PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Julie Ann Lee

Published January 19, 2014 by isisimaginings

Good morning, happy Sunday to one & all. I’d forgotten I hadn’t blogged since last Saturday, it’s been a busy week. On the PaperArtsy blog this week, the new guest designer was fellow #PATWIT Julie Ann Lee. Julie Ann’s work is always amazing & she didn’t disappoint with a stunning & incredibly detailed piece, that she spread over three posts. I knew I wouldn’t have time to make something as detailed, so I took the feather as my inspiration.

This was a piece that developed over the week & finally, after much frustration & not a little swearing, came together yesterday. I used an Ikea frame as my base & was so engrossed I forgot to take a single photo, so I’ll try to briefly say what I did – not that it’s difficult to work out.

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The frame:

  • Gesso.
  • Grunge Paste through Imagination Crafts stencil.
  • Sand back slightly & apply two coats of silver acrylic paint, dry.
  • Paint over mix of French Roast & Little Black Dress frescos.
  • Wipe off most with baby wipe, dry.
  • Use paint on baby wipe with dabbing motion on certain areas, dry & repeat until happy.
  • Gently sand silver areas to expose more of the silver paint.
  • Apply a little White Fire Treasure Gold on the edges of the frame.
  • Seal with PA Gloss Glaze.


The base was painted with Very Berry fresco. Crackle Glaze went on top & then a mix of Snowflake & Irish Cream over that. I stamped Darcy’s heart swirl stamp with black Archival & painted it with Tinned Peas & London Bus. The little bird matched the Cornflower Blue of the Wendy Vecchi Archival ink, so I left it unpainted, just added a little White Fire TG.


The little hearts in the Artistic Stamper jar are also from Darcy’s set of stamps. I painted London Bus on scrap card & stamped the hearts with black Stazon.

The ink bottle is a Wendy Vecchi Art Part. I gave it a base of Snowflake, then painted it with Inky Pool for the ink & silver acrylic for the lid. I painted the Inky Pool part with Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, then Black Soot distress ink over that.

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That’s about it. I added some metal embellishments & covered the hearts on the flourish with Glossy Accents. The feather turned out okay, I’m very glad I had the Die-namics feather die, as there’s way I could have drawn it freehand.

Thanks for looking & huge thanks to Julie Ann for the inspiration. I’ll be back soon, hopefully.


22 comments on “PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Julie Ann Lee

  • A fabulous creation. I can see that you were engrossed in it. Love the build up of layers, objects and textures. Fascinating piece, pity we can’t see it for real. Nice to include Darcy’s stamps too. Well done. X

  • LOVE this! Fabulous texture on the frame and that wonderful crackle background (great colours all round) – and the hearts in the jar are just beyond cool! I’ve been clicking for close-ups but can’t quite make out if you’ve made the jar dimensional, or just stuck the hearts down really carefully!
    Alison x

  • Ooh Kirstin this is really fabulous, so much texture and colours. I really love your jar of hearts. Fantastic frame for a a really inspirational piece of art xxx

  • I think you should look up the definition of detailed in a dictionary – this one certainly qualifies in my understanding of the word. The feather is an absolutely delight & I love the fact that you made it into a quill. The little bird has that lovely sense of glitz & looks rather happy sitting on the jar’s top – or more exactly in it.
    Paula (PEP)

  • Kirsten! I adore what you did here. I love the way you went in a new direction, creating a 3D piece in a frame. It is a gorgeous work of art and I feel privileged to have inspired something so lovely. A delight. Julie Ann xxx

  • Each & every piece is perfectly placed, colours are amazing & the detail is superb. Can see u were engrossed im creating ur ArTwork asit flows beautifully.

    Julie Ann has definitely given us all a little touch of magic 🙂 xxx

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