Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Watercolour butterflies

Hi and welcome to a reminder about this months challenge over at STAMPlorations. 
As well as the blog hop we still have our regular monthly challenge and/or sketch.
Here's my card.

This time I've not used the sketch, just the watercolours.

I used one of the large butterflies from the Flutterby stencil, drawing around the edge of it with a fine liner in a pale colour. Then I washed in the colour for it's wings, keeping inside the lines. When dry I added some background colour wash and some splatter to ground the butterfly on the page. I used a dark purple grey Copic to draw in the butterflies body then added details on the wings using the stencil and a white gel pen. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine onyx black is from the Noteworthy set.

I was in a watercolour mood last week and I had some time to kill waiting for a parcel to be delivered, so I had a play with a triptych  using a frame I picked up at the supermarket the other day.

This time I used the sketch and a couple of stencils, Bloom Silhouettes and Shower of Flutters.

Using the same technique as before I traced around the stencils with a pale w/c fine liner on w/c paper, then using some artists masking fluid I painted over the right hand butterflies then using the stencil as a mask over the left hand side I washed in some blue and green DIs to give me my background. Then keeping the stencils in place I over stamped with some Mown Lawn DI with a couple of grass stamps plus some free hand flicks with a paint brush. 
Removing the stencils and masking fluid, I painted in the flowers and butterflies. I used a reference book on butterflies to get somewhere near the actual butterflies that inspired this painting. Using DIs in a w/c technique and some Copic and white gel pen colour where necessary.

OK, now it's over to you.use the theme or sketch or as I did, both! 
You can now enter up to SIX times and as before STAMPloration stamps are not essential, but it would be nice :) . Although the format has changed the prizes are just the same.
  • Winner voted by the design team receives a $15 gift certificate or choice of two (2) standard-size (5x7) ARTplorations stencils if the project has STAMPlorations products; if the winning project doesn't have a STAMPlorations product, winner receives a $10 gift certificate or choice of one (1) standard-size (5x7) ARTplorations stencil.
  • Top picks voted by the design team each receive a $5 gift certificate or choice 2 digis
  • 1 winner randomly drawn from entries that have STAMPlorations products (stamps and/or stencils) receives a stamp & stencil pack or $10 gift certificate
  • Winner and top picks invited to be guest designers in the October Challenge.

For more fabulous inspiration check out the rest of the DT and GDs.
Annie GD
Barbara Roe GD
KT Fit Kitty GD
Becca DT

Tenia DT
Wei Wei DT

I'm joining in at -

Just the summer flowers!

Take It, Make It Challenge
Take a Technique
Pens and Pencils

Thanks for stopping by. :)


  1. What a gorgeous card (and triptych!) love the drippiness of the watercolor! Thanks for joining us in the Mixed Media Card challenge Julie! Julia xx

  2. OMG Julie...these are wonderful, that triptych is absolutely brilliant, you clever girl a beautiful piece of art xx

  3. Your butterfly card - sooooooooo pretty! LOve the dripping watercolor! But this is nothing compared to that tryptich - you are sooo talented! Such a wonderful summer scene you created!

  4. These are gorgeous your triptych. Carol x

  5. It seems as if whatever you turn your mind to do - you do it! Outstanding water colors!
    Sandy xx

  6. Jules I just love your butterfly card....great technique which this person will definitely be trying out...I love watercolouring. Your framed work is just stunning too - very clever

  7. Fabulous creation, love the colours and the idea you have
    {The Journey Is The Start aNNie my personal blog}

  8. Absolutely beYOUtiful! It's clean and simple and so striking, Thanks so much for joining us at the Friday Mashup this week! ~amy

  9. Julie your triptych is absolutely beeeeeyouteeful! I totally want to do something like this. :) You're so creative!

  10. OMGoodness! Your card and your triptych are so beautiful! I love butterflies! You are very talented! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

  11. Love this card. Colours are just fab.

  12. You are a master at watercolouring Jules! I LOVE every single one you do. These are so amazing. LOVE the beautiful butterfly and your gorgeous background. The triptych in AMAZING!! How wonderful will that be to hang on your wall and enjoy each and every day! xx

  13. gorgeous card! love it!!! so glad you played along with us at MMCC!!

  14. Artsy and oh so beautiful, Julie! And your triptych is absolutely gorgeous too! So happy to see you share this at the MMCC!

  15. AMAZING dripping BG on the first one..and the Monarchs looks beautiful on the triptych. The meadow flowers are so LOVELY!
    I remember, as a little girl, seeing the monarchs migrate over the lake each fall.

  16. Beautiful! Love the watercolour background- looks so amazing!
    Thanks for playing with us at MMCC. Hoping to see you with us again in September! ♥

  17. So much gorgeousness in that card. V pretty. Thank you for sharing this with us at MMCC.

  18. Gorgeous creation... thanks for joining in the TIMI challenge!

    xxx Ellie Knol xxx


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