Welcome to Arundel!

We had such a fun time visiting family over the holiday season and we went to one of our favourite places, so I captured this on a journal page to share with you – Welcome to Arundel!

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I cut masking tape into strips and created a grid pattern on the background to depict the wonderful old-fashioned shop windows that we saw throughout the town. I then coloured the windows with Milled Lavender and Mustard Seed Distress Ink using a blending tool to make the windows glow with light. The Arundel Castle is such a majestic landmark and towers over the town, so I had to include it on my page, I drew and cut the battlements out of patterned paper from a Design Pad. Then I outlined them with a black Sharpie permanent marker and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic which I used for everything else too. The Christmas tree is cut out of the same paper and the baubles are created from Glitterations circle stickers and also images fussy cut from a Christmas card that I had kept to recycle. I like the way the gold glitter sparkles, it reminds me of the town as there were trees on every shop front with lights glowing and sparkling magically. The image of Arundel high street is from a leaflet and depicts Arundel in olden days, the edges are finished using Distress Ink and a blending tool. I also added the “Welcome to Arundel” wording from the leaflet, outlining it with a Glitterations circle sticker. Next I created the candles using strips of lace and the same stickers, the lace design was inspired by fellow crafters who had stalls in one of the old buildings we looked around. I also thought of Valerie when I saw them as she has a thing for candles and they tie into this month’s theme of ‘Light and Darkness’ over at Art Journal Journey. To finish I added extra sparkle using glitter glue to make the candles glow, gold glitter stickers and images from the same recycled Christmas card. I love how this page sparkles!

castle

Arundel is located in West Sussex and you get fantastic views of the Arundel Castle as it is located high on a hill and overlooks the surrounding area. It was built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel.  The castle and grounds are quite extensive, and look magnificent; one day we may venture inside I think the gardens alone would be quite inspirational and keep us busy for days!

river

The castle overlooks the River Arun, we had a beautiful walk along its banks with views over the South Downs, then through woodland and alongside the castle moat which lead us back to the town.

square

As you can see the town square hasn’t changed much from the picture I included on my journal page – well maybe the sheep and cows aren’t there anymore (tee hee!) and like the rest of the town it was wonderfully decorated for the festive season.

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Here’s a great example of the old-fashioned windows and twinkling trees on the shop fronts, isn’t it magical!

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The castle walls can even be seen up the high street, it is such an integral part of the town.

shops

There were lots of beautiful shops to explore and they are dog friendly too! The shops include antiques, craft, books, gift, flowers and fudge shops as well as the many art galleries and tea rooms. We had great fun browsing and window shopping after our lunch (more to come on that in one of my next posts).

Wishing you all the fun of the Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Milled Lavender, Mustard Seed)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Urban Style CR0701/16PL2)
  • Recycled Christmas Card
  • Arundel Museum leaflet
  • Poundworld (Adhesive Lace Strips U-80935)
  • Anita’s Glitterations (Circle Frames – Gold ANT8181028)
  • UHU Stic
  • Wilko Low Tack Masking Tape

Mrs. Claus

Whilst visiting family over Christmas, we came across a sign in a café window and I instantly knew it had to become a journal page as it’s served with Christmas Cheer!

