Dragonfly Wishes

With the wonderful sunny weather we have been having of late, I have been spending time in the garden sorting out the flower beds and planting the summer bedding plants. So today’s page is inspired by beautiful blue skies and a rusty metal dragonfly which adorns my flower bed (grin!).

I started by adding some torn pieces of sheet music to the page with Liquitex matte gel medium and then I covered the whole page with Bright Aqua Green and Swedish Blue Liquitex acrylic paint and Pébéo white gesso using a paintbrush, blending and varying the shades of colour across the page. Then I used a Shabby Harlequin stencil from Creative Expressions to apply Pébéo white gesso; I used my finger to apply the gesso so it varied in thickness and caught along the edges of the stencil to add more interest. Next I stencilled modelling paste using a Wheels stencil from Ranger by Dina Wakley with a palette knife and left it to dry. I drew a couple of big dragonflies onto thick paper and added some copper glitter glue along the body and head, and then I covered the wings with DecoArt crackle glaze. When the crackle glaze had dried I covered the wings with Iced Coffee Faber-Castell Gelato and using a wet finger smudged the colour into the cracks, wiping any access off with a wet baby wipe.

Then I used some Iridescent Rich Copper and Rich Bronze metallic Liquitex Inks, which I received for my birthday (grin!), to colour the dragonflies; I really like the iridescent quality of the inks and the way that they seeped into the cracks of the crackle glaze. To give the dragonflies more of a patina I also coloured them using a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and also Metallic Mint and Iced Coffee Faber-Castell Gelatos. I used the same Liquitex Inks, Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and Gelatos to colour the Wheels I had stencilled onto the page and I also splattered some of the metallic inks over the page along with some black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush. I then stuck the dragonflies in place using a UHU Stic and finished the page by stamping the sentiment “May all your wishes come true” using black Archival Ink.

You may remember my dragonfly from a previous post.

I bought him at a flower show and he always makes me smile when I see him floating over my flower bed!

Challenges

I’m pleased to be able to join the Flora and Fauna challenge over at Art Journal Journey which I’m hosting this month with my Fauna (dragonfly) page.

 I’m happy to join the Rust theme over at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge with the rusty wheels and dragonflies that I created for this page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday and their Summer challenge with my sunshiny blue sky inspired page.

I’m also joining A Vintage Journey and their Words and Music challenge with the sheet music that I used to create my Mixed Media Style page and “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO that I was singing whilst I was creating it (grin!).

I’m also pleased to join the Allsorts Challenge Blog and their Insects, Bugs, Bees and Butterflies challenge with my dragonfly page – sending you Happy belated 9th Birthday wishes Allsorts!

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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Bright Aqua Green, Swedish Blue)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze
  • Liquitex Inks! (Iridescent Rich Copper, Iridescent Rich Bronze)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Metallic Mint, Iced Coffee)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencils (Shabby Harlequin CEMSHARL)
  • Ranger Dina Wakley Media Stencil (Wheels MDS45588)
  • Clear Stamp Set (Winter Woodland) – Free with Crafts Beautiful Magazine
  • Thick white paper
  • Violin Studies – Sheet Music
  • Hobbycraft Glitter Glue (Copper)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
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34 thoughts on “Dragonfly Wishes

  1. Loving these dragonflies! I have some rusty garden decorations too (they are the best-your dragonfly is cool) and it’s so cool how you thought to make the dragonflies on your page rusty. They look great! have a super weekend! Hugs-Erika

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  2. Dear Jo, you made this so beautiful ! The dragonflies are great. Thank you for explaining how you made everything, I can learn a lot about it. Great page! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Fantastic page Jo – love the colour.. And I’m so pleased that you showed the fabulous garden dragonfly ornament that inspired this.. he’s wonderful!
    Hope you had a good week and I hope you have a lovely sunny weekend.
    Gill xx

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  4. You had me at RUST, then again at copper. This is an incredible journal page and it compliments your rusty dragonfly, too. I love how you used the stencils on this page. It’s a gem and so very fitting for your theme at Art Journal Journey, too. I’m loving it!

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  5. A fabulous journal page, love the rust/ copper against that gorgeous blue background . The crackle finish on the dragonfly looks amazing.
    Hope you’re having a great weekend
    Avril xx

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    • Thank you Avril! It’s the first time I have actually been pleased with the crackle glaze, I found out the secret is to apply it thickly …lol 😉. I hope you are having a great weekend too! J 😊 x

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  6. I LOVE the rusty orange against the light blue on your page – Oh my gosh another simply ADORABLE piece for your collection at AJJ dear Jo! You never cease to amaze – I know I has written this often, but it is simply the TRUTH!
    Your rusty dragonfly is an amazing garden decoration ! So lovely! I enjoy my garden just now as well.. it’s so good for the soul after this long month’s of winter and coldness!
    Happy Sunday and happy start into the new week my friend!
    Hugs, Susi

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  7. Awesome dragonflies Jo, Love love the one in your garden and your page is awesome, that’s amazing how you made the dragonfly inspired by the garden one.
    enjoy your day hugs Kathy

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  8. What a beautiful page! You’ve given the dragonflies a life like rust look, not far away from the ones you have in the garden! Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend!

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    • Thanks very much! I think I may need to get some of those Seth Apter Baked Textures that everyone seems to be using to create more rust effects, they are on my wishes list …lol 😉. I hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend too! J 😊 x

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  9. Jo, I’m short on commenting time, but I’ve been around to see all your beautiful inspiration you’ve linked up to A Vintage Journey. I just have to say that they are all beautiful, and the one with the yellow flowers really caught my eye! But I LOVE rust, and the combo with the blues knocks my socks off! And that crackle!…Love! Thank you so much for sharing your artwork with us at A Vintage Journey! Sooooo inspiring! Hugs!

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    • Dragonflies are beautiful and how lovely to see them on your patio, we only get them occasionally in our garden 😁. Very nice of them to eat the mosquitoes too …lol 😉. Many thanks and have fun! J 😊 x

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