Winter Gardens

We love to go to Blackpool Winter Gardens, we have been there a number of times to see shows, to find out about the history of the building on the Heritage Tour and just recently we attended the open day where you have access to all areas and can take your time exploring all the amazing venues.

Firstly, I coloured the background by painting alternating concentric circles of diluted Navy and Marine Spectrum Aqua Marker ink, this represents the beautiful glass domed ceiling and the blue accent colours that you see in the Floral Hall when you enter the Winter Gardens. Next I stamped a sheet music stamp by Woodcraft using Paris Dusk Memento Ink and a script design by Kaisercraft using the same Navy Aqua marker, this depicts the entertainment facilities, as well as the music being played on the famous Wurlitzer organs while we were there. I then stamped a palm tree from the Tropical Travelogue set by Hampton Art and scroll work stamp by Craft Sensations using London Fog Memento Ink. I used these same two stamp sets to add the chandeliers and art deco border using black Archival Ink as there are lots of chandeliers and art deco designs throughout the different areas of the Winter Gardens. To produce a watermark effect (fainter impression) I secondary stamped a series of images on the background from the Steampunk set by Docrafts using black Archival Ink, these images tie into the Victorian era when Winter Gardens was built and opened. I used a trellis design stencil to apply white gesso, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and modelling paste as we saw lots of beautiful ironwork and plaster work throughout the building. With the background finished, I embellished the page with bronze art deco style outline stickers and tickets which are rub-on transfers; the words “Explore”, “Discover” and “Adventure” on them describe our time whilst we were there. The old images of Winter Gardens are from a leaflet; I cut them out with serrated scissors and stuck them to the page using double-sided foam tape.  I think they capture the magnificence of the Winter Gardens venues and finish the page beautifully.

As we are “Out and About” in Blackpool exploring Winter Gardens, I’m very pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

Winter Gardens is an entertainment facility located in Blackpool town centre and contains ballrooms, theatres, large themed rooms and spaces in a variety of styles. It is a magnificent building that opened on 1878 and has changed and expanded over the years. It is now undergoing further refurbishment to restore and uncover its original features. There is a wide range of decoration including Victorian ironwork, Art Deco styling and the most amazing plaster work. As you enter the building you are greeted by this beautiful domed ceiling.

Then you enter the Floral Hall with its beautiful palm trees, tiling, blue accents, yellow columns and lights. This is where you have access to all the other venues including the Empress Ballroom, the Pavilion Theatre, the Galleon Bar, The Baronial Hall, the Spanish Hall, Horseshoe, Olympia and the Opera House.

There are a number of venues designed by Andrew Mazzei who was a well known Hollywood film and set designer. In the 1930s he worked on the plaster work and decorations for the Baronial Hall, the Floral Hall, the Galleon Bar, the Olympia Hall, and the Spanish Hall. The photo above is the Spanish Hall designed in the art deco style with a three-dimensional frieze surrounding it which depicts the Andalusian Hills and Villages; it is very atmospheric.

The Galleon Bar was also designed by Andrew Mazzei and it’s my hubby’s favourite! It is a very creative recreation of an old Galleon Ship from the Spanish Armada, complete with oak beams which are all actually plaster work!  It really does look like real wood, doesn’t it!

While we were exploring the different venues at Winter Gardens, music was being played on the Wurlitzer organs located in both the Opera House and the Empress Ballroom.

The magnificent Empress Ballroom is my favourite venue. It was built in 1896 and has a spectacular barrel-vaulted ceiling, pristine parquet flooring, ornate balconies and the most amazing sparkling chandeliers! I can just imagine the olden days and the excitement of arriving in a horse and carriage to find yourself in such a spectacular venue, the stunning dresses, the dashing gentlemen and the stories that filled the ballroom; I guess I’m just an old romantic at heart!

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
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Navy, Marine)
  • Memento Ink (Paris Dusk, London Fog)
  • Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste High Density
  • Woodware Clear Magic Singles stamp (Sheet Music JGS111)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/16R2)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Moroccan)
  • Kaisercraft Rub Ons Up, Up and Away collection (Colour Rubons RB870)
  • Unknown – Bronze Outline Stickers
  • Winter Gardens Trust Leaflet
  • Fun Cut Scissors
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

26 thoughts on “Winter Gardens

  1. Wow – this is such a beautiful artwork!! First that royal blue, than that much textured background with all the very fitting stamped details and transfers, and those wonderful photos on the page!
    Thank you for all the stunning photos of this fantastic Winter Garden! It’s a world of it’s own! I especially like the Wurlitzer organ in white!
    Rike xx

