Monday, April 8, 2013

Happiness is a Butterfly

"Happiness is a butterfly,
which when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~

Happiness is a Butterfly

The background is a slip-slap of acrylic paint mixes of Ivory (White with a little bit of Burnt Umber).  Then I added some of that Ivory to a mix of Burnt Sienna and Quinacridone Red to match the large red floral tones and used a slip-slap striation on the background which was done with a specialty brush - Royal Langnickel's Aqualon Wisp Flat Brush. The border at bottom and left is stenciled with the same ivory/red/sienna mixture.  As well, the lace was stenciled with a paper doily and that same mixture.

The florals, bottom left, were fussy-cut from scrapbook paper and decoupaged in place.  The large butterfly was from a vintage digital image resource. printed and just the body attached in place with wings lifted for texture.  The upper left flower and butterfly is a diecut embellishment. I tinted the flower with marker to coordinate.  The band of butterflies on right is a diecut embellishment as well, which has the butterflies lifted in 3-D and glitter ... just a special little bit of fun. The tag was done in my graphics design program and then decoratively corner punched on 3 corners.


  1. Love the butterfly border.. Great quote you have used, a lovely page..
    Sandy :)

  2. Another soft and beautiful page!!

  3. You had me at "slip-slap" Gorgeous canvas! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  4. Thank you Sandee! (((hugs))) That's what we call it when one slips and slaps the brush to create a mottled background like that. Tracy uses babywipes and gets pretty much the same thing. lol


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