Monday, October 29, 2018

Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial

Hi friends! The first snow is falling outside my window as I type this and autumn is turned into winter. We also switched over to winter time this weekend, so it gets dark even later in the evening. Personally, I would prefer a darker morning and more light in the afternoon. This weekend, my eldest also went to a fun Halloween party. Leo had a cute Halloween day at school last week and was a lion, but lost his tail, which was his favorite part of the outfit. So I'll have to figure out a way to make a new tail, unless it reappears. 


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Take Flight theme. Don't miss the last project of our wonderful October guest designer Tenia Nelson, aka Jazzy Paper Designs.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with AALL & Create stamps by Tracy Evans

I made an art journal page, with a take flight theme, about daring to dream both big and small dreams. The stamps are by AALL & Create, designed by Tracy Evans. The dragonflies were inspired by a day spent at a lake during a summer bike ride. There were many blue and silver dragonflies, called Eurasian Bluets, and Anton and I tried to draw them in my sketchbook.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, white embossing the stamps.

I started out by white embossing the dragonflies and butterflies from the #45 set on watercolor paper and vellum.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, watercoloring stamped images.

Smear Distress Ink on a non-stick craft sheet, mist with water and use as watercolor paint. I ended up not using the butterfly to the upper left. The vellum dragonflies were colored on the back with a blue and a silver Prismacolor pencil.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Background with Paper Artsy Infusions.

I worked on one of the cotton-rag watercolor pages in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. Mist water on the page, sprinkle with Paper Artsy Infusions Colored Stains, add more water and Infusions until you are happy with the result. I was aiming for a lake inspired background and used: A Bit Jaded, Sleight Blue and In the Navy.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Coloring with colored pencils and white gel pen.

When dry, stamp flowers from the #44 set on the background with Archival Ink. I extended some of the stems with a black pen. Color the flowers with colored pencils and add some scribbles with a white gel pen.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp hearts and sentiments from set #45 here and there on the page. I love the tiny size of these sentiments - and see how perfectly they stamped, even though the letters are so small. Color the hearts roughly with the colored pencils.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Dragonfly.

Stamp a border around the page with the scribbly border stamp from set #44. I also added some extra circles and scribbles here and there on the page. This is a watercolor paper dragonfly.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Vellum dragonfly.

And here is a vellum dragonfly. The silver shine on the wings doesn't show well in the photos. You can of course pick just the one kind of paper for the dragonflies.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Sizzix Letterboard.

The title was die cut with Tim Holtz Letterboard die. I planned to color it orange, but changed my mind, since I thought the page needed more white. Outline the letters and sentiment stickers with a black marker, to add more scribbles. If you are a cardmaker, be on the look out for areas on an art journal or scrapbooking page that can easily be turned into a card - such as the photo above. You could also use an orange butterfly instead of the dragonfly.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Watercolor butterfly.

The butterflies and doodled circle trails. I love the scribbly look and fine details on these stamps.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

When stamping with very small stamps, such as these sentiments, try to use an acrylic block that is as small as possible. Using an acrylic block that is as small as possible, is a great tip for any stamping, but it is even more important for small stamps. It makes it much easier to get a good impression, than if you try to use a large block together with a tiny stamp. This Hero Arts set of three small blocks, is my favorite to use with small stamps.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Don't worry about perfection when coloring these stamps, just scribble on different colored pencils and add some white marks.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I grounded the flowers to the page with darker colored pencils and more grass-looking scribbles.

Layers of ink - Butterflies and Dragonflies Tutorial Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

And the second butterfly, stretching its wings to fly into the page.

I hope you will join us this week in our Take Flight challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! this is absolutely AMAZING! I love the combination of watercolored insects along with the pencil coloring on vellum for the others!

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  2. Gorgeous art journalling Anna-Karin :-) the whole design of this is so pretty! :-)

    Aww hope Leo finds his tail ;-) XXX

    hope you have a great week!
    Luv
    Lols x x x

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  3. This is so beautiful, Anna-Karin! I love the color variation between the background and the pop of color in the butterflies and insects!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  4. Wow,this gives me a huge buzz to see you design with my stamps Anna-Karin. I adore how you combined my stamps and I adore the watercolouring. Love love love. Thank you so much for showcasing my stamps so beautifully. Tracy ❤️❤️๐Ÿ˜˜

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  5. This is such a lovely scene. Love the background with stamped flowers and especially the vibrant yellow-orange butterflies. They give such a warm touch.

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  6. What an amazing page! I love the dragonfly and butterfly stamps with the white embossing and watercolours - beautiful ๐Ÿ˜€. Wishing you a happy new week! J ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. Gorgeous page, Anna-Karin! I love how you use white embossing, and all those butterflies and dragonflies are beautiful! Love the bright orange ones especially. hugs, Maura

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  8. Nicely done! So many wonderful details!

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  9. This is such a beautiful piece! The background is amazing and I love how you used the Infusions. You always employ such a wide range of techniques. Very inspiring!

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  10. beautiful page Anna-Karin, love the dreamy look of the background and the butterflies and dragonflies embossed in white, hugs kath xxx

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  11. Love your gorgeous art journal page, Anna-Karin. The colors and patterns on the background you created are so beautiful! Love the pretty butterflies and dragonflies, too. :)

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  12. Gorgeous page, Anna-Karin! Love the Infusions in the back, so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

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  13. FAbulous! love so much how you've worked with Infusions! Background is amazing! Fabulous use af AAll & Create stamps too! Barbara

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