Butterfly Acrylic Page by Melina Dahl


On a previous post I showed you how I made the cover of the MDF/Acrylic book, and now it´s time for the first acrylic page. I never worked on an acrylic surface before, so this was a “learning by doing moment” for me.

I started by stamping on the backside of the page with StazOn ink. In this stage you really need to think and plan your stamping, stenciling and layers. You are going to see it from the front, so actually you are doing the background at the last. Think backwards and you´ll be fine!
When my stamped images were dry I started coloring with the new shimmer and metallic paints. Soon I learned that they wouldn´t stick to the acrylic surface. So, I took clear gesso and used a brayer to get a thin coat on the surface. Once dry the paints had something to hold on to, and the coloring went perfect.

Once the butterfly and circles was colored I added a coat of white gesso to the back of them, so the next layer wouldn´t shine through. These shimmer and metallic paints are not permanent when dry, but by carefully dabbing the gesso on the backside the paint didn´t move that much.

In the next step I used different stencils to start building the background. Once dry I took my brayer again and carefully went over the whole surface with blue shimmer paint. This way the previous layer didn´t move. When that layer was dry I went over with a few coats of white gesso, also with a brayer.
At last I stamped my quote on the front of the page and also added a few splashes of white gesso.

Done! It´s so much fun to try something new :)

I used:

StazOn - Timber Brown
That’s Crafty! Shimmer & Metallic Paints - Turquoise, Pink, Green, Blue, Charcoal, Yellow, Light Gold 

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  1. Melina I so enjoyed reading your how, to,thank you.
    The acrylic page has become wonderful, and I love, love your butterfly in the middle of all the blue beauty. Also so lovely color combinations.
    Dorthe <3 xx

  2. Absolutely stunning piece of art, welcome to the wonderful world of acrylic too :)
    Donna xx

  3. Absolutely beautiful acrylic page Melina, so much lovely detail and colour too.
    I really appreciate those tips on the shimmer paint too so many thanks for them.
    Fliss xx

  4. Looks like you've enjoyed making this, looks super
    Amanda x

  5. Love the way you have created this Melina, beautiful choice of colours and so much detail within your acrylic page. Good to know you managed to solve your problem with the paint too, a great tip. Thank you for sharing you stunning make..
    Hugs Tracey xx

  6. Love this Melina. Butterfly looks fab too. x

  7. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments 💕

  8. Gorgeous page, Melina! Thank you for the clear gesso tip - very helpful!
    I am also new to acrylic and having to think "backwards", but it sure is fun! xx

  9. Great tutorial Melina! I love your page!
    Alison x

  10. This is fabulous Melina - a really great layout and wonderful acylic work xx

  11. Fantastic page my dear!!! I love your style so much!


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