Dragonflies and Stars

This page is inspired by two things; firstly by some very magical water reflections under a bridge on a recent day out in Garstang and secondly by the most wonderful quote by an unknown author on one of my friend’s posts – so thank you Kristah.

“May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon”

This page started with a background gone wrong, so I covered it in a thick layer of Pébéo white gesso and I rolled a clean brayer over the surface to create a textured effect. Once the gesso had dried, I scribbled Earl Grey and Caramel Faber-Castell gelatos over the top. Then I dipped my finger into some water and rubbed the gelato to smudge the colours. Next I dragged a Hickory Smoke Distress Ink pad over the page and also used a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and blended them both onto the page with my finger. I like the way the gelatos and ink bought out the texture that I had created previously with the brayer on the gesso. Then I vertically stamped the rows of dots by Craft Sensations using black Archival Ink and I used the same ink to stamp a circle/heart design by Sugarloaf Inc. and also a small script texture stamp by The Works.  I used a circle stencil to add modelling paste to the edges of the page using a palette knife and when it had dried I painted it with white acrylic paint so it stood out from the background better. Then I used an acrylic block and a paintbrush to add splatters of white and black acrylic paint. I added the white circles by drawing round a tube of tape using a white Uni Posca paint pen. For the dragonfly circles, I used a circle cutter to cut three circles from some pre-stamped paper (this is the paper I create whilst completing other journal pages as I always test my stamps before using them on my pages). On each circle I stamped a dragonfly by Eco Green Crafts using black Versafine Ink and applied black Papermania embossing powder over the top. Then I shook the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper and tapped the circles against the table to make sure I’ve removed any stray powder. Once the excess powder was safely returned to its container, I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. I used a black Faber-Castell big brush marker to draw black circle outlines and stuck the dragonfly circles over the top using a UHU Stic. Then I drew a dot border around the edges of these circles using the white Uni Posca paint pen again. I stamped the quote using black Archival Ink and I went over the wording with a black Uni Pin pen to make it stand out more. The stars are outline stickers which I coloured with a black Sharpie permanent marker. To finish, I coloured some paper flowers using a Red Violet Spectrum Aqua marker by liberally colouring the centre of the flower and then applying water with a paintbrush so the water spread the ink across the petals giving a shaded effect and once they had dried I stuck them to the page with Glossy Accents.

I’m pleased to be able to join Rosie who is hosting the “Circles” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Garstang is a lovely old market town in Lancashire, here you can see the view up the high street, and the gentleman in blue is sat under the Market Cross. The town is steeped in history and there has been a market here for over 200 years and we always enjoy looking around the weekly outdoor market stalls that wind their way up the high street.

We always go to The Royal Oak Hotel for lunch, which is a 17th century coaching inn situated opposite the Market Cross in the centre of the town. The pub is made up of several small rooms which are decorated in a traditional pub style with beamed ceilings, wood panelling and stained glass, along with china and brass adorning the walls. We sat in this little room off the bar which has a very cosy feel.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a beer called “Pint of Thrones” by Robinsons Brewery. It’s pictured with our usual choice of prawn sandwich with chips (shrimp sandwich with fries for my friends in the US) – so yummy!

After lunch we like to walk along the Lancaster Canal and also the River Wyre. We walked about 5 miles looking at the boats and scenery.  This white bridge is the Fylde Water Board Crossing and carries a water pipe across the canal which is so pretty and quite elaborate considering its rather mundane task (grin!).

There were quite a few boats along the canal as it was a hot sunny day. There were many narrow boats and we had just walked round a corner when we saw this one coming towards us – don’t worry though, it’s not going that fast, they are limited to 4 mph. I think my hubby secretly wants a narrow boat!

Then we made our way back along the canal approaching the Cathouse Bypass Bridge and I think dragonflies may well enjoy these reeds and iris.

We love the wonderful views and countryside in this area. At the Wrye Aqueduct, which is a bridge taking the canal over a river, we turned down some steps to continue our walk along the River Wrye. This aqueduct was first used in 1797 and is still going strong today!

As we passed under the aqueduct, we saw the most amazing circular reflections on the ceiling. These are caused by a few drops of water from the canal above dripping down into the river below.

