Monday, July 11

It's all about the Flora and Fauna!

Hello Monday, my friends! We have a brand new challenge for you this week and it's all about the flora and fauna - fun, right? I decided to work in a non-traditional color palette - normally I am sure I would have gone for a lot of greens with this challenge for the flora. I find this quite playful!

Ok, time for some messy fun!! I started by gessoing the pages of my art journal, then brushing on fuchsia and blackberry paint. Next, I started spraying water at the top of the pages and let it drip down into my trusty flour sack rag. Oh yes, I like this!

Now look at all the fun you can have by laying some stencils into the somewhat wet paint and going over the stencil with a baby wipe.

Stencil in a few butterflies...

I die cut a mix of vegetation in canvas, book paper and watercolor paper and did a bit of coloring with the paint. On these I just dipped my brush in the paint and dabbed down.

Stamped the birds and colored them in, one set muted and the other vibrant.

details, details...

A bit of mica spray, some doodling around the light butterflies, and a shadow around my word.  (pencil and water brush)

I love this word stamp by Seth Apter and it really got me thinking about choices. I knew I was already thinking of choices when I was deciding how to do my flora and fauna, but I kept thinking about this as I worked. One thought was about camouflage and how some animals blend in and others stand out in their environment. Then, I started thinking on a deeper level about the choices we make in our own lives,  and we can choose to hide or blend in to the background or we can choose to be vibrant and noticeable in our lives. In all honesty, I find both apply to my own life.

I'm glad you stopped by for a visit and I hope you will get creative with us this week in our flora and fauna challenge! I look forward to seeing what you make. 

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Let's head back over and check out what my teamies are creating this week with flora and fauna - they always come up with awesome ideas!



  1. This is absolutely magical, Maura! LOVE it to bits!
    Claudia xxx

  2. Fabulous art journal pages Maura, I love the hot pinks, great choice!! and the details are gorgeous, love the little birds hiding in there :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  3. What a fabulous piece! Love that it's a journal page ... so inspiring!

  4. This is so beautiful...what an incredible work of art.

  5. WOW! Maura, this is gorgeous art journal! Love your background amd color, the detail on is outstanding.

  6. Oh, Maura, you got such beautiful shades of purple! I'm purple disabled. I've tried and tried to create something purple but it always turns into a mess. You've inspired me to give it a try again. Beautiful journal page!

    Cathie ♥

  7. This is such a beautiful piece, Maura. Love the pretty color scheme and patterns you created on the background. :)

  8. Wow! I love the colours!!!! Your project is absolutely breathless! <3

  9. Gorgeous spread, Maura! Love the rich background! The drippage is amazing! The birds are so spooky with their white eyes, love it! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Stunning project Maura! Pink and purple are not my colors, but in this work they are fabulous! I love so much Seth's stamp! BArbara

  11. what a stunning art journal page Maura...I love the bright colours...your drippy technique looks fun and those flowers die cut from canvas and book paper are beautiful...enjoy what's left of the weekend...hugs kath xxx

  12. What a gorgeous journal page, Maura and I LOVE the colour palette, even though like you it's not one that I would normally use myself but you have used it to perfection and I especially adore those little birdies tucked into the undergrowth...

  13. Oh yeah! This is messy but brillant as well! I love the fuchsia and blackberry paints melted together, this are my fave colors... Great idea of cutting the leaves out of canvas and paper mixing textures! Hugs, Marzena

  14. Ohhhhhh! I am loving all of this vibrant drippy goodness! And it was so fun to see the Seth Apter stamp used the way you did. I am always curious to see how new products are utilized, so thank you for the inspiration!


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