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