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Saturday, 3 August 2013

..and sometimes the page chooses itself :D

Dawn's prompt at Journal Journeys this month is "What Summer means to you"
Quite simple in my case...it means Butterflies :D

I went to my small desk diary journal, which I use to wipe any excess paint in, and found this page...
 Can we see Butterfly!!!!
 Quick Sharpie outline....
 sponged green paint around the outline, then added a thin layer of gesso to the butterfly itself...
 More Sharpie(black marker) detail + peacock stamp in wing segments.
Then I wanted to add a layer of tissue paper....but it didn't fade out and obliterated the lower layers :/
 Fortunately the outline showed through enough to redraw...
 and I used thin washes of acrylic paint to build up the image. I was trying to keep the butterfly light and fragile looking.
 I re stamped the peacocks, and added green back into the background...
The journalling was added around the outer edges with souffle pen
it reads;
I love Summertime , because it brings magic. Proof of the magic in nature is Butterflies. How can something so fragile survive in our weather? And bring smiles to our faces just by existing? "
This is also my entry for today's Paper Saturdays link up
:D Enjoy XXX
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11 comments:

  1. Really great to see some of your creative process!
    Butterflies have returned to our Virginia garden this year and we are so enjoying them...for a couple of years we did not see as many.
    Your pages are fabulous
    Happy Summer!
    oxo

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  2. It is so good watching through your creative process and seeing the final image develop. I would probably have given up after putting the tissue paper on and obscuring it - what patience you have.
    The hearts combined with the main image say 'I love butterflies', and your journalling gives it all an impression of fragility combined with strength - something we all need.

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  3. love butterflies... love this.

    ok. here's what i learn from you... the more mistakes i make, the better i can make something out of them. yeah, like i'm gonna do that!!! i'll leave the good stuff to you! this is gorgeous!

    hugs :)

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  4. The end result is beautiful.... but it was scary how all the other layers went hiding after the tissue!
    Right now I have a bunch of orange butterflies by he passion fruit vine, there are always like 6 or more, so cute.

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  5. What a coup, Gina. Colours are simply perfect and adore the addition of the hearts - perfect page to find. xoDonna

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  6. Beautiful Gina! I love everything ;o)

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  7. It's beautiful, Gina.. I love how you show the process and how it looks so beautiful and full of love from the beginning to the end.

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  8. "I'm a Butterfly" from south park my son is always saying this lately. I love the tissue paper although like you I would have expected it to be more see through. You made it work though and I am so Happy you have joined in again with Journal Journeys Dxx

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  9. I love the way your eyes see things. What a wonderful summer vision. I LOVE her wings ;-D

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  10. Happy belated paper Saturdays from sunny Spain. Gina those hearts would make wonderful wrapping paper. I love the look of them and the butterfly too! Manonxx

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