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!


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!


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!


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.


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.


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


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


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

22 thoughts on “Welcome to Arundel!

  1. What a gorgeous journal page, how lovely to be able to visit Arundel, I loved going to visit my Auntie who there after she retired. Love all the great details in your journal page, so many wonderful details to create the ambiance and atmosphere. I think your candles are fab, I have 4 here with a lace pattern, and I don’t want to use them so they don’t melt away – silly, huh? Thanks for all your great support for AJJ this year, have a happy 2017. Hugs, Valerie

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    • Thanks so much Valerie! Wow, I can’t believe this is another place you have visited, you are so well traveled around the UK :-). I don’t think you are silly at all keeping those candles, I bet they are so pretty! It has been a pleasure to join in the fun at AJJ this year, everyone is so friendly and welcoming! Wishing you a very Happy 2017 too! J 🙂 x


  2. What a wonderful place ! I love that you took me with you and I love the wonderful page you made to remember this trip!
    Thank you for all your support dear Jo to Art Journal Journey!
    Wishing you the best possible start to the New Year!
    All the best from

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  3. WOW I can see why you were inspired! Arundel Castle does indeed look magnificent.
    And what a great village/town with all the festive trimmings.
    Seeing the castle ramparts at the top of the street is so unique.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.
    Castles always speak to me and imagining their garden… ooohhh an extra treat for certain.
    Your journal page has a lovely twinkle that translates beautifully on my computer screen.
    Golds don’t always do that.
    I am so very happy to have met you this year here in blogland Jo.
    Here’s to another fun year of creating and sharing.
    Brightest of Blessings to you and your hubbie for a wonderful 2017.

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    • Thanks so much Patty! I wasn’t sure how the sparkle would translate when photographed either :-). I’m so happy to have met you this year too, blogland is an inspiring place and so much more fun with you around :-). Happy New Year blessings to you and yours dear Patty! J 🙂 x


  4. Its a fantastic journal page to keep your memories of Arundel, the gold does sparkle and highlights the wonderful details.
    The photos were lovely and those shops looked very inviting.
    I hope you have a Happy New Year and I send my best wishes to you and your family.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. You know we have a town called Arundel near us. Being New England we have so many places named after places in England and it is cool to see what the original Arundel looks like. Its quite pretty! Love the page you made about your little adventure. I think adding the old photo and the holiday tree really makes it memorable. Happy New Year Jo. See you in 2017. Hugs-Erika

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  6. Hi Jo! What a super journal page you’ve made! It’s a great idea to add this fantastic place on your design and I also love all the fabulous details on it.
    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos… a great place to visit!
    Happy New Year!
    Mar 🙂

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  7. Wonderful sparkling page you have created! So nice to tell us how you have done this in detail! Beautiful photos from this fantastic old town, thank you for let us be with you on that journey!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year 2017!
    Rike xx

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  8. Once again, I am so impressed with how you create art that not only inspires you, but also where you have visited. I bet you could create a fantastic journal page and photos taking the dog to the vet (grin)!

    I was really impressed with the tree and the candles and how they reminded you of the castle. I like the paper you used to create the castle battlements, too.

    You were right about the square and shops. They certainly had a holiday feel. I’ve never seen trees displayed on the fronts of buildings like that before. I see why that became such an integral part of your journal page.

    Have an enjoyable and safe holiday, and a wonderful start to 2017!

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  9. You do have such interesting outings. I’ve never heard of Arundel but it looks like a fascinating place with the lovely street and even a castle. I’ve just googled it and can’t believe it’s not better known, although maybe it is. Your tribute page is great as always, and captures the essence of your trip. I was especially taken with the grid pattern you made and before I read the description I thought you had used wrapping paper.
    Lovely photos too, I would go there in a flash if we were nearer to it.

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