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Mixed Media Butterfly Panel

By: Hannah Oxberry Blog
August 8, 2019

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Mixed Media Butterfly Panel
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Inspired by delicate butterflies and long summer days, this panel features layered up papers and mediums creating a subtle, vintage look.

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 2oz - Lace
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference - Gold Interference
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Heavy Gel Medium - Gloss
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • Vintage Sepia Ink
  • Selection of flat brushes
  • Brayer
  • Craft mat
  • Tissue paper
  • Water spritzer
  • Palette knife
  • Heat tool
  • Selection of vintage style stamps
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Foam pads


Step 1: Select your substrate, I am using an MDF panel measuring 8x8.

Instruction #1 - Step 18950
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Step 2: Paint the MDF panel in a base layer of Chalky Finish Enchanted, ensure a good even coverage.

Instruction #2 - Step 212
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Step 3: Take a brayer, and brayer over the panel in a layer of Chalky Finish Lace to give a mottled effect. Use a craft mat to smooth out and pick up your paint on the brayer.

Instruction #3 - Step 324
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Step 4: Add a wash over the panel surface of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Titanium White, use a wide flat brush. If your wash is a little dark, just spritz with water to lighten.

Instruction #4 - Step 478
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Step 5: Take the papers you wish to use and lay them out on the panel to try out your design. Once you are happy with the layout, take a photo for reference.

Instruction #5 - Step 585
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Step 6: Glue your papers using Decou-Page Matte glue, apply with a wide flat brush and spritz the papers with a little water to make them more malleable.

Instruction #6 - Step 638
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Step 7: Brayer and wash over the panel again knock the paper back, making the papers become part of the background.

Instruction #7 - Step 724
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Step 8: Using a selection of vintage style stamps, stamp your panel with vintage sepia ink. Add 2nd and 3rd generation stamping to give a lighter look and remember to stamp off the edges of the panel to give a more natural look.

Instruction #8 - Step 881
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Step 9: Add texture to your panel by applying a layer of Heavy Gel Medium, roughly, using a palette knife. Once dry, repeat this step using Crackle Paste.

Instruction #9 - Step 970
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Step 10: Add a light wash in patches of Metallic Gold, as well as splatters of gold in areas. Edge the panel in Gold too.

Instruction #10 - Step 10 copy
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Step 11: To finish, add a paper butterfly embellishment. Paint the embellishment in a layer of Interference Gold and add details to the wings using Liquid Glass. Mount on foam pads to the top right of the panel.

Instruction #11 - Step 11 copy
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Instruction #12 - Detail 1
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Be sure to visit Hannah Oxberry Blog  for more projects and to learn more about Hannah.


Gorgeous panel! I love the layering. I'm going to try this!

Karen Gonzales

August 8, 2019

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