Friday, 18 January 2013

DT Project #2 featuring MDF Man (posted by Lesley)

Hello again lovely Snazzy's visitors,
I made it back with another project almost at the last minute, lol!  Actually the weather is partly to blame for me being late because I couldn't take any photos till this morning even though my project was finished last night.  I'm actually feeling quite miffed (being polite here) because the blooming weather has put paid to my plans for this weekend.  I was supposed to be travelling down to Swindon tonight, taking a friend with me, for an overnight stay followed by a lovely workshop with Val and my first ever visit to Snazzy's but it looks like the snow has put paid to that and I have to say I'm really gutted.  Ah well, maybe another day but I so wanted to have a go at that fabulous mask which you can see HERE if you've not seen it before.

Before I share my second project this week with you, don't forget to leave a comment HERE if you would like to be in Snazzy's random draw to win this month's DT kit.

Now on to my project which is a piece of wall art.  First I gave the 'butterfly wing' and the small solid cog a coat of Gesso followed by a slightly thinned coat of white acrylic paint.  Next I took a selection of Versamagic inkpads and blended my chosen colours over the wing.  I followed this with some random stamping using stamps from Chocolate Baroque Lace Fragments set and Steampunk Butterfly Set and a Cobalt Archival inkpad.  I then used a script mask and applied Coffee Archival ink here and there over the stamping. 

(Sorry it's not at the proper angle but it is quite a long piece and I haven't yet put any means for hanging it on the back so had to take the photos with it lying flat)

I cut a piece of wire mesh from a roll I found in my local charity shop.  It's actually gold coloured with bits of glitter on and was in their Christmas decorations.  Not my cup of tea at all, lol, but perfect for my purpose once I'd chopped it up a bit and treated it with some alcohol inks.  I attached it to my 'wing' with Ideology Screw Eyes!

I then set about making my embellishments.  I glued some Prima script paper (in two contrasting colours) to Whiteout Clearly for Art using Ranger Glue and Seal and then cut out some flowers using my TH/Sizzix Tattered Florals die.  On the lighter shade of paper I over stamped with a cog background stamp from the Chocolate Baroque Steampunk Butterfly set using Coffee Archival ink and then inked all the petal edges with the Cobalt Archival.  I set about heating and shaping all the flowers and then layered them, securing with Cosmic Shimmer Glue before arranging them all on my wing.  I attached them with silicone glue and then used the Cosmic Shimmer Glue to put blobs in the flower centres to which I added micro beads.


Next, I stamped the Steampunk Butterfly twice using Versamark ink onto Black Clearly for Art and heat embossed with gold detail embossing powder.   I've had this pot for years and it's gone a rather strange colour (pongs a bit too ;D) and I was doubtful it would work but it actually came out the perfect colour for my project.  Once it had cooled I cut the butterflies out and then heated them again to shape the wings before attaching them to my project with silicone glue.



The final bit was the solid cog which I covered with some of the lighter script paper and then inked the edges with Cobalt Archival.  The word 'LOVE' is a Studio 490 Art Part which I inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then heat embossed using an embossing powder in my stash..  I stuck this to the cog with Cosmic Shimmer Glue (note to self - need more of this fab glue) and then stuck the cog with the same glue to the wing.  I finished off with a couple of wire 'antennae'


Well that concludes my projects with this fun kit and I have to say that from starting out a bit baffled about what I was going to do, I ended up having  a fab time with lots of different products from my stash, many of which can be purchased from Snazzy's.  Next week it's Minxy's turn and she usually has something quirky and inspiring for us all so I'm really looking forward to seeing her projects. 

(Now you've seen the project I'll let you into a secret, my almost 5 year old granddaughter was looking at it this morning and asked what it was.  When I told her, the response was that it looks like a fish, lol!  I think she's not far off the mark!)

Till next time .......


22 comments:

Helen said...

Out of the mouths of babes! I can see what she means.. but anyway, it is beautiful!! I love the use of the mesh. I bought a piece but haven't used it yet, just waiting for the right project. Hope you sort your weekend.

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow, that is stunning.

snazzyoriginal said...

Amazing project, so much to see, must have taken ages but soo worth it. xx

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful wall hanging! I loved the different photos at different angles as I got to see all the beautiful details! I love that butterfly! The gold is wow!

Astrid Maclean said...

Cool project Lesley and I love all the different elements you have used to make it pretty! Gorgeous colours and though I can see the "fish" bit, it still spell more "wing" to me. Really lovely piece!

Aquarius said...

Another beatiful project and such interesting and decorative embellishments. I really like the colours you used - brilliant work! Shame about your plans for the weekend - hopefully later in the year...bloomin' weather!!

Redanne said...

Sorry to hear about the upset in your weekend plans - on the positive side - maybe more time for craft? Love your project, steampunk but pretty at the same time, what more could anyone want! Love it!

Paula Whittaker said...

A lovely piece of wall art.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A gorgeous piece Lesley, I love the steampunk butterflies in the black and gold, and the mesh looks great on this.

Sue x

butterfly said...

This is absolutely enchanting, Lesley! I've been gazing at the close-ups, just drinking in all the details... the colours are gorgeous, and the shaped flowers are so lovely. The butterflies are completely stunning, and I love the texture from the mesh... altogether delicious - wow! And now I'm going to have to get some Clearly For Art - temptress!
Alison xx

Gillian .... said...

Beautifully done Lesley, love all the detail. x

Sandra said...

A beautiful piece of art Lesley.
Shame about the weather. I'm about 1 1/2 hours from Snazzy's and we've got 6" of snow so I think you are wise to stay put!

Netty said...

Loving your terrific piece of crafting, magical colours and embellies. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Maryann said...

It looks great leslie, and I love the colors here too.
Don´t kids always just say exactly what they think in the moment? ha ha ha They´re so adorable ha ha ha

Carol Q said...

beautiful Leslie, love the mesh effect.

Sarah29Wood said...

I love the butterfly stamps, think I may have to take a look at these in the shop xxx

Craftychris said...

ooh this is absolutely stunning! I love the steampunk butterflies and the flowers. Its such a shame you had to miss your trip but better safe than sorry! Stay warm xx

Caz said...

Ditto all the previous comments - this is a fantastic piece!
Our weekend plans spoilt too - no excuse not to get some housework done unfortunately but finished now so just about enough daylight left for some quality playtime!!
Keep warm!
Caz
x

Minxy said...

Oh isn't it beautiful, love what you've done, the butterflies are gorgeous and the flowers are stunning too

judith@poppy cottage said...

Gorgeous colour combo on this Buddy, love the use of the mesh, it looks great in conjunction with the CB stamps. The brown flowers look lovely against that bluey/turquise background, Judith xx

Joanie said...

Hi Lesley, love this "fish"!! Fab!

Joan x

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