Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Second on the 2nd: Butterflies


Many of you know I like to bring back a post that relates to the theme of the current host at Art Journal Journey And this month, our host is Mia of Craftartista.  Back in April, 2020, Alison Bomber, who many of us also know as Butterfly, challenged me to create something similar, albeit different from what she created after I left a comment about her creation on her blog.  Below, you will find my feeble interpretation of Alison's spread. 

For this second look, I have removed the links to Art Journal Journey and Try it on Tuesday because I don't want to confuse anyone.  This was also created during my 22 days of recycling, so I've removed that information, too.  Other than that information, it is shown in its entirety.  I called it 

Butterfly (aka Alison Bomber) throws down a challenge I couldn't resist

I started by covering my two page spread with house paint, because I was out of gesso.  I actually like the house paint better because the pages are softer than had I used gesso.  As I've explained before, I get my small containers of house paint from my city's Household Hazardous Waste Swap and Shop.  Other than what I and every household (even every apartment) is charged and added to our property taxes, everything is FREE, as long as we go no more than once a month and live in this county.

Once the background was dry, I grabbed some recycled tissue paper (came in a box of shoes) I loosely sprayed with my handmade shimmering mists.  Alison used tissue paper that had numbers on it, so I looked through my rubber stamps and found two that were marginally similar.

After stamping the tissue paper, I tore it and auditioned where to place it.  At this point, nothing is glued in place.

Once glued, and dry (I used a glue stick to adhere the tissue), I grabbed my purchased molding paste and a gifted stencil someone sent me years ago.

I'd like to mention that although the molding paste is high end, it was actually cheaper than had I made my own using PVA glue, craft paint, and talcum powder.  I say that because that big jar of "real" molding paste cost me $0.70 (USD) when I got it at 90% off the lowest price shown.

Using the gifted stencil and a faux credit card, this is what I got.  It was time to allow the molding paste to dry.  Sadly, the cardboard stencil was now too saturated and distorted to use again.

According to Alison's instructions, it was now time for stamping to fill in the gaps.  I felt it was also time to decide on a theme. 

Therefore, I auditioned some of my bird and butterfly stamps.

All clear stamps were gifted by my friend Chris.  The tiny red rubber stamps came from a stamp store in Wichita, KS called Mrs. O'Leary's.  Joanie, the owner designs and makes them.  The larger rubber stamp was in a grab bag and I got two of them in the bag.  They were not made by Joanie.

Now it was time to add two colors of paint.  Alison wanted to use ink, so I did, too.

Wow, those lovely tissues I had worked so hard on, were now muted.  You can see I covered more of the tissues with fluid acrylic on the left side than on the right.

Using my fingers, I colored the swirls of molding paste

with the walnut ink.

I was delighted that I could still see writing from the book pages.

After downloading everything, I realized I had not carefully checked my notes.  I had forgotten the resist.  I don't have any resists except crayons, so I suspect that's why it didn't occur to me.

Here is the finished entry.  Much different from Alison's, I got a bit more carried away and spread my ephemera further on both pages.

Let's look at the left side of the spread.

Lots of recycled and repurposed ephemera on which I stamped butterflies and a tiny bird on the music note.  

I used another of these same TH paper dolls in the past,  When I did, I added a triangle as a necklace, a bracelet, and a decoration on her purse.  This time, I only had one triangle left in the package, so I adhered it to the purse.

Instead of stamping one butterfly at a time on the tickets, I tried to stamp both at the same time.  It's a good thing I have more of these tickets, because I am a horrible stamper. 

Both the butterfly collage (upper left) and the birds were stamped and cut from papers I tea dyed.

Alison placed her dolls on washi tape so they wouldn't float.  I chose to place mine on one of the tickets.

This is the right side and the one that is least like Alison's.

Alison suggested finding images in magazines, so I went to Reminisce for the two images I used on this page.  I thought the man and woman on the other page looked like resembled these two teens in their youth.

My friend Valerie sent the photo negative clear stamp.  I am such a lousy stamper, it took three times stamping that same image before I got it all.  Luckily, the clear stamp was easy to position over each previous failure.

I was careful when I stamped the two butterflies in the spaces.  I fussy cut the negative strip and built it up using five thicknesses of card stock.

