Peacock Butterfly

This page is inspired by the beautiful Peacock butterfly that we saw whilst walking along the Lancaster canal.

I started by painting the page with Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint varying the tone of colour across the page by adding some Pébéo white gesso. When dry I stamped a pretty blossoms stamp from Stampendous over the page using black Archival Ink. Then I applied some Pébéo white gesso over the stamped blossoms and re-stamped them layering the image over the top to give the page more depth. I also stamped a Script stamp from Kaisercraft using the black Archival Ink again. Next I fussy cut some squares, rectangles and faux embroidered shapes from some design paper, edged them with a Black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and arranged them on the page using a UHU Stic with: a white doily; a postcard; cards depicting a Peacock Butterfly on the front and information about the butterfly on the back; and a lace flower. The letters for the “Peacock Butterfly” wording are fussy cut from some design paper and stuck in place using the UHU Stic too. I added lots of mini decorative pearls to the centre of the blossoms which finished the page.

This Peacock butterfly was sitting on a thistle by the canal and I always marvel at its patterned wings and beautiful iridescent colours.  If you are interested here are some fun facts about this butterfly:

  • Peacock butterflies are found in British Isles, Europe and temperate Asia as far east as Japan and are not the same genus as the “American Peacock butterfly”.
  • This butterfly is one of the larger species of butterflies with the males being smaller than the females. However males and females have the same wing patterns, so other than size they look exactly the same.
  • Peacock butterflies are easily to recognize by the beautiful purple eyespots on the hind wings and this specific colouration of their wings provides protection against predators by confusing or even scaring them away.
  • The edges of its wings are dark and look like dead leaves and the underside of its wings are a dull brown which ensures excellent camouflage when butterfly rests on the bark of the trees.
  • The Peacock butterfly is strong flyer and it can travel long distances. It has a nomadic instinct so instead of having a permanent home, it travels all the time.
  • The Peacock butterfly has a long lifespan, living for around 11 months.

By far my favourite fact is, that when viewed up-side down, the pattern of the Peacock’s wings resembles the face of an owl (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing our drink of ice-cold water that we always take on our walks – Happy T Day!


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 Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the Inspired by … challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my Peacock Butterfly inspired page.

I’m pleased to join the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Written Word (add text in some form) challenge, which on this page includes the “Peacock Butterfly” wording that I created from the fussy cut letters and also the text from the Script stamp, postcard and Collectors Cards.

With it being the first Tuesday of the month, I’m pleased to join the Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my neutrals page.

Over at That’s Crafty! Challenge their challenge is A Stitch in Time so I’m happy to join them with the faux stitched embroidery and pretty crocheted lace flower that I used as part of my design for this art journal page.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge.

I’m also pleased to join the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge and their June Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included).

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 (Parchment)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Stampendous cling rubber stamp (Blossom Spray CRP136)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Travel Memories 154898)
  • The Works Design Pad (Classic Vintage CRO707/TW7)
  • Dovecraft Premium Paper Doilies (Painted Blooms DCDLS010)
  • Collectors Card (Butterflies & Roses)
  • The Works (Lace Flower Stickers)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

66 thoughts on “Peacock Butterfly

  1. oh Wow Jo, the butterfly is so beautiful-I have not seen one like this before-I wonder if it’s in the States too. Your art page is just lovely too-I love seeing what you create from inspiration.
    Happy T Day Kathy

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  2. I have never heard of a peacock butterfly until now but they are sure beautiful. And have those cool eye spots. I can see why you made a page about them. That page is as beautiful as the butterfly. I like the lace effects.Water is the best when you are out on a walk. 🙂 Hope you have a fantastic T Day Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Your peacock butterfly spread is fabulous. The reasons I like it are numerous. I love the way you fussy cut the letters to the title. I love how subtle the pearls were, since I had to look several times to find them (I believe each page should always be inspected), and I love the use of doilies. It’s a gem and worthy of a place of honor at Art Journal Journey.

    I was totally mesmerized about the way you explained the peacock butterfly. At least I know why I’ve never seen one here in the States.

    Water is always good on a walk, since carbonated drinks, tea, and coffee actually dehydrate. Thanks for bringing it on your walk (and us, too) for T this Tuesday.

