Free to Fly

It’s a new month so we are launching our October challenge over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

I had fun creating this page from various mixed media including a recycled magazine page, white gesso, markers, stickers, rub-on transfers and paint; it was inspired by the butterflies that have been sunning themselves on the slate in our front garden – I hope you like it!

I started by tearing a blue page from a magazine into squares and collaging them onto the page using a Pritt Stick and some Liquitex matte gel medium. I intensified the white areas of the page by painting them with Pébéo white gesso allowing the gesso to smudge onto the blue paper squares too. When dry, I edged the squares with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker smudging the ink with my finger and then with a black Uni Pin marker.

Next I stuck the pretty 3D butterflies onto the page and added some numbers and words which are rub-on transfers from two Remnant Rub sets by Tim Holtz.

I added some border stickers to frame the “Free to Fly” wording and then to finish, I splattered the page with white acrylic paint.

All you need to do is use three different mediums on your projects to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge and for more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too; it would be lovely to see you there!

This is one of the beautiful butterflies that have been sunbathing on the slate in our garden. This butterfly is a Red Admiral which is widespread across the UK; it has a wingspan of about 2 inches (5 cm) and has distinctive black wings with red bands and white spots.  The Red Admiral butterfly is known to be unusually calm so it allowed me to get quite close to take this photo (grin!).

Hoping that you’re all staying safe and well! x

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m pleased to join the lovely Chris aka pearshapedchris the Hold The Line challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the two lines of border stickers that I used to frame the title of my page.

I’m pleased to be able to join the #128 – Dimensions challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the 3D butterflies on this page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the Anything Goes over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my Free to Fly art journal page.

I’m also joining the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their Anything Goes + optional twist of Distressing (ink or tool) with the techniques I used to collage and distress the pieces of magazine on my journal page.

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

  • Old magazine page
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Home Bargains You & Me Stickers (Beautiful Butterflies 22742)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs (Specimen #TH94047, Tiny Text #TH93695)
  • Sandylion Sticker Designs Kelly Panacci (Stitches & Borders KSCB105)
  • Artist Discount Acrylic Paint (White)

22 thoughts on “Free to Fly

  1. I love the way you put this together. Those orange butterflies on the blue-it makes the butterflies pop right off the page! And the pieces to make up your background look great. Top it off it works for AJJ. Thanks for joining Chris’ challenge. I hope you have a great start to your weekend Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Lovely colors and I like the way the butterflies appear to flit about on the page. I didn’t see too many butterflies here this season. That Red Admiral is pretty impressive. Take care and enjoy your day.

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  3. Like it I LOVE it Jo.. with it’s smudged edges, doesn’t the effect always look amazing upon gesso. Such pretty colours in every Butterfly, they work exceedingly well with that lovely blue/grey hue that represents the slate. A very pretty piece, needs to be framed lovely.
    Sending creative wishes your way Tracey xx
    P.S Congrats on your Paperbabe win btw always a pleasure to see you play & share x

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  4. A really pretty page Jo. A lovely mosaic effect background for those gorgeous 3D butterflies. The colour contrast is wonderful.
    A lovely photo of the Red Admiral too xx


  5. I was very impressed with your lovely journal page, Jo. I enjoyed how you described the process and was eager to learn about the numbers that show up all over the page. It was brilliantly created and layered perfectly. Thanks, too for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey using Chris’s theme. Those butterflies really are the perfect final touches to this page and to be your inspiration, too.

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  6. I really enjoyed seeing what you did with blue magazine pages, white gesso and a grey marker.
    I was thinking they looked like blue slates then next saw the photo of the red admiral on grey slates. The 3D butterflies are fabulous, I wonder where you get the wonderful additional pieces you use – I think you must have a magic cabinet of goodies.
    I love the words and random (?) numbers, they give an air of mystery to the piece.

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  7. I’m glad you shared the inspiration photo with the slate because initially I was thinking ice floes breaking (I know that doesn’t fit with butterflies, but I’ve been watching too much shockingly depressing David Attenborough extracts!). Beautiful page spread.
    Alison x

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