The Only Way Is Art by Fliss Goodwin


Hi there, I have a mixed media art panel to share this week that came about because I painted the panel black as a background for another project but in the end didn’t use it as it wasn’t quite right for it. It does make a great under layer though, as you’ll see here.


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Textures Collection Set 2, Inspirational Quotes Set 2
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Circles Background, Harlequin Background
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paints – Black, Purple, Teal, White, Yellow
Old Store or Credit Card


As I mentioned, my panel was painted black. I then used an old store card to swipe on some Teal paint in a rather haphazard fashion as my main aim was grunge!

Once the Teal was dry, I repeated the swiping process with the Purple paint. Some of the paint went over the Teal layer and as you can see, it covered it up really well.

I then took the Harlequin stencil and applied a random pattern with Yellow paint. I followed this up with the Circles stencil to add a pattern with White paint, again at random.

I diluted the remaining White paint with a little water and flicked this on the panel with a paintbrush to add some interest. I stamped on various texture images with the black ink until I was happy with the balance. Here’s a photo so that you can see the layers detail.

I dry embossed my chosen butterfly with an embossing folder from my stash – mine is a Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations one. I painted the embossed butterfly Yellow, giving it 2 coats. Once it was dry, I swiped the Distress Oxide ink over the raised areas and heat embossed them with clear powder. I glued it on with silicone glue for a little added dimension.

I stamped my chosen art quote on some scraps of painty paper from a previous project using black ink. I always save the scraps, as you never know when they might come in handy. I cut the quote up into word tiles and glued onto the panel with the glue pen to complete my project. 

We have a new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so don’t forget to check it out to see how you can win a great prize just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

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  1. Awesome background - love all the inky layers and the fab butterfly. Wonderful words too! xxx

  2. Loving those layers Fliss they work so well on the black. Great way to use up your left over panel. Hope your back is feeling better today.. Hugs Tracey xx

  3. Lots of lovely layers on this one Fliss and love the bold purple
    Amanda x

  4. Fabulous use of the contrasting colour tones to make that butterfly really pop against the amazing background.
    Alison x


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