Yellow and violet are colours that are prevalent in my garden at the moment with all the pretty spring flowers that are in bloom. So with a number of challenges in mind, I created this journal page using a yellow and violet colour combination, some recycled materials and a lovely new Postcard Butterfly stamp that I just couldn’t wait to use (grin!).
I started by recycling some book pages which I ripped and stuck to my page using Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I used a yellow pastel coloured acrylic paint which I diluted further with white gesso and painted over the whole page varying the shade of the colour. Next I mixed some pastel purple acrylic paint with white gesso and stamped it onto the page using some recycled bubble wrap; to do this I wrapped the bubble wrap around an acrylic block which gave a stronger and cleaner stamped finish as I dipped it in the paint and applied it to the page. Next I added some leftover pieces of butterfly decoupage paper using Liquitex matte gel medium and when the gel medium was dry I outlined all the collaged pieces with a black Derwent marker. Then I stamped some Ground Espresso Distress Ink using corrugated cardboard from some packaging in a criss cross pattern and covered the whole page with splatters of white and black DecoArt acrylic paint. I stamped a Butterfly Postcard stamp from Stampendous using black Archival Ink onto a piece of yellow and white paper and also the butterfly image from the same stamp onto some purple paper that I recycled from an old notebook. I fussy cut the images out and along with some yellow leaves, a piece of recycled beige card from some packaging and a spotted purple card leftover from card making, I edged them with the Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool then stuck them onto the page using glue dots, double-sided tape and foam tape. To add some shine to the purple butterfly wings I covered the black dots with Glossy Accents. Then I added some purple flowers and metal vintage embellishments which I accessorised with some tiny yellow and violet pearls, which finished the page.
We have quite a few yellow flowers in our garden including daffodils and forsythia as well as purple crocus and hyacinths, and both of these colours can be found in these pretty pansies that are in our planters which we can see from our kitchen window.
This variety has quite big flowers, aren’t the colours of this yellow one amazing!
If you are interested, here are some fun facts about pansies:
- The pansy is a member of theViola family.
- Their name comes from the French word, pensée, which means thought or remembrance.
- Pansies are one of the oldest cultivated flowers and are also one of the most popular plants in our gardens.
- In the language of flowers, the pansy represents thoughts of lovers and in the 19th century this flower was used in love potions.
- Pansies are edible and their petals have a mint flavour; they are often added to salads and desserts.
- The flower is used as a natural dye.
Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.
Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:
- Pébéo White Gesso
- Aldi Script Ready Mixed Paint (Pastels – yellow, purple)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
- DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
- Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
- Stamps made from bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard recycled from packaging
- Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamps (Butterfly Post CRP147)
- First Edition Deco Maché Decoupage papers (Vintage Butterfly FEDEC112)
- Paper Bundle from local craft shop (Yellow and white circles)
- Recycled purple memo paper
- Recycled beige card from packaging
- Leftover purple dot card from card making
- The Handmade Paper Company (Nature’s Touch of Art)
- Wilko (Flower Embellishments) leftover pieces
- Poundworld DécoTime (Vintage Stickers 54748)
- Trimcraft (Adhesive Pearls SCDOT056)
- Ranger Glossy Accents
- Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
- Wilko (Sticky Dots)
- Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape
- The Range double-sided foam tape