Black butterfly lady - Prima Marketing

It's Monday and new week! I had a wonderful weekend, first teaching on Saturday at Turku and then celebrating my dad's birthday on Sunday. How was your weekend?

Today I'm sharing something I did for Prima and that is inspired by this pin (link) in one of my Pinterest boards. I keep a number of boards at Pinterest connected to colors. Every time I bump into a photo that inspires me and that doesn't fit into the paper crafts boards I keep, it ends up in the color boards.

One of those kinds of pictures was this beautiful piece of art by Ronald Ceuppens (link). I really felt inspired by the use of color in the piece as well as the contrast between the delicate butterflies and the harsh, armor-looking material of the dress.

For my project I wanted to use similar color palette, use an old photo and also to create or have a dress in it. When I rummaged through my stash, I noticed the Gatefold album I had and decided to transform it into a d├ęcor piece, sort of a triptych. If you want to see how the project was made, please see the steps underneath!

First remove the inner pages from your "Gatefold Memory Hardware Journal". Be careful not to completely rip the journal apart, small damage is ok. 

Collage some old book pages and a sheet from the 6x6 Vintage Emporium Paintable Pad to the middle piece inside the album. Use Soft Matte Gel as your adhesive.

Add some masking tape in the mix and then coat the whole inside of the album with Clear Gesso.

Time to add color! Use both Watercolor Confections and Oil Pastels to add rusty, vintage colors to your project. Add a mist of water on top and let the colors run.

Start making the focal point. Stamp some texture to the middle of the page. Cut the lady from the Ephamera set and layer her on top of the clock piece. Use 3D Matte Gel as your adesive.

Color a piece of muslin with watercolors and fold and gather that to make the dress to the lady. Use 3D Matte Gel to adhere here and there so the fabric stays soft but also in put. 

Decorate your design with some flowers and metal embellishments. Again, use 3D Matte Gel to get everything to stay in place. 

Use Watercolor Confections to color your embellishments to match the dark color palette. Make sure you wet the blooms thoroughly so there's no blotch of color in the blooms.

Time to decorate the outside of the piece as well. Start by adding a coat of Black Gesso and dry. Then using a rag add Art Alchemy Metallique paints to the cover. Go for a marble style look. 

As the final step, create a closing mechanism using twine, some metal embellishments and 3D Matte Gel. Let dry thoroughly before tying the twine around your piece the first time.


990367 – Gatefold Memory Hardware Journal 
584153 – Vintage Emporium 6x6 Paintable Pad 
963941 – Fabric Pack 
962890 – Ephemera Vintage Collectibles 
961428 – Soft Matte Gel 
584269 – Watercolor Confections Tropicals 
584252 – Watercolor Confections The Classics 
814328 – Water soluble Oil Pastels 
961466 – Clear Gesso 
961459 – Black Heavy Gesso 
961398 – 3D Matte Gel 
963149 – Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paint Eggplant
963064 – Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paint Steampunk Copper 
586720 – Box Flowers Sandstone 
963408 – Mechanicals Grungy Butterflies
960261 – Mechanicals Numbers 
960285 – Mechanicals Vintage Clock Faces 
990725 – Memory Hardware La Rochelle Antique Trinkets
960902 – Clear Stamp Circles 
962760 – Brush Set 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger

1 comment:

  1. Riika this is such a fabulous project. I love how you placed the clock behind the ladys head. I love the way you created the dress.....and I love the color scheme. Great project and lovely inspirational tutorial.
    Thank you so much... I love soaking inspiration from your lovely art.
    Hugs from Monica


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