Cute Butterfly Journal Tutorial


 In this tutorial I am sharing how to take a plain ole journal and Jazz it Up a bit!


Hi guys n gals! As many of you know, I love butterflies.  It’s one of God’s magical creations.  I made this little butterfly journal the other days and I thought I’d show you how I did it!


I started off with this small journal I picked up on the clearance rack at BAM. I think I paid $3 for it.  It was boring, but just the right size for my purse, so I grabbed it and thought ‘I’ll just jazz it up later’. It sat around my studio for a while, but I finally got around to it.

First step was to select a color scheme. I went through my paper stash and picked some papers I liked, then selected some paints to compliment the papers.

DownloadsNext, I put decoupage glue all over the canvas.  I like to use the deco glue because it dries quickly, and seals at the same time.IMG_20130906_165924_080

Then I just started adding the papers, tearing and placing them where it felt right, and glued them down with the deco glue.


After the paper is glued down and dry, I added some paint to the back cover, and around the edges of the paper. I smeared it on the edges to give it a bit of a blend. Next, I added some texture using recycled materials as stencils, just to give some interest, and then put the butterflies on with the deco glue.

After the main elements were in place, I added some shadowing, and ink to give a bit of an aged look, and used the white paint pen for highlights.


The final steps were to add some tape embellishments, stamps, and rub-ons until I was happy with the layered look I was going for.  Then, I sealed the whole thing with the deco glue.  I love it!



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Now I have a cute place to keep my notes and sketches!  Next time you see a plain ole journal on the clearance table, snatch it up, take it home…and Jazz it Up!  Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Loves n Hugs, Danita

A New Place and Space….

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my webite/blog!

As many of you know, I have been working as an artist for some time now, trying to build my brand, get my name out there.  Now, I think it is time for a website.  A home base, of sorts, where I can create a space for my art, meet friends, get to know you all, and share my thoughts.  A place where we can visit, and get to know one another and I am so pleased you are here.

I’d like this to be a place to communicate and network with each other. A community where we can inspire and uplift one another.  I will be sharing ideas of other artists, things that inspire me, and tutorials from time to time, and of course, my own artwork.

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It means so much to me that you have taken a few moments out of your day to check out my website.  I am really really happy that you are here.  No…..really, I am.  Poke around, check it out… tell me what you think.

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Because of your kindness, I will be having a Grand Give-Away in honor of the Grand Opening of my new website, and my new Etsy store, Danita Lyn Art Gallery.

I’m giving away a FREE signed art print of your choice, matted and ready to frame! 

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The winner will get your choice from the prints listed in my Etsy shop.  The print will be a signed 8×10 high quality Giclee print, in an 11×14 mat.  To view them, you can also click on the Shop tab at the top of this page.  I will be adding more this week, so the winner will have plenty to choose from.

What do I have to do to win?

 All you have to do to register to win is this……just leave me a comment on this post, or comment on the Grand Opening Announcement on my Facebook page Danita Lyn .   I will draw a winner from all the peeps who do either of these.  For those that do both, your name will go in the drawing twice!

 I will announce the winner here next Sunday!!

Hopefully….it will be YOU!

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