Dragonflies

The inspiration for this page is Dragonflies. When I first started art journaling I explored the internet to learn more and I recall finding a beautiful dragonfly piece that someone had created. So I thought it would be fun to create my own, drawing from my memory to incorporate the things I loved about the piece; from what I remembered it had a yellow theme and included a doily and circle effect and squiggles around the dragonflies. So with my challenge sorted I set to work and here’s the page I created!

Dragonflies - Art Journal page

To start with I used Liquitex matte gel medium to adhere rectangles of decoupage paper to the page. I stamped the doilies using a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker as ink and for the circle details used three postage label stamps, a dot stamp and black Archival Ink. Then I smooshed and splattered diluted yellow and gold Spectrum Aqua markers and the same grey Big Brush marker on the top. I also stamped a Kaisercraft Sketchy stamp using a sepia Spectrum Aqua marker. As a finishing touch to the background I sprinkled lemon Colourcraft Brusho powder and spritzed with water, this is a really fun technique where you ‘ooh and aah’ as the colour literally explodes on the page in front of you. It really intensified the yellow and merged with some of the other inks I had used, which I like. I stamped the dragonflies using an Eco Green Crafts stamp and Archival Ink, then using a black Uni Pin marker I doodled squiggles around them. The coloured dragonflies are rub-on transfers which I outlined to make them pop out more. I also used the decorative leaf border on the page to add vertical dimension; it is from the same transfer set. To finish I stamped a couple of words to describe my dragonflies and added some vintage looking alphabet buttons to title my page.

Dragonfly

It just so happens I have a metal dragonfly in my garden, it sits in my flowerbed and ties in beautifully with my page. As the theme over at Art Journal Journey (AJJ) this month is “In my garden there is…” I’m happy to be joining Yvonne and the others over at AJJ again.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Gold, Yellow, Sepia, Slate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colour (Lemon)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Dovecraft Curiosity Corner A5 clear stamps (Lace and Doile DCCS009)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamps (Sketchy
  • Eco Green Crafts recycled rubber art stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Francoise Collection (Flower Style FRSWS003)
  • The Works clear stamps (CR0274/TW3)
  • Vivi Gade Skangen Decoupage Paper (Art No: 25561)
  • Royal & Langnical Tip of the Brush Rub-on Transfers (Insect Collection #TIP-1484 RUB-ON)
  • Home Bargains self-adhesive letters (Love Letters Item code: 22738)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
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18 thoughts on “Dragonflies

    • Wow Valerie you are such a good host! I hadn’t even managed to put the link on AJJ yet. Thank you so much, I really appreciate your comments and love being part of AJJ! Wishing you a happy week ahead! J 🙂

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  1. What a BEAUTIFUL page! I am also drawn to dragonflies – and of course to butterflies. I think all stampers like them- am I right? – lol. And I love the yellow colour you used – once again: A gorgeous page! Thank you for another wonderful entry to AJJ Jo . This rusty dragonfly looks so good!
    Happy new week to you!
    oxo Susi

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  2. I’m also one who has no dragonflies in my garden. I also have no dragonfly stamps, but I was super impressed with the art journal page you created. I can’t believe you made something even SIMILAR like that from memory. I would have to bookmark anything that detailed. Of course, I know it has a definite Jo spin on it, too. It’s a wonderful page and the monochromatic feel makes it even more special.

    I would like to add your blog to my left sidebar. I will only do so with your approval, though.

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    • Thanks very much! It’s a shame I didn’t bookmark it. Luckily I tend to have a good memory for things and I thought it would be more fun to make a list and see what I could create :-). I’m sure it isn’t exactly the same … I loved how it turned out though. Of course I would be honoured to be included on your blog sidebar, thank you! Wishing you a happy week! J 🙂

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  3. Gorgeous dragonfly page you created Jo!!!
    You have such a way with how you create layers and pull together elements to make a really special piece.
    I am always fascinated by dragonflies with their prehistoric look.
    Your rusty garden ornament is a real treasure too.
    Mr M made some metal dragonflies for our garden a few years ago.
    I really like the rusted finish to them.
    Yet another thing we have in common 🙂
    oxo

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