Mixed Media Flowers with Butterbee Scraps

Mixed Media with Butterbee Scraps

Hello Creatives!

Today I am so excited to share my newest mixed media piece for Butterbee Scraps!

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media

My thoughts…

For this project, I wanted to do something completely different from my last piece for Butterbee Scraps (You can see my Steampunk Owl here.)

I wanted to go bright and funky and messy. I think I succeeded, don’t you? LOL

How Did I do it?

Step 1

I started with a piece of an old particle board bookcase. I have TONS of pieces of wood in my garage that I keep for  moments of inspiration like this!

I made sure to scuff up the surface with a fine grit sand paper so that the surface would not be as slick. Once that was done, I added  healthy coat of white gesso. This allows whatever I put on top of it to stand out, instead of the brown “wood” showing through.

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Step 1

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Step 1

Step 2

Next, using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium, I added a layer of 7Gypsies tissue paper. Make sure to dry your project completely before going on to the next step.

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Step 2

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Step 2

Step 3

Although I didn’t get a picture of it, once my matte gel medium was dried, I added a light layer of of gesso to brighten up my brown colored paper.

Next, I used my finger to add green to the bottom of my project and blue and purple to the top. {see the end of this post for a complete supply list-including colors!}

You want some of the bring from the tissue to peek through, so if you get too much paint on your project, use a baby wipe or damp paper towel to remove a little.

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Step 3

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Step 3

Step 4

Now it’s time to add texture and layers! I used a Crafter’s Workshop Stencil and Liquitex Modeling Paste, a stamp from Unity Stamp Company and ink from Heidi Swapp.

Heidi swapp, the crafter's Workshop

The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil and Unity Stamp Company Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Step 4

Step 5

Continue to add layers…like Washi tape and paint splatters and all sorts of fun! For the big rings, I actually stamped with a plastic cup using my Heidi Swapp Ink.

Susan K Weckesser Stamp for Unity Stamp Company

Butterbee Scraps Mixed media_Step 5_LAYERS!

Step 6

Using my matte gel medium, I layered 3 kinds of black lace ribbon to be my stems. On one side I add some modeling paste to act as the “highlight” from the sun and to add more texture.

Ribbon Flower Stems

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Step 5_ Ribbon Flower Stems

Step 7

To make my flowers, I used Butterbee Scraps Vintage Label Ribbon. I cut it into different shapes and made “fringe” for the small flower. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to make all sorts of unique flowers.

I added Butterbee Scraps Silver Flower Metal Filigree (161-P) and (168-P) to the center of my flowers,  Silver Butterfly (091-P) and Copper Square Filigree (068-C) which I cut apart and used as the leaves.

Ribbon Flowers_Butterbee Scraps

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Step 7

Step 8

To finish up my project:

(1) I added words from Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd

(2) My flowers felt like they were blending into the background, so I used a little watered down DecoArt Media fluid acrylics in Black to add some shadows behind them.

(3) Using my Painter’s Fine tip paint pen in White, I added a few doodles and some lines around my flower petals.

Here is a few more closeups!

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media

Butterbee Scraps & Illustrated Faith Mixed Media

I added navy blue and black around my petals and metal embellishments to make them POP even more.

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media

Splattering paint and ink all over your canvas is a fun and easy way to introduce lots of color and making your project feel more cohesive.

Imagine Crafts Deco Art

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Imagine crafts and deco art splatters

DecoArt Acrylic Paint Mixed Media

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media

You can see from this side view that (a) I didn’t neglect the sides! & (b) There are LOTS of yummy layers!

DecoArt Liquitex Layers Mixed Media

Butterbee Scraps Mixed Media_Layers

That’s it for today!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project!

See below for a full supply list!



Butterbee Scraps Supplies

Copper Square Filigree 068-C

Silver Filigree 161-P & 168-P

Silver Butterfly 091-P

Other Supplies

Scrap Lumber

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Gesso

7Gypsies “Paris” Tissue

Paints: Americana by DecoArt (Citron Green & Purple Pizzazz), FolkArt Metallic (Ice Blue), DecoArt Fluid Acrylics (Carbon Black), Ceramcoat by Delta (Navy Blue)

Spray Inks: Imagine Craft Irresistibles (Wedding Dress & Electric Yellow), Imagine Crafts Fireworks (Dandelion)

Paint Pen: Painter’s Pens by Elmer’s (White)

Ink: Heidi Swapp Archival Ink (Navy & Teal)

The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil: TCW525S-Screen Print Stencil (6×6)

Unity Stamp Company: Splatter It Stamp by Susan K Weckesser

Hot Glue Gun (AdTech)

Matte Gel Medium by Liquitex

Modeling Paste by Liquitex Basics

Misc: Ribbon, Washi Tape


  1. Joi@RR says:

    Ohhhh so fun… the hope of spring – is what comes to my mind. It seems to portray the time when winter is still with us but touches of spring can be seen quietyly coming through! Such LUSCIOUS texture and layers Keri and your flowers are lovely. Really special to see and thank you so much for the steps too! j.

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