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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Butterfly Bubbles

Hello my crafting friends, a second helping of something different for you today, its a card I made last year but have kept it until now, I was walking through Colchester one day and spotted in the window of an Art Gallery these beautiful paintings, or mixed media art that had been done, they were actually out of glass among other medias, believe me they were stunning to see. So I decided to have a go at making something similar but in a form of a card and not the large frame size as in the Gallery lol! At the bottom of this post I shall show a picture of the actual picture.  The artist is Kevin Bandee, his latest ones in the Art Gallery are stunning, he has incorporated leaves into these now, amazing! Do take a look of his work online.

I am sorry for the picture overload on this but I wanted to show step by step how I made it.

I started with a piece of White card and inked it up with several different colours of Tim Holtz Distress Inks blending them together
as much as possible then left to dry.

I then sorted out my Oil Pastels and began to draw the wavy lines down the card blending the colours as I went then adding the White lines.

To make the glass bubbles all I could do was draw in White circles to represent them, light ones in the background and stronger ones within the lines.

For the Butterflies I decided the best likeness would be the Shaving Foam technique, so I sprayed some Shaving Foam in a container and added several colours of Aquatints, I made a pattern then added the card, this was quite effective but not quite what I wanted as I did not want all the Butterflies the same, so I repeated the Shaving foam process three times for different colourways until I was happy I had something to work with.

On the back of each coloured sheet I drew some Butterflies and cut out one of each colour, I then coloured the body of the Butterflies with Black ink pen and went round the edge of each one to hide the White card. I then gave each one three coats of Pinflair Laquar leaving each coat to dry before applying the next. The finished Butterflies looked just as I wanted with the glossy look. 

I matted my work onto a a white Background then onto a White base card before adding the Butterflies in position.

                                                       Actual Art by Kevin Bandee

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx


  1. Oh, Jacquie, it's stunning! What beautiful vibrant colours and that Shaving Foam technique is really awesome! Fantastic design!
    Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Branka DTx

  2. This is gorgeous Jacquie!! Great techniques, colours and design. xx

  3. Wow Jacquie, stunning card, the technique has given amazing results and thank for sharing. Fabulous butterflies . Hugs Jennifer xx

  4. Wow, this looks amazing, xxx

  5. Morning jacquie, a very impressive card, the photos explain the whole process, beautiful. Janice xx

  6. Thanks for sharing the step by step. I can see why you were inspired and your artwork is beautiful. Cara

  7. Holy wowzers Jacquie!! You really created a wonderful likeness of the original piece, and I think the shaving cream technique for the butterflies was brilliant!! I bought a box of those oil pastel things last year and I've never used them, not once!! You may have inspired me to pull them out and see what they're all about! Your colours certainly are vibrant and they way you created your layers is so fun to watch!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Crazy For Colour' challenge, I sure love it when you get 'messy'! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  8. This looks like a fun project and some fun techniques! Awesome sauce design and those butterflies are totes wow! Wonderful background and the little white bubbles created fantabulous movement across your white card. So funny you did this design as I am doing something similar right now but in neon colors! Ahh! Hehe. Those oil pastels look like fun! Marvelous details and colors!

    Thanks for joining in our "Crazy for Colour" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki

  9. Jacquie, you have created a fabolous likeness of the original, and my hat's off to you for coming up with some very creative ways to achieve your desired look! I have those oil pastels and haven't dragged them out since I was in high school! Great use of all these products and love that you included your process!

    Thank you for joining our Crazy For Color challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  10. Thank you for joining Crazy For Colors challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  11. Hi Jacquie
    Fab card. That background is brilliant. Love the vibrant tub of shaving foam lol!
    Ang x

  12. Beautiful card and gorgeous seeing your creations..xx


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