July 18, 2015

DIY Decor with Deflecto Frames and Ann Butler Designs

Thank you for joining me today as I get to create with Deflecto® for the very first time. 

DIY Decor with Deflecto Frames and Ann Butler Designs
Deflecto® very generously sent us 2 lucite frames and we could do whatever we liked with them.  As a member of the Ann Butler Design's Creative Team, I also get to incorporate Ann's wonderful products into this project.
DIY Decor with Deflecto Frames and Ann Butler Designs
I sat with the blank frames for several weeks and couldn't decide what I should do, but I finally decided to use the frame and its sturdy build to become a stand-alone canvas for me.

What did I use:
  • Deflecto® 8"x10" lucite stand up frame
  • Ann Butler Designs Clearnsap® background stamps,  Picnic1 and Diamonds 1
  • Castin'Craft® Easy Sculpt® Epoxy Modeling Clay
  • DecoArt® media Liquid glass - clear
  • Powertex sculpting colours: red, yellow, ivory, bronze, 
  • Powertex® l plaster statuette
  • Powertex® Colortrix pigments - turquoise, gold, yellow
  • masking tape, paint brushes, dowels, disposable gloves
  • pieces of fabric, t-shirt, gauze, embellishments, sticker sentiment

At first I thought I was just going to make a frame around the border and be done with it, But once I discovered how sturdy and durable the frame was, I decided to put it to a test and see how much of 'my abuse' it could withstand!

DIY Decor with Deflecto Frames and Ann Butler Designs
Look at the gorgeous patterns and texture that enhances the frame. I use Ann's stamps to get that fantastic look!
  1. I taped off the entire front of the frame with masking tape, vertically.  I thought that at the very least it would create interesting texture under the paint.
  2. I mixed the modeling clay and placed it in a few spots on the frame in a medium layer, in order to leave some 'give' when I pressed the background stamps into the clay. I didn't wait too long. I sprinkled some talcum powder on the clay surface before stamping, thus ensuring a clean impression and no clay residue left in the rubber.
DIY Decor with Deflecto Frames and Ann Butler Designs
3. I placed more clay down where I was planning to place the head, and stamped the entire surface.  Next I painted my plaster head and secured it into the still-moist clay.Let your piece dry for about 1/2 hour and then you may start added dabs of paints, and dry-brushing colours onto the clay.
4. Dip your cloth into Powertex and drape it around the goddess.
    Add gauze, paper decoration, lace .. to your taste.
5. Secure your sentiment with Liquid Glass and brush a coat of Liquid Glass over your words.  Liquid Glass can also enhance objects on your canvas, including buttons, facial features, words...
DIY Decor with Deflecto Frames and Ann Butler Designs
Finally, I have to say I am thrilled with the quality and sturdiness of the frame  -- I added a lot of weight to the surface - and will  it again as a 'very easy stand-alone canvas'!


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23 comments:

  1. OMG Roberta this is beyond gorgeous.........LOVE it.

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  2. What a gorgeous piece of art! I love how you used the entire frame as your canvas. Very innovative!

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    1. Thank you very much, Marilyn. Wait to see what I do with the bigger frame! :)

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  3. Beautiful... you have captured the essence of mixed media and free form. Love it!... Brigitte

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  4. Thank you Brigitte! I'm happy you like it :)

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  5. Fabulous project Robert - love the mixed media effect.

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  6. Roberta, your work is stunning! Always amazed at your ideas.

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  7. Simply Stunning Roberta, thanks for being part of the hop!

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  8. Awesome piece Roberta. Thank you so much for being a part of the hop.

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    1. Thanks Larissa! Thank you for organizing the hop :)

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  9. This is a beautiful piece of art! Love it!

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  10. The texture in this piece is really wonderful. I love your piece. Nice post.

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  11. LOVE this, Roberta! I can hardly wait until I get to create my own goddess at our GODDESS WORKSHOP on August 8th!!

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