I painted the cardboard kid’s book I’m using as an art journal with Pebeo High Viscosity Acrylics in Irridescent Green/Yellow link: https://www.dickblick.com/items/01611-7011/ Then let it dry.
I went online and found a free printable at coloring-pages-printable.com and here’s the link to it. It’s called Full Page Butterfly and Flowers…link: https://tinyurl.com/y4yqyr6f I used Arteza Twi-Markers link: https://arteza.com/dp/twimarkers-set-of-48-colors-dual-tip and spent a lot of time coloring, then used Jane Davenport’s Paint Over Pens link: https://www.michaelskids.com/jane-davenport-paint-over-pens/10537630.html to add some highlights when I was finished coloring. Since they are more pastel, it was easy to lighten the images.
I ripped the colored image from top to bottom in thin strips, then used Collage Pauge in matte link: https://www.dickblick.com/items/24237-1005/ (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, but I couldn’t find it in their online store.) I adhered the strips to the book and had some issues with spacing. I also learned the hard way, that I needed to cover the ends of each page, and had to piece together paper I didn’t use to cover the ends. I used a Touch 5 alcohol marker in Warm Grey 2 and an Arteza Alcohol Marker in Cloudy Grey to color the edges of each strip of paper, to make it look more like they were closer together.
I used an old DCWV Vellum Quote Stack…they’re no longer sold in stores, but easy to find on Ebay..link: https://tinyurl.com/y5p5qcep I glued them with Collage Pauge in between the strips on the green area. Then I added some diamonds I got from nail art at the Dollar Tree or with diamond art, like this set from Fansells.com link: https://tinyurl.com/yy8qpnk9 I used a pick up tool from We R Memory Keepers, called a Quick Stik link: https://tinyurl.com/y2mv24xj to apply the diamonds and ultimately, used Martha Stewart’s glue in the fine tip applicator bottle with the new pin I made to make sure I no longer lose them…Here’s a video where I show how to make the pins. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiFSJBbEoVIywsQvKMUG0mQ