With the lilacs in full bloom I’m reminded of friends, which makes me smile! They seem to be flowering earlier this year and many gardens around here have them. They remind me of one of my friends in particular who lives in Maine, America and just loves lilacs!
To start, around the edges of the page I applied Potter’s Clay Memento Ink by dabbing the ink pad directly onto my page. Then I used a small brayer by Ranger to apply Liquitex Parchment acrylic paint and then white DecoArt acrylic paint; I didn’t wait for the paint to dry between applications as I wanted to play around and create some texture. Once dry, I stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft using London Fog and Potter’s Clay Memento Ink. Then I stenciled a Shabby Harlequin pattern by Creative Expressions using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. To create the lilacs, I stamped the images with a stamp designed by Tina Higgins using coloured Memento Inks then overlaid the image again with black Archival Ink. I added more colour to the petals, stem and leaves using Spectrum Aqua markers and a white Uniball gel pen. I found an old and crumpled airmail envelope in my hubby’s stamp collection that he had kindly given to me for my art journaling, which I tore, edged with Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. This reminded me of my friend in Maine because although we often Skype we like to send each other cards and notelets in the post throughout the year too. To continue the postage theme, I stamped some postage marks and small script on the page using black Archival Ink and found a blank white postcard in my craft stash and added the sentiment which is a rub-on transfer by Royal & Langnickel. I thought this sentiment was so appropriate considering that the lilacs remind me of my friend. I tore the edges of the postcard, stained it with Distress Inks using a blending tool and edged it with the Sanguine marker. Then I added a United States postage stamp and stuck the postcard over the envelope using double-sided tape and a green paperclip; I like the grungy feel this created. I edged the page with the Sanguine marker using my finger to smudge the ink and to finish I added two butterfly stickers and the “lilac” wording.
There are some wonderful displays of lilacs around our neighbourhood.
These are the deep purple lilacs that inspired my page, aren’t they just gorgeous and they have a lovely sweet fragrance too!
This lilac is so pretty with its paler delicate blossoms. If you are interested, here are some fun facts about lilacs:
- Lilacs belong to the olive family, Oleaceae.
- There are more than 1,000 varieties of lilac bushes and trees.
- Lilacs only flower for about three to six weeks in the spring.
- In the language of flowers, purple lilacs are the symbol of first love.
- Purple lilacs are most fragrant on a warm sunny day.
- The flowers are good for cutting and attractive to butterflies.
- Lilac blossoms are edible (I didn’t know this – did you?).
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:
- Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
- DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
- Memento Ink (Potter’s Clay, London Fog, Lilac Posies, Grape Jelly, Pistachio, Rich Cocoa)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso, Tea Dye)
- Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Red Violet, Magenta, Purple, Wildflower, Moss, Bud Green, Chocolate)
- Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
- Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
- Docrafts Papermanina Tina Higgins wooden stamp (Lilac PMA9061108)
- Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
- Creative Expressions Mini Stencils (Shabby Harlequin CEMSHARL)
- The Works (Clear Stamps CR0274/TW3)
- Airmail envelope
- Lion Brand Postcard
- Postage Stamp (United States)
- Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY506 Rub-on)
- Home Bargains (Beautiful Butterflies 22742)
- Green paperclip
- UHU Stic
- The Range double-sided tape