Friday, 19 July 2013

Purple Tattered Angel Butterfly Canvas

Hi everyone :) This week it's my turn to host the Eclectic Ellapu challenge. My challenge is shades of PURPLE with the main focus being butterflies. I would also like to see one of the following, brads buttons or bling. Bling can take the form of anything from shimmer mists to rhinestones and anything in between :)
I started by grabbing my purple distress supplies. I used Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves in both stain form and ink pads. I also used Brushed Pewter Distress Stain for some sparkle. Onto some watercolour paper I used Royal Purple Stazon to stamp my Tattered Angels In Flight Butterfly. I used a distress stain bottle to shape the wings.

I then used the stains on my craft mat with a spritz of water to colour the butterflies with my Tim Holtz waterbrush . The lightest colour is milled lavender, the middle colour is dusty concord and the outer colour is seedless preerves. I used my gathered twigs ink pad to colour the butterfly bodies.
For the canvas I laid down my five stains randomly and then spritzed with water. I used paper towel to blot the excess and lighten the background up a bit. The paper towel helped to give a nice texture as well. I then used dusty concord and seedless preserves around the edges.
I then used the butterfly stencil from Tattered Angels Fanciful Stencils and a sponge dauber with milled lavender and inked the inside parts of the stencil. I then used the stamp again with the milled lavender to stamp over each butterfly. I wasn't looking to line things up perfectly, just to add a bit of interest to the background.
I used See Dee's Monarch stamps over the background. For the large flourish I started with my lightest colour at the top (lilac) then added dusty to the middle and seedless at the bottom (worked lightest to darkest). I then stamped some of the butterflies with seedless.
I used a home made glimmer glaze all over the butterflies for some serious sparkle. It consists of iridescent medium, triple thick and a little water.If you ever need more sparkle try some iridescent medium! Love that stuff. I then did two coats of triple thick over them and left them to dry for 24hrs.
I used some beading wire and 2 or 3mm Miracle Beads to make antennae for my butterflies. I used some tape to hold them on the back. I added some rhinestones to the butterfly wings and some dangly butterfly charms from the body. The charms were coloured with promarkers and copics.
I wanted to add words but have hit a brick wall lol . . . I know where I want to add them but am not sure if it will ruin the piece or even really how to add them in so they don't. For now I am leaving as is and if I get a brainwave I will add them if not, well I guess it's done lol.
Hope you enjoyed another canvas. Next week will be something different, promise!
Happy Scrappin'
I had to add this pic so you could see how the iridescent medium sparkles! It doesn't show up so much in the other pics. You can also see a lil of the sparkle on the canvas itself from the brushed pewter stain . . .


  1. Magnificent!!thanx for explaining the process!!

  2. This is absolutely beautiful, I love everything about it!!!!
    Kevin xx

  3. Beautiful canvas :D Love the colours and butterflies. Great job :)

  4. Hey Purple :)

    I love love love this canvas you have done for this challenge .... The butterflies are gorgeous but the background ..... WOW IT IS STUNNING all on its own .... The butterflies add a fab touch to it ..

    Xxxx Tina xxx

  5. I love this canvas, its a work of art.

  6. Incredible! Would you be willing to sell this piece? If so what are the dimensions and how much?