Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Butterflies - The new challenge at Moo Mania and More

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are having a good day!

Today we are beginning a new challenge at Moo Mania and More - Butterflies.
All formats are allowed, not just moos, so get your creative juices fluttering and link your creations to us - you have 2 weeks time, and can enter as often as you like!  I coated an A3 page with Gesso, added a paper-serviette transfer at the bottom, painted the sky with blue acrylic, and gave it all a thin coat of diluted gesso to mute the colours and bring it more together. I drew my butterfly lady with pencil, coloured her with Gelatos and a water brush, and then added the butterflies. They were cut from a collage sheet, crackle-glazed and distressed.
Here is the quote in full:

My butterfly mind
Is mostly quite kind
But sometimes it strays
and goes its own ways.

I am also linking to Art Journal Journey, favourite poem or quote.

The day started off again with a wonderful sky:

The horses are back on their meadow since last Sunday, I love watching them galloping about:

The trees are green and leafy:

Lilly chose a spot in the sun:

Lucky preferred the shade:

This extremely relaxed feline was sleeping on the counter at the garden centre I visited this afternoon with a friend:

And this Elk was outside in the garden - very nice, but I don't think I need one on my balcony!

Have a great day you all, take care, 
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. What a wonderful post today - your journal page is wonderful, as are the photos, especially the flat out kitty! Hugs, Sarah

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this journal page!!! You have wonderful layers here and I admire your drawing. A marvelous artwork.

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this journal page!!! You have wonderful layers here and I admire your drawing. A marvelous artwork.

  4. The journal page took my breath away it is so beautiful Valerie.and the poem fits perfectly.

    Great variety of photographs and how lovely to find a cat sleeping at the garden centre.

    Have a good day today

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. An Deiner Seite gefällt mir alles.. besondes schön find ich den feinen Krakeel auf den Schmetterlingsflügeln! Himmlisch!
    Lilly und Lucky sind einfach Genießer..recht haben sie! Die entspannte Ladenkatze ist ein Hit.. sowas hab ich in London erlebt im Winter.. sie saß auf dem Ladentisch eines Souvenirladens gegenüber dem Britischen Museum. Die war überhaupt nicht geschreckt..ein Verkaufsprofi!
    Und lustig, gestern abend hab ich noch eine Doku im Ösifernsehen geguckt über Naturparadiese Nord-Amerikas und da waren herrliche Elche zu sehen .. das war unglaublich schön....
    so ein Bulle kann bis zu 800 Kilo wiegen.. ne bräucht ich auch nicht auf dem Balkon oder im Garten! Da hast DU recht! Herrliche Fotos wieder Valerie!
    Wunderschönen Tag Dir...

    MOO MANIA & MORE & Art Journal Joureny sagen D♥A♥N♥K♥E

  6. Your page is totally gorgeous Valerie and when I saw the theme at Moo Mania & more I went and linked our 'baby' Painted Ladies in. Your sunrise photos are glorious and all the pussycats are very cute. Hope you have a good day too {{Hugs}} x
    ps - Thank you for your comment on our post, you are always so kind {{Hugs}} me & Wee Man :-D

  7. STUNNING EVERYTHING Love these gorgeous vibrant colours and I just adore{aNNie My Personal Blog}

  8. Love your butterfly piece. I love how you do your faces and heads. Having butterflies come out of her head is very interesting to look at. The garden center looks like a great way to spend an afternoon.. That giant moose (elk) would fit in my backyard as I actually occasionally have them walking through as they plod through the woods around my home. Have a great day and see you Friday at Paint Party,

  9. The butterfly lady is just stunning! The crackle effect adds such interest to the piece. I don't have a balcony, but I really want that moose!

  10. Lovely butterfly hairstyle and I enjoyed your photos today.

  11. Beautiful butterfly lady and I can relate to that poem especially this time of year!
    Lovely closeup of your crackled Schmetterlinge too ♥
    The idea of a moose on your balcony made me smile AND what would the birdies think!! :-)
    Happy Earth Day ... Meow!

  12. Welch wunderbare Schmetterlingsseite heute von dir - du bist ständig soooo fleißig, einfach unglaublich. Bei mir geht momentan nicht viel, leider.
    ... dass die Pferde wieder das sind freut dich bestimmt sehr! Liebe Grüße von Ulrike

  13. wow grandios gemacht wie immer! ich hab meine linke schulter gezerrt, deshalb bin ich ausser gefecht, kann nur alles mit rechts machen auch tippen, hoffentlich ist es bald vorbei, ist total nervig so tatenlos rumzusitzen!
    LG Anja

  14. Gorgeous butterflies, love the textures on them. Love your kitty photos ! I'm just catching up as I was away, take care, Shirleyxx

  15. Oh those butterflies are gorgeous and just love the crackle! What a beautiful day of photos you shared with us! Hugs!

  16. Hi Valerie, Love your journal page. Just so creative with the pretty butterflies. The kitties are so cute and the one sleeping on the counter at the garden center is really enjoying a nap!! Great flower pics and the elk is adorable. Love seeing the horses in the pasture. Looks like the one is taking off running.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs, CM

  17. I Do love the journal page and the quote is so fitting for me. :) More often these days my mind is straying ans going it's own way :)

  18. Great painting, Valerie, a butterfly mind looks and sounds very pleasant.
    Three cats today - what a treat.

  19. This page is beautiful. I love your butterflies.

  20. Love your butterfly head page, super texture on the wings. That moose would upset your birds, so good thing leaving it behind.
    Yvonne xx

  21. Ooooh the kitties! LOVE them - and love the shot of Lilly in the sun! Aren't they the best?! BEAUTIFUL butterflies too! Such depth and texture within them - Bravo!! xo

  22. Amé las mariposas y los gatos :)
    Miles de abrazos para ti.

  23. Val, Your butterflies are gorgeous!! I love the 3d of the the page-this is how they are meant to be-free to fly!! xo

  24. Ooh wow,deine seite ist einfach himmlisch,das gesicht der frau und die schönen mohnblumen im vordegrund gefallen mir besonders.
    katzen sind so entspannt,und deine freuen sich sicher auf ihr nickerchen.
    das rehntier ist auch sehr klasse,ich mag sie einfach sehr.
    schönen tag dir.

    GLG Jeannette

  25. Amazing piece today, I am loving those butterflies and your texture is so subtle yet effective, stunning!! Love your photos today too, that moose really made me smile! hugs :)

  26. What a wonderful page, Valerie. Butterflies come in so many colours and a delight to watch as they flutter by. They were the perfect theme for your Moo Mania challenge today.

    I especially enjoyed the photo of the horses in the meadow. When we moved here there was a field of horses that were my focus for meditation. I loved to view them and miss them as the area turned commercial and the horses were relocated.



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