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Butterfly Squad creative team inspiration: Saadia


Hello lovely Butterflies,

We're ending this first month of the year in beauty, thanks to Butterfly Squad member Saadia. Today she is showing us that you do not need to add tons of colors to make a statement. Just a hint of well placed accents can be just as striking! This is how she did it:

Hi everyone,

I want to share with you an art journal spread. It was inspired by the winter season and all the beautiful snow.


I glued some book pages with gel medium followed by a coat of white gesso.

I did a bit of stenciling with France Papillon’s new Honeycomb stencil. I used too much paint on the sponge and it seeped under the stencil but I like the grungy look. Use very little paint if you want a clean, crisp look. Dab the sponge up and down on the stencil and not side to side.


Next, I applied crackle paste with a palette knife. I applied it randomly. Some areas got a thick coat, others thin. I let it dry overnight.

Then I did background stamping with Archival ink. Applied modeling paste through France Papillon's small ‘Driving me circles’ stencil.

I wanted to have a small flap in my spread so I cut a small rectangular piece of watercolor paper and applied crackle paste and carbon black paint to it.


Stamped and heat embossed the windmill image from France Papillon's London New York stamp set. I glued the image on the flap and main page with gel medium.


Next I assembled my focal point. I made the heart and the moth few weeks ago and I glued them with gel medium.

I stamped the words and title with Archival ink. These are from France Papillon's new stamp set ‘How shall I put it’.

I also applied word stickers from France's butterfly whispers mixed media stickers on the windmill image and near my moth. These stickers are mixed media friendly and can be easily colored.


Lastly, I added few white, black and red paint splatters.


That's all for now.

Thank you for visiting,

Take care,

Saadia Nawaz

Products used:

France Papillon stamps: click on the image to shop!




France Papillon stencils: click on the image to shop!




France Papillon mixed media stickers: click on the image to shop!


  1. DecoArt media fluid acrylics Carbon black.

  2. Deco Art media white gesso

  3. DecoArt media white crackle paste

  4. DecoArt Media white modeling paste


#BSct #IllusionaryArtists #DecoArt #Francesstamps #Saadia

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