An old music flash card (dated 1952 on the reverse side) was next.  I stamped a butterfly on it, too.  The one word sentiment "Memories" came next.  I had already hidden a failed bird stamp behind the egg collage stamp and the music flash card.

I built up the egg collage stamp and added glittery thick sewing thread behind it for a bit of movement and to emulate a bird nest.  Another "admit one" ticket was placed behind a postage stamp of a bird.  A British bus ticket and another stamped butterfly collage were layered behind a length of washi tape that I thought had both the right color and the right images.

Finally, I added the image of the girl from the Reminisce magazine.

I had already glued the bird postage stamp in place, so had to gingerly remove enough of it in order to slip the young woman's image behind it.

I realize my pages are pale imitations to what Alison created, but I'm still pleased with what I achieved.   Thank you beyond belief, because I realize how long this was and how delighted I am you stayed with me to the end.  I just hope Alison approves. 


Now it's time to share your own Second on the 2nd.  The rules are quite simple and everyone is welcome to join the fun look back.  All you have to do is bring back a post that you are especially proud of, or perhaps one you shared before anyone knew your blog existed.  Any post, any genre, any artistic endeavor is acceptable, as long as it's been published sometime in the past.  Then link below (direct links only, please) and Bleubeard and I, along with other Second on the 2nd friends, will be by to visit. 




18 thoughtful remarks:

Elephant's Child said...

Love your creativity and really, really appreciated seeing a little of the process.
Thank you.

Iris Flavia said...

Your Hazardous Waste Swap and Shop is awesome! Like the "Tafel" here, but here it´s food only.
Stamping tissue paper - good idea, oh, I learn so much here!

"auditioned " :-) I know the feeling.
Walnut ink - sounds yummy!

WOW to the finished work!!!
Cheater, you! "Admit one" and you put on a couple. OK, it´s ONE couple - clever you, took me a while! ;-)

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful spread, Elizabeth. I have a busy day today, will link my 2nd on the 2nd later or tomorrow. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Olde Dame Holly said...

I enjoy seeing the process you go through to form your pages. I love that touch of the butterflies stamped onto the tickets!

CJ Kennedy said...

Wonderful pages and I really enjoyed watching your process. As to a pale imitation, I would rather have my own style shine through rather than being a copy of someone else.

My name is Erika. said...

It is great to see this wonderful page again. I really liked it before, and I like it again. It is classic collage, which you can never go wrong with! Hope June 1 was a good day for you. It's a beautiful morning here. I took a nice walk with the dogs and I am going to go repaint the paint of the garden fence that is all brown from the squirrels invading my bird feeders all winter. They have this awful brown oil on their fur. The rest of the fence is so white. Have a great Wednesday. Hugs-Erika

DVArtist said...

Wow! you are just an amazing artist. I love this post.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

what great pages Elizabeth; I enjoy both pieces; especially the one on the right !! I think this turned out awesome :) ☺☺♥♥

Cindy McMath said...

Wow - gorgeous pages!

Divers and Sundry said...

I love collage! Your pages are wonderful :)

craftytrog said...

Such a beautiful spread! I remember it well Elizabeth.

Empire of the Cat said...

I love this page, there is so much to look at, all the collage and the tickets etc. I vaguely think that I saw Alison's page so I think you definitely met the challenge! Elle xx

Mia said...

What a fabulous spread, Elizabeth! I really love all the great embellishments you used. For resist: I like using Vaseline. This is just an idea if you want to have a look in Youtube videos. Hugs, sweetie. I can't believe that I forgot once again to play on Second on the 2nd!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I do remember this and I am as impressed now as I was when I first saw it. Great to see it again! Hugs, Chrisx

Jeanie said...

I wondered how this would all come together and I really like the finished piece. The step outs are fascinating and it's a fun post to read and learn from. LOVE the texture!

Serena Lewis said...

It was so interesting seeing the process of your page spread...lovely finish!

P.S. - I'm back blogging after a long absence so just dropped in to say HI.

Mae Travels said...

The girl with the art deco dress looks fascinating. You have a lot of good sources for neat imagery to put together.

best... mae at

aussie aNNie said...

GORGEOUS absolutely adore this post, your stamps are beautiful...xcx