Happy 4th of July!

As today is 4th July, I was inspired to create this page to join in the celebrations with my American friends and wish you all a very “Happy 4th of July”.

I started by covering the page in a thin layer of white gesso in readiness to apply gelatos. I scribbled Red Cherry and Boysenberry Faber-Castell Gelatos in starburst patterns over the page, to resemble fireworks, then dipped my finger into some water and used it on the gelatos to smudge the colour. I then covered the page in a thin layer of Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to seal the gelatos and stop them reactivating when wet. Once the gel medium had dried I applied Topaz and Desert Spectrum Aqua Markers and some Cold Grey and Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush Markers and blended them with a baby wipe; this gave an antique look to the background. Next I stamped the sentiment using black Archival Ink and edged the letters with a white Uni Posca paint pen. I added four “star and stripe” rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel and distressed the background around them with a baby wipe so that they stood out more. The stars are also rub-on transfers which I covered with glitter glue and outlined with red, white and blue dots using Uni Posca paint pens. I continued these red, white and blue dots around the edge of the page and also in starburst patterns on the background. I made the round swirls using vintage striped paper by American Crafts; I did this by scoring the paper with a paper craft tool and then folding it along the scored lines to give a concertina effect. I then attached a piece of plastic coated wire to secure the folded paper in the centre and fanned the paper outwards so they joined at each end to give a circular shape. I secured the paper edges on the back with tape and added a gold star to the centre. I painted some of the folded points white using a Uni Posca paint pen and then drew blue and red dots to tie into the background and theme more. I connected the wires together and attached them to the page using Glossy Accents. To finish, I added some small red star sequins using the Glossy Accents again to stick them to the page.

As we are celebrating the 4th July I’m pleased to be able to join Bluebeard and Elizabeth who are hosting the “Summertime Love” theme over at Art Journal Journey.

I know some of you were asking about my new Uni Posca Paint Pens so I thought I’d show you my new set (grin!). They are a water-based pigment ink being both alcohol and solvent free and I have the extra fine markers which are a 0.7mm bullet tip. They produce poster-paint-style vibrant colours and once dry, you can easily layer more colours over the top to correct any errors and build your design. Apparently they can be used on virtually any surface and I have found they don’t bleed-through paper. I’ve been very impressed with them so far .

As we are celebrating the “4th July” or “July 4” (grin!), I thought we could have some fun and compare some English to American words which have different meanings. To this end you may remember Lisca listing some English Slang words last week which prompted a conversation with Bluebeard and Elizabeth who listed some English to American words. This inspired me to put a list together of the word differences that I have come across when I travelled and worked in America – see what you think …

English American English American
Crisps Chips Flat Apartment
Chips French Fries Semi-detached Duplex
Biscuit Cookie Ground Floor First Floor
Scone Biscuit First Floor Second Floor
Jam Jelly Lift Elevator
Swiss Roll Jelly Roll
Sweets Candy Chemist Drugstore
Ice Lolly Popsicle Off Licence Liquor Store
Pudding Dessert Pillar Box Mail Box
Queue Line
Aubergine Eggplant Solicitor Lawyer / Attorney
Courgette Zucchini Post Code Zip Code
Rocket Arugula
Coriander Cilantro Private School Public School
Spring Onion Scallion / green onion Public School State School
Porridge Oatmeal Term Semester
Plain Flour All Purpose Flour
Holiday Vacation
Cooker Stove Fortnight Two Weeks
Grill Broil Autumn Fall
Tin Foil Aluminum Foil
Dustbin Garbage / Trash Can Road Pavement
Jug Pitcher Pavement Sidewalk
Tap Faucet Carpark Parking Lot
Curtains Drapes Petrol Gas
Lounge Living Room Estate Car Station Wagon
Cupboard Closet Saloon Car Sedan
Lorry Truck
Trousers Pants Number Plate License Plate
Pants (m) or Knickers (f) Underwear Boot(car) Trunk (car)
Dressing Gown Bath-robe Bonnet (car) Hood (car)
Handbag Purse / Pocket book Motorway Freeway
Label Tag
Nappy Diaper Film Movie
Spanner Wrench Football Soccer
Torch Flashlight American Football Football
Mobile Cell Phone Draughts Checkers
Serviette Napkin
  Full Stop Period
Tick Check Mark

As T Stands for Tuesday and it is the 4th July, for breakfast I thought I would celebrate by having homemade waffles with fresh summer fruits (strawberries, nectarines and blueberries) and maple syrup all the way from Maine in America! To go with it I’m drinking a cup of hot water – Happy T day!

