Sunday, 31 January 2016

Flutter By, Butterflies - by Alison

Hello all.  It's Alison here again, this time with a pair of tags using some of the fabulous PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps.

I love these collage stamps - with great images combined with text.  You can use all or part of the stamp which makes them very versatile.

I started by gluing some book page scraps to my tags, and using tape to lift some of the text away, distressing the look of it.  Then I gesso'd lightly and stamped my butterflies in Archival ink.

I love using the PaperArtsy translucent Fresco paints in watery washes to build up layers of colour.

You won't be surprised to see my colour choices - all those lovely blues and greens!

You'll find the colours I've used in the ingredients list at the end of the post.

I use a water brush, as well as spritzing water on to my craft mat next to the blobs of paint...

... and then I just layer and dab to my heart's content.  I also used a watery wash of the Glass Blue to create a blue sky for the butterflies to flutter in.

A couple of Idea-ology metal pieces remind the butterflies of the limited time they have to to spend here...

... and help them choose in which direction to go.

The wonderful Small Talk stickers provide the words...

They're more for us than for the butterflies!

Some simple twine finishes them off.  I hope you like them, and I hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend.

Alison x
Words and Pictures


  1. always such beautiful tags, Alison!

  2. Beautiful tags Alison and such a wonderful way to use the PA stamps and Frescos. Jennie x

  3. A really gorgeous tags Alison!!!

  4. Fabulous use of those incredible stamps, Alison!! The Ideology bits are the perfect touch to these magnificent tags...your painting is always so stunning!! xxx Lynn

  5. A pair of stunning tags, beautifully created as always
    Donna xxx

  6. I am fluttering by to see what you did - I know whatever you do is designed so well and is quite creative. As you know Alison, I always appreciate your "how to do this" list.
    sandy xx

  7. Stunning tags Alison, the colours on the butterflies are simply gorgeous. Anne xx

  8. Beautiful - just love those colours! Chrisx

  9. Beautiful Alison, love the book page substrate and the lovingly painted butterflies! Deb xo

  10. So gorgeous, Alison! I love the blue and green on the butterflies,

    Lucy x

  11. Yes, blues, browns and greens are not unusual for you but these seem so much brighter than your usual fare. I really like them though. I like that book text background with some words taken out with tape. It's all wonderful!

  12. These are stunning Alison! I love the butterflies colored in brown. Fabulous tags! Hugs, Autumn

  13. Love the softness of the butterflies paired with the metal element! Beautiful tags, my friend!

  14. Oh! My Oh, my! Here we are back at those sweet butterflies and those marvelous blues and greens! These lovely tags make me want to go plant some annuals, so your butterflies will come visit my garden! So pretty and I love that watery background. I'm so inspired by your beautiful work! Hugs!