brush...




...I added a few fleur-de-lys around the edge, again with Stucco (I love this stuff it's amazingly versatile)...

 
...once dry I went over with a watered down crackle glaze and left over night...


...I used the gorgeous classic stencil designed by Tracy Moreau named 'Flutterbies' below...
 
 
...the stencil was the perfect size for the canvas and I roughly applied the Stucco, which I left a good couple of hours to dry...I painted all the butterflies in Antique White and while still wet brushed over with Burnt Umber and a tiny touch of Transparent Red Iron Oxide (this has an amazing colour and texture!) once dry a added a very thick layer of One Step Crackle...


...the bodies were rubbed and buffed up with Metallic Lustre in Black Shimmer, which gives a soft charcole shimmer...the same was done to the fleur-de-lys and then to finish off i went over randomly with Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre, again this gives a gorgeous soft white gold finish (be perfect for any Christmas pieces)...


...I hope you like this piece as much as I do...
...thank you for stopping by today...
XXX




41 comments:

  1. A wonderful textural piece of art, Mel! I love it too :)

    Claudia x

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  2. Stunning creation Mel!
    Hugs Jo x

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  3. Fab project Mel, love all the paint effects and great post and photos. xx Flora

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  4. Wow Mel...stunning work of art.love the background and those gorgeous crackled butterflies...have a great weekend hugs kath xxx

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  5. WOWZERONI this is SOOOOO GEORGEOUS!!!!
    Love all the details an the butterflies are soooooooo BEAUTIFUL!
    GREAT work Mel!
    Greetz Patricia

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  6. Great textures and a wonderful background to show off the flutterbies

    Love Chrissie x

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  7. Oh Mel, this is stunning! One thing for certain - you would never find such a beautifully detailed piece in a designer store for anything like a reasonable price - but who needs them! The fleur-de-lys and the butterflies are absolutely stunning and your background is sumptuous. A really beautiful piece of art! Hugs, Anne x

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  8. This is just gorgeous Mel, so much texture and detsil to look at. I totally agree with Redanne you would never find something so beautiful in the shops - it's priceless! Crafty hugs ....... Linda xx

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  9. This is stunning! Loving those butterflies!

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  10. Love this Mel, gorgeous textures!! xxx

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  11. I absolutely love it, Mel - the stucco and crackle effects are simply wonderful, and I love the colours too - beautiful work.
    Alison x

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  12. Mel this is really grand and it looks like you had a lot of fun creating too!
    Thanks for sharing how you made this!
    Sandy

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  13. Gorgeous canvas Mel ! I love the dots from the florist ribbon and the butterflies are stunning ! Sue C x

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  14. The way you're using stucco and one step crackle looks really magic and the colour combination is to die for. Love it!! (:o)

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  15. It's gorgeous Mel! Fabulous texture! xx

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  16. WOW...Mel this is amazing... The texture is Fabulous Love the colour combo & those butterflies are Beautiful... Simply a work of art! Hugs May x x x

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  17. Love what you are creating with the Decoart product Mel x

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  18. This is gorgeous , the texture you have created is amazing! Looks really gorgeous and love the colours, a wonderful make! Cannot find texture stucco anywhere? xx hugs trace x

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  19. Breathtaking artwork again ... *sigh* It's hard to look away ... Suzanne xx

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  20. Hey Mel -- your make is wonderful and full of texture. Thanks for sharing how you accomplished this.
    Sandy

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  21. Hi Mel,

    Love the textures on this, really gorgeous and a great colour scheme as well. Jo xx

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  22. Lovely textured piece of art Mel, really cool.
    Kim x

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  23. Wonderful texture and dimension. That one step crackle is amazing as is the Stucco. Fabulous. Tracy x

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  24. It is so pretty, I am a real texture gal myself.

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  25. fabulous texture - especially on the flutterbies.

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  26. So cool Mel, I love the idea of watering down the paints and misting with them. te cracked butterflys look fab too xx

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  27. Such a wonderful piece of art and so cleverly done - the colours are beautiful and I am amazed at how much luck you have with crackle glazes - mine never crackle much despite trying different types - thank you so much for sharing your techniques. Thanks also for stopping by my blog and leaving such lovely, uplifting comments.

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  28. Beautiful! I love the Metallic Luster - bought it in the Spring and think it's super!

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  29. So beautiful Mel and definitely better than anything that could be found in the shops! Love the crackled butterflies and the gorgeous colours too. Hugs Chris xx

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  30. OH but fabulous texture!!!! Beautiful!

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  31. Wendy sent me here and Oh boy, I'm so glad she did. Your work is stunning! And this canvas is just pure artistry. The crackle glaze on the butterflies is genius. Absolutely incredible. In case you wonder, yes I think I quite like it lol. :-) following your blog now so I can admire your work more often! xx

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  32. love butterflies.... have a real one on my own blog today.... a little cabbage butterfly....

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  33. Oh Mel I just love all that crackle and the colours you've used. Sorry I have not commented for a while, but I love looking at your blog, so many fab ideas and gorgeous inspiration. Those butterflies are brilliant. Take care. Michelle xx

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  34. It beautiful. I love all the texture.

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  35. Wow, this is absolutely stunning! I love butterflies and love the crackle technique you used! Bette

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...thankyou so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...I hope you like what you see...warm wishes...Mel :)