Anyone who creates with RELICS & ARTIFACTS, surely are smitten with the fact that no matter the vignettes that swirl in our mind’s eye, there will be a RELICS & ARTIFACTS piece to transport a vague notion, into a completed project. The scene in my head, of a butterfly child, was able to be manifested by pairing one of the smaller Papillon pieces with a Milagros.
Make your way through the forest, where your footsteps are silenced from the cushions of moss which abound. Can you spy the butterfly child? They say the butterfly child is a chameleon, blending in to the backdrop of the moss as he rests against a tree trunk. Sweet, berry coloured flowers burst in bloom. Kneel down and place your cheek against them, the petals will give your cheeks velveteen kisses.
An Archival Wooden Case allowed me to create a setting for the butterfly child. With Infusions (crystals colours with walnut ink base) and Moss Painted Finishes Kit, the case suddenly took the form of colours of a forest.
The Infusions were extended to several elements on this project, including the Papillon and Milagros. By first applying a mere hint of Grungepaste, it heightened the sense of texture. A final brushing of the Moss kit, merely brushing on and brushing off, left a hint of mossy-ness on the Relic. The mottled effect suited the vignette.
The Milagros fit perfectly to the Papillon, with the placement of the wings giving the impression that they have sprouted from the Milagros, as well as the antenna.
When working with a theme relating to nature, I will often layer textural elements, most often found papers and torn textiles. They capture that sense of bits of this ‘n’ that which might be caught up on a passing breeze and gathered around a tree trunk or caught in branches. The butterfly child was layered onto calico, corrugated cardboard and lace, all of which had been stained by mopping-up the Infusions. Torn pieces of silk sari ribbon, also stained, would flutter in the breeze.
A cluster of velveteen flowers were the perfect detail to add to the frame of the case, bringing interest and colour and most importantly, helping to set the scene for the butterfly child. The final element was one of my stamped Affirmations, stamped onto some pieces of previously stained book pages.
Why not seek out a butterfly today and make a wish!
RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Papillon
RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Milagros
RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Velveteen Flowers Tangerine Berry Blossom
RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Archival Wooden Case II
That’s Crafty Clear Stamp Set Lynne’s Affirmations Set 1
Plaid FolkArt Painted Finishes Kit - Moss
Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
sari silk ribbon