After a walk in the countryside, we had a wonderful time at Light Ash Farm, looking round the farm shop and sitting in the sunshine enjoying a drink and the superb home cooked food at the café. This page is inspired by our visit and you’ll see some of the elements I have depicted on my page in my photos later.
To start I added a thin layer of diluted Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to the page with a paint brush under the areas of brick work. Distress Inks were then applied to the other areas of the page with a blending tool to create a soft background. I used Liquitex gel medium to adhere the bricks, which I made from a wallpaper sample. I added detail between the bricks using diluted Spectrum Aqua marker to make it look like mortar. The owl and wooden panel papers are fixed to the page using UHU Stic and the flowers, leaves and butterflies are toppers, stickers and a napkin. The cake and stand are fussy cut from an old birthday card and I embellished it with a rose sticker then stuck it to the page using double-sided foam tape. I also punched out some hearts from the glittery border of the birthday card, which help to tie the colours together. The postage stamp is from Poland and dates back to 1963, it’s from my hubby’s childhood stamp collection. I used some sparkly corners to attach the farm name and UHU Stic for the other farm images which were taken from a promotional leaflet.
When we first arrived we passed the stable yard, and this handsome fellow popped his head out to welcome us! My page reflects this image with the use of brick and wood, as well as the beautiful white flowers cascading over the top of the stable and of course the horse. As we walked round the side of the barn we walked towards a field and saw the farm had more horses too, galloping over to say hello at the gate.
We turned the corner and then I saw these, aren’t they fantastic! I love owls so they made their way onto my page!
The farm shop and café is inside an old barn which has been converted, with its splendid flower baskets and wooden carvings making a lovely sight. The café was very busy so we decided to sit outside on one of the picnic benches; it was a great choice as we could take in the atmosphere and watch the comings and goings of the farm. We watched the farm dog basking in the sunshine in the stable yard, the House Martins which were nesting along the side of the barn, the horses in the field and even saw the farmer on his tractor.
Luckily I had an old birthday card with the perfect cake and stand picture, as I wanted to include these marvellous cakes on my page. We noticed a lot of people leaving the shop and café with takeaway boxes filled with the spectacular cake that they serve.
For dessert we couldn’t resist having a piece of the Carrot Cake between us, we didn’t need a takeaway box though … lol!
We had chicken and stuffing sandwich with apple sauce, coleslaw, crisps and salad. Don’t you just love how those chips were served in a heart-shaped bowl! We enjoyed Green tea and the carrot cake too. Yum! As T Stands for Tuesday turns three today I’m so glad to join Bluebeard and Elizabeth’s party, Many Congratulations! Happy T Day!
After lunch we had a look round the shop which was chock-a-block with cakes and goodies.
I just love this rag heart which I saw, it has inspired me to make my own and maybe some smaller ones for Christmas presents. The backing is Hessian and the fabric strips are just pulled through, it should be a fun project! If anyone has made one of these before, any tips would be most welcome.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:
- Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Grey 233)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Milled Lavender, Shabby Shutters)
- Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Tan)
- Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
- Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
- Dovecraft Glitter Stickers (Cupcake Boutique – GS CAKES C’CAKE B – DCST047)
- Nitwit Collections Essentials (Strawberry Social – Toppers NWCE-T-SS1)
- Poundland (Fairy Stickers)
- Craft Asylum 6×6 paper pad (Into the Woods 480326)
- Caspari Napkins (Elderflower and Berries)
- Birthday card
- Wallpaper sample
- Postage stamp
- Tonic Studios Paper Punch Accent (Heart Sider 830E)
- The Range 3D Glitter Glue Pen
- Liquitex Matte gel medium
- UHU Stic
- The Range double-sided foam tape