Hello everyone, today I am sharing this page that was inspired by a couple of challenges this month – see the end of the post for details.  I had an idea to draw this fairy-looking girl for the focal point of the page, and then I used watercolour pencils and water to colour her, starting with her skin.

As I was thinking “fairy” I thought she might be a forest fairy and so I wanted her to be very green, so she would be well camouflaged in the forest.

Probably not the best idea to be wearing shiny gold jewellery but I’m sure she will be OK and be able to keep out of sight.

So what is she looking up at?  Well maybe all these butterflies that I cut out of some gel printed leftovers using a small Sizzix butterfly die.

I added more depth to them with some Pitt pens and then glued them on to the page so they would be flying around her head.

I added some gold splatters and then painted the remaining gold ink around the outside of the page, which is where I wrote my repeating quote.
The quote is from The God of Small Things by Arundhati Joy and reads She wore butterflies in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes.  If you haven’t read this book, I can recommend it , it also won the Booker Prize back in 1997. I also included this book as Day 36 of the 100 Day Project, tiny book covers, but with a different quote.

And that’s the finished page.  I was thinking about hands and butterflies when I started it and managed to include both so quite happy about that. This paper is 12 x 12 inches hot pressed watercolour paper and so I save all these pages to be bound together in a different way to how I make my usual journals.  A few more pages and I might have enough to start thinking about binding them together.

Let me know what you think in the comments.  As always, thanks for reading!


Hahnemuhle watercolour paper, Faber Castell polychromos, Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Pitt Artist Pensl Liquitex gold acrylic ink, Sizzix butterfly die, gel printed offcuts, black pen, white gel pen, gold gel pen, glue,


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Rain Frances
June 11, 2021 8:21 pm

Elle, that is SO beautiful! You did such a wonderful job on her. She is a beautiful fairy butterfly lady! I love her hair!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
June 7, 2021 3:38 pm

I was SURE I had left a comment on this, because the lady was so familiar. Your butterfly lady is gorgeous and I love how the butterflies seem to flit acrooss the page. Thank you so very much for sharing these with us at Art Journal Journey using Mia’s theme, dear Elle.

Nancy Williams
June 7, 2021 11:19 am

Wow – she is beautiful – especially her eyes. The butterflies are beautiful too. Wow – such a great page!!!!!!!

June 7, 2021 9:13 am

A gorgeous painting and page, beautiful butterflies and I love how you framed the page with the words. Thank you for linking to Try it on Tuesdays as well as inspiring us all over at AJJ.
Yvonne xx

June 6, 2021 7:25 pm

Oh My Elle! She is beautiful and perfect for another entry at Try It On Tuesday, thank you for joining us, Chrisxx

Susan Renshaw
Susan Renshaw
June 5, 2021 6:04 am

Love the words around the edges. Lovely colouring and butterflies.

June 5, 2021 1:44 am

Your page came out so beautiful!!!!

June 5, 2021 12:37 am

such a beautiful and summery page. Love it and the butterflies!

Wendy K
June 4, 2021 9:46 pm

A lovely face, the skin tone is great. No easy ti draw at that angle. Have a great weekend.

June 4, 2021 6:49 pm

I love how your page came together!

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