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The sign was wooden so to create this effect I started by using a technique I have used before which is Colourcraft Brusho Colours and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I sprinkled Brusho powders onto the page then painted the gel medium over the top, keeping my brush strokes in the same direction. I added more texture with Pine Needles Distress Ink, running the ink pad vertically down the page and using a blending tool to lightly disperse the colour, I then covered this in gel medium too. The result was quite bright so I added a very thin layer of white gesso to some parts of the page, then covered the whole page with Crushed Corduroy Distress Ink using a blending tool. To achieve a glossy finish and make the green and brown pop more I applied a coat of diluted PVA glue. I then edged the page with a black Big Brush marker which I applied using an old gift card. I fussy cut the words from a photo of the sign and stuck them to the page with a UHU Stic. When the glue had dried I outlined them with a white Uniball gel pen and a black Uni Pin marker. The teacup and saucer are also from the sign and I enhanced the colours and design using Derwent Inktense pencils. I painted tea in the cup using diluted Tea Dye Distress Ink and a white gel pen. For the tag, I distressed the edges with scissors, stamped red script using Memento Ink and edged it with Distress Inks. I stamped the words onto the tag using black Archival Ink and added some highlights with a white gel pen. I wanted the tag to depict the tag from a teabag immersed in the cup so I inserted the string under the rim of the cup before I stuck it down with a UHU Stic. I used the same white gel pen to overwrite the “served with Christmas Cheer!” and cut it out with fun scissors then edged it with Distress Ink and white gel pen and stuck it to the page with a UHU Stic. To finish I added a lovely red bow recycled from a bag of shortbread biscuits, a beautiful glass candy cane which is a wine glass charms that I picked up in a local Charity Shop, as well as the red snowflakes and little gem stones.

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I thought we would join Mrs. Claus, so we chose tea which is served in our new Christmas mugs along with mince pies – delicious! We got these china mugs as Christmas presents, a Robin one for me and one for my hubby with his initial on – aren’t they gorgeous! I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday – Happy T Day! I hope you all had the best of times over Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

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:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Colourcraft Brusho Colours (Emerald Green, Dark Brown)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot)
  • Memento Ink (Love Letter)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist’s Pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils (Poppy Red 0400, Teal Green 1300, Apple Green 1400)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamps (Script CS572)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE 907115)
  • Home Bargains (Recycled Tags)
  • Poundland (Christmas Craft Pack 17139-MC16)
  • Oaktree UK Eleganza Craft Stickers (3mm 418 Gems Red No.16)
  • Pier Wine Charms
  • Fun Cut Scissors
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Everbuild PVA Bond
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Xpress It double-sided tape

Christmas at The Queens

Last week we enjoyed a Christmas meal with our fellow Love My Beach volunteers at The Queens Hotel in Lytham. This page was inspired by good company and our Christmas celebration.christmas-at-the-queens-ajp

I chose to create a blue background to match the “Love My Beach” colours. Firstly I masked off the top and bottom of my page with masking tape and then painted diluted Salty Ocean Distress Ink to the top and bottom sections. I had diluted the Distress Ink by applying the ink to an acrylic block and adding water with a paint brush. I then added festive trees to the bottom panel and holly to the top using stamps and Danube Blue Memento Ink. For the middle section I painted Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using the same technique and stamped a selection of festive images and the saying “Peace on Earth” using Bahama Blue Memento Ink, repeating the pattern across the page. To finish the background I added the red Christmas tape and metallic grey glittery washi tape horizontally across the page. Next I cut out star shapes from the festive menu leaflet, which I picked up during our visit. I also cut the menu and venue from the same leaflet and a “Love My Beach” logo using pinking cut scissors as I thought the spiky edges would compliment the stars nicely.  I stuck them all to the page using a UHU Stic and double-sided foam tape.  To finish I added some lovely wooden red star embellishments that I found in my craft stash that matched the theme.

dinner

The food was so yummy! I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of my Salmon Waldorf starter (made for me without the nuts) so you’ll have to take my word for it that it was very good. Here’s our traditional roast turkey main course and our drinks are ice water with lemon and Theakstons Christmas Ale. A vegetarian option of Cheese and Onion Pie can be seen in the background, which looked really good too! Wishing all of the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday a very Happy T Day and a Merry Christmas!

dessert

My hubby had dessert which is a Chocolate & Cherry Swiss Roll – delicious!

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It was such a lovely evening and as a special treat to wish my friends a Merry Christmas I made Chocolate Bark for everyone!

