Saturday, May 5, 2018

Self propelled flowers


I'm once again joining Jo at Let's Art Journal, our host this month at Art Journal Journey whose theme is flora and fauna.  And because it fits their flower theme, I'm also joining my friends at Moo-Mania & More.


Once again, I've called on butterflies and flowers to fill my large art journal.  Nothing says flora and fauna better than beautiful butterflies and bright, happy flowers.

The quote by Robert Heinlein is "Butterflies are self propelled flowers."


Playing off the black, white, and pink colors of the butterfly, I sewed the quote together. First, I colored the quote using my watercolor crayons, then I added black card stock and a piece of black and white security envelope, all sewed together using variegated thread.  I framed the focal image with washi tape.

Thank you so much for joining me today, and I hope to see you at Art Journal Journey and Moo-Mania & More, too.

I also want to wish my dear friend Halle the best birthday EVER.  Please stop by her blog and wish her a happy birthday today. 

20 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful page, it's always lovely to see the butterflies and flowers after a long, hard winter! Enjoy your day, Valerie

Lenie said...

What funny quote! And yes, butterflies are always beautiful and make happy. I saw some butterflies in my garden already and I love that. Have a sunny weekend!

froebelsternchen said...

A fantastic and beautiful project dear Elizabeth!Just AMAZING - your style is wonderful! So pleased you linked not just to AJJ but also to us at Moo Mania & More !
Happy weekend dearest Co.-Admin!
Hugs
Susi

Let's Art Journal said...

What a pretty page! I love the gorgeous colours and how you created the sentiment to match the beautiful butterfly image - perfect 😀. Thanks so much for creating this page for Art Journal Journey! Happy weekend! J 😊 x

Halle said...

Love the page...butterflies and pink!
Thanks for the birthday wishes! <3

CJ Kennedy said...

Great quote and your collage captures the sentiment perfectly

Nancy said...

The colors and image just draw us in!

Barbara said...

This is lovely, Elizabeth. I got some ideas from your process, thanks!
Also thank you for the comment on my “kitchen sink” handmade paper. Just want to say, I don’t *weigh* the water for cooking. I *measure* it, one cup water to one Tablespoon washing soda. I don’t actually weigh anything. Less math is always easier, I think.
Also, pulp cooking must be watched very carefully. Fresh materials break down fast. I agree, your slime may have resulted from longer than necessary cooking (and/or too much washing soda). I read somewhere to test for slime with rubber gloves, and as soon as you feel it, stop the cooking and drain it. About dried grasses, I only used a little bit to add some texture, not a lot.
Wow, I never thought to leave a sheet of paper in the mold until dry! That should help it dry flat too. But I only have one mold and want to move on to making another sheet as soon as I can get the first sheet out of the mold. I’ve also had trouble getting sheets out of the mold, have also ruined a few that way. But I’ve noticed that happens most often when I’ve made the sheet too thin, or not removed enough water from the sheet with my sponge.
Check web sources, you tube, etc. for papermaking with plants. Or even papermaking with junk mail can be helpful to see the process I use. Arnold Grummer’s mold is what I have, a gift from my husband. He has a web site and videos, don’t know if he uses plants though. Have fun!
Sorry to put that comment here about papermaking, please let me know how you prefer to be contacted!

Divers and Sundry said...

It's hard to go wrong with a Heinlein quote lol. I'm a fan of both beautiful butterflies and bright, happy flowers. Butterflies _as_ flowers is a fun idea :) and your page the perfect way to bring the idea to life.

Cindy McMath said...

Wonderful page Elizabeth,. The thread is positioned just so - I always admire your added sewing. Also think the quote is great and not one I’ve heard before. Beautiful bright page that is perfect for the theme. Also just saw a reminder it’s less than a month before ICAD starts - are you playing this year? I’ll be using hearts in mine - LOL. I might make them heart shaped!

Meggymay said...

That is a lovely quote for this gorgeous page. The butterfly looks beautiful. It will be good to see these pretty insects again in our gardens.
Yvonne xx

sheila 77 said...

Hello Elizabeth. I do like the way you have framed the great quote with stitching and a security envelope and how you have framed this wonderful butterfly picture with washi tape, what a good idea, one of your many.

Little Artbee said...

Such a nice image and the quote is funny and true. Good combination of words and image.
Dear Greetings
Sabine

Lowcarb team member said...

This is such a beautiful page ... so spring-like, I really like it.

All the best Jan

Rita said...

Oh, I love that! Self-propelled flowers! :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

I loVe this page Elizabeth! Of course the butterfly is beautiful but I especially love the sewing and that lovely quote! Hugs,Chrisx

My name is Erika. said...

That's a gorgeous butterfly. It feels tropical. Those little pink flowers and that cool butterfly really work to make a fantastic page. :) Love it! Hope your Saturday was a beautiful day. Hugs-Erika

Rosie said...

your page is absolutely beautiful, Elisabeth

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

Rike said...

What a wonderful quote! Your butterfly is a beauty and your page is beautiful with this washi tape as frame!
Yes, nothing says flora and fauna better than beautiful butterflies and bright, happy flowers. And therefore my latest post are also butterflies :))

craftytrog said...

Another stunning page Elizabeth, with colours that I love!
Alison xx