Monday 9 July 2012

Butchered Blueprint

A sketch this week over at Haunted Design House or, as we call it, a Butchered Blueprint.
This is the great sketch we worked with..
I took pics as I went along, knowing that a pic of the final piece would obscure some of the details.

The backing sheet and frame were both painted

This was my first attempt at recreating the look of heated and oxidised copper as per Andy Skinner's Timeworn course

and a frame of "aged leather". The creases I put in smoothed out when putting on the wooden frame

the content of this picture frame is the Death's Head Hawkmoth. A digi from Delicious Doodles.
coloured with promarkers and 6 layers cut out, stuck together with pinflair and dipped in UTEE.

I then made a 2.5cm deep shadow box to fit the frame aperture

These elements all put together make a specimen picture, similar to what you might see on a Victorian butterfly collector's wall. There is glass to add but knowing the problems with glare I photographed it without  before finally fitting that. The labels are computer generated and the skull is a chippy from Tattered Angels.

The Latin name with the common English name.

A torn piece of handmade paper with pins to "secure" the moth are the other two elements you see.

Your turn to show us your version of the sketch. The other Minions have done a fantastic job of interpreting this sketch their way and you really ought to go see them.
Hope to see you over there at Haunted Design House.

A couple of challenges I'd like to enter this picture into
Always Crafting - For Men
Fashionista Challenge - Winged Things
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Layers


  1. Uh! Gobsmacked hun - this is freekin' AWESOME!! LOOOOOVE what you did with my moth!! xxxx

  2. Very very cool. It's great to see another time worner. Love the moth. The copper has turned out really well. I found the leather a pain. Fab piece.
    Never done a sketch challenge. No idea what the drawing means. Help x

  3. Dang, girl! This is so completely badass! A-frickin-Amazing!!! I must try to case this (but I doubt I would achieve your awesomeness)! Your moth looks so real! How the heck did you fussy cut the antennae (or did you add that after)? Wow! If you don't want this you can mail it to me :)

  4. Flipping amazing!!!! I bow to your melt pot expertise!!
    Beautiful work!

  5. I really adore this i want to stroke it and LOOOVE it and call it george. wonderful depth and the Moth is just stunning.EE

  6. fantasic project as always , i love your work Helen x

  7. that moth is so awesome it looks so real, Love you project it's really great.

  8. OMG, is this ever FABULOUS, Helen! That moth is a work of ark and so is that gorgeous frame. Really cool and creative take on the sketch. xxD

  9. Absolutely fabulous framed piece. The texture on the frame is stunning and the background piece is so rich in colour, I love it. Love,your focal piece too . Very creative . Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge . Tracy x

  10. Wonderful project. Love all of the detail. Thank you for joining us at Fashionista this week.

  11. Love the moth, the detail is fab and the UTEE layers give it a great 3D effect....the frame just sets it off perfectly!! Trish x

  12. Wowzers your framed piece is wonderfull stunning background texture and the bug in the middle fabulous, thank you for sharing your creation with the DT form SSSS hugs terry xxxx

  13. Wow! Stunning! Takes my breath away!