Sharing with Others

Following on from the kindness I was shown recently, I wanted to create a page about the value of sharing with others. I found the quote and the teapot image in a lovely little book about tea that I have in my book collection and I was inspired to create a page with them.

Sharing with Others - AJP

I painted the page with a thin layer of grey Winsor & Newton watercolour paint and stamped the hearts using London Fog Memento Ink and the flower bouquets using Tea Dye Distress Ink in a repeat pattern across the page. I added two rectangles of decoupage paper using Liquitex matte gel medium and edged them with a lace border stamp from Hampton Arts using the same Memento Ink. The vintage roses are fussy cut from stickers and the Victorian style teapot is a copy of an image from my lovely little book. I enhanced both the rose and teapot images with black Uni Pin and white gel pen to add depth and dimension. The quote is stamped using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. I added diamante strips along the edge of the decoupage paper and the finishing touch was the addition of the two vintage metal brooch stickers, which I think compliment the look and feel of the page.


I found this book in a second-hand bookshop and immediately fell in love with it, isn’t the front cover gorgeous! It takes pride of place on my bookshelf and is full of wonderful quotes about tea and beautiful paintings of vintage cups and teapots. I think it may inspire a series of journal pages!


To continue the vintage Victorian theme and as T Stands for Tuesday – it’s time for tea and crumpets! These are English crumpets and are served toasted with butter, they are so yummy! I’m pleased to be saying a big hello to the T-Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours (Payne’s Gray)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog, Rich Cocoa)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Sepia, Slate)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Hobbycraft clear stamp (Love Hearts 50402HC)
  • Great Impressions wood mounted stamp (Ruffled Spring Bouquet #C36)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Design cling mounted rubber stamps (Borders ICO160)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Vivi Gade decoupage paper (Skagen 25561)
  • Poundworld DécoTime (Vintage Stickers #54748)
  • Hobbycraft gem stones (Black & White Frame Adhesive Gem Design 5665551000)
  • Penny Black 2004 Stickeroos (Vintage Roses #10-142)
  • Teapot image
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic

The Swallows Return

We really enjoy hiking in the countryside. Not only is it a good form of exercise but it’s a great way to explore new places, enjoy beautiful scenery and make wonderful discoveries! My page today is inspired by a line of swallows sitting on a telegraph wire in a farmyard which we discovered on a recent countryside walk.

The swallows return - Art Journal Page

The background is painted with watercolour paint in blues and yellows, and then covered in a thick layer of white gesso. I had some left over alphabet transfers so added these in random patches over the page, I like the way the letters have only partially transferred. The little birds sitting on the line is washi tape, which I tore along the edges so there were no straight borders making it blend into the background more. The music sheet is taken from a song called “The Swallows Return” which inspired the title for this page. I tore pieces of music sheet and stuck them to the page with Liquitex matte gel medium then doodled along the edges. The white mesh is plasterboard/drywall tape, which I cut into strips and distressed to get an uneven finish. The title of the page and the post marks are stamped using black Archival Ink, I also added some coloured post marks, cut from decoupage paper, which represent travel and distance. I stuck pieces of black decorative tape around the edge of the page and I think they look a bit like wrought iron. The swallows are fussy cut from a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) leaflet which I collected from the local bird sanctuary and also card topper images, which are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. I added more detail to the large swallow image using a red Derwent Inktense ink pencil, a navy Spectrum Aqua marker and a black Uni Pin marker. As swallows travel back to South Africa from the UK, I added a South African stamp to finish.

New Image

To me, swallows signify summer and it is not surprising that we discovered them as we were deep in the heart of open countryside, alongside a river where they like to feed. We were also walking through a farmyard and were surrounded by agricultural buildings where they often nest. Swallows migrate during daylight covering about 200 miles (320 km) each day and from the UK their return journey South takes about six weeks. They travel down through western France and eastern Spain into Morocco, before crossing the Sahara Desert and the Congo rainforest – finally reaching South Africa and Namibia.

