Friday, 1 April 2016

Spring Butterfly for AVJ

 It's April and here in the Northern Hemisphere, let's hope it is the start of some beautiful Spring days! We are celebrating Spring at a Vintage Journey with our April challenge. 
For my design I have taken a plain shadow box and used lots of different paint techniques to decorate the frame and contents - brayering, dry brushing, a bit of sponging!
The butterfly is embossed and oil pastels used to highlight the raised area before coordinating distress stains were added.
There was a painted flower on my desk, leftover from a the canvas I have made for the Country View Crafts April challenge - post coming in a few hours - (here) - so I used it as a little embellishment.
Until next time..
Nikki 
xxxx

19 comments:

  1. Such lovely layers of paint Nikki. So many great techniques used here. Happy Spring!! Sandy xx

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  2. Gorgeous framed piece Nikki, adore those colours and how you added layers to your design, add so much depth. The butterfly is a fantastic centre piece and again the colours are fantastic. Beautiful vintage Spring piece, love it. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

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  3. Beautiful mix of paints on your shadow box Nikki - they set off your lovely butterfly wonderfully! Julia xx

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  4. Wow Nikki, your Spring project is so beautiful! I love your colours and the whole composition!

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  5. What a glorious butterfly taking centre stage and the background you created for it is superb! This has just shot to the top of my favourites of your work Nikki, it is quite beautiful... Hugs, Anne xx

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  6. Stunning frame and wonderful work on that butterfly! Love those gorgeous Spring colours you have used!The background is totally stunning too!

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  7. Gorgeous! Nikki .Wonderful Spring like colour palette used so creatively with all those different paint techniques. Fabulous focal point too - gotta love that butterfly !
    Have a lovely weekend x

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  8. Fantastic work Nikki. Really love what you did to the frame. And the colors ....oh my...gorgeous....
    Thank you for sharing your art.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  9. Beautiful zingyness nikki ..
    Love the colours and of course that beautiful butterfly x

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  10. Fantastic work on the frame Nikki it looks wonderful and a gorgeous house for that stunning butterfly. Lovely spring colours! Have a lovely weekend and see you soon! Jennie x

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  11. Gosh, Nikki, you are really outdoing yourself with your gorgeous makes lately, and I adore this color palette! That butterfly is simple amazing! Hugs!

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  12. How lovely! The weathered finish on the frame is fantastic, and I love the glow of the colours on the butterfly.
    Alison x

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  13. Wonderful colours and techniques Nikki, love your butterfly using the oil pastels. The think I've seen that somewhere before lol.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  14. Fabulous layers and colours on your frame Nikki and love the beautiful embossed butterfly taking center stage! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

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  15. Totally adore this Nikki. The colors are completely GORGEOUS. What wonderful use of technique and textures. I think anyone would love to have this on the wall. Truly it's STUNNING. I soooo enjoyed seeing this - it just makes me feel happy and peaceful - like I could climb into your box - lay down in your luscious green textures and let your butterfly entertain me!!!!!!!!!!!! XXj.

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  16. this is beautiful Nikki x Love those stunning colours and textures

    TFS Annie x

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  17. The gentle side of Spring captured perfectly here Nikki. Simply stunning. Couldn't believe it when I saw the first butterfly two weeks ago! xx

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  18. Very pretty Nikki, love the sponging and dry brushing effects on your background and frame. You have brought my favourite butterfly die cut to life beautifully with the soft spring colours. Mo x

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  19. An amazing background and gorgeous zesty colours, perfect for Spring.
    Julie x

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