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
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Red Cherry, Boysenberry)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Topaz, Desert)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (White, Red, Dark Blue)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Alpha Folk DCE907115)
  • American Crafts Paper Pad (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Uncle Sam #MAL-203 Rub-on)
  • The Range Adhesive Craft Gems (Assorted Shapes CRO869)
  • Poundland (Assorted Sequins)
  • The Range 3D Glitter Glue (GLT 43210000 3D Glue Pen)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Masking Tape
  • Plastic coated wire – recycled from packaging

47 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July!

  1. Thank you for remembering our national Holiday, Jo. That’s so thoughtful – and the journal layout is darling! You used your new Gelatos to make the fireworks. They look great and so does the red border! I love how Gelatos blend. Very cool paper swirls!

    You have a whole set of Uni Posca pens?! Oh, I’m jealous. I only have white.

    Love your list of English – American English terms. “Off Licence,” “Pillar Box,” and “Draughts” are new to me and I got a laugh out of “Private School- Public School.” I mean, how could we have gotten this completely reversed?!

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • Many thanks Eileen! The gelatos are such fun to use and the colours are so vibrant too 😀. The Uni Posca pens were purchased using the last of my birthday money from April … lol 😉. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊


  2. I love this journal page – looks like a great celebration! I love Posca pens – don’t use them nearly enough!
    As for your American words – you missed one that always make me smile –
    Public Toilet – Restroom!
    Not in some of the ones I have been in – where you stand for ages queuing!
    Happy T Day, Chrisx

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  3. I fell in LOVE with your journal entry. You put a lot of hard work in those swirls. I was really impressed. To top it off, they turned out great. This very patriotic U.S. journal page is fantastic.
    I love that you “interpreted” the two languages. One thing I remembered that is used a LOT. Kitchen towel is English, paper towel is American. Two that surprised me that I didn’t know were saloon car and estate car. I’ve heard estate car used on British TV, but had no idea what it meant until now. We also like to add words, like we are going TO THE university, not TO university, or I went TO THE hospital, not TO hospital. Thanks for sharing these interpretations.
    So glad you are sharing a lovely “U.S. inspired” (color wise) breakfast with us. It looks so good, too. I think I’ll join you, but I’ll have cold water and coffee, please. Thanks for sharing your hot water, your journal page, your breakfast, and the word translations with us for T this week.

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  4. I love the July 4 page Jo. It’s a big holiday here and it’s nice to see people elsewhere celebrating. Are you actually cellebrating? I love your breakfast too. YUM! What a nice summer treat to start the day. I enjoyed your list. And Lisca’s too last week. I find it interesting how words evolve and language changes. Here in New England as you probably know we still have pronouciations and roots like back in at least parts of England. Happy 4th. And happy t day too.

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    • Thank you Erica! Although it’s not a holiday here, we celebrate by having American food today 😀. I made a big batch of waffles so we had those for breakfast as shown in my post – so yummy! Wishing you a Happy 4th and T Day too! J 😊


  5. oh what a fabulous journal page Jo!! I have yet to make those scored swirls… I have a few Posca pens in different size nibs but I only have black, and white ones. And your special waffles-wow-what a treat!! Love reading about languages, usage, slang, regional differences etc. So thanks for sharing that too. Happy T day!

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  6. Your journal page is lovely, glad you are having fun with your new supplies. Yes, there are lots of different words used in English and American, thee days I speak more to Americans.. The waffles look lovely. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  7. wonderful journaling page for america´s Independence day! i think i´ll print the word comparisons to Keep them.
    your waffles look yummy – i like that they are with bigger “Valleys” than mine, thus yours hold the fruit better. i have this sort of iron where you get relatively flat “5-hearts”.
    happy t-day!!

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    • Thanks a lot! We bought the waffle maker in France a very long time ago, it makes the most delicious waffles and of course the bigger the “valleys” the more fillings and maple syrup you can add … lol 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊


  8. Oh what a lovely journal page. So appropriate for today.
    I smiled at the list of English/American words. So true. Although I must say I have a dressing gown and a bathrobe. My dressing gown is something flimsy I wear when I get up from bed and my bath robe is thick towel material which I use when I come from out the shower and it dries mybody. (Well, most of it)
    Your waffles look yummy. I have just had my breakfast: grapefruit. I would have rather had waffles…
    Happy Tday,

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  9. Wow, thats a real happy journal page, it did look like fireworks on the background and spreading paint with the fingers has got to be fun.
    I liked reading your words list, its amazing how many have also crept into our daily use as well here in the UK.
    The waffles looked delicious as well.
    Happy T day Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Using the gelatos is always fun as you get to spread the colour with your finger … lol 😁. I think a lot of the words are interchangeable now and most people know the differences too. The waffles were so yummy, naughty but nice 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊


  10. What a fantastic and happy celebration page you made Jo ( that was really kind, I’d totally forgotten what day it was). Love your set of Posca pens ( I must get some more colours) and look forward to seeing what else you do with them.
    I only have 3 and used the black and white one on those couple of keys on top of the alcohol inked keys – out of curiosity I just rubbed those with a tissue and got a slight hint of black come off, so assume if used musically would eventually rub off. When I’ve used alcohol inks on metal it seems to rub off easily so curious to see if Posca works better now..

