Happy Friday 13th! Black cats abound and are crossing my path on the regular because they live here and that’s fine by me because black cats are considered lucky where I’m from. 🙂 We are experiencing some very cold temps at night which is quite a shock for this time of the year- we’re talking lows of 1C (which is frosty to say the least). I am having to light the stove most nights now and it makes such a difference, and then we all fall asleep in front of it haha. Anyway…
Today’s Art . . .
Isn’t it funny that sometimes you have an “idea” for a page and then over the course of working on it, it turns into something else entirely? Something that was not planned and not what you intended. That happened with this page as this was not quite what I had in mind and it took me some time to get there, to a place where I was happy (?) with it. I did see it being green with lots of leaves, the sunflowers there but more grungy looking butterflies, and a lot more brown haha. But that’s not what happened…
It started off as this green page which I found already painted (pastel and gesso) while I was tidying up the other day and I decided to use it as I thought it would look nice as the perfect background for the sunflowers I wanted to use. But after creating the sunflowers and then starting to stamp the clockwork parts of the butterflies over the page, I wasn’t happy with it at all. So what to do, save it or scrap it? I decided to try and save it by painting the background black all around the sunflowers.
Time to start again lol. Miss Lily stayed for moral support and encouragement. Also she likes shiny things and was really attracted to the shiny gold card I was stamping on.
It took me forever to find a paper that I wanted to stamp the butterflies on to – one that I thought would look nice with the sunflowers and the black. In the end I settled for this one which is an old 2017 Graphic 45 paper and probably the only G45 I’ve ever bought haha. I always find their papers are too busy for me. The steampunk/clockwork butterfly stamp is this one from Paperartsy and the sunflowers were also made with a stencil from them too, both designed by Tracy Scott and several of their Fresco chalk paints for the sunflowers. Some of the cogs and gears from the butterfly stamp set are the perfect size to fit inside the centre of the sunflowers.
On the clockwork side of the butterfly, I coloured all the clockwork bits with a gold pen, and then on the other side, did a little colouring with a peach Posca.
The black stamped cog? gear? comes from the butterfly stamp set and fussy cut. There’s a few of them on the page including as centres on the sunflowers. The rest of the metallic cogs and gears are cut with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die set using TH metallic papers – gold, silver and champagne. I even tried to make a couple of them look like leaves by cutting them in half and making them look more oval.
There’s some splattery black and white paint on the background too.
Behind the Scenes . . .
Miss Lily was there at the beginning for moral support and here she is at the end for a behind the scenes photoshoot lol. She just really likes to be involved in all the artyness.
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading and Happy Journalling!
my journal, a pastel page that got covered in black acryiic ink, Paperartsy stamp set, stencil and Fresco paints, TH Sizzix bigz die, metallic card, Graphic 45 paper, black ink, black and white paint, gold pen, Posca peach pen, glue, glue dots,
Art Journal Journey – In Gear
Creative Artiste – Challenge #98 – pastel, gesso, stamp set, stencil, Fresco paint, metallic card, scrapbook paper, black ink, black paint, white paint, gold pen, Posca pen, glue dots,