Thursday, March 14, 2013

Texture Butterflies Adventures

Textured Butterflies
Our Monday Challenge in the art aMUSEment group was the word and colour "yellow".

Also this week, in the Mixed Media Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel Studios group, member Sandy Setliff did a wonderful piece with a textured background that I fell in love with and wanted to try myself.

So, I mixed both the challenge and that texture technique to create my piece.  

I call it my "Textured Butterflies" page and very much enjoyed the learning process!
Close-up Textured Butterflies
I used Frescolina, mixed with Liquitex Titanium White and a dab of Cadmium Yellow and a Crafter's Workshop Templates 6"X6"-Fancy Frames for the corner textures.
I used a paper doily for the textured circle around the gold butterfly. 

The butterflies were made from a kit of Mask Templates 10 Pieces-Butterflies 2.9" To 3.1" with the same texture medium as used for the corners and doily textures.

I used the  Ultimate Romance Twinkling H2O's to colourize the butterflies and also to add a bit more colour to the Foliage.

I added drops of DecoArt's Paper Effects to add the butterfly markings.

Close-up Textured Butterflies

On a recent expedition to Joann's, Papa found some of the Studio G pigment stamp pads in their clearance bins for $1.00 and got me an assortment of colours. I used the yellow-gold with a sponge tip applicator to highlight the corner and doily textures and well as beneath the butterflies.   The foliage was a silk leaf transfer using the Studio G olive green pigment stamp.   I'm sad to see those ink pads only on clearance everywhere now -- they are a richly coloured pigment and transferred beautifully with an applicator!

I'm very pleased with my results.  It was my first time using the H20's, the Studio G pigment Inks and a silk leaf transfer.  I had used the Frescolina just once before with not much success as I'd put it on far too thickly and it cracked.  Speaking of which, that Frescolina adventure was well over 7 years ago now and yet the jar contents were still wonderfully pliable and easily mixed with my acrylic paints!  Yay for Frescolina!  (Sadly, I was not able to find any American supplies through a Google search -- only Canadian suppliers -- which would make sense as it is manufactured there by SPC, the manufacturers of Final Coat and Fini products as well.)


1 comment:

  1. Hi, Von, such a great page! I love the "thickness" (and, therefore, the texture) of the background! Yellow has never been one of my favorite colors--I guess because don't know how to use it. That said, you have done a gorgeous job here by combining it with the green of the foliage! Well done! Kay


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