With this month’s theme being “Nature’s Wonders”, I’m very happy to join Gill over at Art Journal Journey again.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours (Cobalt Blue Hue, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Navy)
  • Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils (Poppy Red 0400)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Hampton Arts 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong IC0151)
  • The Works clear stamps (CR0274/TW3)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE 907115)
  • Letraset Transfer (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm RDC0251)
  • Hobbycraft Decorative Tape (Assorted Black and White 5971481007)
  • Poundland (Decorative Border Tape 15111867)
  • 151 Adhesives Plasterboard/Drywall tape
  • First Edition Deco Maché Decoupage Paper (D/M Postage FEDEC060)
  • Hunkydory Eastern Promise Luxury Card Collection (Eastern Promise)
  • Music paper
  • RSPB information leaflet
  • Postage stamp (from my Hubby’s childhood collection)
  • UHU Stic

Tolkien Trail

Recently we walked the J. R. R. Tolkien Trail in the Ribble Valley in the glorious sunshine. It’s a 6.5 mile walk around the area that the famous author stayed in whilst writing Lord of the Rings. Some of the names from his book are based on places in the vicinity. It’s a lovely area with beautiful views across stunning countryside and alongside rivers. This page is inspired by all the wonderful sights and sounds that we encountered along the way!

Tolkien Trail - Art Journal Page

Firstly I smooshed Spectrum Aqua Markers to create a wash of colour for the different scenes, this was either a blue sky or the green vegetation background. Starting at the top left corner and working clockwise around the page I started to create my scenes. I stamped the tree image and then stamped some green leaves using Memento and Distress Inks, then painted the trunk and branches using Aqua markers. I doodled leaf outlines and drew a little bird in the branches, adding music notes cut from washi tape to depict birdsong. The Garden Pavillion image was fussy cut from a map of the walk, which like all the other collage elements is stuck to the page with a UHU Stic and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker once the glue had dried. The dappled leaves are stamped using various shades of green Distress Inks and a yellow Aqua marker. Moving on to the bee, this is a sticker and the background is stamped with a hexagonal pattern to mimic honeycombs. The flowers are cut out from a napkin and I doodled on top of them with black marker and white gel pen. The Cromwell Bridge image is from the map, the background of pebbles was created using a polystyrene homemade stamp and a mixture of Memento and Distress Inks. The two little birds were stamped using Archival Ink, I extended the branch and stamped the leaves too. The farmhouse and grasshopper are rub-on transfers and to create the lines of drying grass in the field, I used washi tape as a mask and added Distress Ink over the top with a blending tool.


The rusty iron cogs are a stencil design that I cut out from some leftover rusty metal sheet that I had made using cardboard, modelling paste and acrylic paints from another project. (I’m particularly proud of the results from this technique). The leaves behind the cogs are from napkins. I stamped the flurry of butterflies using Archival Ink and then added green foam flowers and the pretty paper daisies. At the centre of my page is the map of the trail we followed and I stamped a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien himself, I think it is very apt for this walk.

We took many photos on our walk and as you will see they give an indication of some of the sights that inspired my page.


Starting at Hurst Green we walked through farmland into Stoneyhurst College, I loved this kissing gate and the college was very majestic with its wonderful views of Pendle Hill.


Stoneyhurst College was founded in 1593 and famous students include Charles Carroll (a signatory on the US Declaration of Independence) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author of Sherlock Holmes)


Then we moved into woodland, the leaves were stunning in the dappled light. I thought we might have run into a few more hobbits than we did or even Gollum under one of the bridges. There was an abundance of grasses and pretty flowers as we made our way up the hill towards the river walk.

Cromwell Bridge

As we walked alongside the river, we came to Cromwell’s Bridge, which was supposedly used by Cromwell’s army in 1648 on their way to the Battle of Preston, although the crossing dates all the way back to 1331 AD.


Along the riverside path, the landscape opened up to large open fields and the farmers were harvesting the hay, cutting it down into neat lines. We entered a few farms and noticed old rusty machinery which appeared long forgotten.


We stopped to relax, watch the river flow by and skim some stones, you can just see a stone in mid-flight by the water splash as it was sent skimming along the water’s surface. There were beautiful butterflies alongside the river by the aqueduct as we made our way back to the village that we started from.

