annd we’re back!

It’s been a crazy summer! My mother has given up her home and moved in with me and what a lot of work that is! 25 years in one spot and you accumulate a lot of stuff (and it makes matters worse when your children (myself included! use your house as a convenient storage site!!) Anyhow, we are on the downside of it now and she is getting settled in here so I found some time to do a little crafting.

This project is a 16 x 20 canvas for a dreary spot at work that needs some livening up. I originally did this canvas


Mixed media canvas using Faber-Castell's Whipped spackle tinted with Gelatos, some stenciling and stamping to finish. Pitt artist pen for quote.

but then it looked perfect on my living room wall so I couldn’t give it away! Oh boy, back to the drawing board!

So I promised myself that this one would go in to work with me FOR SURE and sat down to do some creating this past weekend.  Here’s the finished canvas and then I will show you some step-by-steps of my process.

 walk gently butterfly

First I gesso’ed the whole canvas, laid down strips of my patterned paper using gel medium to adhere them.

 step 1 step 2step 3






I gesso’ed again and also used some white acrylic paint to create a focal point.I used a couple of stencils and light Modeling Paste for the texture on the perimeter of the canvas, and also mixed distress ink and white acrylic paint to stamp some more texture in a light bluey/grey/green tone.

My previous canvas was a serene birch tree by pond scene and I knew I wanted another gentle scene from nature. I was inspired by a moment in my garden as a butterfly landed fleetingly on a coneflower. I tore strips of text and music paper to shape the wings and petals, and used Distress Inks and gelatos to colour them in. I was wracking my brains to figure out how to make the tracery on the butterfly wings when I remembered a texture stamp from Tattered Angels…perfect!

step 4 butterfly wings step 4B

I used Glass Bead Gel mixed with gelatos and india ink to create the middle of the flower and the butterfly’s body. I just love the texture that gave!!

close up finished canvas step 5 flowerstep8 writing

Finished the sentiment and butterfly details with Stampers Big Brush pen and smudged the edge of the canvas with Iced Coffee and Black Cherry gelato from the new Steampunk collection (love the metallic shimmer) which I had also used on the edges of the butterfly’s wings. What do you think? Have I captured that soft moment when a butterfly lands near you?

Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to walk gently, my friends!!


Supplies: Liquitex gel medium, modeling paste and Glass Beads texture gel, Daler and Rowney gesso,  DecoArt acrylics, FaberCastell gelatos and Stampers Big Brush pens, Tim Holtz Distress inks, My Minds Eye Lost&Found Two paper, Perfect Pearls spray – Biscotti


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura wile
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 02:54:09

    Beautiful. Just beautiful! You truly are a gifted artist!


  2. Laurie Finch
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 16:00:44

    Aw thanks Laura, it was the fun and inspiring company I had when I finished it up!!


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