Thursday, May 16, 2013


Greetings! (June 12, 2013)
Welcome to my re-post of this project!
I am participating in Seth Apter's
Buried Treasure Blog Hop
Click here to be taken to Seth's blog 
where you will find the list 
of all the participating artists!
This project was created for the e-team picks challenge at eclectic Paperie in May, the hostess was Julie and she challenged us to us gel medium
I hope you are inspired by this canvas I created:
(Click on photo to enlarge and clarify - the pictures really do look a lot better when you click on them and then you can skip all my babble too!
There are many layers of Tim Holtz Distress Paint to start off with on this 8"x10" canvas. On top of the paint are bits of Melange Tissue Paper, Remanant Rubs, Basic Grey Rub-Ons, stamps, Basics acrylic paint Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray, Staz On Ink, and more Distress Paint. The stencils I've used are Mini Peacock Pattern and Mini Herringbone by The Crafter's Workshop, Dylusions Letter Jumble 5x8, and punchenella. Shading is done with Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen in Cold Gray III.
So where is my Gel Medium? I used Golden Extra Heavy Gel and mixed it with Perfect Pearls Pigments in Sunflower Sparkle to create a beautiful paint which I applied through the Peacock Pattern stencil. Gel medium is clear when dry so the color integrity of any product you add to it is not compromised. The extra heavy gel is nice and thick so it makes applying it through a stencil a pleasure.
Below, you can see where I colored the Gel Medium with Tim Holtz Distress Paint in seedless preserves and applied it through the Herringbone stencil. 
The butterfly was unfinished wood purchased at Michael's. I colored it with Faber Castell Pitt Artists Pens. These pens contain India Ink which beautifully colors the bare wood. The body of the butterfly has a layer of Ranger Crackle Accents and the antennae are colored with Ranger black Enamel Accents. The gold highlighting is done with an American Crafts Metallic Gel Pen.
There is lots of inspiration to be found in the linked projects on this post at eclectic Paperie so have a look!
Most of the products I've used are available at the awesome eclectic Paperie online store and I've linked them up for your shopping ease!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today, 
I truly appreciate your comments! 
If you have a moment, poke around a bit and be sure to click on the "Mixed Media Art for Sale" tab at the top to see if there is one of my pieces that you would like to have in your home!


Julie Masse said...

Such a lovely piece!! I love all the cool layers and texture and colors- you definitely know how to have fun creating I can tell!! :). Gorgeous!

Kim said...

Teresa...this is beautiful! Oh my, I love all of the different elements...a giant still my heart! Love it!!

toni said...

Another gorgeous canvas! Love the layers and colours, never thought to colour the gel medium x

Krisha said...

What a stunning canvas!!

Kim's Creations said...

Love your canvas, very pretty!

TeenaBugg38 said...

WOW!!!! I am always in awe of your work...this is just gorgeous!! Thank you s much for the comments AND the prayers!! They are so very much appreciated and I think someone is actually listening to them :) Love ya!!!

Monique said...

Wow this is simply stunning, what a beautiful canvas.

Donna-Marie said...

Coloring the medium...mmmmm...nice!!!
Your butterfly and all the stenciling are beautiful!!
Thanks for the ideas :-)

Anita Houston said...

Super super super GORGEOUS!!! The background is so amazing...all those much to see! I love the colors, and the butterfly just ties it all together! Gorgeous canvas!

sandee said...

I love your canvas, that butterfly is awesome!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I always love having visitors!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Marjie Kemper said...

Positively fabulous ! You sure made your gel medium shine with the paint and pearls. Beautiful project!

Micki said...

Wonderful canvas. I never even thought to add wooden pieces to my canvases. I love the dimension it gives the canvas. Beautiful.

Broni said...

I just love all the colors and layers to your canvas! And that's before you even added the gorgeous butterfly! Awesome piece, Teresa!

butterfly said...

So stunning - just love all the colours and textures here... a truly fabulous make!
Alison xx

Tracy said...

Oh my Teresa.. like it..looove it, the colors are amazing amd textures mmmmmm!!

Meme said...

Beautiful Teresa!
Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

Lovely Buried Treasure post, I enjoyed visiting your blog!

sara j said...

Love the colors and the textures you've achieved. The layers are fabulous...great piece.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Awesome butterfly. Very spring like colors, too.

Cathee said...


Ella said...

I love butterflies and I love all the layers in your art :D
So beautiful!

Chris / CS Designs said...

Hi Teresa, I found your blog through this year's Buried Treasure and had a most enjoyable visit. I love the depth and detail of all your work and especially your butterfly canvas here. It is truly a treasure. Thank you for the inspiration, I will be following your blog both on Google and Bloglovin'
:) Chris / CS Designs