New Beginnings

Whilst walking to Cockerham Sands from Glasson Dock, I was excited to see my first butterflies of spring and also discover the ruins of Cockersand Abbey which dates back to 1100s. Both of which inspired my page “New Beginnings”.

This page started with a mop-up background created from leftover paint and gesso from other art journal pages; firstly a blue green acrylic paint was applied that had semi-dried to my acrylic block, I sprayed it with water and dragged the block horizontally and then vertically across the page from left to right, as you can see the colour is stronger on the left hand side as a result. Secondly some grey Winsor & Newton watercolour paint was applied using a babywipe, and then some blue watercolour paint which was already diluted on my acrylic block so I dripped it onto my page and then dragged the acrylic block over the top, and I added fine paint splatters too. Next came some left over white gesso which I applied to the page with a spatula. I thought the texture on this page would work well for my design, so I added a Rocks stamp by Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink and also secondary stamped the same stamp to add more depth and texture. This reminds me of the wall and stone ruins that we saw at the abbey. The black flowers and leaves are rub-on transfers by Kaisercraft which I clustered and layered together, I really like the worn look of these transfers. The butterflies and wording are also rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel and to finish I added the three rhinestone flowers.

As my page captures the abbey and the butterflies we discovered, I’m pleased to be able to join Hazel who is hosting the “Magical Mystery Tour” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Once at Cockerham Sands we decided to walk to Cockersand Abbey along the coastal path.  The abbey now lies in ruins with its walls and stones scattered across the site. We found out that originally a hospital was built here in 1180 for the sick and lepers and that this hospice was continued by the Premonstratensian White Canons who built their priory here in 1190. It was built on a clay “island” and its medieval name was “S. Maria de Marisco” or “Saint Mary of the Marsh”. As the priory thrived it gained the rank of abbey. Then came Henry VIII’s Reformation, and so in 1539 the abbey was dissolved and although it was sold to John Kitchen who then gave the land to his daughter when she married Robert Dalton, it has lied in ruins ever since.

The only building remaining is called Chapter House which for many years was used as a mausoleum for the Dalton family. We really enjoyed looking around the abbey ruins, it’s such a beautiful place with views out to sea.

These are the beautiful butterflies that we saw on our walk, the one sitting on a dandelion is a Small Tortoiseshell and the other basking in the sunshine is a Peacock butterfly. It seems that the seasons have changed and Spring is here!

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
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Christmas Green, Navy)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acylic (White)
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (Ultramarine, Payne’s Gray)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Rocks CS875)
  • Kaisercraft Rub-ons Lush Collection (Black & White RB867)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (LAN1236G) and Sentiments (Spring #ROY-506 RUB-ON)
  • The Works Stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)

39 thoughts on “New Beginnings

    • Thanks so much! The mop-up background was something I thought I’d try out and just layered it as paints became available, I really wasn’t sure how it would turn out which was fun 🙂 . Wishing you a lovely weekend! J 🙂


  1. I saw my first butterfly too, and it inspired a page that I started. But haven’t finished. I love how your piece really does feel like the walls of the ruins. We don’t have those ancient ruins here in the Northeast US, and I think they are cool. Great piece Jo. Enjoy your Friday. Hugs-Erika

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  2. What a beautiful AJJ entry. The butterflies are gorgeous. I really enjoyed seeing the Abby ruins and didn’t realize you lived so close to the sea. You must really enjoy the beauty of this area, because it has so many places to visit. I really enjoyed the butterflies amid the ruins. They DO signify spring, don’t they?

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  3. What a beautiful place and this Abby ruins are fantastic – the page is absolutely lovely and beautiful and I adore all the techniques you used here!
    Wha a beautiful make!
    I did see the very first butterfly for this year last week as well – they signify spring and summer so well! Good for the soul. Lovely photos if them .
    Thank you for such a brilliant entry again to Hazel’s theme dear Jo!
    I wish you a wonderful weekend – enjoy!
    oxo Susi

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    • The abbey was beautiful and such a great place to explore 🙂 . Isn’t it nice to see butterflies this time of year and you are right seeing such beauty is good for the soul! Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful weekend too! J 🙂


  4. Gorgeous artwork Jo – a lovely soft and grungy background which shows off the beautiful butterflies perfectly.
    I noticed our first ones earlier in the month when we had a week of really warm weather – but now a bit cooler again and some low temps over night so hoping the butterflies are still ok.
    Interesting read about the Abbey etc – and what a great place to walk and great view too 🙂
    Friday again – so hope you have a good day and a lovely weekend.
    Gill xx

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    • Thanks so much Gill! With the mop-up background already complete this was a quick page to create 🙂 . The abbey and views were beautiful, it’s such a lovely area for walking. Happy Friday and wishing you a lovely weekend too! J 🙂


  5. Beautiful blue green color matching perfect to the yellow red butterflies! I like how the stones come out.
    Great photos of the walls and stones of the abbey ruins!
    Wisch you a happy weekend!
    Rike x

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    • Thanks so much! This is such a lovely area for walking as there are so many places to explore including the shoreline, the countryside and the Lancaster canal 🙂 . Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful weekend! J 🙂


  6. I love your mop up page Jo! Sometimes they’re the best with their unexpected results. Lovely photos of the butterflies and ruins too. I love a good ruin, we saw some fascinating neolithic settlements on the Orkney’s, and so many standing stones. I was in my element! 🙂
    Alison xx

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    • Oh my, sounds amazing! I’d love the standing stones too, I bet it was so magical 🙂 and don’t get me started on stone circles …Lol! Glad you had such a good time in Scotland 🙂 . Happy Friday, hope your crochet group was fun this week. Wishing you a great weekend! J 🙂

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      • I haven’t but one of my friends has and loved them, she gets so excited about standing stones and I think it’s rubbed off onto me – I always think the stones are so magical :-). I remember when we went walking and we found some standing stones – me and my friend made sure we were holding hands when we touched them so we would both be transported back in time together if anything happended, much to both our hubby’s dismay … lol! I think it’s probably time for me to read these books now I have more time 🙂 . Have you read them? J 🙂

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  7. Beautiful photos and an equally beautiful journal page. The butterflies are a sure sign that it is springtime, against the grungy, background with the wall they look fantastic.
    It looked a lovely day for your walk.
    Yvonne xx

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  8. What a lovely journal page to remind you of your walk. And what a beautiful area! Fascinating that the church had a foreign name in those days.
    I love the photos of the butterflies. I haven’t seen any yet. (But I’m not looking very hard).
    Have a great week,

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    • It is a beautiful place for walking, there is so much to see and we always seem to see lots of birds and wildlife too :-). Hope you have had a lovely weekend and wishing you a happy start to the week dear Lisca! J 🙂


    • Thanks so much! The page is a lovely reminder of our time at the abbey and spotting butterflies. We enjoyed walking in the spring sunshine too 🙂 . Hope you had a great weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 🙂


  9. Clifftop walks are wonderful and this walk looks as if it would be beautiful. The Chapter House is marvellous to see. That’s clever catching the photos of the butterflies, our butterflies always try to scoot away as soon as they see a camera, although we have managed to get a few photos.
    Your journal page is great as it always is, both a memory and a lovely piece. I like the way you have created the stony background.

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