Sunday, July 12, 2015



Hello Sweet Creative Friends!  

Right outside my window is a summer playground.  The hummingbirds, the cardinals, painted buntings, blue birds, purple martins, chickadees, squirrels, lizards, and of course, butterflies.  At any moment one or more of these will be there when I look out and I so enjoy watching them.  So it seemed fun to do a picture of a butterfly playground for you.  

Use your imagination and see if you can find the picket fence, a pathway to the trees and bushes... and the sunshine too.  You won't believe how those additions came about... but I'm fixing to tell ya!

First, let me let you peak into Summer's Butterfly Playground. 

See the white in the background?  The patterns that you see - were made totally by accident.  I used drawing gum for the first time ever. I had sketched my butterflies onto the canvas but I had the canvas turned side to side at that point... and I just began putting the drawing gum down in patterns.  By the way... it took forever for it to dry.

When it was dry I painted on the dark green acrylic paint and waited for it to dry.  Then I began taking the drawing gum off the canvas.  That was sooo fun - makes me smile now thinking of it! It is a gray/blue color so the white canvas underneath was so bright in comparison.  And when I set my canvas upright again - I had it turn the other way - just setting it down... and immediately saw the "picket fence" under the big butterfly.  I didn't do it that way on purpose at all... I was just drawing lines!!!  Isn't that just so fun???  Well, for sure it was for me!!!!  

Then it was just a matter of painting my butterflies.  I used three colors as follows: 

Dylusions Cut Grass by Ranger
Fluorescent Rose Pink by Pebeo
Iridescent Green Yellow by Pebeo

As well as Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens and Pitt Pens, gesso and of course, drawing gum.

Thanks bunches for spending part of your week with me!   And thanks bunches in advance for any comments  - they mean so so much to me.  Hugs. j. 

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It's wonderful to participate in the following wonderful challenges.
July 2015
Create anything you like using mainly the color green.

This is definitely mostly green Mou!!!  
Thanks bunches for the fun challenge. 
Would love to win the 101 Stencil Collection too!!  

Summer of Color 
Week 5 - 1 Green, 1 Green, 1 Pink



Valerie-Jael said...

WON*DER*FUL!!!! I LOVE how you made this, and the white spaces left by the gum are pure serendipity! A fabulous painting! Have a lovely Sunday, hugs, Valerie

Valerie said...

Beautiful piece of art!

Robin said...

Wow..this is si vool..i love your step by you know i never used that gum vdfore..your butterflies are gorgeous..😆

Robin said...

sorry for on phone

Sharon Fritchman said...

Drawing gum? I have not heard of it, so thank you so much for explaining your process to all of us! I just love your finished work of art! The butterflies and absolutely gorgeous! You used this week's SOC colors in such a creative and magical way!

aussie aNNie said...

Loving your wonderful and admirable creation such a lovely display.xx
{aNNie My Personal Blog}

Fliss said...

What a stunning canvas Joi! So beautiful colourful and your butterflies are awesome!
Really love your amazing floral canvas below too. Such a lot of wonderful detail and also so beautifullu colourful.
Fliss xx

Pamellia said...

So I finally figured out how to add you to my reading list, yay! Now I will never miss a post! This is just amazing Joi, these colours just jump of the screen, it's like an explosion of summer! I adore your 'accidental' picket fence! HA! Those paints look amazing, might have to give them a go! hugs :)

Julie Lee said...

I love the white in the background of this! Also I adore butterflies and these are so pretty. I really love how fresh and summery this is. xxx

Linda Kunsman said...

an absolutely delightful butterfly garden-great SOC entry!

Wanda said...

I love it when a painting makes me feel happy and smile. Your's did just that. The splashed of white really add.

Kristin said...


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've seen that drawing gum (or something similar, which is masking fluid) used by professionals, but never on SOC. Looks like your experiment turned out great. I immediately saw the fence. It was fun watching the step by step details. Gorgeous entry this week.

Lizzy Hill said...

Seriously sensational & I ADORE the randomness & 'go with it' mentality that we use in being creative. This is a perfect illustration of it at work! I've never heard of that drawing gum...but it looks waaaaay fun!! Love your butterflies, too:):)

Unknown said...

Oh WOW, Joi! This canvas is just AMAZING!! I love the green background with all of those pops of the white canvas coming through! I totally need some drawing gum!! I'm seeing it incorporated all over and I love what it does!! Enjoy that wildlife and thanks for sharing some of it with us!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

Jennifer Rose said...

wonderful work :) great patterns on the butterflies

Ruby Craft said...

What a fun butterfly playground. Love the vibrant colors! Congrats for winning Mou's Challenge this month!