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Mixed Media Butterfly Panel

by: Hannah Oxberry
August 8, 2019

Mixed Media Butterfly Panel

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 - Enchanted
  • 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

Instructions :

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Be sure to visit Hannah Oxberry Blog for more projects and to learn more about Hannah Oxberry.


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

Karen Gonzales

August 8, 2019

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