31 March 2016

Tutorial 15 - Spread Your wings

Thank you for joining me today, I have a wonderful project to share with you.

I created this gorgeous mixed media project using a few techniques that I hope you will try out yourself.

I started by laying masking tape in different directions over some Kraft card

I then sponged on some Gesso to cover the whole piece, It took 3 coats to give a good coverage, you can leave it to dry naturally or use your heat tool

I used my heat tool on the last layer, in a few areas I held the tool closer the the surface as this created little bubbles in the paint which give a very nice distressed texture.

Next I used a piece of sequin waste as a stencil and a make up sponge to apply some shimmer mists in black

I then added some Emerald green through another stencil

this time I spritzed a purple over a stencil to give more depth to the project

I used all the excess ink from the make up sponges to colour a MDF butterfly, I love the grunge look

Using the same colours I spritzed a piece of card and then used my fingers to flick some water over the surface, this moves the ink around, once I dabbed the surface with kitchen paper the areas the water had been appeared lighter, I like to call this faux bleaching....

I wanted to add a sentiment to my project using the spritzed background so I tore strips of the card which reveled white edges, I then inked them with some distress ink and stamped them with my chosen words.

I also die cut some butterflies out of the card too

I placed the stenciled back ground into a frame (minus the glass) and now it's time to construct the master piece

I added the MDF butterfly and sentiment using hi tack glue

and the placed the little die cut butterflies to make it look as if they were flying across the page

I added 5 lilac sequins to highlight and add sparkle around the sentiment, I always use odd numbers of embellishments as it's more pleasing to the eye. 

Here are some close ups of the finished project

If you'd like to try making a mixed media project like this I would recommend visiting www.colourarte.com/ as the have some awesome products. One of my favorites is Twinkling H20s as they are so versatile.

The ColourArte Blog is full of inspiration, videos and tutorials, so why not make yourself a drink and sit back and have a look and maybe you can share a project with us soon.

Until next time; Happy crafting Tx


  1. fun project thanks for your interest in the Colourarte Design Team


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