Art Journaling: Step by Step Butterfly Page
Art Journaling: Step by Step Butterfly Page
Art journaling is my favourite creative past time and it’s probably the easiest way to get creating. More & more people are catching on to art journaling which makes me excited! It’s a versatile medium since there are literally no rules about what “is” art journaling. Anyone can do it with any art supplies. I create pages in all kinds of mediums, but today I’m showing you how to do one that includes a watercolor background with some collaging and hand drawn elements. This page is super quick to come together and super versatile. You can replace each material in each step with another colour/image/quote and get an endless combination of pages.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- Art journal (this is the one I’m using)
- This butterfly image printed
- Rubbing alcohol
- Table salt
- Prismacolor Premier Brush Fine Art Marker in Black (a Copic marker will also work.)
- Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Pen in Gold
- Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in White
- Matte Medium
- Tissue paper
- Dr. Ph Martin’s Hydrus Watercolor in Turquoise Blue (any transparent ink will work as well, such as Dylusions or Tim Holtz)
- Watercolor set
- A small palette or scrap cardboard
- Glue lid or other small circle lid
- Paintbrushes, piece of card stock, paper towel
Yay! Now on to the fun parts!
Step One: First, you’ll place a scrap piece of card stock behind the page you want to work on. I do this with every page I work on because it protects all your virgin pages behind it. Next, coat your page in just water using a large flat brush. You’ll want to coat the page, but not absolutely soak it. Then started adding different shades of blue and green to your page. The more color, the better! You don’t want to mix the colors too much or the whole page will end up the same color.
Step Two: While the paint is still wet, use your liquid watercolor or ink to drop a few drops on to your page. Then tip the page to let the intense colours run and bleed around the page. Again, don’t swirl or mix too much or the whole page will end up the same color.
Step Three: While the paint is still wet use a paintbrush to splatter rubbing alcohol across the page. Do as much or as little as you like to the effect you want. You can also drop it directly on to the page with an eye dropper. Next you can use salt to drop into the wet parts of the paint. This creates a fun effect because the salt soaks up the paint around it. Let the paint dry completely. I speed up the process using a heat tool, but note this can warp the paper more than usual. Once the paint is completely dry, brush off the salt.
Step Four: Tear up your tissue paper into small pieces. Try to choose ones that compliment one another and go with your background colours. Get the matte medium and use it to collage the tissue paper to your page. Remember doing papier-mâché as a kid? This is the same technique! Just a little less messy Seal all your pieces with matte medium on top and let them dry. I used scissors afterwards to trim off the excess paper. You can also remove the card stock since we won’t need it after this step.
Step Five: Print off the butterfly image so it is about 4 inches wide. Using a heavy lead pencil (I’m using drawing pencils, but a good old HB or even charcoal will work too) cover the back of your image with graphite. Place the image down on your page and trace over the lines to transfer the butterfly to your paper. Use a white gel pen to draw over your traced image, adding as much or as little detail as you want. This is one of my favorite ways to add images to my pages.
Step Six: Using the glue lid, pour some gesso onto your palette/cardboard and dip the lid into the paint and then stamp around your page. Add them in clusters and try to balance them out. We’re trying to add some more visual interest to the background of the page. This really is as easy as it looks!
Step Seven: Use the gold gel pen to add more visual interest with some doodles. I chose to do some constellation inspired doodles to reflect the gold star tissue paper I used. You can add whatever you like! I also added some small white marks using a small paintbrush and the gesso.
Step Eight: Write down any quote you are inspired by! I found this one on Pinterest, which happens to be the motto of Oregon, and seemed to suit this page perfectly. I used my Prismacolor marker fine tip to draw the lettering out, then went back and embellished the writing to create a faux calligraphy. I went back and added some gold details to the butterfly as well.
And that’s all! It’s a very easy page to put together with basic steps that can be used in any future pages as well. I can’t wait to create more pages to share! Have you ever tried art journaling? I promise that once you start you’ll be hooked!
More of my posts you might like…