Here is the page I made, duplicating this tutorial from Vicki. I used only what I had on hand. Here’s how I did it:
My art journal is 140 lb watercolor paper. I gesso-ed the pages first. Then I used my DIY modeling paste through a DIY stencil which was at one time a hook rug canvas. After that dried I used craft paints and did the background colors. I used a baby wipe to smudge the paint, but it dried so quickly that wasn’t very effective. Later I just put the paint right on the baby wipe and rubbed it all over the page, which worked much better for me. Then I spattered paint on the page and let it dry.
Vicki used five stamps for this layout and I have none of them. She used a butterfly, paint tubes, paint brushes, circles and a phrase. I found free clip art images of the butterfly and the paint tubes and sketched them onto chip board. When I was satisfied with the images, I traced them onto paper and cut them out. I used patterned papers for the butterflys and white cardstock for the tubes of paint.
I used a black permanent marker to make the circles on the page. I used markers on the butterfly wings, then black permanent pen and adhered them to the page with gel medium. I painted the lower part of the tubes silver and added them to the butterflies middle to make their body. Then I added the paint brushes in permanent black pen.
Vicki used markers to shadow her images. Mine didn’t work well on the gel medium so I used watered down craft paints. Vicki also used a white gel pen to highlight, and mine wouldn’t write well today for some reason, so I used white craft paint and a thin brush.
Vicki used a sentiment stamp for her words, I used alphabet stamps to make the same phrase. She used sticky backed canvas for her layout, I used a similar looking ribbon. The white you see in the ribbon is the glue which hasn’t dried completely yet. Then I stamped the words around the circles, highlighted with white and ended with a spatter of watered down white craft paint, which is not showing up on the photo at all.
I would include a photo of Vicki’s layout for comparison, but I don’t know if I may do that. I have linked to her tutorial and you can see the finished layout there.
This was a fun challenge. I liked having to think about ways to duplicate her work with the tools and materials I have in my work room. It turned out fairly close to the original, I think.