Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Blue Butterfly Panel Art

I have been wanting to create some more artwork for my eldest 's room. If you recall, a few weeks ago I created an "As You Wish" panel art composition. I found this easy process here, and I loved the rustic look! The one thing that I wished I had done was gone for a bolder font.

Now that I have that project under my belt, I thought that process would work wonderfully to continue to fill the walls in my oldest girl's fairy/princess room. If you recall, some of the accent pieces are a beach glass blue, so we continued the theme with this piece. I took the last of the wood decking samples (yay for free architectural samples via my office!) and painted them Valspar's Weathered Glass (I had a free sample that has truly lasted). Then I attempted to use the same transfer method that I used before.

That's when things started to fall apart. I knew that I had been told that plain old craft paint worked the best. I had no idea that meant that latex wall paint wouldn't take the print transfer--at all!! When I finished my attempt, it looked like I had just slapped some water on the panels. Oops.

So this would be try #2. I went looking about in the house for some other means to create butterflies on these panels. I settled on some scrapbook paper that I had around. I folded each piece in half and then freehanded a shape that corresponded to half of a butterfly with the fold as the center line of the butterfly.

Keep in mind you want the wrong side of the paper facing out in case you change your mind between sketching and cutting--or if your hand isn't the steadiest when it comes to sketching. Then cut out the shape through both layers of the paper making a butterfly. I know this is super simple--most of us did something in elementary school in a lesson about symmetry, but I thought it made some cool looking butterflies.

I then arranged the butterflies and some cardstock letters I had--also from my scrapbooking stash--to make "beautiful butterfly." As you can see from the picture, I pushed all the panels together while arranging them.

 I cut the pieces of paper that spanned different samples at the joint.

I then decoupaged all items into place, using decoupage medium on both the panels and the back of the paper.

I used a rag to push out all the bubbles, waited impatiently for it to dry, then put a coat of decoupage on top. I then beat up the panels using sandpaper.

I still need to seal these, but I think they will go very well in my little girl's room, don't you?

This project supply rundown is as follows: ceiling panel samples (free), paint sample (free), decoupage medium (on hand, homemade from $.50 glue), and scrapbook paper/cardstock (less than a $1)


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