    The list of words was really fun too – and so many we use now from both lists – but I guess even here in UK we use different words depending where we live i.e Mum and Mam 🙂
    Thanks for your lovely comments yesterday.
    hope your carnival is good this weekend and the weather too.
    Hope you’re having a great day… Gill xx

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    • Thank you Gill! The Posca pens are fabulous and I’m sure they will get used a lot 😀. It may help to apply a thin layer of gel medium over the top of the keys to prevent the ink coming off 😀. Yes to course you are right, there are many different words here in the UK too, I use the word “nesh” when someone says they are cold, which up here means feeble or weak …lol 😉. It’s always nice chatting with you, wishing you a great day too and enjoy your week! J 😊


  11. Love your journal page. It really captures the spirit of the Fourth of July. The Uncle Sam figure made me smile and I love the pleated pinwheels you made. Your waffle looks delicious and I”m sorry I didn’t have a lovely waffle for my breakfast. The word list is interesting. We have scones, usually sweet, and we call them scones. Biscuit is a small round bread leavened with baking powder or baking soda, not yeast, and I think used more in the South than up here in the Northeast. Biscuit is also a hard cookie shaped like a bone as a treat for dogs. Swiss and Jelly Rolls are two different cakes. Swiss is a chocolate sponge cake rolled up with a whipped cream filling. A jelly roll is a vanilla sponge cake rolled up with a jelly filling. Jam and jelly are two different types of fruit spread. Jam is made with the juice and pulp of the fruit. Jelly is made with the juice of the fruit. Tin foil and aluminum foil are used interchangeably. Curtains are lighter weight window treatments with a rod and pocket. Drapes are heavier weight material and hung on rods using hooks. A drugstore is also called a pharmacy. The person who makes up prescriptions is called a pharmacist or a druggist. Drugstores/pharmacies seem to sell all kinds of things besides medicine. A place you can go to buy a last minute card for a celebration as well as health, beauty products, milk, bread, snacks. A private school is not a public school. A public school is run by the state and is free for all children to attend. Town/city taxes pay the tuition, teacher salaries, and supplies in public schools. In some public schools, parents have had to pay fees for supplies, sports, and bus service to the school if they live more than 1/4 mile away. Private schools have their own curriculum not necessarily adhering to state guidelines as in the case of religious schools. Parents pay tuition for their children to attend and buy all books and supplies.

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  12. Oooohh thank you for the review of the Posca pens i have heard great things about them…Everyone loves them… and i don’t have ONE…not one.. I think i’d really like the black and white… I cannot find them in the craft stores here…. and i’m always nervous ordering online… but after your review i think i’m going to do it! 🙂 Thank you for the 4th of July wishes.. Love your page..just beautiful! Oh! and the list… always fun to read… Two post this week that put waffles and icecream together… two things i wouldn’t put together but i must say the photos make it look delicious! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  13. What a fantastic 4th of July post dear Jo! A wonderful page – wow – I am happy that it is linked to AJJ! You made Elizabeth and me happy!
    Oh yes – so many differences between the British and the American English— but for me with my bad English it is always something new to learn with every post I read in blogland – no matter if it’s a British, American, Canadian or Australian blogauthor. It’s not so easy to me to memorize all the many words but it’s good for me to always learn something new. I love your perfect grammar and I adore your high class written English always very much!
    Happy rest of the week !
    And HAPPY T-Day – this 4th July Breakfast looks delicious!
    oxo Susi

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  14. Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked the page and wishing you a Happy 4th of July! We also call Kitchen Towel, Kitchen Roll or Kitchen Paper and I know what you mean about adding extra words I was surprised when I created this page to be adding the “of” to “Happy 4th of July” as we would write “Happy 4th July” 😉. Thanks again and Happy T Day! J 😊


  15. A wonderful stars and stripes page, I like this funny Uncle Sam! You made fantastic round swirls! Great list of words comparing English with American. Now we could complete this list with German words :))
    Happy Wednesday! Rike

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  16. Love your cute July 4th page! very interesting “translations’ from British to American…I had never figured out the ‘semi-detached’ term and now I know! Have fun with those new markers…they look like they will be wonderful…happy belated T day!

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