Hello and welcome back to Wednesday’s Art Journal With Me! I am so loving today’s layout and can’t wait for you to see it. I am definitely noticing a shift as I continue through this volume of journals, for me the 4th. My pages are lighter and feel more positive, which I can attribute to working so hard on myself and also I am glad to view this journal as a Book of Affirmations. It isn’t too late to name it that, is it? So if you want to see the other art journal pages I have created in the past, check out the link here: Larkindesign Art Journal Pages.
The inspiration for this page came from this month’s Studio Calico Documenter Kit called Fly Away, which had these gorgeous transparent butterflies in it. I was inspired by the colors of these pretty creatures, so I pulled ink cubes and stencils, and prepped my pages. I always prep my pages by adhering several layers together with matte medium, and then I add washi tape to the edges and cover the whole thing with gesso. I apply the gesso with a really rough, textured brush so there is a lovely texture on my page from all the brush strokes. This is definitely my favorite way to prep pages.
I placed the stencil down onto the page and applied colors from the ink cubes using a Tim Holtz dauber. I tried to make the colors blend out from the center of the stencil, and really loved how happy it turned out! I was a little worried if the colors were too pale on the page, but the subtle nature is actually part of the charm of this page.
I also stamped some of the tiny flowers from the Studio Calico stamp set from several kits back, designed by Everyday Explorers Co. It’s just going to be a butterfly and flower party on this page!
To give the layout a bit of punch I decided to stamp some words using navy Archival ink, with the stamp set from Paislee Press. This also becomes my journaling for the page, reminding me that I am a work in progress. I am growing and blooming every day, and will continue to grow every day that I am alive. You will too, my friend, so be gentle and kind to yourself. Embrace this journey as you grow your wings. Notice how even after the butterfly emerges from her coccoon, she still learns and grows, it never stops. And we love her through it all – love yourself through all of this growth and change and uncertainty.
Thank you so much for joining me today! I pray your wings carry you safely through this time. See you again soon!