Thursday 13 February 2014

Fossil Butterfly Art

This weeks inspiration came from looking at various blog challenges and the super talented Julie Ann over at Magpie Heaven with her use of paint. So I was now inspired to get my paints out and try a piece of Altered Art for a change this week, also using my melt pot. 

Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of different stages of my canvas in progress as my ‘Photographer’ was at his work !!! Anyway, I’ll take you through my project. First of all, I die cut and glued my CL frame onto the canvas and then gave it all a coat in Gesso. I started to then blend 3 colours of paint with cut and dry foam onto my canvas and a piece of white cardstock to use later. I chose a selection of stamps to use on my project and stamped without mounting them onto a block, with a selection of inks and paints. This would stop me having bold lines and give a more aged look. I rubbed paint around the edges of the canvas, this then draws your eye into the artwork.

My Butterfly Inspiration sprung into my mind when they were talking about Fossils on the TV. I had bought my meltpot over a year ago after seeing a demo at a craft fair pouring utee onto a rubber stamp and had used my meltpot for other techniques but not specifically this. I inked my Butterfly stamp with Plum Archival and Versafine Imperial Purple. I then poured utee over it. Once this had set I peeled it off my rubber stamp and rubbed some more ink over the raised surfaces and rubbed gilding wax onto it. I painted the reverse with some White Gesso to make my colours at the front 'pop' more. The plum colour at the base of my butterfly is photographing more pink looking than it is in real life.

Using the sizzix tattered florals die, I cut out some calico. I sprayed the material with a water mister to dampen and then pressed into it the remaining paint I still had on my pieces of cut n dry foam. I scrunched the material up and pulled at the fibres, finally leaving them in little balls to dry. Once dried I teased the petals back out and using my leaf stamp I stamped some Plum Archival on for more shading. Finally, adding my little embellishment

My leaves were stamped onto the piece of paper I had applied paint to earlier. I inked various Archival ink colours on my stamp as used earlier to bring the canvas together. I cut them out and pressed into my versamark and embossed with a thick embossing powder to keep texture. I scattered Rock Candy distress glitter over them and reheated the utee to set, and edged with Treasure Gold.

Finally, I placed everything on my canvas and edged my lattice frame with 2 colours of distress glitter and rubbed in some Treasure Gold.


I hope I have inspired everyone to get their melt pots out.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my post and I  would love if you left me a comment.

Julie x

I would like to enter this into :

Cheery Lynn Fame It Challenge
Our Creative Corner - A Three Colour Challenge
Stamping Sensations - Wings , Fantasy and Fiction
Country View Challenges - Painty Pleasures
PaperArtsy Weekly Challenge

Products Used - Paperartsy Paints - Pansy, Eggplant, Chocolate Pudding, Stone, Nougat and MudSplat. Treasure Gold White Fire.

 Dies used - Cheery Lynn French Lattice Frame Small FRM132, Sizzix Tattered Florals

 Ink Pads - Archival Deep purple, Cornflower Blue, Potting Soil, Plum. Versamark and Versafine Imperial Purple. Distress Stain Picket Fence.

 Stamps used - Large butterfly Indigo Blu and various from my stash.


  1. Hi Julie, What a bunch of wonderful techniques you have used here! Thank you so much for always leaving us so many sweet comments on the CLD. I love your card it's very pretty and you are a great artist! I'm a new follower on your blog.....Have a happy Valentine's day.....and thank you so much for playing with us this week at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck xox Amy ;-)))

  2. Your canvas is just beautiful, I love the wonderful background you created and that butterfly is stunning! Anne x

  3. Really pretty shabby chic butterfly!

  4. This is a joy to behold Julie!! LOVE that butterfly and what a fantastic canvas background you've created for it. So pleased you have joined us at Our Creative Corner with this. Jenny x

  5. I love the way you did the flower, and the butterfly is so unusual too. I have been thinking a lot about fossils, strangely enough, and how the shapes of flora and fauna get stamped into stones and rocks over time. The aged look is great. This is such a beautiful project. Thank you for playing along with PaperArtsy this week. Julie Ann xx

  6. Another stunner from you Julie! The way you have crafted the butterfly is fantastic (I don't have a melt pot but am now considering!). Beautiful design and inking. Will write over weekend. Nicola x

  7. Hi Julie, I got so carried away looking at your beautiful canvas I forgot to say thank you so much for joining in our challenge at Our Creative Corner. Anne x

  8. What an amazing creation... love the butterfly - astounding! - and that flower is really cool too. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

  9. Wow, Julie. This is an amazing creation. Love the way you have made that butterfly and the background too! :)

  10. On catchup and about to remedy missing your posts! This is truly beautiful! I love your flower and the fabulous butterfly. The faded background is perfect to sit them onto! Love it all! Chrisx

  11. really like the outcome of your butterfly and the fairy flower. Beautiful

  12. Thats a gorgeous card love the colours ,the design and the Butterfly !Thanks for your comments on my blog ..

  13. Gorgeous butterfly , thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations

    Francesca x

  14. What a stunning canvas, your butterfly is wonderful and I love how you have created that flower,
    Rosie x

  15. Wow that is stunning Juliz!! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  16. Beautiful project! I love the texture and butterfly is amazing!
    Greetings from Slovenia

  17. Beautiful canvas. Stunning butterfly. Love the background too.

  18. I saw this at OCC.... it is gorgeous! You have a new follower, via e-mail. I want to do a blogpost about blogs I start to follow, may I include your blog?


Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x


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