Sunday, 12 April 2015

Boxy Butterfly


So in my local town a new shop called The Range has just opened which sells all kinds of homeware items including loads of frames - I saw some deep box frames which come in a variety of sizes and ended up buying three of the white 12x12 ones as I want to create something to hang on my staircase walls.

After being so happy with my recent grunge paste on hessian trial here I decided to try to create something like that but on a larger scale:

I started with a square of hessian and smoothed on a coat of grunge paste, once dry I added a second coat and allowed to dry throughly before sanding gently.

Then I decided to use my much unloved Gelatos - I used five different colours in the pink, orange, yellow type sticks. Adding water and drying, going in with more colour again until I was happy:


Then I totally stopped taking photos and before I knew it I was all done - oops!

Anyway I stamped the butterfly collage stamp, which is a Prima/Finn stamp, using black archival in the centre of the panel then extended it some by adding more splatters with a black pen and also additional stamping using her don't forget to fly stamp plate. I then cut, pulled and torn the edges of the hessian to attempt to make it look naturally frayed:

I torn a mount for my hessian and painted it with Vintage Lace Fresco paint but this just wasn't the right colour when I layered them so I added a light layer of Snowflake with my brayer - much better. I then distressed the edges of both the hessain and the torn mount using Walnut Stain distress ink.

I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the frame, layered the brayer paper on top followed by the hessian panel - I stuck them all using gel medium as I don't want them falling off whilst hung up on the wall! I had planned to use more embellishments and had some lasercut wooden butterflies to add but when it came to it I preferred it without them.

Then it was all done:

I have the other two frames left which I want to create similar pieces for in different colour schemes (I'm thinking maybe a blue/green and a orange/yellow/brown maybe?) and then I'm going to arrange them on my stair wall as a kind of triptych piece hopefully!

I'd like to link my make to the current Paperartsy challenge which is Altered Grunge Paste, to find out more and see the DT inspiration click HERE.

I would also like to link my project to the current Artful Times challenge which is Tattered and Torn - click HERE to find out more.

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx




  1. It's beautiful and interesting Claire! Great statement piece for your wall! The Grungepaste on the hessian works really well and the stamping and the blots look great! Well done for knowing when to stop. Not my strongest point! Xx

  2. Wonderful work, Claire! I think it will look great on your wall.

  3. I love it Claire. It's going to look gorgeous on display. We'very had a Range store open a couple of weeks ago. Must remember to pop in.


  4. This is so beautiful. The Range is fab for blank frames, such a good price x

  5. Hi Claire, This looks fabulous, great stamping on the hessian. Looking forward to seeing how you alter the others.
    We've just had a Range opened recently in Sunderland too.
    Avril xx

  6. This is a great project. I love the stamping on hessian, it so deserves its frame.

  7. WOW Claire, this looks great, love your hessian gesso'd background - fabulous and again lovely crisp stamped images xxx

  8. What a gorgeous picture to hang on your wall. Hope the other two turn out as good as this one - that will create a fantastic display.
    Thanks for showing us the process in which you worked too. I will have to try something like this - it is superb.
    Hugs, Neet (Artful Times)

  9. The Range must be opening lots of new stores as we have just had one open near me and i was beyond excited as it meant i could get my Santoro stamps but that's beside the point lol!

    Stunning frame, would love to see your triptych when it is done, the hessian looks fantastic with a couple of coats of GP over it. Love the final frame very much :-) xxx

  10. Really beautiful!!!! A set of 3 would look wonderful!!!!

  11. A Fabulous project, love the look of it. Thank you for sharing with us on Artful Times.

  12. Scrumptious - love the paint texture on the burlap and the beautiful butterfly image... Very dangerous to have The Range within striking distance!
    Alison xx