With all of “Nature’s Wonders” we saw in the glorious lush green countryside, I’m pleased to join Art Journal Journey.

food collage

As a reward, we stopped off at The Apricot Meringue tea room in Clitheroe – we needed our pot of Green tea, sandwich and chips! We even had dessert to share, my hubby’s choice this time was a Black Forest Brownie Sundae – it was very yummy!

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T-Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Aquamarine, Moss, Yellow, Chocolate)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Pine Needles, Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters)
  • Memento Dye Ink (londong Fog, Pistachio, Rich Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (AI – P1398)
  • BoBunny stamp (Falling Leaves 12105154)
  • Docrafts Papermania clear stamps (Capsule Geometric Mono 3pcs)
  • Dovecraft clear stamp (DCC5014)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Design Inc. cling mounted rubber stamps (Thankful ICO162)
  • Docrafts Papermania mini clear stamp (Everyday Assortment PMA907003)
  • Homemade polystyrene stamp
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Viva Décor universal stencil (Past Times 9002 703 00)
  • Poundland (Fairy Stickers)
  • Royal and Langnickel rub-on transfers (Home Collage #ROY533 Rub-on, Insect Collection #TIP-1484 Rub-on)
  • Wilko (Flower Embellishments)
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • Hobbycraft Made with Love (Sun Daisy x12 White 41417)
  • Caspari Napkins
  • Tolkien Trail map
  • Scrap of homemade rusty metal cardboard
  • UHU Stic

The World’s Fastest Land Animal

Today my page is inspired by “Nature’s Wonders”, which is the theme hosted by Gill over at Art Journal Journey. The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, so I thought it was fitting to create a page in tribute to this gorgeous feline!

The World's Fastest Land Animal - Art Journal Page

I started by smooshing diluted Spectrum Aqua markers onto the page using an acrylic block. Using a homemade mask I stamped circles of animal print using black Archival Ink, then splattered the whole page with Liquitex black acrylic paint. I cut out circles of decoupage papers and stuck them on top of the animal print circles using a UHU Stic. Once the glue had dried I outlined the circles with black Uni Pin marker and I doodled different African style patterns around each circle. The images and script are from old encyclopaedias and I highlighted information relevant to the cheetah – if you look closely you may see a cheetah sitting under a tree in the shade while looking out over the grassland. The cheetahs are from a doodle book that I painted using diluted Aqua marker ink and then cut out using scissors. I stamped some cheetah facts and added a beautiful postage stamp. To finish I added rhinestones the same colour as the postage stamp to highlight the text and balance the colours.


This postage stamp is from my hubby’s childhood stamp collection, it features a cheetah and her cubs and is from Nigeria dating back to 1965.

When I told my hubby I was thinking of doing a cheetah page to join AJJ, a happy coincidence occurred! My hubby told me he had recently watched a video on the cheetahs running ability and comparing it to the Greyhound. Here’s the link if you want to have a look. You can see why cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animal with their rotary gallop and it’s amazing ability to increase its strides per minute, spectacular!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Yellow, Terracotta, Gold)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Ivory Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Hobbycraft clear stamp (A6 Animal Print Background 50350HC)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Vivi Gade decoupage paper (Skagen 25561)
  • Poundland DécoTime (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • North Parade Sudoku and Doodle (Animal Kingdom)
  • Dorling Kindersley Illustrated Family Encyclopaedia
  • Pear’s Cyclopaedia 2007-2008 Edition
  • Postage stamp
  • Poundland self-adhesive gems (504 Gems)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Tea and Happy Things

This page is inspired by a small sign that I saw in a local shop. I loved the saying “Come let us have some tea and talk of happy things”. This sign fits in perfectly with T Stands for Tuesday so I’m very happy to join the T Gang! Happy Tuesday everyone and I hope this page makes you smile! Of course other hot and cold beverages are available and are just as welcome!

