Art Journal/ CAS Design

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I had the chance to experiment some more in my art journal. 
Watercolors have been my medium of choice.
This time I wanted to incorporate a pen and ink style with my watercolor.
I created the page at the bottom of this post.
Then I wanted to translate that design into something CAS for some cards. 

To create the butterflies on my card I started with a full sheet of white cardstock.  I stamped the flowers and leaves using Versafine ink.  Then I went back in with a black pen to loosely trace the stamped image as well as add more lines.  This gave the image a more hand drawn look.
On my work surface I rub various ink pads and then sprayed them all with water.
Using one color at a time and drying in between, I flicked, dropped, and dripped the watercolor onto the images.
I was tempted to use the whole sheet, but really wanted something more simple.
I chose to die cut the paper with butterflies.

For my art journal page I used the same butterfly die.
I turned it cut side down on my watercolor paper and traced it with my pen.
I then went back in and added extra squiggles.

Thanks for coming by today.
Have you been experimenting with anything new lately?

Cardstock: PTI White
Stamps: PTI Friends Til' The End
Ink: PTI Too Many To Name:) and Versafine Onyx
Dies: PTI Beautiful Butterfly
Other: Black Permanent Pen

Art Journal Page
Paper: Watercolor Paper
Stamps: PTI Happy Trails
Ink: PTI Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Versafine Onyx
Dies: PTI Beautiful Butterflies
Other: Black Permanent Pen


  1. Love this! Experimenting is so much fun, especially when it yield such beautiful results!

  2. I love how you did this! Very creative and fantastic results!

  3. Lovely cards, Kara!
    I'd love to see your art journal page full size-- it looks amazing!

  4. Beautiful results from your experiment.

  5. Beautiful - I love the watercoloring!

  6. amazing! I'm in love with everything you are creating lately!

  7. Oh, I love these, Kara! Absolutely beautiful! I love that little peek at your art journal, also. :-)

  8. Love this! I'm going to have to give this a fun.

  9. These butterflies are so beautiful! This new direction you've taken with your creativity is quite inspiring! I too would love to see an in depth post ccovering your art journal. These little peeks leave us wanting more! ;)

  10. What great butterflies. And no two would be the same! Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Very creative designs! Thanks for sharing your art journal and inspiring cards.

  12. Wow... this is wonderful! I'm going to have to go back and read again (slow thinker). Cards are a fabulous offshoot of the journal page!!

  13. One of a kind, indeed! Perfect sentiment to go with your artsy butterflies. Love how you just used small sections of the page so we can really appreciate the color variants in each drop!


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