Thursday, 15 June 2017

Frame Art

Tonight I am sharing a project over at the PaperArtsy Blog. I will warn you that you should make yourself a cuppa before reading this post because it's a long one - and very picture heavy!

I felt privileged to be asked to be a wingman for the new Sara Naumann release of PaperArtsy products - Sara has released 2 new stamp sets and 2 new stencils - they are totally fabulous and so versatile.

I spent a few days carrying them with me wherever I went, looking at them and seeing new details that I hadn't noticed before, and thinking of loads of different ideas for projects. 

I remembered that I had an old, battered frame that I bought cheap and had been saving for when I needed it (yes, I know, we all do that!). Then the idea flowed!

This was the frame to begin with

It took only one coat of Chalk Fresco Finish paint to completely cover the rich purple of the frame.

I then started to sponge on Caribbean Sea Fresco Finish paint and added Treasure Silver to highlight the detail of the frame. 

You can see how well the colours work together.

I brayered Teresa Green and Beach Hut Fresco Finish paints onto a card cut to fit the frame aperture.  I then stencilled different images using Beach Hut.. How awesome is that splatter!

I stamped the wonderful dragonfly collage stamp using Archival ink and used Pearl Glaze on the wings to create a shimmer.

I stamped the image again onto Clearly For Art film, cut out the dragonfly and painted the back with Pearl Glaze, Caribbean Sea, Teresa Green and Coral Fresco Finish paints. 

After heating and shaping the wings the dragonfly looked like this....

Quite a transformation!

I then put the frame together, attaching the dragonfly to the front of the glass to great extra dimension.

So there you have it.... I had such fun creating this project, which I hope shows in the final creation.

I hope you pay a visit to the PaperArtsy blog and see the new releases.... I love this time of year... though not sure the bank manager feels the same way!

Thanks for spending the time reading my post.


  1. Really the dragonfly done on Clearly for of my favourite things to use as you know!
    The frame has turned out really well too
    Fab project, it. Xxxx

  2. this is gorgeous, Miriam! Love the dragonfly (haven't used my Clearly for Art for yonks!)

  3. Brilliant, love the frame too x

  4. Miriam, this is stunning. I love the way you created with this stamp. I've never tried Clearly for Art so this was a new technique for me.
    It was great to finally work alongside you on a PaperArty project!