Tea and Happy Things - Art Journal Page

I covered the page in parchment coloured Liquitex Acrylic paint with a baby wipe, leaving some of the edges uncovered so I could create a worn edge ripped border effect using Spectrum Aqua Markers, Faber-Castell Big Brush markers and Memento Ink, which I then outlined in Uni Pin marker. I transferred some of the border colour across the background using a baby wipe and dulled the colour intensity of this border using white gesso, which I applied with my finger. I used a wreath and some flower stamps from Urban Stamps to create the grey pattern background using London Fog Memento Ink. The vintage looking flowers are fussy cut with scissors from a wallpaper sample. I also fussy cut the words, teapot and cute cup and saucer from an image of the sign and stuck them to the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. To finish I added the hearts which I coloured with Aqua Markers and outlined the flowers and letters with black Uni Pin.

Tea Sign

Here’s the original sign that inspired me – in pride of place in my craft room, isn’t it adorable! This little sign has an interesting story to tell … I noticed the sign when I was in a local charity shop and it looked more like it was part of the shop than for sale, so I asked the shop assistant if I could take a picture of it. To my surprise he picked the sign up and told me I could have it! I offered to pay for it, but he wouldn’t have it (I did put some money in the charity box though). So I am now the proud owner of this wonderful little sign and it makes me smile every time I see it! It goes to prove there is still kindness in this world!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Crimson, Scarlet, Burgundy)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog, Love Letter)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pens (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Docrafts Papermania 4×4” Urban Stamps (Owl Folk PMA 907228)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Sign image
  • Wallpaper sample

Owl Superpowers

I have always loved owls so this page has been on my “To do list” for quite a while now. With the theme over at Art Journal Journey being “Nature’s Wonders”, I had the perfect excuse to get creative and tick this off my list – thank you.

I was inspired after watching a Natural World TV programme; it was really fascinating to watch as it revealed the magic behind the owl’s superpowers.

Owl Superpowers - Art Journal page a

First I applied Distress Ink with a circular blending tool then covered the whole page with a thin layer of white gesso using a baby wipe. Next I started on the smaller dot pattern using a paint brush to apply diluted Distress Ink and ink from Faber-Castell Big Brush markers, then I doodled on each shape with my black Uni Pin Fine Line marker to add detail (my hubby thinks these look like animal tracks). The owl image and name are from an old calendar, which I fussy cut with my scissors and stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. Next I stamped the title of the page using black Archival Ink. The feather is from a doodle book that I painted using Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils and Aqua markers. To make the tags I coloured the front of the tag with a Big Brush marker then I cut pieces of grid paper to fit the inside of my tags and stamped the five superpowers on each one, sticking them to the tags using a UHU Stic. I numbered each tag using outline stickers which I coloured black using a Sharpie marker and then embellished the tags further with alphabet buttons. If you read the buttons from tag 1 to 5 you will see the word “magic”, I used this word not only because the owl is magic with it’s superpowers but so are the tags! My tags are actually attached to the page using Velcro so you can remove them and read the additional information for each of the superpowers (that I stamped) on the back.

Owl Superpowers - Art Journal page b

In this case I found it’s best to attach the tag using Velcro in two places so that the tags are secure. When you look at Velcro there is a barb side and a fluffy side, and it’s the fluffy side that detaches the easiest so I placed this on the tag so that it’s less likely to rip when being removed from the page. I think it’s pretty neat to be able to take the tag off and turn them over to understand more about the owl’s superpowers.


I choose this particular owl for my page because earlier this year we went on a tour of Marton Mere, a local Nature Reserve with one of our friends who volunteers there, specifically to see the Long-Eared owls. I was so excited and thankful we got to see them in their natural habitat. As you can see they were well camouflaged and our friend got better photos than we did (as usual), so with her permission I have included her photo – thank you! By the way those are just feathers on its head not its real ears that you can see. We had such a fab time! It is a lovely place to see wildlife especially birds.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles ,Black Soot)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils (Baked Earth 1800, Willow 1900, Bark 2000)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Chocolate, Slate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B, Black 199)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE907115)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • The Works (24 Assorted Craft Tags)
  • American Crafts DIY Shop (48 Papers 366665)
  • The Works British Birds Calendar 2016
  • North Parade Sudoku and Doodle (Animal Kingdom)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Mixed Numbers Silver ANT 8101013)
  • Home Bargains Love Letters (63 Self-Adhesive Letters)
  • UHU Stic
  • Self-Adhesive Velcro


My favourite colour is blue so what’s not to love about peacocks (apart from the fact that they are noisy at night – which I discovered whilst staying at a bed and breakfast with my American friends at Stratford-upon-Avon :-)). The peacock is such a beautiful bird with its vibrant iridescent blue and green plumage and when he displays all those tail feathers with those eyespots he is a wonder to behold! I’m excited to be able to join Art Journal Journey and Gill who is hosting the new theme this month, which is “Nature’s Wonders”.

