Monday, 28 January 2019

Let's have fun with FRAMES - Brenda

Yes we're focusing on 'frames' this week so it will be interesting to see what the fabulous team come up with. I have used the mini printers tray with cover for my sample and I think you'll see why.  For my project the trays have become 'frames' for a little set of butterflies......

 .... which makes them look as though they are floating in the 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 an ephemera pack. I added another computer generated saying.

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

..... and the inside ones.

So I hope you like my interpretation of the frames theme. If you make anything similar please leave a comment below and add the link to your project so we can see it.

Thanks for stopping by  and have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

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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.

1 comment:

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What a fabulous way to display those beautiful Butterflies Brenda. You really have encapsulated them to create a forever treasure. I'm sure I have some of those printer trays deep within my stash, I must hunt them out and try this super creation. Thank you for sharing this inspirational piece. Stunning!
Creative wishes Tracey x