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A layer a day - A spread a week: week 44

Hello lovely Butterflies,

Natascha here! And I´m here to share my thoughts on the ALAD challenge.

In case this is the first time you read about the challenge, check out the first blog post on the subject here, where we explain what it is all about.

You can join the fun at any time on the France Papillon and Creative Butterflies facebook group, where lots of alad spreads and in between layers get shared, which will definitely help your mojo to be inspired!

week 44

Life is a rollercoaster

Ok, what´s your rollercoaster??

At the moment my rollercoaster is my art work. Sometimes we have a creative collapse (DIP) in our art and than it´s often that we make things we normally don´t make in our art journal.

But it´s also a story in our live, so it has to be in the art journal too.

This week I had a collapse because we, from the Creative Team, get so much beautiful new products from France, I did not know where to start playing with.

My head was full of ideas………

So I just started with two blank pages in my art journal and at the end of this week you will see what I came up with.

Will you go with me on a journey to show your rollercoaster?

I will share my layers on the France Papillon and Creative Butterflies facebook group. Will I see yours there too???

Big hugs. Xxx


Corrie made a super duper beautiful spread to honor all her virtual friends who she is thankful for. This is for you sweet Butterflies, enjoy!

As I mentioned in the introduction last week, my art journal spread is all about my virtual friends. They fill a gap in my life and basically this spread is a tribute to all of them.

The photo of the ladies represents my (mostly crafty) friends and the doodling/writing represents some of the countries they come from. I hope you enjoy my process !

Anyway, here goes!

This is my first layer. Over a gessoed surface I applied Deco Art Texture Sand Paste through France's 'crackled' stencil.

For the 2nd layer, I added more Sand Paste in between the crackles.

For the 3rd layer I painted the space in the middle, without the sand paste, with a mix of Deco Art Fluid Acrylic Titan Buff and Tinting base.

Layer 4 was so much fun ! I made rust with Deco Art Fluid Acrylic Paynes Grey and Quin gold. This technique is not mine, but was taught in a workshop with Andy Skinner, a few years ago. I used Titan Buff again to blur the line between the rust and the middle.

Layer 5 is where I added stamping using France's London-New York stampset. I also added some splatters with a paint pen.

For the 6th layer I colourized a piece of cambric with Deco Art Fluid Acrylic in Cobalt Teal Hue which I watered down. I adhered it to the pages with Deco Art Matte Medium.

Layer 7 is the finals spread where I added the photo, the doodling and the words. I used the stamp set 'Perfect words' by France for the sentiment. Here is a detailed photo of the rust.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


Products used:

Deco Art Media: Matte Medium, White Gesso, Tinting Base White, Texture Sand Paste

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Teal Hue, Titan Buff, Paynes Grey, Quin Gold Archival ink: Aquamarine, Sepia

France Papillon stamps by Illusionary Artists: "Perfect words", "London New York. Click on the images to shop!

France Papillon stencils: "Crackled".


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