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  4. That’s a stunning butterfly Jo! And I love your beautiful page, it’s a wonderful composition. We’re by Lake Bled in Slovenia this week, and enjoying some great walking too.
    Have a lovely week,
    Alison xx

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  5. A lovely delicate coloured background for the beautiful peacock butterfly. I’m glad you showed the photo upside down too. Water is always so refreshing on a walk. Have a great day. Avril xx

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  6. A just wonderful page – I love all about it dear Jo! I can see how inspired you were for this page! That butterfly is just so beautiful! Your post is a pleasure and all looks so lovely and well arranged and even the cold water is served in a special magical way! Happy T-Day and thank you so much for joining Art Journal Journey with this beautiful page!
    I wish you a very happy and creative week my friend!
    Hugs, susi

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  7. An absolutely gorgeous background for the butterfly, I can see where you got your inspiration when I saw the lovely photos. It is one of our beautiful butterflies and a treat to see up close.
    I loved the stamping and the soft colours as well.
    Ice water sounds refreshing to me and a must to take out on a walk on hot days.
    Happy T day Jo
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks very much Yvonne! They are such beautiful butterflies and I remember you saying you often see them in your garden throughout the summer which just be wonderful 😁. Sending you very Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x


  8. Wow what a stunning and elegant page Jo with that beautiful Peacock butterfly as the focal point, Your background is so soft and gentle looking – I love the stamps you used.
    What great photos of the butterfly you saw on your walk – I’ve not seen any so far – just mainly the little blue ones and one white and one Comma.
    You always put so much work and detail in your beautiful pages. Thanks for sharing what inspired you and joining in at AJJ.
    Happy Tuesday – have a great day.
    Gill xx

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  9. one of my favorite butterflies! he has a similar Name here, too: “day-peacock-eye”, if i translate it into english. awesome spread you made! and i´ve never seen that “owl face”, so fun. from now on i will see These butterflies differently;)
    have a great week and happy t-day ♥

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  10. Glad I came back over to double check if my comment from last night had posted! Grr obviously not.
    This is a fabulous piece Jo, I love the peacock butterfly, she is so powerful in appearance. Your muted background is the perfect playground for her. So pretty!! Thank you for sharing your faux stitch creation a glorious journal exhibit.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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  11. A lovely page. I’ve never seen a Peacock butterfly before. Very beautiful. I was thinking the large spots on the lower wings looked like eyes and then you turned the photo upside-down. I love the owl face. Happy T Day!

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  12. Wow. Simply spendid. I love how you gave depth to the background by gesso and layering of the florals. And that butterfly is one gorgeous creature! Beautiful layout. Thank you so much for joining us on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. xx Ankita

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  13. What a beautiful page layout! I’m new to the art journal world (just started one last month) and I LOVE all the elements on your page. I’ll be pinning for future reference and inspiration!

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  14. What a beautiful page Jo! Everything is great on this page. When the buddleia in my garden is blooming, there are a lot of Peacock butterflies. I always love that. Hugs, Lenie

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  15. Love the Lacy vintage look of the background contrasted with the brightly colored butterfly! I’m not familiar with this one, and it’s fun to learn amazing stuff when I visit your blog 💜 Happy T Day!

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  16. A gorgeous page, so love the soft background, for your stunning butterfly- love to see them in my garden here, in Denmark, too.
    Good luck and thank you for sharing over at That’s Crafty.
    Greetings DT, Dorthe

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  17. The page is beautiful, Jo. The pop of peacock butterfly color against the frill feminine background is just perfect. The peacock butterfly is gorgeous. I’ve never seen a live one. Thank you for all the interesting facts.
    Belated Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  18. Hi Jo, I was glad to see your contribution at Simply Neutral Tuesdays! This is a gorgeous lay out you’ve created here~ Loving the contrast and interest of the soft vintage textural background – and then the addition of that gorgeous colored butterfly! So beautifully created. TFS karen o

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  19. hi jo,what are amazing two pages,the last one with the green flowers is so wonderful,and the soft texture in the backround is fantastic 🙂
    the butterfly page is pretty too,love the little orange butterfly.
    you garden is beautiful with all this pretty flowers 🙂
    have a happy sunny weekend,dear jo ! 🙂

    greetings jenny

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  20. I love the background, a delightful vision of lace, stamping with a Vintage vibe! The butterflies pictures are awesome too! Thanks for sharing with us at Country View Challenges, Jo!

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