Monday, 28 January 2019

Frames for Tando

I am sharing this project over on the Tando blog today, it's one of Di's mini printer trays and I've used it to encapsulate some butterfly images .....


 .... which makes them look as though they are floating in frames.



Process steps
Glue two of the frame pieces together and leave one single and paint all of the pieces with a coat of primitive chalky finish paint.


Cut a cellophane bag (still with two pieces together) to fit the inside of the double frame and glue it down.


Open the cellophane up so that you have lifted the top piece and you're working in the middle of it. Glue on some butterflies. (mine are free images downloaded from the internet).


 Then lay the top piece of cellophane back down adhering it to the outside of the frame and then glue the single top frame over it. You have now encapsulated the butterflies inside the cellophane which makes them look as though they are floating in the frames and are totally protected.


Dip all the pieces in some watery quinacridone gold and add some tissue tape to the outside of the cover.


Stamp alphabet/numbers with black archival ink and scrape gesso randomly down the front and inside left covers.


Create a darker edge to 'frame' the piece by first dabing some watery burnt umber round the edges and spritz with water - heat dry. Then mix some burnt umber with paynes grey and slide the brush around the edges.


Dabble a little burnt umber randomly on the frame, leave to dry naturally - using a heat gun could melt the cellophane!. When dry scrape some white gesso over with a tine palette knife.


Glue the layered frames onto the back cover and add some words on the inside cover .....


..... - mine are computer generated.


Create a butterfly panel as the focus on the front cover, I simply used scraps of patterned papers and butterfly from a Tim Holtz ephemera pack. I added another computer generated saying.


There we have the outside covers ......


..... and the inside ones.


The theme this week over on the Tando blog is frames and I am really happy with my sample and interpretation.


Thanks for stopping by and .....

xxx


Supplies
DecoArt fluid media acrylic paints - quinacridone gold, burnt umber, paynes grey
DecoArt media mediums - white gesso, matte medium
DecoArt chalky finish paint - Primitive
Butterfly images
Stamped, bought or computer generated quotes/sayings.

17 comments:

Cindy Lyles said...

This is such an excellent idea for encapsulating the butterflies! So beautiful!!

Redanne said...

Absolutely stunning Brenda. The watery washes create such depth and 'age' your piece so beautifully. I love the idea of the floating butterflies and that is one of my all time favourite butterfly quotes, it is a long time since I have seen it used and it looks wonderful on this piece. Hugs, Anne xx

Patty O'Malley said...


Wow! This is wonderful, Brenda! The butterflies do look like they are floating!

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous project Brenda.
Yvonne xx

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is so amazing!! I love how the butterflies are floating!! So creative!! And your background is spectacular, as always!! Gorgeousness!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

A Pink said...

A really stunning piece , Brenda. Love how you have made the butterflies look like they are floating and those watery washes are such a delicate foundation to then build upon with all your additional layers of fabulous creativity .
Really do love this
Tfs x

butterfly said...

What a brilliant idea with the cellophane - your floating butterflies are magical.
Alison x

Angela Radford said...

This is gorgeous Brenda. The butterflies set inside the tray remind me of some real butterflies we had years ago which were pinned inside little box frames. Have a lovely creative week, Angela xXx

Thing1 said...

so beautiful. i must try and find my printer tray...

Carol w said...

Just beautiful!

Candy C said...

Brenda...your "grunge" always have such a lovely shabby chic quality to it. This butterfly piece is lovely.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous Brenda - I agree with Candy your grunge always looks so wonderfully shabby chic. Jennie xx

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous project Brenda, the butterflies look stunning 'floating' in their frames and you also created a beautiful cover.
Avril xx

Cec said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the grungy neutral backgrounds and the subtle bits of colour.
Hugs!
Cec

Annie said...

Totally love the colours and effect of the layers of paint Brenda x The butterflies certainly appear to be floating and I love it xxx

TFS and hugs
Annie xx

Jan Hill said...

Love the floating butterflies, great idea x

Raquel Burillo said...

Such an inspiring project!! 😍😍😍 I love how the butterflies float and that you kept them safe within the cellophanes and by creating the covers. Super cute! Love it! xx😊