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Tuesday, July 16, 2013


It's Bonnie Irvine, the wordy one, here today with a mixed media canvas to share. I couldn't wait to experiment and have a play with a couple of products neww to me.. I began by covering an 8" x 10" canvas with black gesso and allowing it to dry thoroughly.Then I took the TCW Layered butterfly stencil and applied Viva Decor Mother of Pearl Modeling Cream with a palette knife through the two solid butterflies. Again, I let that dry thoroughly. It came out the most gorgeous iridescent pearl colour and is slightly raised from the pretty.

Having a curious streak, I wondered what would happen if I applied alcohol ink to the butterflies. On the stencil there are overlays that can be used to put a design over the solid butterflies. I used Stream, Meadow, and Gold Mixative alcohol inks with a bit of blending solution, applying this through the overlay to the top butterfly. So pretty.  I applied the same mixture through the solid stencil over the modeling cream on the bottom! The iridescence of the pearl shines through the alcohol ink for a gorgeous sheen.

Still in curious mode, I applied Gold Mixative alcohol ink through the overlay and over the bottom butterfly. There are layers of colour and the shimmer from the original cream still shows through. How fun is that!

For the background, I adhered torn corrugated cardboard in four spots and rubbed white gesso and Teal Silks Acrylic Glaze over it using my finger. Scraps torn from Authentique's Peaceful collection were layered over the cardboard. Two pieces of torn canvas were over-stamped with text and Coffee Archival ink before being grunged up with Vintage Photo Distress ink. These were layered over the larger corner collages.

To make the embossed butterfly trail and photo turn, a length of metal shiny tape from the garage was embossed in a folder and then punched into circles and die cut as the photo turn. Treasure Copper, a type of gilding wax, was brushed over both with my finger.

The sentiment,  part of a Christy Tomlinson stamp, was applied to kraft cardstock with Versamark and then embossed with Copper Frantage powder before being heat set. The kraft cardstock was then inked with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, and Black Soot Distress inks before the sentiments were torn around. Lining around the outside edges was done with a Sepia Micron pen.

More Treasure Copper was applied through TCW's Confetti stencil onto the background. Treasure Silver was applied through TCW's Mini Punchinella stencil. More of the Teal Zircon Silks Glaze was pounced through TCW's Mini Chevron stencil using a scruffy brush. A few black splotches were added onto the torn canvas using the Confetti stencil and a black pen.

To complete the canvas, Idea-ology gears were adhered in three spots. The word EMERGE was made with Idea-ology AlphaParts letters smudged with Treasure Silver to tie them in with the other metal elements and allow them to show against the background. Idea-ology pen nibs were smudged with Treasure Copper and adhered to the butterflies with Glossy Accents. The antennae ends are nailhead stickers. A bit of lace lying abandoned on my desktop was added to the top right corner.

All in all, a most enjoyable play. I'm loving the Silks glazes and the Modeling cream. I definitely see more in my future :) They combine beautifully with stencils, one of my favourite tools. I can't wait to see what else they do. Many of the products used in this canvas can be found in the eclectic Paperie's store. Simply click on the thumbnails below to check them out. Thanks for visiting today.



toni said...

Stunning canvas Bonnie! Love the dark background with the bold elements you've used really striking. Thank you for the detailed instructions of the process, loving the look of the alcohol inks on the paste, it sounds like you had a great time creating this lovely work x

Teresa Jaye said...

OH GORGEOUS! Now I need modeling cream! Love the butterfly bodies. This piece is an amazing mix of pretty and grunge and is absolutely perfect!

Kim said...

Bonnie - You do such great work! This is a stunning canvas...I love the darker colors (I need the black paste) and all of the beautiful elements. Love!!

Donna-Marie said...

Gorgeous colors!! I love all the shimmer :-) Thanks for sharing your experiments and discoveries they are inspiring :-)

Redanne said...

I love everything about this canvas, from the dark background to the stunning butterflies -this is so very YOU!

ParkNSlide said...

So the colors and the use of butterflies as a symbol of change.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous canvas Bonnie ! The dark background really sets off those gorgeous butterflies. Stunning !
Sue C x

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a gorgeous canvas, Bonnie! I love it. The dark background with the bright butterflies works so well,

Lucy x

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabulous project, Bonnie! Love all that texture and your vvid colors.

Tracy said...

Adore the colors Bonnie and all the textured..loooove the butterfly and your step by step on how you went about it..inspiration indeed!!!!

butterfly said...

A fantastic canvas, Bonnie - I love those butterflies fluttering across the depth of the background - wow!
Alison x

Micki said...

Wow Bonnie, absolutely gorgeous and now I'm having to add the Pearl modeling cream to my wish list. I was blown away how that looked.
I also love the deep dark background color.... it makes everything else just pop.