Butterfly Display Box

Butterfly Display Box

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 17th 2016

I love butterflies and architectural moldings, I decided to transform a paper mache shadow box into a Victorian style display case 

Items Needed:


Apply DecoArt Media White Gesso to the outside of the box frame, and apply Crackle paste with a palette knife to the face of the frame and allow to crack naturally for a couple of hours. 

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Apply paper clay decorative molding with a strong adhesive.

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I applied Media Fluid Acrylic Metallic Gold to an embossed card and inserted it into the frame.

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Apply Media acrylic Cobalt Teal and Burnt Umber, working it into areas of the frame and moldings.

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Wipe back with a baby wipe to expose areas on the molding and crackle areas.

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Once dry, apply more colour to define and blend areas.

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Highlight the moldings with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Gold Rush.

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Randomly distress the background of the box with Cobalt Teal and Burnt Umber.

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Wipe back to reveal the gold and texture.

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Apply Cobalt Teal and Burnt Umber in linear areas.

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Once dry I stamped Andy Skinners Crackle Effect from the Toxic Set with permanent black ink.

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I coloured the stamped butterfly with fluid acrylics, Cobalt Teal, Phthalo Green Blue and Metallic Gold.

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Finished by lightly brushing with a variety of Media Interference colours to finish the beautiful butterfly 

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