I had so much fun creating this page for the “Letters or Numbers or Both” theme over at Try it on Tuesday and the “Circles” theme over at Art Journal Journey. I chose the word “dream”, the grunge design and some of the colours from a sign that adorns my craft room wall.

This grunge look took sometime to create and it started with a mop up background of Red Cherry and Passion Fruit gelatos which I covered in a thin layer of white gesso to tone down the colours a little. I stencilled the clock and some numbers using two stencils by Craft Sensations and black Versafine Ink with a blending tool; I wasn’t very careful in applying the ink and didn’t mind the splodges of ink that formed around the edge of the stencil as it added to the grunge look. I applied black Papermania embossing powder over the top of the ink and then shook the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper tapping the page 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. Next I scribbled a Coconut Faber-Catell Gelato onto the page and I dipped my finger into some water and rubbed the gelato to smudge the colour. I removed the gelato that had gone over the embossed images straight away with a piece of kitchen towel returning them to a glossy finish. I added some small leftover pieces of torn black and white polka dot washi tape to the page and then I applied Pébéo modelling paste through a Shabby Harlequin stencil by Creative Expressions.

Once the paste had dried I used Dark Sepia, Sanguine and Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush markers to add more colour to the modelling paste and the background; I did this by scribbling each marker onto an acrylic block, spritzing the block with water and then pressing and dragging it across the page. I then painted some white gesso onto the page using my finger. I applied a Snow Cone blue gelato to the pieces of washi tape and to the top of the modelling paste which highlighted the texture and shape wonderfully. Then I used the Dark Sepia marker to outline the stencilled shapes.

I drew the larger circles and shaded them using the blue gelato and edged them with white and black Uni Posca paint pens. I used the blue gelato again to add the smaller circles using a Dutch Doobadoo mask and when it had dried I added some detail to the edges using the Uni Posca paint pens.  I used black Versafine ink to stencil cog shapes using a Viva Décor stencil and also stamp a circular postage mark using a stamp from The Works. Then I stamped a Kaisercraft Script stamp using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. To add more depth of colour to the clock, cogs, circles and background around the modelling paste, I used Gold, Fawn, Desert and Chestnut Spectrum Aqua Markers by applying the ink to an acrylic block and using a wet paintbrush to pick up the ink and apply it to the page.

To finish, I added some circular and small cog shaped sequins using Glossy Accents, some 3D butterfly stickers from The Range and the letter buttons from Home Bargains to add the word “dream”.

Here’s the sign that is on the wall of my craft room, I love the sentiments it contains and to me it’s a wonderful reminder of how to live and enjoy life to the full! As you can see the design is a bit worn and grungy just like my page (grin!).

I often listen to music while I’m crafting and when I created this page a particular song by Elvis, called “If I Can Dream”, caught my imagination. Here’s a link to Elvis singing this song as part of his famous 1968 Black Leather Comeback Show – I love the lyrics:

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
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa)
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Coconut, Snow Cone)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B, Sanguine 188 B, Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Gold, Fawn, Desert, Chestnut)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White, Black)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black PMA4021006)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste (High Density)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Script CS752)
  • The Works (Clear Stamps CR0274/TW3)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencils (Shabby Harlequin CEMSHARL)
  • Duth Doobadoo Mask Art A5 (Geometric Tiles)
  • Viva Décor Universal Stencil (Past Times 900270300)
  • Poundland (Washi Tape)
  • The Range (Craft Stickers ST5256)
  • Home bargains Love Letters (Self Adhesive Letters 22738)
  • Poundland (Assorted Sequins)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

34 thoughts on “Dream

  1. What an incredible journal page. I love how you described the process right down to the descriptive adjectives that brought the process to life in my mind. Adding the photos added to the fun of seeing how you made this. I really liked the grungy look you got. You certainly achieved the look you were going for, but in a very controlled way. I would say this is a fabulous two-fer challenge wise, and a great journal page to add to your memories.

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  2. A wonderful rich journal page and even though you call it grungy – it is very elegant as well – a beautiful make – with fantastic layers and textures!
    I am really happy you linked it to Try It On Tuesday and Art Journal Journey! We are happy about your wonderful support always!
    A fantastic song as well that insoired you – and this sign makes a perfect deco on a craft room wall!
    Happy weekend ahead dear Jo!
    oxo Susi

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  3. It is an awesome page and I love how you always tell us how you create your pages.
    I think we all learn patience as we wait to go to the next stage when we are creating a project.
    I can see how you were inspired by by the hanging on your craftroom wall,it is a a good quote.
    Thank you for adding this page to the Try it on Tuesdays theme, we are very happy to have you join us.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks very much Yvonne! I try to plan so I’m not kept waiting too long … lol 😁 … sometimes it gives me thinking time too … lol 😉. I enjoy joining in the challenges as Try it on Tuesday, all of your team are so supportive. Enjoy the rest of your week and wishing you a lovely weekend! J 😊


  4. Lovely page. The Elvis song is my favourite one of his. It’s kind of sad, but uplifting at the same time! It’s one that needs to be played loud and sung loudly too (when you’re on your own is best!!)
    The page has some great layers and the colours are amazing too.
    Dawn xx

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  5. A fabulous page Jo, love the soft grungy colours with all the lovely textures and the pops of orange on the butterflies. What a wonderful sign in your Craft room – lots of prompts there too.
    Have a great weekend.
    Avril xx

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  6. This is a fantastic page – with a wonderful background and all the gorgeous details! And you have a wonderful sign in your craft room!
    I am also a fan of Elvis – and now I was lost on youtube … 🙂
    Happy new week! Rike x

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  7. WOW! steampunky elements, butterflies – and elegance and grunge – this is right up my street Jo – and what a fabulous and positive quote too – a really great post – love it!
    Hope your having a great weekend with some sunshine – not sure if you had heavy rain last week – we got off pretty light down here with just a little.
    Gill xx.

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    • Thanks very much Gill! I thought you may like this one and it would have been perfect for your AJJ challenge 😀. We haven’t had too much rain and the weekend was lovely and sunny, it’s definately cooler though 😁. I was talking to family who live your way the other day and it seems to be hotter there, hope you get a respite soon. Have a great week! J 😊 x


  8. I missed too many inspirational projects, I’m playing catch up! absolute beauty, I love the harmony of your colours, all the elements and of course the sentiment 🙂 Happy weekend!

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