G’day TCW creatives!
Tam here with my next project, which is another play in my Art Journal. This one is lots of fun, lots of scribbles and splats pull this one together and make it a fun way to spend a couple of hours.
TCW provided me with some awesome goodies to play with, but the art and the opinions are solely my own.
I began by adding a layer of TCW9001 White Gesso to my page using a large brush. This acts as a barrier and allows all I add to sit ‘on top’ of the page, but it also adds that gorgeous whiteness to the background, which allows the colors to sing.
Once dry, I placed TCW905 Leaf Emblem in the 12 x 12 size onto the left hand side of my page. I added some washi tape to hold it into place to prevent movement for the next few steps.
Using a sponge, I worked from the centre outwards, adding paint. I began with yellow and then moved into an aqua colour.
I then continued with teal, pink and purple. When doing this step, I just kept working whilst the paint was still wet, as this helps the colors to blend. NOTE – be careful when choosing your colors that you don’t select any contrast colours that will create ‘mud’ or ‘brown’ when mixed.
At this stage, it looks messy, but once the stencil is lifted, the colours are blended beautifully …..notice where the yellow and aqua became lime and the teal and pink became purple….
I then repeated this on the right hand side using TCW905 Leaf Emblem using the 6×6 stencil, ensuring the stencil was hanging off the page. This will help create movement across your page once complete.
Now I want to join the two images together, so I used TCW886 Shape Landscape and the same paint colours, sponging every now and then across the page.
Time to begin to add some depth. Using the TCW925 Nature’s Circuitry in 12×12 size, lay it over the centre of the large mandala/flower shape, ensuring the larger butterfly lines up with the image.
Now swipe TCW9047 Black Modeling Paste over the top of the butterfly using a spatula. I like to use large strokes with quite thick paste as this helps it get into all the details.
Yes it looks like a hot mess, but when you lift the stencil up (I lift from one side and pull up) this is what you get…… Magic!
Love how it goes only where you want it! Absolutely no bleeding underneath. Amazing.
I repeat this process for the right hand side, using the same stencil, but in the smaller 6×6 size. Using the two different sizes causes the larger butterfly and mandala shape to become the focal point.
I then used the same stencil TCW925 Nature’s Circuitry, again in both sizes and TCW9047 Black Modeling Paste to add some of that gorgeous cell/honeycomb images in between the two butterflies. This ties the two butterflies together and helps create movement and flow across the page.
Now it’s time to add in some pen work. I used TCW219 Punchinella and a black fine paint pen marker and traced the little hexagon shapes onto the background, adding scribbles and lines here and there.
I also drew around the circular shapes surrounding the butterflies.
I added a scribbly border and a few tiny dot stamps.
Finally a few flicks of paint and a favorite quote to suit the theme and that’s it!
I absolutely loved creating this page with these goodies….
I hope I’ve inspired you to do some creating today.
Don’t forget when sharing your creations use #tcwstencillove so we can see them!
I’ll be back to inspire again soon
Tammy Klingner aka Tambarambaa
TCW Design Team Member
2 thoughts on “Beautiful Butterflies – Art Journal Page”
Beautiful. I also love how you explained your step by step process. Very informative and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing,
This is so pretty!!