Thanks for being my friend

Spending time with good friends is always fun and this weekend was no exception when we went for a bike ride and enjoyed chatting over a cuppa at The Blackbird Café. When I found this sentiment, I thought it was perfect for my friend inspired page.

This page and sentiment applies to all the friendships I have made in blog-land too, for which I am very thankful, and as T Stands for Tuesday this includes the T Gang!

Firstly I painted the background using Topaz and Begonia Spectrum Aqua markers and then I applied a layer of white gesso to push the colours back. I ripped the edges of a napkin and stuck them to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once the gel medium had dried, I used a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and black Uni Pin marker to emphasis the edges of the torn napkin. Next I added the teapot and roses which are all rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel. For the quote, I used some grey paper from a Design Pad by Craft Sensations and stamped the wording using black Archival Ink. I then ripped the edges of the paper, added some little rosebuds from the same rub-on transfer set, outlined the edges of the paper using a black Uni Pin marker and attached it to the page using double-sided foam tape. I also used the black Uni Pin marker to add more definition to all of the rub-on transfers, which took quite a bit of time as I used the whole sheet of transfers on this piece. To finish, I added a butterfly tag using double-sided tape and also a couple of picture embellishments, one of which is a birdcage which reminded me of The Blackbird Café.

Here’s a close up of the lovely birds and birdcages that adorn the café.

You may remember the Blackbird Café from a previous post, this time we sat at the table in the window chatting with our friends.

 As T Stands for Tuesday I’m also sharing our drinks, my hubby had a hot chocolate and I had a white hot chocolate, as you can see they came in the most adorable mugs and with a little piece of chocolate each. I suppose this is quite an unusual drink for summer but despite the sunshine there was a cold wind which had chilled us to the bone as we were only wearing shorts and thin tops for our cycle ride and the hot chocolates warmed us up!

We also treated ourselves to a bacon butty to share; we ordered it on brown bread with no butter and the bacon extra crispy – just as we like it, yum!

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 Markers (Topaz, Begonia)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm & 0.2mm)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Authentic Vintage CRO730/R)
  • Dunelm Napkins (Grace 30220549)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Teapot #FIT-216)
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Printed Embellishments)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

54 thoughts on “Thanks for being my friend

  1. Fantastic page about your day out. I love the chocolate pot and the lace effect. And what a cool cafe Jo. I do remember it from your earlier post. And you are right. Those cups are really cute. I’ve never had white chocolate coco. Was it good? Hope your week is going well and happy t day. Hugs erika

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    • Many thanks Erica! The white chocolate cocoa was very nice, it was sweeter than the very rich hot chocolate my hubby had, so we actually combined the two drinks and I have to say it was so so yummy 😉. Hope your week is going well too and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊


  2. Goodness, Jo, when I read you went over all those rub-ons with a pen, I was blown away. My hands aren’t that steady and I would never have done so well. Call me impressed. It’s also a beautiful journal page. It fits so nicely with T and friendship, too.

    Yes, I also remember the cafe. It’s a beautiful place and I adore the bird cages. One of these days, I’ll have to share mine. They hang outside.

    I have purchased white chocolate bark before and made cookies and confectioneries, but never hot chocolate. Since it was well over 100 F (38ish C) here last weekend, I won’t be joining you for hot chocolate. I will join you for one of those cute chocolates, though.

    Thanks for sharing your tea and friendship journal page, your trip to the Blackbird Cafe, and your hot chocolate and bacon sandwich with us for T this Tuesday.

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    • Oh, how lovely that you have birdcages and I bet they look amazing hanging outside! Probably not a good idea to have a hot chocolate in those temperatures …Lol … maybe a chocolate frappe instead … lol 😉. Thanks very much and Happy T Day! J 😊


  3. awesome friendship page, the rub ons turned out great! and These bird Cages are really beautiful. once i saw one on a flea market and really was tempted, but then i thought i would not have the place for showing its Beauty.
    happy t-day!!

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  4. It was good to see inside that cafe again Jo. The drinks’ cups looked lovely and of course I liked the look of your delicious bacon butty.
    Your Friendship quote is wonderful, and the page you made to remember your day with friends is beautiful.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. Wow! The details how your made this fabulous page explained how you got such great definition for your tissue background! I have so many rub ons and then forget to use them – i think I need to put the box close by! I love the Blackbird cafe and one day will get there -for now I will imagine how great that bacon butty must have been! Happy T day! Chrisx

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    • Thanks very much Chris! I enjoyed creating this page and the napkin made a lovely background, I’m glad my explanation was useful too . You have a whole box of rub-on transfers – wow! I’m looking forward to seeing what you create with them 😁. The bacon butty was so good, wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊


  6. Just love that little cafe of yours.. so cute! ..Really like the birdcages…And any restaurant that includes a piece of chocolate is okay in my book! 🙂 Love your art journal page Jo and the sentiment! Happy T day my friend! Hugs! deb

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  7. That cafe is adorable! The drinks are served in such cute cups with that little piece of chocolate. They know just the right touch 🙂 The sandwich looks delicious, too. I’m thinking I’d go back there often if it were close to me. Happy T Tuesday!

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    • Thanks very much! We have quite a few nice cafés that are in walking distance from our house and they are all very tempting … lol… so we limit our visits as my waistline is expanding just thinking of all those yummy treats … lol 😉. Happy T Tuesday! J 😊


  8. What a beautiful journal page. And so much work too. I love it.
    Yes, I remember the Bird Cage Café when you went the first time. Your drinks look yummy. And your bacone butty is to die for. ‘Bacon butty’ will be another Word for your dictionary as I doubt whether our American friends know what that is without seeing it. I know what it tastes like (unforgettable, lol)
    Happy T-Day,

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  9. Really beautiful journal page…love the sentiment, and so true! the cafe’ is so charming…what fun are those mis-matched chairs!!? and the beverages and sandwich look pretty good too…yum! happy T day!

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  10. Beautiful journal page-and such a neat restaurant with all the birdcages and birds. Your hot chocolate and sandwich look so delicious too. I have never had a hot cup of white chocolate I may need to make me some to try it out.
    Happy T Day Hugs Kathy

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  11. Another lovely page, Jo. It depicts The Blackbird Café to a T – lol. The birdcage sticker is the perfect finishing touch. Thank you for taking a look at my Sonoma journal and for your lovely comment. Our styles are very different at this point, but one of my art goals is to achieve lovely faded looking backgrounds like you do so well. So I pay close attention to your step-by-step description as well as the supplies you use 😉

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • Lol … nice play on words … lol 😀. Thanks a lot Eileen, it’s always fun to find out new ways of doing things and seeing different styles provides me with so much inspiration too. Happy T Day! J 😊


    • It’s always so lovely place to visit and I’m always mesmerised by those birdcages. It’s a happy serendipity that we were both celebrating friendships on our blogs too 😀. Thanks so much and have a lovely weekend! J 😊


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