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