Violet Butterfly

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.


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Alison/Craftytrog, who is hosting the Recycle and Collage challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I used stamps recycled from packaging and recycled book pages, packaging and leftovers to create this page!

With the stamped butterfly as my focal image and butterflies being part of the animal kingdom, I’m also happy to be able to join Fashionable Stamping Challenges and their Animals challenge.

With the stamping I used to create this art journal page, I’m also joining in the fun at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge and their April Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included).

I’m also joining the Color Wheel! challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge as I used a complimentary pair of colours, which are opposite each other on the colour wheel, yellow and violet to create my mixed media art journal page.

I was also inspired by Corrie’s use of book pages on her Design Team creation over at Country View Challenges so I’m also joining their Pimp It Up! (reuse or alter something) challenge.

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

35 thoughts on “Violet Butterfly

  1. Your butterfly page is a breath of Spring which seems very far away in my neck of the woods. Temperatures are unseasonably cold and we even had a few snow showers today. I love pansies. The colors are so vibrant and I love the faces. I’ve never seen the coloring like the yellow one. Very pretty. I enjoyed the fun facts. I didn’t know pansies are edible.

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    • Thanks very much! My friend was telling me the other day how confused mother nature is in your neck of the woods, I think you may miss spring all together and go straight to summer …lol 😉. Pansies are edible, best to eat the petals though rather than the stamens etc 😀. Happy weekend! J 😊 x


  2. It is a beautiful new butterfly card stamp Jo, you will enjoy using this on your pages.
    This page looks gorgeous. The colours reflect the sunshine we have had there today. lovely shades of lemon and great recycling pieces as well.
    Your pansies look so pretty, but for some reason I don’t think I could eat one, although I realise that this is something that restaurants use frequently to garnish the dishes .
    Have a good rest of the week.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thank you Yvonne! I don’t think I could eat one of the ones from my garden either, especially as I found green fly on one the other day …lol 😉. I’ve seen the petals used in salads and dried or candied to decorate cakes too. I hope you had a wonderful week and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊 x


  3. I would say great minds think alike, both of us featuring a lavender butterfly today, but your beautiful spread puts mine to shame. I love the stamped images and the yellow leaf. The colors certainly compliment each other. I was also impressed with how you added touches of used book pages, too. Wonderful idea.

    I spread my bubble wrap around a piece of wood, but I like your idea of using an acrylic block, too. Your addition of the bubble wrap really caught my eye.

    Your flowers in your garden are beautiful. I almost bought some pansies the other day, but passed them up in order to buy tomatoes instead.

    Again, I love your butterfly and was delighted you chose to share it with us at Art Journal Journey.

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    • So funny … it made me smile when I saw your beautiful purple butterfly page the other day as we both had had the same idea 😉. I think you do yourself a disservice as your page is just as pretty as mine! Thanks for your kindness and wishing you a Happy Weekend! J 😊 x


  4. This page is a dream Jo! I love all the wonderful bits and the light layers of colour – and the complimentary colours in this soft version are just brilliant in my mind! Your new Stampendous stamp is really beautiful and it’s first use turned out absolutely stunning!
    So happy to see this wonderful piece linked to Alison’s theme! Thank you very much !
    The pansies are so beautiful – and even in the two colours you showcased on you page! PERFECTION!
    Happy weekend my friend enjoy it !
    Hugs, Susi

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    • Thanks so much! These aren’t colours I normally use so it was a happy challenge for me to use them for this page 😀. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend too and wishing you a happy and creative new week dear Susi! J 😊 x


  5. Your violet butterfly is a beauty!
    I like your yellow and violet colour combination for this gorgeous journal page!
    Your pansies are beautiful too – especially the yellow one!
    Happy weekend, dear Jo!
    Rike xx

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  6. wow,what a amazing page,love the leaves and the pretty new stamp you used,love it!
    love your wonderful backround colors,so soft and beautiful 🙂
    in your garden growing beautiful flowers,i would i had this garden,i hope you have fun when you join in 🙂
    wishing you a sunny sunday,dear jo! 🙂

    hugs jenny

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    • Glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better, make sure you take it easy as if it’s anything like the cold I had it totally wipes you out! The yellow skeleton leaves are lovely and when I saw them in my craft stash I thought they would be perfect for this page 😀. Take care and wishing you a very Happy Sunday too! J 😊 x


  7. Beautiful spring page, Jo! Pansies are a favorite of mine, they always remind me of my Mom. Thanks so much for your sweet comments, they mean a lot to me! Spring is finally here – warm enough to be outside without a coat finally! hugs, Maura

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  8. I puzzled over the 3D butterfly on the postcard and then read the “instructions” and all was revealed.
    Loved your starting off with book pages which gives a lovely background effect and the spotted purple metal flowers are the perfect finishing touch.
    Yes, isn’t the garden lovely just now with the yellow daffodils and purple honesty and later the St. David’s poppies which some think of as a weed but I love them everywhere, and the bees like them too.
    These two pansies looks huge and have intense colour to match their hugeness.
    Finally thanks for the facts about pansies, very interesting. I’ve never eaten a pansy, I think it might get upset.

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  9. A lovely page Jo and I love the purple and yellow theme. Your new stamp looks great and I’m sure it will get lots of inkings.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges,
    Avril xx

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