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It was fun to make, the hardest part was tempering the chocolate, which makes it keep its glossy appearance and allows the finished chocolate to ‘snap’ when broken. Once the chocolate is tempered I just spread it onto a baking tray then added the toppings. For my milk chocolate option I added mini marshmallows, fudge pieces, broken Amaretti biscuits and rice crispies, then drizzled the whole thing with tempered white chocolate. For the dark chocolate option I added tempered white chocolate and used a cocktail stick to swirl it together, then I sprinkled dried golden sultanas, dried cranberries and dried raisins over the top. Yum!

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers)
  • Memento Ink (Danube Blue, Bahama Blue)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Black)
  • Clear Impressions clear stamp set (Woodland Christmas)
  • Papermania Urban Stamps Easy Cling stamp set (12 Days of Christmas – Icons PMA 907909)
  • Leaflets
  • Westcott  Pinking Cut Scissor
  • The Works (Heart & Star Shapes)
  • Wilko (Glitter Tape)
  • The Range (Merry Xmas Gift Tape)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Neon Lights

There is a Neon exhibition at a local art gallery, so we went along to have a look and saw some wonderful works. I’m pleased to be able to join Valerie over at Art Journal Journey for this month’s theme “Light & Darkness” with my Neon Light interpretation.

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I started by colouring three strips of paper from a Design Pad that I had in my craft stash and coloured them neon yellow, pink and blue using different coloured highlighter pens. Then I stuck them diagonally onto the page using a UHU Stic, which I actually used throughout the page to stick things down. I had some post-it notes in the same neon colours so I cut a rectangle of each and stuck them around the edges of the page, so they look like light boxes. Then I cut the art exhibition flyer into strips and used them to add a light tube in each box. I fussy cut a black and white patterned napkin and stuck the pieces onto the page with a UHU Stic. When the glue had dried I added the same neon pink, yellow and blue to the centre bauble shapes so they looked like lights hanging vertically down the page.  I added more strips of flyer and then used a green highlighter pen along one of the edges so they looked like they were glowing with light. I cut squares of post-it note then stuck them down and used different highlighter pens along one of the edges. The name of the gallery, neon sign and art picture are also from the flyer. I edged them all with highlighter pen and stuck them to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish I outlined some of the elements with a black Uni Pin marker.

gallery

The The Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool holds a series of Art Exhibitions throughout the year, at the moment it’s “NEON: The Charged Line”. The building is Victorian and with its large rooms, white walls and high ceilings it’s a wonderful space to exhibit an interesting mix of wall and free standing art.

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The first room was filled with words made from neon, which were fairly hard to photograph as they were so bright and you couldn’t get any distance away from them. I thought this sign was so clever, it  is referring to “Neon” which is “an object that is self-defined”.

sack-barrow

In another room, sat in one of the corners was this sack barrow, the glow of the light really lit the space beautifully. I really like the tile floor in this room too, which I think is original.

wall-shapes

In the next room, we were greeted with this explosion of colour!

mixer

This piece made me smile – I’ll never see a cement mixer in the same light again (excuse the pun!).  On the left of the photo is a lovely original antique radiator, which was warming the room wonderfully.

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To commemorate our visit, we set up the camera to capture me and hubby standing by one of the signs. We had such a fun time and really enjoyed the exhibition.

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:

  • Stabilo Boss Original Highlighter Pen (Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Lyreco Sticky Notes (6 Pack Multi Colours)
  • American Crafts DIY Shop (48 Papers 366665)
  • Alio Napkins
  • Flyer
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Victorian Christmas

Last week we enjoyed the festivities at the Farmers Market and Victorian Festival in our local town, there was so much inspiration that I created a journal page.

