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Butterfly Squad creative team inspiration: Helen

Hello Butterflies!

I am so thrilled to share my first project with you here as a member of France Papillon Butterfly Squad! What an honour it truly is to be part of this creative team with all these amazing talented team-mates!

Usually when I start an art journal spread, I have a plan and vision of what I am going to create, but this time I thought I would just play and see where it takes me. I decided to use colours I normally don’t work with and to keep it simple, as sometimes simple is best.

To start off with, I applied DecoArt Media Gesso to my art journal page. I am using an art journal France made, and the paper in this is amazing! It holds up to layers of wet paints, mediums, and inks.

Once the gesso was dried, I put down a few drops of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics (which are amazing to work with I must say!) in colors Cobalt Teal Hue, Yellow Oxide, Phthalo Turquoise and Phthalo Green-Blue, randomly over the pages and sponged the colors around until I was happy with the look.

Once that was dry, I used Illusionary Artist Rock’n Rust stamp set by France Papillon and some aquamarine blue archival ink to randomly stamp the image over my spread.

Next I used France Papillon large Crackle stencil and applied DecoArt Media Modeling Paste with a spatula into the corners.

While that was drying, I worked on my little embellishment using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Cobalt Teal Hue and Dioxazine purple, DecoArt Media white crackle paste, cambric (from France’s shop) and a piece of cardboard.

I spread some of the white crackle paste over the cardboard, watered down the paints and colorized the cambric and then stamped “Little Things” using France Papillon Perfect Words stamp set. I tossed in a bit of purple thread, glued these all together as shown and adhered this little embellishment to the bottom right hand corner.

Finally I took the Dioxazine purple and sponged around the edges of my spread and finished it off with a bit of journaling too.

I do hope you enjoyed this little tutorial of my spread this week…. Sometimes simple … and the little things … are best!

And, remember to check out the weekly challenges on France’s blog and our FB group… France Papillon Creative Butterflies.

((HUGS)) to all!


Used products:

Stamps: Illusionary Artists ”Rock'n Rust”, ”Perfect words”

Stencils: " Crackled"

France Papillon – Journal on Monday Art Journal

DecoArt Media Gesso, White Crackle paste

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Cobalt Teal Hue,Yellow Oxide, Phthalo Turquiose,

Phthalo Green-Blue, Dioxazine Purple

Tacky glue, black journal pen, purple thread


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