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Butterfly Squad creative team inspiration: Marit

Hi sweet butterflies,

Marit here again with some inspiration.

This time I used a tag to challenge myself. As an art journaler for me it’s so easy to grab my journal every time, because it feels so comfortable. Though it’s still paper, the size and working with it feels different. Do you experience that too? But challenging yourself will have unexpected results, remember my previous post with the greens? Well, exactly that!

So here we go, I’ll take you with every step I made.

I started with a tag and applied some gesso with a pallet knife. Followed along with modeling paste through my favorite stencil Crackled. So far so good, right? It’s all about confidence, I can do this!

Next step was color. And let’s not be too hard on ourselves, so I grabbed my favorite colors. With a brush I applied pink and white. Each color started at it’s own side and I brushed them towards each other. Not to neat, because I like to see the brush strokes and the original colors to create interest.

I really felt I needed drippage, because I knew it would look awesome with the modeling paste. I made a rough mixture of purple and white, I didn’t blend it too well. Hey… let’s experiment, and see how it’s gonna be!! I can do this in a journal, so I can do it on a tag, confidence, right?

You can still see the white peeking through the purple, isn’t it gorgeous? I love it! I did the drippage from the top, but also from the bottom and worked them towards each other.

Of course it needed some stamping. I chose the crackled stamp too to fit with the stencil. And I also used grey and black Archival Ink on the edges.

I stamped the squid on watercolor paper and colored it with diluted black acrylic. I did the same with the text I wanted to use. And finally I glued everything together with matte medium.

O wow… it’s all done! I knew I could do it and it was actually a lot of fun!

Here are some detail photos.

So how about you? Do you stay within your comfortzone or do you challenge yourself too? You know… There is a whole world outside your comfortzone! 😉 Hope to see you all again next time.

Love Marit

Used products:

Stamps: Illusionary Artists ”Perfect words”, "Rock'n Rust", "Creepers and crawlers"

Stencils: "Crackled" "Rectangles" "Rusted Rivets"

  • Tag

  • Watercolor paper

  • DecoArt mediums: gesso, modeling paste, matte medium

  • DecoArt fluid acrylics: Primary Magenta, Titanium White, Dioxazine Purple, Carbon Black

  • Archival ink: Jet Black, Watering Can


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