The Five Days of Frogs: Day 5 – Spray frog


In this piece I decided to spray paint the frog through the stencil – i’m not sure if i’m too cranked about spray painting but thought i’d give it a whirl. Sorry I was unable to show you the steps I took due to my camera batteries dying. Anyways here is what I did which might not be apparent by looking at the art journal page:

Step 1: I used a piece of watercolour paper since I wanted to put a wash of acrylics (fluid acrylics) and have it workable (cardstock would just absorb the wash right away). While the background was still wet I placed a piece of saran wrap (plastic) on the page and smooched it and then removed it – some of the colour came off leaving a bit of a crinkly effect.

Step 2: I placed the stencil over the background and sprayed though it with very toxic spray paint I had lying around. It would probably be best to use a non-toxic spray paint – I believe Duncan has some. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Step 3: Next I cut out some scrap painted papers (some were dyed paper towels) to form a scallop border – I adhered the pieces to the journal page.

Step 4: I wrote the words “The Handsome Prince” on a piece of graph paper, edged it with a Stabillo black pencil and then attached it to the page with two miniscule (don’t you love that word?) brads.

Step 5: I drew a vine and grass with Copic markers and accented the images a bit with micron pens. The words were written in micron pens too and highlighted with Copic markers.

Step 6: I cut out a wee door on the frog’s body. On a scrap piece of card I wrote the words “save yourself”. I taped the scrap to the back of the journal page so that it would line up with the door.

What I did not do which I think i’ll add now is a safety pin and put the words “save me” next to it. I love the look of rich textured add ons especially if they fit in with the theme of the journal page!

I hope you have enjoyed the Five Days of Frogs. It’s been a challenge for me – not that I have difficulty coming up with ideas (I have a kajillion of them) but because I made the journal pages in the morning before blogging and before I am coherent. So like I said it was a challenge!

Podcast interview

Last night’s podcast interview with Tina Ferguson was the best ever……i mean I totally felt I could be myself – I talked about art and spirituality which I feel are inextricably linked. Some interviewers bring out the best in people and Tina is definitely one of those folks. You’ll be able to listen to the interview if you go here and click on the episode “Embracing your Inner Eccentric”.  Thanks Tina for the wonderful opportunity to share with your listeners.

You can still enter to win my class Bohemian Bliss by going to Wendy’s Craft Dinner (if you haven’t already entered the other contest – your name is automatically entered).  We’ll be drawing a name on Monday.  Good luck.

I hope you all have a marvelous weekend.  I am going to be celebrating my birthday with friends and also celebrating a few “gemini’ friend’s special day over at Nicci’s place!  Should be fun!

6 Comments on The Five Days of Frogs: Day 5 – Spray frog

  1. julie
    June 11, 2010 at 10:25 am (10 years ago)

    Thank you, Violette, for the hard work and effort you put into creating this informative and helpful series of art tutorials.

  2. Tamara W
    June 11, 2010 at 11:44 am (10 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!

  3. DJ
    June 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm (10 years ago)

    Cute page!
    Another great tutorial, Violette…

  4. Jewel
    June 11, 2010 at 7:28 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi Violette,

    A while while ago I spotted your “Weird Homes” You Tube video. I loved it so much I wrote a poem story on my Yahoo blog this evening and posted the You Tube link on it. Hopefully many may enjoy the video and your happy art. Also I was able to watch your beautiful video about your family trip to Africa. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you!

    On my fairytalejoy blog I write fairy tales, poetry and the like and at times I am inspired by others and I write about it in a fairy tale way.

    This is what I wrote on my blog today:

    Faery Violette… # 346

    Faery Violette
    loves playing with her palette.
    Somewhere in Vancouver’s Surrey
    this very creative faery
    decided one shiny day
    with great fervor and cheer
    that she must have a purple house
    and a dazzling interior.

    So using her colourful palette
    and very creative mind
    a shiny cottage soon graced
    the houses nearby
    and astounded everyone
    inclusief the weird homes TV Man.
    Her colorful splendor brought fame
    to faery Violette’s name.

    Poetry and Fairy Tales
    by Jewel.

    Enjoy the colourful video!


    Usually I am able to embed the video for the visitors or to delete the post if there is an error but this time when the video did not post I was unable to delete and start again. Happily I had posted in “backtrack” on the post the video’s ULR thus when anyone wants to watch the video all they have to do is click there and they can watch the video.

    Thank you for giving so much joy to others. Have a great weekend.
    Jewel aka Joy.

    P.S. I do have a website which my daughter and son have set-up for me, but I can’t update it myself so it is not really up to date (or par), however, I am very grateful to my children for having this website created for me. Happily there is also Yahoo where I can post and indulge my writing fantasy.

    By the way,I live near Toronto and have never been in B.C. Perhaps one day I will be able to visit Vancouver and I will make it a point to look for your famous cottage and take a few digital pics. :))

  5. Liberty
    June 12, 2010 at 5:59 am (10 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Weekend Violette!
    I’m really enjoying this frog series you’ve been doing.
    re: #2 and spray paint… I am severely sensitive to chemicals and can’t be near spray paint (or airbrush paint)… yet I love some of the effects one can get with it. I’ve wondered about using the Tulip fashion Graffiti Fabric Paint Cannon. I haven’t been able to find info yet on if one can put their own paints in it. I’d like to try food colouring and water, watercolours and possible very watered down tempera (mostly because those are things I don’t react to :).
    If I end up trying this out, I’ll let you know how it works!

  6. Wendy
    June 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi – I’m picking up your site again at last!

    I just caught up with your week of frogs – I loved them all. On Friday night as I was walking down the lane to my house, there were about 8 good-sized ones just sitting and watching me go by. This is central Tokyo and there’s no river very close by – who would have thought it? Where do they go during the day?

    And what a lovely, natural interview – thanks for the link.


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