Art Journaling: I’m keeping the Butterflies

Illustration from vintage book

Sometimes when I bind a journal I use recycled pages that are so pretty that I don’t really want to add much to them. From my explore nature altered book I tore out a page with these graphical illustration that I love. Love! Just look at those green and blue giant butterflies, they look mixed media perfect already. I’m keeping them “as is”, and that is fine too. Not every inch of every page has to be covered with mud – oh sorry, I mean paint layers. ;-)

I folded the old book page in two and re-bound it into this Kawaii journal, where they show up on both pages:

A started art journal spread

To the second butterfly page I actually added some pink paint, but very faint.

Butterflies around the world + deer

The quote on under the deer/beer is Swedish and it means:

Believe in yourself and your ideas

No matter how many times we hear these things, they need to be repeated over and over again. And I always try to keep my journal positive and filled with wonderful images…

Isn’t it a relief to know that you don’t have to work as much on every page in your journal?

4 Responses

  1. Hi Hanna Love the Kawaii journal and the butterfly pages, so pretty! Great quote, too.

  2. i agree hanna-not every page needs to get muddy! less is more is something i am trying to incorporate into my art these days and i would not have messed with this one either-except of course for the touch of pink! i love how you folded it over the page so it didn’t need to be cut-very clever. and that fabric you covered your little “cute” journal in is so adorable. i would print copies of it onto paper so i could use it even more. thanks for sharing another great post AND peek into your Kawaii Journal. OH-do i detect a new header on your blog???? (boohoo-miss the fun captcha)

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