Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Time Mixed Media Canvas

Hello crafty friends and visitors! It's time for the Funkie girls to post our inspiration at Frilly and Funkie! The theme is 'In the Good Old Summertime' and talented Kathy is our hostess. She says...

It's time for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.  Whether you vacation at the beach, in the mountains, or enjoy a relaxing "Staycation" in your own back yard, your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project that shows what you love best about summer.  Use summer colors in your project, and be sure to tell us in your post what you love about summer, and how you've represented that in your project.

To me, summer time means life is simpler, skies are bluer and butterflies fly carelessly throughout the garden. I love picnics out under the sunny skies in the shade of the trees with a warm soft breeze blowing. One can dream, right? Even though the days may be hazy they have been far from lazy this summer! And sadly, it's hot, sticky and pouring rain as I write this post! But I can craft my  perfect summer day.

For my background panel, I was going for the look of the white washed weathered wood look of a shabby picnic table. I started with a panel cut from a cardboard box and gave it a coat of gesso. Next I inked up Tim's Pine stamp with Versamark and heat embossed with Tea Stain Distress powder. I toned it down a bit with sponged on chalky paint and edged  with Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons.

The blue sky panel is also waste cardboard. To add texture, I swiped texture paste through Tim's Dot Fade stencil and Distress Grit paste through the negative spaces left from some die cuts Autumn gave me (Scroll by Tim Holtz). I'm hoping to get my hands on this die when it's back in stock at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I added some glass bead gel randomly and then gave it all a coat of gesso. I colored with Gelatos in blues and green and Twisted Citron Distress Crayon. I highlighted with gesso and went over that with Dylusions Lemon Zest ink in a water brush. I edged with Chipped Sapphire crayon.

My butterfly was cut once from crinoline and a second time from an old fabric scrap I had in my stash using Tim's Layered Butterfly die. The crinoline butterfly was sprayed with Dylusions spray and shaped while drying with my heat gun. I colored the fabric butterfly with Distress Oxides by swiping  the inks on the raised portion of the enclosed embossing folder, spritzing with water, transferring the color as it was being embossed.  This left a pretty pattern on the butterfly, but unfortunately was lost  when I brushed on the sculpture medium.

I've been wanting to get my hands on some Prima Sculpture medium, and was I ever excited to see Linda carries it in the shop! I shaped my butterfly as I was drying it with my heat gun; perhaps it works best if you can drape it over something and allow it to dry. I was just too impatient.  I layered the shaped and crinoline butterflies on a doily from my stash. The good thing about crinoline is you can shape it once it's wet while applying heat or shape and allow it to dry without using the sculpture medium.

The butterfly body is a brass toned key that Linda included in my Design Team Welcome goodie bag. I gave it a coat of thick sloppy gesso and dripped it with watery DOX. I went back and blended it with Vintage Photo Distress ink to give it definition from the wings.

The ivory jute mesh ribbon was also in my welcome package, and I colored it with watered down Dylusions spray. I stamped some Wendy Vecchi flowers in Archival Sepia ink on card colored with leftover DOX  and fussy cut them. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Quote Chip.

That's it for me! Now it's over to you! We hope you'll join our challenge for a chance to win a generous $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! The team will also be choosing  their top four picks. I hope you'll take a minute to hop over to Frilly and Funkie  to see all the summertime inspiration my talented frilly and funkie team mates have made for you!

I'm sharing with these challenges:

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your inspiring comments! I appreciate each one!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

 The following products used on this project can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

PS I did not use the Honeycomb stencil, but the Dot Fade. Thumblinky provided the incorrect name, but the correct photo.


  1. Oh my word this screams Summer! All that yummy texture and those shabby chic wings are absolutely wonderful. LOVE the wood background too Sara Emily xx

  2. This is such a perfect summer piece, Sara Emily! I'm, completely gobsmacked by your picnic table background. It's perfection! And I love that gorgeous butterfly. The color palette is spot on, too. So much gorgeousness!

  3. I definitely was feeling the summery skies full of sunshine and the bright blues! Beautiful design with so many lovely textures and colors. I love the bright beautiful butterfly!

  4. What a fun canvas! Love the bright colors, flowers and all the texture! Gorgeous!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  5. What a summer beauty. This canvas is so full of wonderful texture and that gorgeous butterfly sure commands centre stage.

