We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Winged beauty

I have recently been inspired by the Sunset Moth, which Ryn (of Designs by Ryn) told me about in a recent comment on a previous post.

The sunset moths (Chrysiridia rhipheus) are native only to the island of Madagascar. It is the most stunning moth, and deserves as much fame as the most beautiful of butterflies.

Anyway, I've got Ryn's Moon Wings moth set, and I wanted to use a couple of those on this card, using Brushos.

On a piece of watercolour paper I did a simple wash background, and stamped and embossed two moths in white.

I then flooded the area within the stamped images with water - the wing areas - creating small pools, into which I sprinkled some Brushos - turquoise, purple and sea green.

I then did not touch it - but walked away. I was itching to push it around a bit with a brush, but didn't want to diminish the strength of colour, so I left it to dry.  Next, I used a little of the grey Brusho mixed with water to fill in the moth bodies and also used a little round the outside edges.

Finally, I added a little random embossing powder.

My tribute to the fabulous sunset moth.

Also entering this month's Craft Stamper Magazine Take A Stamp challenge.

There is a quote by Aristotle which I use a lot, but it says it all -

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.


  1. Hehe, I'm so glad that you were inspired by the Sunset moth. It's one of my faves! The wings on these are just gorgeous. Love your free form colouring on them. Many thanks for sharing :)

  2. Happy you're with us in the TIMI challenge from the Craft Stamper. Gorgeous project!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  3. Love how it turned out ....... Thank you for joining us at craft stamper magazine's blog this month
    Jackie :)

  4. Gorgeous butterflies ...... Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge ...... good luck! Linda xx

  5. Wow! I love your coloured images!! Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper :)