Falcon Travelers

Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

Just a quick post today, because the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds every now and then, calling me to come out and play in the garden.

The quote “The soul becomes dyed with the color of it’s thoughts” by Marcus Aurelius has been sitting in my little black book for quite some time now. Today I was looking for something to go with my new art journal page and I came across it again. I felt it was really appropriate for this page with all of it’s colors.

I did make some progress shots while working on this page, though I forgot to make them during the first part. Still plenty of photo’s to show you.

I only started making photo’s when I had the outline of the face painted onto the background.

I wanted it all to stay fairly transparant as I loved the colors and texture going on in the background.

I did feel it needed something extra at this point and printed and sealed some butterflies.

Stuck them down on the page. I like how they seem to be flying toward this opening in the sky.

Started defining the face a bit more.

I find I have difficulty keeping my distance and seeing everything in the correct proportions when working so close to a page. With a canvas on an easel I can always take a step back and just stare at a painting for a while. Then I remembered I had this old paint storage box with an easel attached, so I put it on there.

Added some more definition to the girl and the butterflies and then took a text stamp randomly to the page to add texture. I like how this contrasts with the handwritten text in the background.

I still felt the butterflies weren’t standing out the way I wanted to.

So I outlined them with white a white gel pen.

Added some highlights to her hair and face.

And added the quote.


I think she turned out really sweet and colorful and it makes me happy just to look at all the colors.

Thank you all for watching and I wish you a wonderful weekend.

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30 thoughts on “The soul becomes dyed with the color of it’s thoughts

  1. Valerie-Jael says:

    Fantastic pages and quote! Valerie


  2. Jeannette says:

    Georgus pages and colors,love it!!!

    Have a nice weekend 🙂




  3. Kelly Neis says:

    Love the pages! Great contrasts and shadows here. Thanks for visiting my blog, love your's and will be back!
    Hugs Kelly


  4. This is such a beautiful spread! I think the quote is very fitting. I love how you defined the butterflies.


  5. I just love all the texture and color you've achieved here. I'm inspired!


  6. Your butterfly page is gorgeous, I juSt LoVe your layers. So skillfully done,and great to see your process. I love watching how others create, it's facinating!It is sunny here too today, so I am off to make the best of what is a rare sunshiney day!


  7. Alles-Art says:

    Wow Monique,
    your artwork hit me. I am sitting here with my mouth wide open and just admire your artwork! Really beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice weekend too,


  8. Redanne says:

    Your pages are stunning, the lady is hauntingly beautiful and I love the addition of the gorgeous butterflies. A beautiful piece of work. Thanks so much for joining in at Our Creative Corner. Anne x


  9. marvelous, the eyes are SO expressive. YOu have done a beautiful job on the quote and these pages. xox


  10. Terry says:

    I hope you had a wonderful and warm time in the garden! These pages are gorgeous and I so love that lady and the butterfly! Her eyes are so piercing! Enjoy the weekend and I am your newest follower!


  11. Giggles says:

    Thanks for showing your process!! This is really pretty…and love the sage quote as well!

    Hugs Giggles


  12. Lorraine says:

    love all the texture and the blue hair happy ppf


  13. Prachtige en vrolijke pagina's Monique.

    Groetjes Janny


  14. denthe says:

    Beautiful journal page! Love all the colours shining through, and the quote is beautiful!


  15. Stunning… just a simple stunning-!
    Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and sharing you talents with us this week.
    Hope to see you again very soon.


  16. This is absolutely stunning! Thanks for joining the Stampotique DC


  17. Julia S-W says:

    Stunning journal pages! I love your colours, the way the layers work so beautifully together – in fact everything! An inspiring piece of art. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this time. Juliax


  18. Monique says:

    Thank you all so much for your lovely comments. They mean a lot to me and are much appreciated!


  19. Dagmar says:

    wow Monique – it´s so fantastic artwork!!!!


  20. Jo says:

    I love the face with the color texture showing through. Beautiful!


  21. Laurart says:

    Such an inspiring creation! I wish I could do this! I adore all the layers, the vivid colours, the butterflies….it is all amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us at Our Creative Corner – Love from Laura xxx


  22. hope says:

    really ove the expresion on her face.


  23. Gloria in CA says:

    Your journal pages are just awesome and of course the quote. Thanks for the step by step. Came out wonderful. Thank you.


  24. Karin says:

    wow this is fabulous, love it!
    groetjes Karin


  25. lots of layers that all work so well together, looks like you had loads of fun! and that makes a gorgeous spread!
    thanks for playing with us at Stampotique Designer challenge 🙂


  26. Wow! totally amazing, thanks so much for joining in with us at Stampotique this week.


  27. Monique says:

    Thank you all so much for your lovely comments. They are heartwarming and encouraging and much appreciated.


  28. Karenliz says:

    WOW Amazing journal pages! I love all the color and texture. Her eyes are beautiful!


  29. Beautiful pages! Love all the texture coming through… just gorgeous.


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