My page is inspired by a peacock image I was given. I had no plan of action when I started and I often think it’s for the best as you can create something of beauty!

Peacock - Art Journal Page

To start I stenciled the trellis fretwork using a Dutch Doobadoo mask with two colours of glitter glue and left it to dry. I covered the remainder of the page with patches of white gesso using a palette knife and applied Liquitex Acrylic paint with a baby wipe, gradually building up the colour intensity to my liking. I tore and then stuck down strips of music sheet using gel medium and smudged paint over the top of them to blend into the background. The white and purple flower images are stickers which I fussy cut with my craft scissors, I also used pieces of the sticker surround as it had a lovely marble-like quality to it; ripping and sticking them onto the page around the music sheet pieces. I then outlined all of these elements with my black Uni Pin fine line marker. To intensify the trellis I outlined the shapes and applied colour using Spectrum Aqua markers. The gold flowers and circles are outline stickers. For the tag, I used torn strips of music sheet and sticker background, outlining and embellishing them as I did for my page background. I fussy cut the peacock and edged it using a navy Spectrum Aqua marker and then glued it to the tag using a UHU Stic. To finish the tag I added some gem stones and gold ribbon then attached it to the page using double-sided foam tape. Lastly I added words which are associated with Peacocks – Beauty, Kindness and Peace!

Tiles 1

This page reminds me of the beauty we found in the Art Deco tile panels at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. The stunning panels feature a range of ladies in exotic costumes and were created by William James Neatby, who is best known for his designs of the tiles in the Harrods Food Hall. I found the panels mesmerising and there are two panels that feature peacocks called “Peacocks” and “Labradorite”, the latter is pictured above.

Tiles 2
We recently went on a Heritage Tour of the Winter Gardens, where they share some of the history of the building. We took photos of the panels during our tour and this one is called “Hummingbirds”. Aren’t they just breathtaking! If you want to see more of them here’s a link – Neatby Panels by Dawn Mander, the photos are taken by a fabulous local photographer whose blog I follow.

The Blackpool Winter Gardens is an extensive complex of venues filled with history and imaginative designs dating back to 1878.  It has one of the largest theatres in the country along with another theatre, one of the largest ballrooms in the world and several other halls and venues. It has recently become publicly owned and is subject to a slow but thorough restoration which is discovering Art Deco and other period features which have been covered up over the last 138 years.

Car Showroom

The tile panels lined the original entrance tunnel to the Empress Ballroom. The tunnel was wide enough so that a horse and carriage could deliver guests and then turn around to leave. So you really started your evening in style! Later the area became a car showroom and this photo (which we took a photo of, hence the quality) gives an idea of some of the original tiling.

We were also lucky enough to see an entire intact original Art Deco floor which was previously unknown and was recently discovered underneath a carpet! Possibly another Art Journal page in the making?

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Swedish Blue, Christmas Green)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Aquamarine, Navy and Slate)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Hobbycraft Glitter Glue Pens (Assorted Colours)
  • Dutch Doobadoo Stencil (DDBO Dutch Mask Art A5 Vintage 470.715.028)
  • Penny Black 2010 Stickeroos (In Bloom 10-208)
  • Magenta Style Outline Stickers (Gold)
  • Dovecraft Peel-off Stickers (Alpha Caps G DCPO-05)
  • Hunkydory Jewelled Feather Collection (Pretty Feathers)
  • Poundland Die Cut Tags
  • Bosworth Violin Studies music book
  • Hobbycraft Self Adhesive Gems (Assorted Square 5666141000)
  • Gold Ribbon
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape