Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dragonfly Zen

WOW! We have a fun week planned for you! Stampendous is working with the wonderful products provided to us by DecoArt for our projects. Our two teams will share ideas all week with a grand finale hop on Friday!

Of course there are Prizes!!!!! 
Comment to win one of three HUGE prize packages that includes Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt Media™ Paint plus more!  US winners only, see Stampendous Official Contest Rules here for more details.
Want to see all that’s in each prize package? Take a look below:

  • ASCRS07 Cling Handle with Care
  • ASCRS08 Cling Skuldoggery
  • ASCRS09 Cling Unexplained
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Primary Magenta
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Paynes Gray
  • Carbon Black
  • Titanium White
  • Prussian Blue Hue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Diarylide Yellow
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Green Gold
  • Primary Yellow Media Mister
  • Titanium White Antiquing Cream
  • Patina Antiquing Cream
  • 8oz Bottle Lamp Black Americana Acrylic Pain
My creation today was inspired by the beautiful ceramic tiles of Sid Dickens. If you've never seen them, I can tell you, they are amazing!  They also are a little pricey, so I decided to create my own version with Stampendous and DecoArt products!

Dragonfly Zen
FREG036 Aged Teal Embossing Enamel

DWLM193 Dragonfly Stencil
DWLX7024 Zen Flower Stencil
DWDEP Regular Embossing Paste
DWDMBP Matte Black Embossing Paste
DWDPK Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

5" x 7" Canvas
DecoArt White Gesso
Foam brush
DecoArt Prussian Blue, Titan Bluff
DecoArt DuraClear Ultra Matte
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso
VersaMark Ink
Copic Black 100
Removable Tape

Step 1:  Tape the Zen Flower stencil to the canvas and apply Regular Embossing Paste over the stencil, remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning, let paste dry thoroughly
Step 2:  Use a foam brush to apply a coat of Gesso over the whole canvas, let dry
Step 3: Mix Prussian Blue, Titan Buff and Ultra Matte together and streak over the entire canvas including the sides, wipe off a little if it gets on too heavy, dry well
Step 4:  Mix a little Iced Espresso Metallic Lustre with water on a craft mat and streak over the design and sides, let dry
Step 5:  Tape the dragonfly stencil to the middle of the flower with removable tape
Step 6:  Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply a coat of Matte Black Embossing Paste over the dragonfly, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning,  immediately sprinkle the wet paste with aged teal embossing enamel, tap off extra, heat set, let paste dry well
Step 7: Pat VersaMark around one corner, sprinkle with aged teal, heat set, repeat on the other three corners and along the sides
Step 8: Use a black Copic marker to edge the dragonfly image
Step 9: If background is too dark, moisten a paper towel and dip it in Titan Buff, dab it off and rub the flower area to lighten the background, dry well

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Happy Creating,


barbara macaskill said...

W o w ! I love how you have layered the stenciled background and the lovely dragonfly! A beautiful combination! TFS!

Sabrina said...

Absolutely stunning and very beautiful!!

Jean said...

THis is so cool!

Unknown said...


Unknown said...

Gorgeous creation. Love how you used that stencil to create such a stunning background.

Carol said...

Really cool techniques, thanks for sharing these ideas!

Carol B

Mary Holshouser said...

The dragonfly in the middle
of the flower is a great idea.
The textures to the flower
and the dragonfly really
make a wonderful piece.
thanks for sharing.

Amy Martin said...

This is pretty darn neat. Love how you acquired all the layers and textures. Ive never seen the tiles you speak of.. now I will have to go investigate and see them. Thanks for the inspiration.

Becca Yahrling said...

Wow, love all the dimension of this beautiful canvas.

Chris Dring said...

What a beautiful canvas! Love the stencil and pretty dragonfly in the center!

Shari said...

So pretty. I love dragonflies. 💗💗💗

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love the textures. Wonderful project. TFS

Unknown said...

Lovely and unique. Thanks bunches for your inspiration. j.

Jackie PN said...

I am a huge dragonfly fan and this one is beauteous!!
Jackie ")

JPScraps said...

Awesome! I love how you layered the stencils. Great idea!

sharon g said...

The shiny look is perfect for the dragonfly. Nice...

B. Poteraj said...

What a great subject. I like the stenciled effect.

Jackie P said...

Really beautiful canvas! Love the use of the stencil and the dragonfly is great focal point! Thanks for sharing!

Viki Banaszak said...

This is gorgeous! I would love a tile like that!

april dawn said...

I actually have some of these dragonflies. I've not known how to use them so thank you for sharing this piece.

Candy C said...

This is so cool! I love dragonflies. Love your design, colors and textures.

cal8007 said...

I am in love with your dragonfly project. It has a wonderful ethereal look.