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  2. Wow Jo, the photos you shared look wonderful, this would be somewhere I would like to visit.
    I like to watch Strictly Come dancing when its at Blackpool, is that the ballroom in your photo?
    Your journal page is fantastic, love the background with the texture and details as well.
    Thank you for another great visit that you are sharing at AJJ.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Winter Gardens is a stunning place! I love Strictly too and this isn’t the same ballroom, the they use is located in Blackpool Tower which is a spectacular ballroom too. We apply for Strictly tickets every year to see the show there, but haven’t been lucky enough to win – maybe one day :-). Many thanks and enjoy the rest of your week! J 🙂


  3. This is such a beautiful page Jo – I adore the textured background in this wonderful blue and the matching stamps and stickers and wonderful photos on it. Thank you very much for another amazing entry to Yvonne’s March theme over at Art Journal Journey! It’s always a great pleasure to see your name at the collection !
    Thank you for sharing all the super photos of this beautiful Winter Garden!
    Happy rest of the week to you !

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  4. Really lovely journal page to commemorate your return visit to such a splendid place Jo!
    Rub ons are a favorite thing of mine. You used them so nicely. AND your blue background really speaks to me too.
    Seems no expense has been spared in creating so many unique and stunning spaces.
    The attention to detail is brilliant and it boggles the mind to think what all is involved aside from funds to keep everything looking so fabulous.
    I’m with you on being a hopeless romantic ♥
    Thank you for sharing such a dreamy place.

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    • Thank you dear Patty! Blackpool was a booming town in its day and Winter Gardens spared no expense to attract visitors. It’s wonderful to see it as it was all those years ago – amazing! From one hopeless romantic to another, I wish you love and happiness! J 🙂


  5. Wow- that is a really cool building and a really cool journal page too. I am a sucker for backgrounds and the one you made is really amazing. Nice way to represent the ceiling. Now you took that photo Jo with the people in motion, and they looks very cool and ghost like in how you caught their motion. 🙂 I love to image what it was like inside back in its heyday. You do get to some interesting spots. Hugs-Erika

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    • I’m lucky there is so much to see and do right on my doorstep 🙂 . It’s a great place to live and dates back to Victorian time so there is a lot of beautiful architecture and history to explore. The people in the photo do look ghostly and this particular photo was taken by my very clever hubby who was experimenting with shutter speeds as there were so many people around on the open day. Thanks so much and have a great weekend! J 🙂


  6. I genuinely enjoyed the journal page, with the glass domed ceiling you interpreted and the beautiful background.

    Of course, you had me at palm trees, because I have a great love for them, but they don’t grow (or live) where I live. The rest of the photos are wonderful, too, and the sheer elegance of the Winter Gardens is obviously overwhelming. I was truly impressed with the beauty of it all.

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  7. Oh my gosh this place looks absolutely fantastic! One day hardly seems like enough to see everything, though!! And you put so much though into you imagery. What wonderful art work and photos! Thank you for sharing with us.

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    • Glad you enjoyed visiting Winter Gardens, there is so much to see and every time we visit there is something new to admire 🙂 . Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments, I really appreciate it. Happy Friday and wishing you a great weekend! J 🙂

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  8. Hi Jo! It was so nice to see you over at my blog!! Thanks for the visit. And I absolutely LOVE the gorgeous page you created for the AJJ theme this month. What a beautiful background for the wonderful photos! I can definitely see the glass domed ceiling in your background. And WOW! The photos of the Blackpool Winter Gardens that you took are amazing. Thanks for sharing them and your art talents with all of us! HUGS!! Sharon

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  9. What a fantastic page you have created Jo to remember your wonderful day out.
    The way you have designed your page to represent the domed ceiling is fabulous –
    you always find the perfect stamp or imagery 🙂
    what an amazing place – loved seeing your photos – thank you.
    Hope it carries on being lovely and sunny for your walks on the beach – although
    I believe we may have some cold weather coming again.
    have a great weekend…. Gill xx

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    • Thanks very much Gill! We had a wonderful time and I got creative making the background, which was fun :-). It’s going to be a little cooler but it seems the rain that was forecast has been changed to just clouds now, which is good! Have a great weekend too! J 🙂


  10. I love your blue page so much dear Jo. That kind of blue is a perfect background for the small colorful images you glued on it. I also like the textures and stamps on the background.
    Your photos from the Winter Gardens are amazing, such wonderful old and magnificently rooms I also like very much. Thank you for sharing it with us. It must be wonderful to walk through these rooms of an other century.
    Dear Greetings

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