The background of my page reminds me of these walls and the wonderful circle reflections that we saw. The circles were so magical, it’s as if fairies were dancing on the water – just like Kristah’s quote!

We then followed the path alongside the River Wyre through the trees and back into town. We always have such a lovely time in Garstang, it’s a beautiful place!

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
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Red Violet)
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Earl Grey, Caramel)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199, Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CR0274/16R2)
  • Sugarloaf Inc. Anita’s wood mounted rubber stamp (26645)
  • The Works (Clear Stamps CR0274/TW3)
  • Eco Green Crafts Recycled Rubber Stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Creative Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Pre-stamped paper
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Mini Paper Flower Embellishments)
  • Outline Stickers (Gold Stars)
  • UHU Stic

48 thoughts on “Dragonflies and Stars

  1. This page is just LOVELY and utterly beautiful !
    I enjoyed all the fantastic photos of Garstang – thank you for taking me with you!
    And yes your wonderful background was definitely inspired by this old walll
    I would like to taste such a prawn sandwich with chips and I would also like to taste that special beer!
    Happy T-Day dear Jo and thank you very much for another fabulous entry linked to Art Journal Journey!
    oxo Susi

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  2. The background for your page looks wonderful Jo and I can see how you perhaps had the wall in mind when you created it, Its a fabulous quote to go with the journal page as well.
    Your lunch in Garstang looked delicious, and I like the name of your chosen drink. I wonder if it was influenced by The Game of Thrones.
    Happy T day Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Hi, I really loved your journal page and quote-and loved how it became the theme of your post. I love old places that are still in use today-what a wonderful spot to enjoy and explore-thanks so much for sharing this with us-I really enjoyed all the photos very much.
    Happy T Day Kathy

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  4. What a spectacular page, Jo! By coincidence, I just covered over a background gone wrong (actually a completed page) with gesso. It was very freeing 😀

    I love the lettering on the text stamp and am trying to figure out which product that is in your product list.

    The pub looks charming. What a nice way to spend an afternoon – lunching then walking along the canal. The circular reflections are enchanting, but the final photo you took – wow!. That’s an absolutely gorgeous photo. It should be used in art classes about perspective. The trees and landscape just draw the eye to that spot of light near the center.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • I smiled when I read that you had covered your page with gesso too, sometimes it just has to be done … I see gesso as one of my best friends … lol 😉. The lettering is the Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set – they do quite a few different font designs in this range and are sometimes sold as a lucky dip. I’ll see if I can find any more information and send it to you 😀. Thanks a lot and Happy T Day! J 😊


  5. oh what a really magical sentiment and page Jo! And honestly, I wish I could become a fairy, slip into your pocket and enjoy all these LOVELY places you visit-simply divine, every one. Happy T Day!

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  6. I love your page Jo.Those circles under the bridge are really fantastic inspiration. Perfect for the latest AJJ challenge. You go on so many cool little outings. I think your walk along the canal looks fantastic and what a cool pub. I guess that’s what I think of when I think of a British pub, even though I know (from visiting a couple) that they aren’t all like that. 🙂 I’ve have never had a shrimp/prawn sandwich though. It looks tasty with those chips. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thank so much Erica! It’s such a lovely place with its traditional pub feel and you are quite right, not all of our pubs look like this 😀. I think this prawn sandwich would be a good equivalent to your lobster roll, so yummy … lol 😁. Happy T Day! J 😊


  7. I love your magical page and I love how you were inspired by the quote! Garstang looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love towns that are steeped in history. England has so many of them, I really do hope I can visit there one day and see some of them. My husband is English and has family over there, so fingers crossed, one day…

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    • Thanks so much Kristah for your inspirational post and including this wonderful quote! There are so many pretty historical places to visit here in the UK that I’m sure you’ll love, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you too 😀. Have a great week! J 😊


  8. I’ve never heard of Garstang, but your walk along the river and trip through town were fabulous. I enjoyed the beauty of the market and seeing all the stalls. I also would love to own one of those narrow boats that travels the waterways and maneuvers the locks and canals. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend time away from home.

    Your journal page is fabulous, too. I like that it is one you reworked. Nothing goes to waste in your home, either, does it? I especially like how you designed the dragonflies in the circles.

