Gesso & Butterflies

Yes, I have been playing with Gesso & Butterflies.  And a few other goodies including some new Distress Stains, Rock Candy Crackle Paint and a Crafters Workshop Template. I have been wanting to play with these things for awhile, and when I finally broke down and got the Distress Stains, I knew the time had come.  I had a lot of fun and I enjoyed creating the background paper for this layout.  It was an interesting process to create what felt like it's on little project before I ever began adding photos and other embellishments.  It was such a different process than what I normally go through to create a layout, but I really enjoyed it and I am pretty sure I will be doing it more often.  I just need to get some more templates to play with! LOL!!!

These butterflies where created based on a tutorial by Tracey's that was so inspiring to me!  I played around with some Jillibean Soup corrugated butterflies to create mine, because at the time I did not have the Tim Holtz die.  I have since bought it and have been playing around with it!!!  Thanks Tracey!!!  I found the floral wire to work well and I love that it came in white.  When I cut the wire to create my antennae I had trouble with the thread unraveling, so I applied Glossy Accents and this kept the edges from unraveling. I also added a coat of Rock Candy on top of the paint/ink.  It doesn't show up the best on screen, but IRL it looks really cool! Now that I am looking at the layout again, I will be adding some jewels/pearls to the bodies of my butterflies.  I love that look that adds! 

The title was inspired by the tribute to "The Life of Brian" during the closing ceremonies of the Olympics.

Here is detail shot of the fun I had playing.  I used Tumbled Glass, Walnut and Peeled Paint Distress Stains and Inks.  I also misted it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  I love how the texture shows through from the Gesso.  Love it!!!

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by!  I'd love to see what you've been "playing" with lately, so leave me a comment and I'll stop by to check it out!



  1. This is GORGEOUS Juliana!! I love love love the butterflies, the colors and LOVE LOVE LOVE the textures on those circles!!!!

  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Aug. 21, 2012. Thanks again.

  3. Juliana, Love how your page turned out!! Your work with the gesso and stencil is gorgeous!! Your butterflies are so fabulous!! Thanks for the link. I need to get some of that white wrapped wire too. I just have green and brown. The white could be tinted to any color imaginable with ink/paint/mist. Love this sweet, encouraging title, too! ~ Blessings my friend

  4. This is beautiful Juliana! I love you layouts! And I definitely miss your work on the circle blog. :(


  5. What a wonderful layout!!! Love those butterflies!!! I love corrugated paper and need to get my crimper out. I have been playing with gesso and paint, too. I have several different templates and made more recently with my Silhouette.

  6. So beautiful Juliana! This is one wonderful layout!! Your textures are just amazing and such sweet photos of you too!!!

  7. W W WOWZERS Juliana!! This is just GORGEOUS...Love everything about this... That background!! Those butterflies!!! The colors & That Gorgeous photo of you!!


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