Thursday, May 31, 2018


It's once again time to join Jo at Let's Art Journal, our host this month at Art Journal Journey whose theme is flora and fauna.

Today I have a mixed media entry I created in my large art journal.  

I found the quote on the internet, but it wasn't attributed to anyone.  It reads: "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly."

I used my watercolor crayons to color the quote, but couldn't find a deep blue to match the beautiful color of the butterfly.  Behind my sewn quote, I added a piece of vellum.

I was also having trouble matching the pink background paper I used with the pink in the focal image. 

To make the color difference less noticeable, and to soften the colors and edges, I sewed two pieces of yellow vellum along one side and the bottom of the focal image.

I also sewed a heart doily behind the focal image, and overlapped it with some of my handmade washi tape.

Materials used in this spread include a sheet of pink copier/printer paper, a colored computer generated quote, the focal image, taken from a magazine, two pieces of yellow vellum, a white heart doily, handmade washi tape, and two different variegated threads.

Thank you beyond belief for joining me today, and I hope you'll join me at Art Journal Journey.   There's still a few hours for you to join us with a flora and fauna journal page, canvas, or spread in an altered book.

19 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful spread with a great quote. Have a fun day, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

Wow Elizabeth - I am thrilled about this amazing sewn collage - it is so beautiful and the quote is so lovely as well! The pink and magenta go well together ! What a month at Art Journal Journey with Jo's gorgeous hosting and theme! It was simply AWESOME!
Thank you for all your inspiring artwork linked to the challenge dear Co.-Admin!
Hugs, Susi

My name is Erika. said...

This is a beautiful page my friend. It is almost romantic feeling-but I love all the textures and details you added. And of course the butterfly and the beautiful flowers. It's the perfect page for the last day of May. I think you did well matching the colors with your watercolor crayons. The brighter blue would have been nice, but I like the lighter colors. Hope all is well with you. Hugs-Erika

Gibby Frogett said...

Wow - what a stunner Elizabeth - a beautiful butterfly, a beautiful quote amd the most amazing sewing on your page too. (most impressed with that!!)
Happy Thursday.
Gill xx

Caty said...

Woww Elizabeth !! This page is really wonderful!!! Love love love it !! The quote is fabulous,,,,, beautiful metamorphosis!! love butterflies, and this one is so gorgeous. The details are all great, a very nice composition!! and I love your handmade washi, it´s super !!
I wish you a very happy day!! big hugss, Caty

CJ Kennedy said...

A truly lovely page. Pink is not my color, but I must say it makes that gorgeous blue butterfly pop. And the quote is so perfect for this page.

Nancy said...

Lovely quote and lots of stitching- very nice! You often use butterfly imagery and they are so beautiful.

Cindy McMath said...

A gorgeous page Elizabeth! I love your sewing and was excited to read that you’ll be incorporating sewing (and hearts) into your ICADs this year! Hard to believe we’ve almost reached June.

Sandra Cox said...

This is beautiful, dear Elizabeth.

Sami said...

Just been so busy with working longer hours due to having 2 colleagues away, my husband is home for a few days too and we had our citizenship ceremony yesterday just catching up on some blogs now.
Love the heart doily, so pretty and it softens the whole page too.
Pretty as always Elizabeth, and thanks for your wonderful comments on my travel posts, I really enjoy them.

RO said...

So pretty in pink, and the quote is fabulous. The colors of the butterfly are stunningly beautiful, and makes me want to reach out and touch. Hugs...RO

Lenie said...

Another beautiful butterfly page dear Elizabeth! I love them all.

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a beautiful page! The blue of the butterfly is stunning and I love how you layered and sewed the pieces together with the pretty heart shaped doily 😁. It's been a pleasure joining you at AJJ this month, thanks so much for asking me and for all your kind comments and Thank Yous! Sorry I'm late visiting, I've just got home after spending the day visiting plant centres for apple trees with a nice lunch out too - yay! Enjoy the rest of the week and thanks again! J 😊 x

Meggymay said...

Beautiful layers and I love how you sewed them onto your journal page. It is a gorgeous blue butterfly and the quote you found is lovely.
Yvonne xx

da tabbies o trout towne said...

elizabeth...oh em cod as da tabbies say; this is so cool !!!! very nice job; the blue of the butterfly not only stands out, but makes you focus on the other area's of the page ~~~ { and please tell squiggles dai$y is trying her best ;) !! ♥♥☺☺

kathyinozarks said...

very pretty Elizabeth

Incipient Wings said...

gorgeous! I love it!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

This really is a beauty! The sewing looks great and adds so much extra to this page! Hugs, Chrisx

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