    But of course, the shrimp sandwiches, chips, and Pint of Thrones (how clever) looked incredibly refreshing. The Royal Oak must be a wonderful old pub. Both the beautiful and cozy pub and the lovely waterway views remind me of shows like Morse I’ve seen from British tv shows. It’s all just so romantic, too. Thanks for sharing these images and your lovely food and beer with us for T this Tuesday.

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    • Thanks a lot! Garstang is one of our favourite places to visit and we always enjoy the prawn sandwiches at The Royal Oak, infact all of their food is delicious 😀. You are quite right – nothing goes to waste here and normally the reworked pages seem extra special … lol 😉. Happy T Tuesday! J 😊


  9. What a beautiful place Jo… But you had me at dragonflies and stars…two of my favorite symbols… What a lovely place to have lunch…love that fireplace… I’m afraid this is a fly by visit…life is crazy at the moment but it waxes and wanes so i’m sure it will slow down soon.. Big Tea hugs! deb

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  10. sorry for being so late, i was out and about…
    that prawn Sandwich would be exactly what i needed for dinner now, it really Looks tasty. and the beer, yummm!!
    your Journal page is wonderful, as are the circles on the wall. thanks for taking us to this tour. beautiful shots!
    happy t-day:)

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  11. What a seriously lovely day you had with a good place for lunch and a gorgeous walk. Walks along the canal can be so peaceful and it’s great when you can also watch the boats go past.
    I didn’t know shrimp was American for prawn, that’s interesting!
    The background you created is quite astonishing and I would love to see it in Real Life, especially after reading how you made it. I’m actually thinking of printing it out, along with your materials list, for tonight’s bed-time reading, there is so much useful information there.
    I just love the dragonflies, flowers and circles you’ve added too. It’s a magical piece of art.

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    • We had so much fun 😀. We love walking along this stretch of canal and looking at the boats too. The term shrimp is more commonly used in America for both shrimp and prawns, whereas over here we have a tendency to use both terms 😀. It makes me happy to know you enjoy readding my process and I know what you mean, I was surprised how long my instructions turned out in the end, there is a lot of detail there – happy reading! I like the magic of it too 😀. Have a great week! J 😊


  12. Thank you for taking us to Garstang. What a lovely place! I love the pub with its traditional interior. I loved the virtual walk along the canal, and later the river. So interesting. A lovely walk.
    I smiled at your menu translation. Some of our slang words must baffle our american friends. One day I will make a list and put it in one of my posts….
    Happy T-Day,

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  13. Your journal page is fabulous! The dragonflies and the hints of pink are just right alongside the rhyme! We love Garstang – haven’t been for ages! We have never walked by the canal there though – usually we go farther up nearer to Carnforth! Hugs, Chrisx

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  14. Beautiful page, with so many things to love; inspiration and instruction, quote, cozy pub, punny beer, beautiful canal and boats, reflections and fairy magic…thank you so much for your wonderful eye to Garstang.

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  15. as always a great post Jo with your interesting photos and beautiful artwork…
    that canal walk looked great and the pub and food 🙂
    sorry I am behind commenting – the heatwave has really got to me – plus the PC chugging away gasping in the heat too ha ha – so not had it on as much.
    Thanks for the info about the Cactus and water conservation etc – now I know why it favours night time for blooming.
    Hope all well with you and the weather not too hot for you… Gill xx

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    • Thanks so much! Hubby and me both enjoy photography so always have cameras at the ready ….Lol 😀. It was really hot, wasn’t it!. We have cooler temperatures after the rain here, so I hope you have found it is a bit cooler where you are too! I’m pleased that you cactus has more flowers on it, none showing on mine …lol 😀. I did miss you popping by, I actually thought you may have gone on holiday and I’m glad to hear you are relaxing in the heat. Happy Friday and Weekend, stay cool! J 😊


  16. What a gorgeous textured background with beautiful colors! These wonderful lace butterflies complete that fabulous page!
    Thank you for all the interesting photos – the circular reflections on the ceiling are really fantastic! Would be a nice background for your next page?
    Happy weekend! Rike x

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    • Thanks so much Rike! Both of these pages were fun to create, although one used a lot less crafting materials than the other … lol 😁 …that’s the joy of art journalling, different pages different techniques – perfect! Thanks for the idea about the background 😁. Wishing you a Happy Weekend too! J 😊


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