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Butterfly Squad creative team inspiration: Natascha

Hello lovely Butterflies,

One of the things I love about my art journal, is that it is a patient listener. I can confide anything to the paper, my deepest thoughts and feelings. There's no judgement except my own, yet my journal will tell me a whole lot of stuff about myself I might not be aware of. It is a safe place to be vulnerable.

Today, Butterfly Squad member Natascha is sharing a very deep and intens spread. Because the feeling involved are deep and intens. She is showing her vulnerability to us and hope that just like me, it will make you want to wrap your arms around her and give her a feeling of safety. Read on, to know why...

Hi Hi sweet Butterflies, Natascha here.

Today I give you a very special personal project from me, I made an art journal spread full of emotions.

If you have been following this blog a little while, you know that last time I made a journal spread in my art journal I got back from my dad on Aruba. This time I made a spread dedicated to him because he past away in my arms on November 18.

I had a lot of days I couldn’t create anything because I was broken, but now I felt like I had to work with a picture I made from my dad’s hands holding my hand. This was at the hospital when I was with hem for 3 days. This picture means a lot to me.

It was difficult to make this spread but it is really from my heart and I hope he likes it….. from

there up in the sky.

Here Is my spread hope you like it…….

First I started with sticking some old packaging on 2 corners from my spread to give it some texture. I gave the spread a layer of gesso and let it dry for a night.

Second layer: I added some stamps on the packaging in the corners. I used Archival Jet Black ink and the stamps from the sets: Rock ‘N Rust and Sinuosity.

Then I put a layer of Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff on the spread with a sponge.

Next I got my other Deco Art Fluid Acrylics and added first the color Yellow Oxide on the corners with a lot of water to get some nice drips. With the leftover from the paint I made some splatters.

After drying with my heat gun I used the color Quinacridone Burnt Orange to make some more drippage on the spread. Again I made some splatters with the leftover paint.

Now that my background is ready I’m going to work on my focal point. I had the cut out burlap rounds from my last personal post and I wanted to use them in this spread. I painted these rounds with the Fluid Acrylics Dark Gray Value 3. On the paint I made some scribbles with A White Sharpie and a Wink of Stella Gold pen.

Lastly I stamped a quote from the stampset How Shall I Put It and colored it with some Distress Ink Vintage Photo. I also colored some Cambric with Tabacco watercolor from Colorex.

I glued everything down with Matte Medium.

As final touch I gave the spread some dimension by inking the pages with Distress Vintage Photo and Archival Jet Black ink.

I hope I inspired you to make also a spread when you have some bad days.

Big hugs

Natascha xxx

Products used:

France Papillon stamps: click on the image to shop!

Cambric: click on the image to shop!

Deco art Fluid Arcylics: Titan Buff, Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Dark Gray Value 3

Deco art medium: Matte Medium, Gesso

Archival Ink: Jet Black

Distress ink: Vintage Photo

Pebeo colorex: Tabacco

Packaging from stash

White Sharpie

Zig Wink of Stella Gold


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