In Bloom

This year we were fortunate enough to be invited to the Royal Horticultural Society’s North West In Bloom awards ceremony, which we attended last week. We are part of a team of volunteers for St. Anne’s on the Sea In Bloom who won a Gold Medal award at the event. My page celebrates this fantastic achievement and our day at the awards ceremony.


I tore strips of paper from a dressmaking pattern and stuck them to the page using Liquitex matte gel medium, and while the medium was still tacky I added the gold leaf which represents our gold award. I stamped the serpentine background by Art Impressions using black Archival Ink, and started adding clusters of gold flowers which are outline stickers. The purple flowers are also stickers and the colour matches the theme and table setting at the event. As you can see I added lots of flowers to depict “In Bloom”. I used the complimentary programme to add the menu, date and logo, which I outlined with a purple Spectrum Aqua marker and then stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. I diluted some of the same purple Aqua marker ink with water on an acrylic block and splattered it finely onto the page using a paint brush. To finish I added three metal vintage stickers with purple gemstone centres.

I am so pleased to be able to join Susi over at Art Journal Journey for this month’s theme “No face, no wings, no leaves but COLLAGE”.


Delighted members of the team can be seen collecting our award!


Here is me and hubby enjoying the day and posing for a celebratory photo!


There were lots of stalls and free giveaways, one of which were these beautiful winter pansies that we have just potted up in our favourite planter – aren’t they pretty!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

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

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Purple)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Simple Flowers Gold ANT8101102)
  • Fancy Stickers Sheet (Flowers & Butterflies 28965)
  • Poundworld DécoTime Vintage Stickers (54748)
  • Style dressmaking pattern
  • Event programme
  • Gold leaf
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic

20 thoughts on “In Bloom

  1. What a lovely journal page, and even better that you can celebrate your team’s win with it. Congratulations! Love the pansies in the planter, too, very pretty indeed. Pansies are such colourful plants. Thanks for joining us again at AJJ, much appreciated! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. I’m always fascinated at the end by the list of materials, very few of which I actually have, which makes it all the more interesting.
    Well done on winning the “In Bloom” award, and your artwork is a great celebration of this.

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    • Many thanks Sheila! I’m always interested in how people create their art and what materials they use as it always gives me inspiration. I often don’t have anything that’s listed either – it’s so much fun getting creative to produce a similar look and it also gives me the excuse to add things to my wish list too …lol :-). Thanks again and wishing you happiness! J 🙂


  3. Its a wonderful page to celebrate you winning a Gold Medal, a wonderful achievement. Congratulations to you all.
    The gold background is beautiful, adding the menu and details make this page look special, a day you will remember for a long while.
    The pansies look so pretty in your planter, a lovely splash of colour on an autumn day.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks so much Yvonne! I was pleased the gold leaf showed up so well on my photo too :-). The pansies look so cheery and I’m really looking forward to seeing them flowering throughout the coming months. Have a great week! J 🙂


  4. I was delighted to read about the award you received and the truly spectacular AJJ entry you created to commemorate the event. You never cease to amaze me with your real life events reflecting your art journal pages. I want the vegetarian option of the dinner, please! Great photos, too.

    You are so lucky to have received the pansies. They are not just fantastic to press and use in art, but they are also edible if they are from a certified seller who doesn’t use pesticides. And I have no doubt these are pesticide free. Have a super Friday, Jo.

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  5. Wow.. a fantastic page – so much detail and I adore this light touch of shine and the delicate stickers! Fantastic to celebrate your win and to memorate this evening and a super entry to the new theme as well !Thanks a lot Jo! Congrats on this special win – and thank you for sharing the photos – the pansies are really wonderful in this antique planter and you and your husband always look so nice on the photos! A lovely couple you are!

    oxo Susi

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  6. Congrats on your award. It looks like it was quite the regal event. And I love the page you made in memory of the event. That gold you added really lifts it up. Beautiful work Jo. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

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