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Hello! Hello!

I hope this post finds you well.

It is early summer here in Minnesota, USA, and I am feeling inspired by butterflies lately. I found the perfect stencil to play around with. It is designed by Tamara Laporte and manufactured by Artistcellar. The stencil is called, “Butterfly Wings,” and it is part of Artistcellar’s Signature Series stencils. This set is “Tam’s Whimsy Series”. You can find it on artistcellar.com

Supplies Used

  • Butterfly Wings” stencil from Tam's Whimsy Series by Artistcellar
  • 140 lb. watercolor paper
  • black ballpoint pen
  • Pilot ultra fine permanent pen
  • Various colored pencils
  • China Markers
  • Water-soluble colored pencils (Albrecht Dürer by Faber-Castell)
  • Small brush
  • Water jar
  • Paper towel

Step 1:

Trace the butterflies using a ballpoint pen and/or a Pilot permanent pen.

Step 2:

Treat the outlined butterflies like a “coloring page” and fill in the shapes using colored pencils. I used a variety of pencils. Only some of them are water-soluble.

TIP: When you do add water-soluble colored pencils, use a small brush and some water right away. Otherwise you may forget which area is made to get wet.

Step 3:

Optional- Choose one butterfly to color in warm, water-soluble pencils and another in cool, water-soluble pencils.

Apply water to each one once you are done coloring them in.

Step 4:

Use your own mark making style and a China Marker to add designs around the butterflies on the background of the paper. Next, add some marks with a water-soluble pencil.

Step 5:

Add water where applicable, to the background designs.

Continue adding fun marks with different colored pencils and/or China Markers.

Step 6:

Add one final layer of water-soluble colored pencil around the main elements. (I used yellow.) Then add water with your small brush.

Step 7:

Enjoy your work of art!

Thank you for reading this tutorial. I hope you feel a sense of calm and relaxation as you trace, color, and add your wonderful marks to the paper!

Many Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com

Greetings Everyone!

One of the things I love about stencils is that they provide a structure and/or texture that helps a page come alive.

Today I am sharing a tutorial where I use only a few supplies to create a dynamic journal page.

Supplies Used

Step 1:

Use Tamara Laporte’s Butterfly Wings stencil and trace the inside parts with a pencil.

Step 2:

Grab the Traditional Japanese Cherry Blossom stencil, as well as some molding paste by Golden, and a palette knife.

Spread the molding paste through the Cherry Blossom stencil. Decide if you want any of the pattern to go over the butterfly or not. I chose to let in some of the pattern.

Step 3:

Thinking about the rule of thirds, add the pattern from the Dylusions Alphabet Border stencil underneath the butterfly area on the page.

Use Distress Stain through the stencil, and blot up the extra with a paper towel.

Step 4:

Add water-soluble pencils to the butterfly. Then use a small paintbrush and water to make the pencil move like watercolor.

Step 5:

Create a rough paper mask for the butterfly.

Step 6:

Use Bubblegum Pink spray ink over the butterfly area of your page. Use a paper towel roll to soak up extra ink.

Step 7:

Remove the paper mask and take a look at your page!

In case you are curious, below is a photo with the spray ink and Distress Stain that I used.

I hope you have tons of fun in your art journal this week!

Sending Blessings,

Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com