Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Faux Patina Butterflies

 
Here I am back again for week two of the Frilly and Funkie challenge.  This is the week the Funkies share their interpretation of our challenge theme.  Anita Houston is our hostess and her challenge theme is RePurpose to UpCycle - a perfect theme for this Earth Day time of year.  I joined in with the Frillies last week with my altered Starbuck's bottle and really hadn't planned on making anything for the Funkie side this week, but I've had this candy box put aside for awhile now and thought it was time to get it out and repurpose it.
Plus I was on Linda Ledbetter's blog today looking at the Compendium of Curiosities challenge and just HAD to play along.  I had just received the exact alcohol inks in the boutique that the faux patina challenge required and it's a technique that I've been wanting to play with so away I went.  I had a bit of free time and decided to mess around and see how many ways I could create patinas on my sample butterflies.  Each and every one is made differently.  I am not going to do a step by step on how I made each sample, but if you have questions and what to know specifics, leave me a question in the comments and I will respond.  
Some butterflies are paper, some are acrylic packaging, some are Ranger metal foil tape and at least one is an aluminum pepsi can.  I also repurposed very heavy cardstock from a David Yurman catalog.  We get their catalogs periodically and they are very heavy, expensive paper.  I always grab them for my craft bin.  I used a variety of inks, acrylic paints and UTEE as well as alcohol inks in Pool, Meadow and Snow Cap Mixative.  I do have limited quantities of these alcohol inks available in the boutique ready to ship out immediately. 
I used a ton of different products, all available in the boutique.  They are listed below and you can just click on the thumbnail to take you to my shop listing.  One thing I would like to point out is that I used the Tim Holtz Terminology Tissue Wrap to cover the plastic insert to which I had given a coat of gesso.  I cracked open a brand new jar of Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium Matte, ripped the tissue wrap into strips and basically paper mâchéd it to the plastic insert using the multi medium.  The tissue wrap performed amazingly well!  It is very strong.  It didn't bunch up or turn into mush like normal tissue paper would have.  I just applied the multi medium with my fingers (I wore latex gloves to protect my hands) and then smoothed on each piece.  It took about an hour to cover the entire piece.  I let it dry, then sponged it with Vintage Photo DI and spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold.  
I am linking this up to Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 2 Faux Patina challenge.  I have followed the technique that Tim Holtz describes in the Compendium II on page 58.  It's the first time I have done this technique and I must say it's awesome and I had a blast with it.  I will definitely be adding it to my favorite techniques!  I also wanted to say thank you to Angie Lentz for sponsoring the challenge and providing an amazing prize - some very lucky crafter will win a Tim Holtz autographed messenger bag!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Please be sure to stop by Frilly and Funkie and see the wonderful repurposed projects the Funkies have to show you!








Supplies Used from the Funkie Junkie Boutique:

25 comments:

Karen Aicken said...

Oh, this is fabulous! What a great way to re-purpose a candy box with all it's perfect sections. I love that each butterfly is different, yet the entire piece is cohesive and ... did I mention fabulous? :-)
Cheers, Karen

BEARKIS said...

Very,very good and interesting idea,and these different butterflies...BRAVO!!!!

lainey said...

FANTASTIC Linda!!! great excuse to go out and buy some chocolate now!! love what you have created, fab idea using the peg :)lainey x

Frederique said...

What a fab idea, I am always amazed at what ideas people come up with!! I love the final result and will have a go at the butterflies myself! thanks for sharing x

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Just amazing, who would ever have thought! You!!! that's who.....fabby GF

Kate said...

Wow, Linda!!! This is....well, it makes me speechless! Its gorgeous, incredible, magnificent...you get the idea. Sadly, I have one of these I have been using to squeeze paint into. If only I had known the possibilities. perhaps next time. Love it!
Kate

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely stunning and a wonderful piece of recycling / repurposing. Love it. Tracy x

Terry said...

Now that is what I call candy! Those are some gorgeous butterflies and the faux patina looks amazing! Love every little detail! Beautiful!

Marjie Kemper said...

This is awesome, Linda! Love all the different butterflies and the filligree corners look amazing with the patina!

Pierrette said...

Great project,love your color"vert de gris" Hugs, Pierrette

Dot said...

So fabulous, Linda!!!
hugs Dorte

Anita Houston said...

Moohoosive brilliance! I love the candy packaging...yummy and gorgeous! Those butterflies are wonderful and I love the clothes pin center...you are so creative!!!

Annie said...

Hi Linda this is a fab creative piece. Amazing recycling. I have not had a chance to read my book yet , hopefully find time this weekend. Good luck in the challenges and thanks fr sharing. Annie :)

Katy said...

This is genius!! LOVE it!! :)

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Every one of those butterflies is Gorgeous! Love your imagination in making this project. Just beautiful!

Sara Jansen said...

Lovely piece. The butterflys are are beautiful; love the mini-clothes pin body!!

Tui Nathan said...

wow ... love this!!!

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow...such a creative and beautiful creation! Love it!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Holy moly, this is brilliant! What a great way to upcycle, and a stunning interpretation of the CC2C challenge. Your faux patina is perfect. You are a clever and super talented artist, and I'm so happy you're part of the CC2C, Linda!

Sue C said...

Absolutely stunning Linda ! I've had to look several times to see how you've transformed the chocolate box ! Brilliant idea to use the tissue wrap to cover it and the filigree corners are perfect ! Sue C x

artbyvic said...

Wow, wow, wow! That is a fabulous creation!

Ann said...

Absolutely stunning!! Those butterflies are so beautiful & what a wonderful idea to cover the inside of the box with tissue tape!! Thanks for the inspiration :D
Hugs Ann-R xx

anna christensen crafts said...

Linda,

I am saluting you from across The Pond!

This is 'mouth open, droolingly gorgeous!

I can't believe what you have made from a choccie box!

I always, always love your work, but this is sheer genius (can you tell I really liked it? ;) Anna x

Lisa M said...

Linda, Linda, Linda.....
Isn't that faux patina a blast??? I loved it! I'm still trying to figure out the bark technique we talked about awhile back, but I'm figuring that I'll mistakenly stumble onto it someday..lol. Most things are discovered through "ooops!"
Had to get myself up off the floor when I saw what you reused here. A candy tray! Brilliant. Your butterflies are gorgeous and what a genius idea. :)
Thank you for the inspiration this morning.
Take care and have a great weekend!
Lisa :)

Michele Cunningham said...

Well if that isn't the most awesome thing ever!!!! Very clever :) I love the butterfly with the close pin. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!!!

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