  6. You've certainly captured the ideal summer day, Sara Emily! Love the butterfly with the key. It's hot and humid here--I'm definitely not a summer person. I'm patiently waiting for the Fall!

  7. Ohh myyy gooosh! From the tiny pic you texted me to seeing the details of this up close I am absolutely AMAZED! If ever a project signified summer, this is it my friend! That Distress EP on your stamped background looks fantastic with the gesso and crayons atop. And the way you used those chippie dies I shared blows me away! I love love love it and didn't even realize that was it on the text pic. WOW! (I'm copying ya right away babe!) He he. I'm so glad to see how you used the sculpting medium. It has been on my wish list for ages too and now I want it all the more. The key truly adds the artistic touch to the butterfly and all of your layers together form the most aesthetically pleasing design I've seen in a while. Wow! I'm stunned and will be pinning this for sure. Hugs, Autumn

    1. WOOOOO HOOOOOO! Look at you in the SSS spotlight this week, and so rightly deserved. Super happy for you my dear. Hugs, Autumn

  8. Oh wow Sara!!! You took cardboard and transformed it into a gorgeous piece of art! I love the treatment on the base layer, it really does look like weathered wood and the coloured layer is stunning! The butterfly really does take centre stage and that rusty key is just the perfect finishing touch!! Love this! Hugs, Anne xxx

  9. Oh my good gracious, this is spectacular, Sara Emily!! It's a masterpiece!! The layers, the texture, every single detail just blows me away!! The butterfly - wow!! I have the sculpting medium and I've only used it've inspired me!! I love, love this, my sweet friend!! A stunning work of art!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. Gorgeous layers, beautiful summer colours and fabulous creative elements especially that beautiful butterfly. Love this Sara xxx

  11. Lovely, and so much beautiful detail to look....gorgeous butterfly. Thanks for playing along with us at

  12. Adorable creation!! Love that yellow butterfly and beautifully textured blue background!!

  13. It perfectly speaks about Summer! All the textures and the colours... I love this beautifully shaped butterfly. Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge.

  14. This is absolutely amazing! I LOVE the background and the colors, dimension and textures are so cool! The fibers and the fabric butterfly are spectacular! You nailed this creation! Wow!!
    Sherrie K

  15. Wow this is awesome love the colours
    Thanks for sharing at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges x

  16. stunning details on this fabulous piece Sara...amazing texture and makes me feel all summery !!!!

    Best wishes
    Annie xx

  17. wow wow wow again thanks for playing with MMP this month xxxxxx

  18. stunning canvas the gorgeous background and that butterfly is so beautiful...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  19. Gorgeous piece! Everything about it screams summer! Your talent is truly amazing.

  20. Sara, your mixed media projects ALWAYS melt my heart - Your creativity brings surprises, and happiness, as I peruse carefully each project. I'm also inspired by your symbolism, and thoughtful pieces. Something about your artwork truly does speak to my heart. I suppose we all have favorite artists, or enjoy certain styles. Your techniques and styles bespeak everything I'm not capable of doing, but my heart clings to your messages, laughter, fun and beauty found in each one. I especially want you to know that because I'm not able to leave comments as often as I'd like. GORGEOUSNESS. One thing that speaks to me in this creation (and I mean one of many things) is that the golden life of the butterfly flows outward from its fat body as it emerges from the cocoon. The fat body is the KEY to its life as the wings unfold, and without that fatness, and without the struggle, the wings would be useless. The key really is in the butterfly's body. And that is how our lives are, too. Thank you, Sara!

  21. Love all the texture! I have been wanting to try the sculpting medium as well this just confirmed i need too, thanks for playing along with Mixed Media Monthly. Glenda

  22. Scrumptious summertime layers and textures - this is a glorious celebration of sunshine and blue skies and enjoying time in the garden. Love the tree bark background and foliage and flowers framing the fabulous butterfly.
    Alison x

  23. Gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at MMP challenge!

  24. You've captured the feel and colors of summer in a remarkable way!

  25. Congrats on your Spotlight at Simon Says Stamps Monday Sara Emily. This is so very, very beautiful! So many lovely details and so beautifully distressed too. I love it and so happy to see the ladies at Simon Says Stamps do too Karen x

  26. simply stunning- love all the details & the colors!!!


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