Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mixed Media Butterfly ATCs

My Facebook mixed media ATC group is creating in the theme of butterflies this month.  The Muse whispered the suggestion to use crackle mediums; probably because they most often sit in my drawer unused.  Don't know why I always forget about them as I love the look.

First up is my blue butterfly.  I had lots of fun creating the background for this one.  I wish I remember which of my regular blog stops I was inspired by, but in my daily rounds I saw an art journal page that forced me to stop what I was doing and start spraying dye inks about immediately until I eventually ended up with this background.

The base butterfly was made from aqua cardstock that I first painted over with Picket Fence Crackle Paint.  After it dried I added another layer over the top using Crackle Accents.  The top butterfly is a laser cut wood piece that I painted with Distress Paints and added a bit of glitter to.

Next up is my lavender butterfly.  The background for this one was simpler with some stamping and embossing paste.  To color the paste I added some Dylusions Lemon Zest spray and some white super-fine glitter.

The base this time was violet cardstock with the Picket Fence Crackle Paint over the top.  After it dried I went a different route and put Diamond Glaze over the top.

That's it for today. We are counting down the days until school starts here in Steedtopia.  Next Wednesday is it.  I am not eager for life on a schedule - summer has been wonderful.  It's a big year for us though with my oldest being a senior in high school and my youngest starting middle school so I know there's good stuff to look forward to.

Enjoy your week!


  1. Two fantastic ATC's Julie, loving both the butterflies and their crackles, fantastic textures and layering, so much to see :-) xxx

  2. So vibrant and full of texture. Love 'em! Here's to a happy start to school.

  3. Fantastic butterflies…you rich fantastic textures and great vibrant colours! Fab
    Best wishes from Slovenia

  4. I LOVE these!!!!! Especially the first one!!!


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