Thursday, 11 March 2010

Tera firma

Carol and I decided to subject Di's chippie to some more gunkiness today - Tera paint by Viva Decor. This is a super-thick paint, more like a paste really and it takes a texture stamp nicely.

I coated my piece in Tera and stamped it then left it to dry overnight. I did find that with a piece this big, the board had warped very slightly when I came back to it (it's approximately 100mm tall by 70mm wide). I heated it gently from the back and found it flattened out again, no problem. There's a lot of moisture in the Tera and I guess the board absorbed it slightly unevenly and wasn't thoroughly dry even after that length of time.

A coat of black acrylic and some sponged Precious Metal paint finished off the base piece and then I added a butterfly stamped on metal, painted with more Precious Metal paint and shaped from the back with a paper stump. She has beads for her body and is free to wobble on her copper wire! The Flights of fancy is on a separate piece of chipboard painted black and roughly coated with the copper paint then stamped and attached with a couple of brads.

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Cracked Montana Earth backgrounder
Vintage Butterflies (Saturday Evening Post line)

Jigsaw tag (Tando Creative)
Scrap of chipboard

Stazon by Tsukineko (Jet Black)

Tera Paint by Viva Decor
Precious Metal Paint by Viva Decor (Copper and Blue Azure)
Copper wire
Antique copper brads (Making Memories)
Aluminium sheet (Amaco)
Black acrylic paint

Pop over to Tando Creative to see what Carol's been up to as well! Thanks for stopping by!


Dan said...

I love the rich texture you've got on this piece! I have an unopened pot of terra...somewhere. One more thing to add to the "to do" list! :)

Karen said...

This is a stunning piece Joanne...I adore the butterfly. XXX

Hearts Turned said...

Just gorgeous, Joanne! Love all the texture--and that flower--wow! Just fabulous!

Hearts Turned said...

Haha! I'm still sleepy, Joanne--it's a butterfly, not a flower! Time for Julie to wake up, now!

Effie said...

Great rusty effect!

Janice said...

Your butterfly is beautiful, I like how you refer to her as 'she' lol!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous piece Joanne! You probably already know, but you can dry it with a heat gun, and it bubbles up if you heat it long enough, to get more texture. xx

Kathy said...

Wow! This is a real stunner, Joanne

Heavenly Anarchist said...

Lovely work, love how the butterfly hovers.

Minxy said...

I have a mountain of jigsaw pieces just sitting in a box, thanks for the fab inspiration.. i so need more viva paints.. my present collection consists of ONE bottle of terra lol

Lucy Edmondson said...

I love everything about this! Where do you get such bit jigsaw pieces from?

Lucy x

Hazel said...

I'm loving seeing what you're doing with the Tando and the different media x

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeous..I love Terra too...I usually put a layer of Gesso on first and I have found this stops it from warping a bit...hope this helps x

Traceyr said...

Beautiful work - you clever girl! :)

Kianel said...

wow, stunning piece of work and i just loooove how you worked with the background!
really nice!
regards from France, Kianel.