Altered Art Triptych

I actually crafted for pleasure yesterday, rather than just to meet commissions! This is the first piece I completed:

The base is a great set of laser cut chipboard ‘Triple Arch Layered Frame’ from Tando Creative (Stock Code: TRPARCHLF) – this kit contains the offcuts, and I used these to create the doors. The hinges on the outside are sticky back canvas, coloured with Distress Markers to match the papers. The paper is ‘Que Sera Sera Butterfly Garden’ by K&Co, with extra butterflies and sentiment from TH ‘Attic Treasures’ stamp set coloured with Distress Markers. The paper flowers are Hero Arts and coloured with Distress Inks. The distress colours used were Barn Door, Broken China and copious amounts of Walnut Stain. Wire swirls are old photo clips stuck down with Matte/Glossy Accents. Door knobs are TH Ideology Hitch Fasteners. Glued with Studio Matte Multi Medium.

Cracking little project, a little outside my normal style. Couple of things to note – the chipboard is not exactly symmetrical, so make sure each layer is the right way up before sticking it down. Pre-formed paper flowers ‘relax’ when wet, so using distress reinkers and water doesn’t work! The sticky back canvas hinges were a late addition as it was clear the paper wasn’t going to cope without tearing – they took up the colour from the distress markers well, and use of a waterbrush helped fade and blend the colours more precisely.

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