Sunday, May 3, 2015

All a Flutter

One of my favorite quilting techniques is Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscope technique, and although I've nowhere near her talent I've had a lot of fun with the technique....

and have long been thinking how to do this with paper.  So, inspired by the latest PaperArtsy challenge to use sprays, I decided to spritz up some brightly colored papers with a bunch of Dylusion and Distress Sprays.

Yummy, rich colors..... but now how to add further interest with stamping?

I've been admiring various projects using beautiful butterfly stamps, and as I have a few myself, I settled on that.  Imitating kaleidoscope patterns requires fairly symmetrical patterning, which most full-on images of  butterflies have.  I also was looking for something to alleviate a lot of fussy cutting, so I used those stamps with corresponding wafer dies to cut the images, such as the recent  butterfly stamp and die sets from Stampendous and Tim Holtz

And pretty soon I had myself a pile of butterflies ready to go!

I messed around with color and size placement for a bit....

as well as the conundrum of how to work within a rectangle, instead of a circle..... as I wanted this page in my journal.

I ended up deciding to cut some of the images to allow for more intricate piecing, and not using the purple at all as it really dulled the page down.

Here is what I ended up with, after affixing everything with matte medium in my favorite fine applicator, a tip picked up from the wonderful France Papillion:

I'll keep playing with this idea as I peruse my stamps for symmetrical images.  In the meantime, out of curiosity, I looked up the name for a group of butterflies:  "swarm" - doesn't seem appropriate; "rabble" - what the heck?  But hey, "kaleidoscope" and "flutter" - those work just fine, lol!!

I will be entering this into the "Use Bright Colors" challenge at Mixed Media World, the"Use Sprays" challenge at PaperArtsy, the "Things with Wings" challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, and of course posting at Brenda's Visual Challenge #18.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please leave a comment if you've time - I always love to hear what you think!  xx Lynn


  1. Oh my..... dear me... I have never seen so many butterflies on a project. I am shocked, amazed and in awe. What a great Kaleidoscope technique - wow. Look at all those colors!!! FUN!!! j.

  2. Wow, what an amazing colourful piece, you have truly achieved the kaleidoscope effect, incredible! Such an original page!

  3. Beautiful take on Paula's kaleidoscope style! Love the butterflies and colors!!

  4. Brilliant in more ways than one!

  5. Oh my goodness you have been a busy busy gal making so many gorgeous butterflies. They are all fabulous and love all the colors you used. Thanks so much for sharing with us and joining in our challenge at Mixed Media World. We really hope you will join in our next challenge.

    With smiles
    Laine Kammeraad
    DT Mixed Media World

  6. HI Lynn, what an amazing piece - just love this colourful kaleidoscope of butterflies, looks like a lot of patience has gone into this, just brilliant.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

  7. Wow, this is gorgeous - the colours are fabulous and I love the idea of using a kaleidoscope pattern - the butterflies work amazingly well for this. This is the sort of idea that just has so much mileage - I can't wait to see what interesting and creative journey this idea takes you on!

  8. Wow. Just wow. Gorgeous pattern, color, movement and energy!

  9. wow what a stunning project!
    Groetjes Karin

  10. What a glorious butterfly mosaic - and I think "a kaleidoscope of butterflies" is just about perfect.
    Alison xx

  11. Like butterflies in a rainforest, gorgeous! Ruth x