Friday, 18 April 2014

The Wrong Sort of Butterflies

When I get anxious I get butterflies in my tummy.  Then invariably the chronic fatigue flares up and I get ill - all from letting myself give into anxiety.  This is what's happened recently due to an ongoing problem that will not go away or get sorted and there's absolutely nothing I can do to resolve it.

I've written lots of posts about praying and trusting - I do love to pray and most of the time I do trust God for the answer - but sometimes I get overwhelmed and look at the problem instead of God and that's when the anxiety kicks in.

When will I learn to trust my heavenly Father 100% of the time???  I guess the answer lies in what I wrote just above - I need to look at God and not at the problem.  When I look at God I can trust in Him for strength, wisdom and an eventual solution.

Here is my art journal page:

This page changed a lot as I did it!  I started off by painting white over some stenciling I had done which was too bright and I loved the effect:

Then I sprayed Cosmic Shimmer Red Firefly, Lava Red and Golden Fish through a Prima mask and covered it up too much!  I'm going to have to do that all over again on another page and not cover it all up:

The white bits were too white so I sprayed Cosmic Shimmer Blue Ice and stamped the IndigoBlu Script in black:

 I added the negative hearts and stamped Hero Arts Flourish:

Plus big white ink splats:

I stamped the title and journaled around the edges:

 The butterflies weren't clearly defined enough so I added charcoal and smudged on the insides and around all the edges:

I'm really pleased with how all the layers came out.

Just got to put what I've written into practice now and not let the butterflies in again!

I'm linking up at
Art Journal Every Day
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Friendship Friday at Create With Joy
A Sprinkle of Imagination
Artful Times - Spray Away
Creative Every Day


  1. Nice post and lovely work for your journal. Lots of different sprays so just right for our challenge at Artful Times. Thank you for joining us and hope you will join on with us again.

    Love Chrissie x

  2. This is a gorgeous journal page, and I love the way you have used the sprays. Thank you for joining us at Artful Times.

  3. Really really pretty and inspirational!

  4. Hi Susan. I really love how you used the negatives of those butterflies, really brings your point home. Hope you get past them and your situation clears up so you can use the positive side of the butterflies soon.

  5. Hi Susan, just wanted to say thank you for the lovely comment you left on my butterfly tag. So very kind of you and I appreciate it very much.
    CFS is a real problem, I have fibro and my DH has CFS/ME - life is a struggle for both of us right now. I hope you have many good days in the future and don't let those butterflies ruin them! Karen x

  6. My favorite part are the inside of the butterflies, the charcoal treatment really gave it depth, love seeing the process you took to create this too!

  7. Lovely layout, I love how you used the cut out butterflies. Love all the inky layers in the background too. Lovely design. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x

  8. Great colours and love what you have done with the leftovers

  9. Oh hecky pecky. Artful Times has a limit of 5 blog entries which includes their own. Sorry we cannot count it in for the prize.
    Lovely journal page though and even though I love the finished project I do hope you do a repeat of the second page - I loved that one so much.
    Hugs, Neet x

  10. I love the use of the negative butterflies a wonderful personal journal page
    Thank you for sharing with us at Artful Times
    Von ☺x☺

  11. I love how your journal page turned out! It's beautiful !

  12. this is gorgeous!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  13. I've been wrestling with the same thing - focussing on the problem instead of the Problem-Solver. It's so hard! Keep at it and I hope the butterflies turn into the garden kind as spring arrives.
    And enjoy Joanne Sharpe's book when it arrives :)

  14. Wonderful layered effect and great page title!