Monday, June 10, 2019

Butterfly Lamppost

 When I opened my July kit from Très Jolie, I immediately spied a large, long box on the side of the package. Curious, I held off going through the papers from the Main Kit, which is my usual habit, and instead tore that box open. And what a wonderful surprise: Kim had sent us a metal lamppost measuring just under 12 inches, all ready to be altered and decorated, along with plenty of mediums and embellishments to do the job. I decided right then and there that this would be my first project.

Here’s what I came up with…

And here’s how I put it all together…

After carefully removing the glass panes, I coated all but the base and hooks with the texture paste, making sure that the surfaces were completely covered. I let this set overnight. This resulted in a wonderfully gritty finish.

Using a stipple brush, I applied the wax in varied amounts as I went along to create a mixed appearance. Again, I let it set overnight.

Meanwhile, I took one of the polymer pieces from the main kit and used a few markers to color the flowers and basket.

The rest of my project came together very quickly. I adhered the moss to the base with gel medium and took it outside to give it a good coat of fixative so the moss would stay put. (I like the one by Krylon; it does the job without leaving any residue. It does contain fumes; that’s why I do this outside.)
I started to twist the light string around the bottom of the post; once I reached the top, I twisted the remainder into a small circle with the switch on top and placed it inside the lantern.

The polymer bench was glued to the moss and the post; a few of the mini roses were placed here and there.

To finish my project, I scattered those beautiful butterflies up and down the lamppost. 


***Tres Jolie Mixed Media Kit***
Prima – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – Graphite #961497
Darice – Floral Embellishment – Butterflies – Green/Blue – 2 Inches – 3 Pieces #30062035
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Peacock #966775
Darice – Candle Holder – Lantern with Stand – Metal – Black – 3.54 x 3.54 x 11.6 Inches #6569-061
Prima – Lumies – LED Lights – 3 Yards – Warm White #584771
Darice – Floral Embellishment – Mini Sachet Roses – Pastel – 25 Pack #30062044
Très Jolie – Moss

Scrapberry’s – Polymer Embellishments – French Journey #SCB26001009

Golden – Matte Gel Medium
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Carved Pumpkin #TDM43447
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Fossilized Amber #TDM43461
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Mermaid Lagoon #TDM43492
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Ground Espresso #TDM43515
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Twisted Citron #TDM43539

Krylon – Matte Finish #1311

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