3-D Layered Butterfly Wall Hanging

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share a new project. I don’t know about you, but I’m eager for spring which is just around the corner. Today I’m sharing a home decor piece that embodies a warm spring day. This 3-D layered butterfly wall hanging features Little Birdie Decoupage Paper, gorgeous Song of the Sea flowers, and Primed Chipboard pieces. Be sure to check out the photos below to see just how much dimension a side view shows you with all these layers.

In this DIY video tutorial you will learn how to use layers to develop dimension, create gorgeous faux metal gears with patina using chipboard, gilding flakes, and waxes, learn all the details to make this gorgeous 3-D layered butterfly, create a patina effect on flowers and feathers, and use items from nature to enhance your mixed media projects.

Enjoy!

Tips and Techniques:

This 3-D layered butterfly cut from Fairy Sparkle paper sits atop gorgeous Song of the Sea flowers brushed with Tinted Metallic paint for a patina effect. All these layers develop amazing depth and dimension.
Texture Tack is the perfect adhesive to apply copper and gold gilding flakes to these chipboard gears to create a faux metal effect. Aqua Sheen Metallic Wax and Caribbean Teal paint create a warm patina finish. Microbeads and colored craft pellets applied with soft gel medium create gorgeous color coordinated texture around the edges of the floral cluster.
Another faux metal gear.
These darling feathers are cut from the Dream Catcher Chipboard set and painted with Caribbean Teal and Tawny Glint Metallic paints for a shimmering finish. A patina effect is added to the flowers by dry brushing with white gesso, then again with Tawny Glint paint.
Three butterflies are cut from gorgeous Fairy Sparkle paper to create this layered butterfly. The top layer is brushed along the outer edges and randomly across the wings with Glazed Berries Metallic Paint which was sprinkled with shimmering Fairy Dust Glitter. I realized a a coat of gel medium would be needed to hold the glitter in place. The butterfly body and trail are metal pieces from my stash with gilding and patina like the gears.
This Thriving Thistle Chipboard is brushed with Glazed Berries paint, then highlighted by rubbing with Copper Blaze Metallic Wax. I tucked in a piece of birch bark for a natural element. I just adore the text on the Touch of Nature Decoupage Paper.
I took a walk in my winter garden to find these dried flower stems to add a linear element to this piece.
Barley Crunch – Stone Texture Paste applied through the Brick Wall Stencil adds fabulous texture to the background. I tucked in several natural feathers for a soft touch.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at the online store: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/

Other Supplies:
Wood Bracket Shaped Base purchased at a local craft store – 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Scribbly Butterflies
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Small Talk
Metal flourish and corner
Gold Leaf
Copper Gilding Flakes
Copper Microbeads
Nature: Feathers; Twigs; White Birch Bark
1″ Double Sided Foam Tape
Stylus and foam pad
Silicone Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to view my video. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a dimensional home decor piece to brighten up your day.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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Pretty In Pink Canvas Wall Art

Hi, Crafty Friends!! Design Team Member, Mitsyana, here! And I’m back again with Little Birdie Crafts to bring you another “Clean” Mixed Media Project.

I love mixed media but don’t like getting too grungy and dirty. I like the textures and layering but am drawn to a bright and fresh color palette.

So, I create my mixed media with my personal style and likes in mind.. because ART is about personal expression and there’s no wrong way to do art!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Step 1: Place Stencil Script Design onto the pre-primed canvas and apply whipped modeling paste with a plastic spatula. Remove the stencil and set aside to dry.

Step 2: Once paste is dried, apply paint over the entire canvas with French Rose Chalk Paint and a paint brush. Then set aside to dry. You can speed up drying time with a heat gun.

Step 3: Apply Gilding paste along the edges of the canvas and the raised texture of the paste.

Step 4: Remove the backing from the decorative picture frame.

Step 5: Attach the decorative picture frame onto the painted canvas using mixed media glue and set aside to dry.

Step 6: Trim two links from the top of one of the Chipboard Ornate Pendants.

Step 7: Mix together white gesso and texture powder into a paste.

Step 8: Apply the paste mixture over the Chipboard Ornate Pendants and the Chipboard Garden Butterflies then lightly rub Pebeo Gilding wax over the raised textured surfaces.

Step 9: Adhere Garden Butterfly chipboard piece to the mounted frame using more mixed media glue.

Step 10: Attach the Renae Blush flowers and Kraft Leaves around the decorative frame in a cascading fashion with more mixed media glue.

Step 11: Attach Chipboard Ornate Pendants with more mixed media glue to the upper left side of the canvas to make them appear to dangle down.

Step 12: Attach a small flower from the Renae Blush flowers set onto each of the Chipboard Ornate Pendants.

Step 13: Run mixed media glue along the sides of the canvas and attach the tulle ribbon around the perimeter and set aside to dry.

Here is the gorgeous finished canvas…

More detailed pictures…

Lots and lots of texture…

This canvas would be great for a number of different themes. It would totally work for a fairy, princess, or spring themes and adds a rich feel to your decor.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how I create my “clean” mixed media! If you love mixed media but don’t like a dark grungy style… try this approach. And don’t forget to just have fun, you’ll be amazed on what you create!

Mitsyana