Friday, 7 June 2019

Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

A few weeks ago I attended a workshop at Country View Crafts with A Vintage Journey's owner Brenda Brown. Brenda is a great teacher, her projects are always so well planned with lots of techniques and always a gorgeous composition. I was inspired by this and adapted her ideas to create my Tissue Paper project for our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey.

This is Brenda's original design - and here is a link to her blog post.
By Brenda Brown
I changed mine slightly to use butterflies rather than bunnies!
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box
Nikki's version
My new version incorporates Tim Holtz Botanical Collage Paper and other images stamped onto tissue paper for my background. This version is a little smaller and instead of card I used corrugated box card for my background. I added some gesso and crackle paint before adding my tissue papers to the surface. I then painted elements of the background - the leaves and berries.
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box
My butterflies and frame used techniques from the workshop so it would be unfair to share them in detail here - but I am sure you can see crackle paint and lots of painty layers! 
Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly Shadow Box

Tissue paper is a great way to get stamped images onto a textured surface like corrugated card. The images may distort a little but on this sort of project it doesn't matter!

There is lots more Tissue Paper inspiration at A Vintage Journey today. Astrid is our host and this is what she says:
There are many different ways you can incorporate tissue paper into your project - create texture by scrunching it up, stain it, paint it, wax it, stamp on it, emboss on it. You could use cheap tissue from the supermarket, recycle gift wrapping tissue, or even use old dressmaking patterns. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

So do pop over and take a peek!
Nikki
xxx

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful shadow box Nikki, I especially love the colors and textures on the butterflies. Have a wonderful holiday. Hugs, S@ndy

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  2. I am completely in love with this shadow box Nikki, - simply stunning!! The first one you did with Brenda looked fab too, but I think I love this one even better! You are so lucky to do a workshop with Brenda, and you certainly have made creative use of the techniques she shared. An amazing project and a firm new favourite. Thanks so much for playing in the challenge!

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  3. Absolutely stunning details here Nikki x I agree with Astrid you are so lucky to attend one of Brenda's workshops x I love the colours and wonderful details here within your AVJ project x

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

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  4. What a beautiful shadow box! I love that you were inspired by and adapted the ideas from Brenda's fabulous workshop 😀. All the designs look amazing, you created so much amazing texture and the addition of your butterflies are perfect too! Happy Friday and weekend! Jo x

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  5. What a great class that was by our Brenda! I love both of your projects Nikki - the botanical print tissue is gorgeous behind your beautifully colored butterflies! Layering it to corrugated card gives so much dimension to it! xx

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  6. Your original class version is certainly a beauty (as is Brenda's version). Your adaptation is breathtakingly beautiful with those rusty colour tones and hints of gorgeous crackle here and there - you really do have me swooning here Nikki! Hugs, Anne xxx

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  7. Completely magnificent - the tissue images on the corrugated cardboard, those gloriously grungy butterflies, the crackle texture and the glowing colours. This is definitely a new favourite for me. Brenda's class clearly inspired you, but you've made it entirely your own with this stunning piece of artwork.
    Alison x

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  8. Just stunning Nikki ! The tissue paper background with the crackle is glorious and those butterflies .... no words! just stunning! What fabulous techniques Brenda taught at the class and how wonderful that you took them and made them your own. Look forward to seeing more! Jennie x

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  9. Absolutely fabulous Creativity! Nikki. As usual your composition , use of colour, texture, elements and not forgetting the required collage paper are all spot on .
    Love it !
    Have a lovely weekend
    Hugs x

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  10. Holy Cannolli, Nikki! I just LOVE this artsy framed piece! Using the painted collage paper over the crackled corrugate is genius! But those butterflies and frame stole my grungy heart from the minute I first set eyes on this gorgeous work of art! You learned from the best at Brenda's workshop, and you obviously are an A+ student! Both your's and Brenda's artwork from the class are gorgeous! Hugs! Sara Emily

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  11. Word- Beautifully done!!!! Amazing details

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  12. Great job Nikki! Both of your pieces are gorgeous. It's really interesting to see the way you put your own spin on Brenda's original idea and developed it further into your Tissue project adding more textures . Lovely ! Thank you also Nikki for giving me such a warm welcome to A Vintage Journey. It's much appreciated xx

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  13. Fantastic! I'm in love with every textures you created! Colors are stunning, rbright and vintage at the same time! Barbara

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  14. What a fabulous shadow box Nikki! I absolutely love it! I adore the text background and textures on the butterflies.
    Hugs, Ann xx

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  15. Vibrant beautiful design! Love the rich colors and the layered inks on the butterflies!

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