Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sparkle Wall Hanging with Sandy McTier


I am so ready for spring aren’t you?

Butterflies, bees, flowers and warmer weather are just a few of the things I love about SPRING – oh and all the COLOUR!

Here’s what I did to create my “Sparkle” Tag

Prepping the Surface:
  • I painted the surface with DecoArt’s All Purpose Sealer and let completely dry.
  • Then, I painted a smooth layer of DecoArt Media Gesso and let completely dry.
  • Next, I spritzed the surface with DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister Turquoise and Yellow Green and let it drip down the surface. Once dried, I painted a layer of watered down Gesso over it and wiped it back with a soft paper towel. This helped tone down the background colours.

  • I laid the Southern Ridge Trading Company Intersecting Circle Stencil (small) in place and stenciled some Titanium White on the surface.

Design Elements:
  • I drew out and painted the shape of a butterfly on the surface and then outlined it with an Identi-Pen.
  • I painted the wings and chipboard butterflies with Gesso and let dry.
  • Once dried, I spritzed the Shimmer Mister Turquoise and Purple on the chip board butterflies and Purple on the butterfly wings. I laid a paper towel on the wings to soften and lift some of the color.
  • Next, I loaded the toe of a 3/8” Angle brush with Phthalo Blue and shaded around the inside edge of the wings. I lightly brushed some of this colour on the wings as well.

  • Then I stenciled on some elements from an M2 stencil (M2-5) that screamed, ‘butterfly wing adornment’!
  • I decided to outline the elements with the Identi-Pen, and well… let’s just say thank goodness for hand sanitizer and a Mezzaluna brush because I was able to get the pen markings off and re-stroke some of the white back in place.
  • I painted the body with a mixture of Green Gold and Titanium White and then shaded each section with Sap Green.  Then I added a small highlight of white on each section.
  • I shaded underneath the wings and left side of the body with Paynes Grey to lift the design a bit from the surface.
  • I re-outlined the wings, the antenna and body with the Identi-Pen.
  • I added another element of texture with drywall tape and Titanium White in the background.
I spritzed the circle stencil with the Shimmer Mister Turquoise and then pressed it on the background here and there – to add a reversed image from the stencil.

  • I added some details to the chipboard butterflies with the Identi-Pen.
  • I painted the ‘Sparkle’ chipboard piece with a mixture of DecoArt Metallic Lustre – White Frost and Shimmer Mister Purple.
  • I loaded a wet brush with a touch of Metallic Lustre – White Frost and painted over the chipboard butterflies as well as the butterfly wings on the surface to give them more of a sparkle.

Finishing Touches:
  • I splattered some Shimmer Mister Purple and Titanium White on the surface and then laid a paper towel over the surface to soften the look.
  • I glued both of the butterfly pieces in place with E6000 glue. Notice that I cut the little butterflies off the one chipboard piece.
  • Once everything was painted, glued and dried, I painted the surface with Soft Touch Varnish to protect the painted design.
I hung mine with green floral wire.

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Butterflies

Other Supplies Used:

- Surface: Scallop Dome Ornament #31-L206 (available – )
- M2-5 Stencil (available – )
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Titanium White, Phthalo Blue, Paynes Grey, Sap Green & Green Gold
- DecoArt Media Metallic Lustre: White Frost
- DecoArt Media Misters: Shimmer Mister Turquoise, Purple & Yellow Green
- DecoArt All Purpose Sealer, Media Gesso & Soft Touch Varnish
- Dynasty Brushes: Black Gold 3/4", #8 Shader, 3/8" Angle, 1/4" Angle, Stencil Brush and a liner brush of choice. (Available from – use promo code: sandymc for an additional discount)
- Identi-Pen
- E6000 Glue
- Drywall Tape
- Green Floral Wire

©2018 SPARKLE, Sandy McTier Designs ~ all rights reserved

Y’all have a GREAT day; Happy Creating!!  Sandy

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