Monday, 16 June 2014

Wings & Things

This project has been hanging around my desk for what seems weeks so tonight I decided I had better finish it and hang it on the wall which it does from the clip on the top..
The colouring of this has been inspired with the techniques that Tim Holtz has taught us using distress inks and distress paints and lots of swooshing your paper through them on your craft mat.
I started by cutting a piece of metal garden mesh to the size I wanted, painted it roughly with gesso and then added distress paints picked raspberry,mustard seed and broken china. I then cut a piece of corragated card, ruffed it up by tearing bits off, a coat of gesso and then same coloured distress paints.I have then stamped on it using parts of Tim's Classics #17 and Papillon.
Text is script background by IndigoBlu.
The main image (I know it's not Tim') is one of my new Carabella studio stamps - Libellules & Papillons. For the background I tapped same distress colours as above but this time using distress inks, sprayed with water and then just lay watercolour paper on top. I then stamped using black archival ink. I then stamped again, coloured the butterflies and dragonflies with distress ink, cut out, and layered onto my original stamping.

I added a little white gel pen for some highlights.

Here you can see a little more of the detail. 3 nibs from my rusty nib collection.
Sentiment is from Flying Colours - By sheena, I have mounted it on its own piece of painted mesh and it sits 3D'd on the top.
and a Tim holtz word disc and clip finish it off.
I would like to enter this into this months challenge at
A vintage Journey their theme for this month is "Wings & Things"
The purpose of this challenge is to show how Tim Holtz has inspired you and for me it is recreating the wonderful effects he gets from his distress ranges.
Thanks for visiting
Amanda X


  1. Absolutely glorious, Amanda... the summery colours, the winged creatures fluttering across the surface and that brilliant garden mesh in the background. Love love love it! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

  2. Gorgeous happy and inspirational piece of art :)

  3. Wonderful piece of art,could look at this for hours it's so fab!

    Donna x

  4. I love your artwork here! A stunning use of color and texture!

  5. Beautiful hanging, love the inky background and those super butterflies.

  6. This creation gives a real summer feel, with the lovely colours...such nice details Amanda...gorgeous hanging!
    greetings, Alie :-)

  7. Really like this Amanda. The colors are so yummy and of course the winged things are just beautiful. Thanks for joining us here at a Vintage Journey.

  8. Absolutely stunning, Amanda! Chris xxx

  9. Love how this came together Amanda! Had to stop to comment. Made me say wow!

  10. What a stunning make in such beautiful colours. The background is fabulous and reminded me to look for my ribbler ! The page is wonderful and your butterflies, sentiment and embellishments are perfectly placed. Thank You for hopping on board a Vintage Journey this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

  11. Hi Amanda, just doing a catch up. This is stunning. love the soft colours.
    Avril xx

  12. Gorgeous Amanda! Beautiful colours hugs x


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