Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Secret Gardens Behind Butterfly Hill


Today I've created a spread for Art Journal Journey.  The host this month is Yvonne, who we know and love from her blog Meggy's Way.  Her theme is "In my garden there is." 

Of course the page I created has a few words.  That's to be expected when you have a journal type entry.

As much as I dislike my own handwriting, sometimes I have to bite the bullet.  Two ink pens were needed to make these words legible, though.

I had a gifted die cut butterfly left over from a swap, and tried to color the wings.  The pens are on their last legs (or wings) though, so it turned out to be sort of a mess.  I'll pretend it's an abstract so it isn't too offensive.

This is Butterfly Hill, and we need to find the secret gardens behind these houses.

For this spread I started in my Coll-AH-ge Two altered book, then added gift wrap with a repeating pattern.  I also included a die cut butterfly and an image from a travel magazine. A sharpie and a Micron pen complete the materials list.

Now let's head to Art Journal Journey for some garden inspired journal pages.  And I don't say it often enough: thanks for your continued support of my art.

21 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful spread, and love the idea, secret gardens are always something special! Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

Valerie-Jael said...

Hmm, and thanks so much for joining us again at AJJ!

chrissie said...

Fantastic spread with wonderful colours and images

Chrissie xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Lovely collage, there is so much to look at! I can't decide which images are my favourite - ladybird, sunflower, dragonfly, oh I've just seen the butterfly, topiary tree and the watering can too ... I now have eye candy overload so let's just say I love it all :-). Happy weekend! J :-)

My name is Erika. said...

Great page. I love the wrapping paper you used for your background-it gives so much color- and the idea of a secret garden. Hmmm, a think I need a secret garden. And as for handwriting- mine is just awful, as I am constantly being told, but I use it anyhow. It of course makes for part of the art. I think your's is neater than mine so I don't think its so bad. Hope your're having a good start to your weekend. Hugs-Erika

Sami said...

Love the colourful page full of flowers. Have a lovely weekend Elizabeth.

Meggymay said...

Open those doors and let me visit the hidden gardens. Its a fabulous collage page and that wrap is a super background for the row of homes and the other details you added Don't be hard on your hand writting, you do give it a go. Mine is dreadful and is only used on rare occasions.
Have a good weekend
Yvonne xx

Pamela Gerard said...

i like how you added the houses and made them in such a beautiful spot. Good job. I don't like my handwriting either -- but I like yours.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A nice collage Elizabeth and always interesting to find something that is secret!! A secret garden is a romantic idea!
Thank you very much for joining AJJ again!
Happy Sunday!
oxo Susi

~*~Patty S said...

What a lovely and colorful collage E!
Great how you found the perfect building to compliment the wrapping paper background. Makes a nice statement.
Secret gardens are always a delight aren't they.
and so is yours.
Funny how hardly anyone likes their own handwriting (ask me how I know LOL!).
This is a lovely spread.
oxo

peggy gatto said...

Oh my, I DO love this!!!!

sheila 77 said...

That's a great secret garden for the Butterfly Hill houses, and it has so many pretty flowers and leaves and I see a dragonfly.
I love how you make your art (I've said this before, but I do).
Sorry to read about all your recent traumas, hope they are all sorted out now, Elizabeth.

Carol said...

A Great spread Elizabeth!!! So much color flowers and we all know how much I love both of those ♥

Krisha said...

Wonderful pages E!

Cindy McMath said...

Wow Elizabethr - what a jolt of colour this was when I clicked on your blog. I love it! I also love that gorgeous red building - you've integrated it into your design very nicely.

Rita said...

Love all the color!! :)

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Elizabeth! I love your 2 page spread and especially like the idea of a secret garden behind those cool buildings! I especially enjoyed this month's garden theme and seeing what you did with it! Hugs, Sharon

Gibby Frogett said...

So much detail and so much to see -
a beautiful and happy spread - love this.
Gill x

Linda Kunsman said...

these pages are SOOO pretty Elizabeth-well done!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I saw this on my phone and was looking forward to seeing it at a normal size - Oh Wow!! I adore this Elizabeth!Gives me a happy feeling!! Chrisx

Nancy said...

I like the splashy colorful nature of this page. Very uplifting.