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The background is a collage of papers, two of which are Christmas themed with holly and patterns that match the Victorian theme. The third is a music sheet which reminds me of the wonderful old fashioned fairground organ that was playing a variety of tunes and could be heard all across the town. I edged the papers with Tea Dye Distress Ink to give them a vintage look and stuck them to the page with a UHU Stic. Next I made the various baubles which remind me of the lovely decorations and wreaths we saw around the town. The garland with the crown on top is fussy cut from an advert for the Victorian Festival, which I adorned with gemstones and backed with the list of activities taking part at the festival. I added a piece of ribbon for it to hang on and stuck it to the page using double-sided foam tape. The heart is a wooden chalkboard tag which I stamped with the sentiment and then finished by hand using a white gel pen. I added gemstones and stuck it to the page with a UHU glue pen. The Merry Christmas bauble was stamped using Archival Ink on one of the same papers I used for the background and the words Victorian Christmas are from a flyer. I fussy cut them both out using some fun scissors with patterned blades, edged them with the same Distress Ink using a blending tool and embellished them both with gemstones. Then I added gold ribbon for the Merry Christmas bauble and stuck it down using double-sided foam tape. The Victorian Christmas is stuck down using a UHU Stic. Next I tied some pretty red ribbon into a bow, which I think is reminiscent of the Victorian era with its rose design. I placed it over the corner of the page and stuck it down with a UHU glue pen. To finish I added the gold buttons and glittery snowflakes.

I really enjoy looking at this page; it has captured the festivities at the Farmers Market and the Victorian Festival.

fruit-punch

Here I am enjoying a complimentary cup of fruit punch, which was given to me in the sweet shop, and as T Stands for Tuesday I’m pleased to be able to join the T Gang – Happy T Day!

town-crier

“Oh yay, oh yay” – we have our very own town crier and his official uniform is bright and colourful just like him.

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Music played across the town from this beautiful old fairground organ and on closer inspection we found it had many different instruments and was beautifully decorated. I really enjoyed listening to it as it played modern music, such as Abba as well as the wonderful traditional tunes.

tour-guides

We went on a guided tour of our town as part of the Victorian Festival activities and had fun learning about the Victorian architecture and history. St Anne’s on the Sea is truly a Victorian town as it was designed and built from scratch by Victorians, starting in 1875 from nothing but the sand dunes which formed part of the Clifton Estate.

bar-collage

Our tour ended at Burlingtons Bar, which is now only open to the public for private functions. It still has three entrances, one for each of the different classes (of society) in those days and is covered in the most beautiful Victorian tile work from floor to ceiling. The interior contains a scheme of ceramic tiles by Craven Dunnill, which includes arcades, moulded panels and mirrors and plain, floral and patterned tiles.

stone-collage

The town’s Foundation Stone can also be found in this bar as this was the first building to be built in the new town and was originally the St Anne’s Hotel. As the tour finished we took the opportunity to take a joint photo in this wonderful and historical setting (for our town).

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At the Farmers Market there were some fantastic stalls, I particularly liked the gingerbread tree decorations, the Christmas wreaths and the local fruit and veg stall.

victorian-costumes

Here I am having fun with the people promoting the Victorian Festival, don’t they look smashing!

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Docrafts Mini Clear Stamp (Christmas Assortment PMA 907002)
  • The Works 6×6 Designer Paper Pad (The Night Before Christmas HCPAP003X15)
  • Paper bundle
  • Bosworth Violin Studies music book
  • Programme, magazine and flyer
  • The Works (Chalkboard Tags)
  • Oaktree UK Eleganza Craft Stickers (3mm 418 Gems Red No. 16)
  • Habico Signature Collection (Festive Asst 3mm Self-adhesive Gem Stones)
  • Trimcraft Winter Wonderland (Enamel Adhesive Dots HCXGE05)
  • Poundland (Christmas Craft Pack 171319-MC16)
  • Assorted ribbon and buttons
  • Fun Cut scissors
  • UHU Stic and Glue Pen
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (The Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • X-Press It double-sided tape
  • Masking tape

Wintry Lighthouse

I received a Christmas card with a lighthouse on from my friend which inspired this page. I thought it would also tie into this month’s theme “Light & Darkness” over at Art Journal Journey, so I have created this lighthouse page which brings light to the wintry darkness.

