Hi, Nicole here!
If you can’t tell from some of the lighting in my video, it was a dreary, rainy day in Houston, Texas when I created this journal spread. I spent a couple of days in and out of the rain walking to my flower garden. We decided to plant milkweed this summer, and I finally had a caterpillar ready to make a chrysalis! The rain, my hope for butterflies, and this Geo Flower stamp from ArtFoamies inspired my page.
After creating some background layers with ephemera, butterfly tissue, green striped tissue, a dot stencil, and acrylic paint, I stamped the Geo Flowers three times. They turned out a little bolder than planned, but after I painted them they looked perfect!
I drew some stems, grunged up the page, added some number stickers, splattered, and journaled. Then, I created a small tag with leftover bits from the layers and added the message: replace fear of the unknown with hope.
Fear of the unknown and change are something we all struggle with. Taking time to journal and create are such valuable tools as we wait for our wings. I had to rescue my chrysalis and bring it inside. It was a little beat up from the rain and the leaf it was hanging on was about to fall off the plant. It’s now hanging from a chopstick in my kitchen, and I love looking at the bright spots of gold. I hope it makes it into a butterfly, so I can watch it stretch its wings and fly.