Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Golden Garden

Happy Wednesday to you!  Today I am sharing a piece of art really inspired by the magical effect of gold on a dark background.  There were several  challenges that got me thinking about the golden garden with flying creatures and that is the Frilly and Funkie - Touch of GoldA Vintage Journey - Things with Wings and the Anything but Cute - Making Magic Challenge Inspiration Board.  

I started with trying to get a dark black background on one of Tim Holtz's inspired  Sizzix butterfly or dragonfly and then bringing in the metallic effect and then the gold.
 I layered this poor dragonfly with gold, black, gold, black and then a thin layer of a metallic purple paint.  I ended up edging him with some gold.   I used the same process on the houses in the background they started with black gesso, added stenciling with Prima gold texture crackle with a stencil.  After that dried I smeared on the layer of DecoArt American Paint - Metallic purple.

I then die cut the flowers from metallic foil and then painted them with black gesso. While it was wet I sprinkled with gold embossing powder. I heat embossed them which caused the paint underneath to give it a lovely bumpy texture. I then colored a series of pearls with the gold krylon pen and added them for texture in the background.

Products:  Sizzix Bigz Layered Dragonfly, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Prima Marketing Finnabair - Gold Texture Paste, Idea-Ology - Stickers, Sizzix Embossing Folder - Typewriter, Gold Krylon Pen, Memory Box - Die Cut (flower), Ranger Queen Gold Embossing Powder, Black Gesso, DecoArt -Purple Metallic Sheen Paint



  1. Wow Suzz that purple and gold gives a real opulent feel too your project , such a wonderful bold piece that is so eye catching. The dragonfly looks magical. This is fantastic . Tracy x

  2. Magnificent! Oh my, this is so rich looking. The color, the gold, the embossing. And that dragonfly! You have outdone yourself!

  3. This is so opulent and so beautiful, the gold against the purple is stunning! Thanks so much for joining in our Things with Wings challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  4. WHAT a cool triptich! I love these colors and the dragonfly! Great job!!!

  5. This is a stunning piece, love the colours, Cathy x

  6. Wow, Suzz, what a fantastic magical piece! A perfect combination of gold and dark purple! Love your fabulous embossed dragonfly! Stunning!
    Thank you so much for joining in our 'Making Magic' challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Branka DT x

  7. That is Gorgeous, there is just something about gold against purple that I just love! The dragonfly is awesome!

  8. what a wonderful project Suzz! love the purple and gold and all the beautiful detail! Thanks for joining us in the AVJ Challenge! Julia xx

  9. Stunning - love those tiny foil flowers - it's really magical!
    Alison xx

  10. Stunning Suzz and loving the regal look of the purple and gold together. Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Julie x

  11. Stunning purple and gold palooza! This is divine and the colors looks perfect together. The touches of gold are Wowzers and what a wonderful way to use the metallic foil and black gesso. Absolutely awesome sauce dearie!

    Thanks for joining in our Making Magic challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki

  12. Absolutely breathtaking piece!
    Thank you so very kindly for joining our Making Magic challenge at Anything But Cute.
    Samra DT

  13. This is stunning with such rich colours and texture. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  14. Truly, truly, magical - I love what you have interpreted from the mood boards you have chosen. Both for Anything But Cute and Frilly and Funkie, I must thank you so heartedly for entering these and glad you could combine both my themes together!! :)

  15. I absolutely love every single inch of this Suzanne! Magical and ethereal and one of the best uses of that dragonfly I've seen! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x


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