wintry-lighthouse-ajp-2I applied Distress ink onto an acrylic block and spritzed it with water, then smooshed it onto the page. Next I stamped a diamond background, an abstract star burst and stars using different colours of Memento Ink, layering the stamp images across the page to create a patterned background. The beams of light are paper cut from a vintage paper design pad and are stuck down using a UHU Stic. The lighthouse is drawn onto paper from the same pad and also cut out, the stripes are washi tape and I added detail with a black Uni Pin marker. For the sea I drew wave outlines with a black Uni Pin and a white Uniball gel pen, then with a craft knife I cut the waves where the lighthouse is positioned. I inserted the lighthouse through the page and stuck it down with a UHU Stic, securing it on the back of the page with tape. I like the way the waves look like they are crashing against the lighthouse and to define them more I stencilled dots using Distress Ink and a blending tool. I cut a piece of white card and covered it with tin foil to create the moon in the night sky, it is stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. To create a winter theme I splattered the page with white acrylic paint and added snowflake and white dot sparkly stickers. To finish I added small silver stickers to the side of the lighthouse beacon to depict the light that shines out.

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Just as the lighthouse glows in the dark so do the snowflake stickers on my page.

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The lighthouse on the card reminded me of our travels to Maine in America. This is the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth which is the oldest lighthouse in Maine dating back to 1791.

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The lighthouse is located in Fort Williams Park with several other historic buildings and we had a lovely walk along the pathway looking down over the rocks and saw some cormorants too!

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On the way back we spotted a sailing boat coming round the Head Light.

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog, Paris Dusk, Grape Jelly)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Script metallic pen (Silver)
  • Colvin & Co Artist’s Acrylic (Titanium White)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (Diamond Background T3335)
  • Sugerloaf Inc. Anita’s wood mounted rubber stamps (7146 Size G, 7140 Size A)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch Of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • The Works M&C Boutique paper pad (Design Block 25×25 cm)
  • White card
  • Tin Foil
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • Home Bargains Wall Stickers (16221 & 16216)
  • Docraft’s Anita’s Glitterations (Dots – White ANT8181041)
  • UHU Stic
  • Masking tape

Frozen Wonderland

With winter days upon us, there has been an abundance of beautiful frosts and also snow on higher ground, which inspired me to create my own Frozen Wonderland.

frozen-wonderland-ajp-3The background started with some leftover silver metallic paint from another project, I applied it to the page in patches using a baby wipe.  I then painted Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink onto the page, by applying it to an acrylic block and diluting it with water so I could use a paint brush. I stamped flower heads using the same Distress Ink and a Royal & Langnickel stamp, and then applied this stamp again using London Fog Memento Ink to create layers of foliage. My mum kindly bought me a card that I saw while we were out shopping, which I fussy cut using my scissors and also some patience as it took some time with all of those spiky details on the thistles. I stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic and added further details with a black Uni Pin marker. To finish the frozen and snowy effect, I used snowflake stickers, outline stickers, pearl embellishments and gemstones.

As frost reveals itself at first light, I am pleased to be able to join December’s theme of “Light and Darkness” over at Art Journal Journey. In fact Valerie, who is hosting this month’s theme, posted some amazing photos of frosty weather recently which really captured the winter landscapes in all their beauty.

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Now the cold weather is here, the local café I visit with my mum has winter specials, so we had this very yummy Winter Spiced White Hot Chocolate and a piece of toasted tea loaf with butter – delicious! As T stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and looking forward to chat and catch up on what everyone’s been up too – Happy T Day!

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:

  • Poundland Metallic Acrylic (Silver)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Cracked Pistachio)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice stamps (Pressed Leaves MIN-CCS102)
  • Home Bargains birthday card
  • Home Bargains Season’s Greetings (Wall Stickers 16221)
  • Poundworld (Pearl Embellishments U-80929)
  • The Works stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)
  • Outline Stickers Assorted Peel off (POASST)
  • UHU Stic