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.
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 …
|Biscuit||Cookie||Ground Floor||First Floor|
|Scone||Biscuit||First Floor||Second Floor|
|Swiss Roll||Jelly Roll|
|Ice Lolly||Popsicle||Off Licence||Liquor Store|
|Pudding||Dessert||Pillar Box||Mail Box|
|Aubergine||Eggplant||Solicitor||Lawyer / Attorney|
|Courgette||Zucchini||Post Code||Zip Code|
|Coriander||Cilantro||Private School||Public School|
|Spring Onion||Scallion / green onion||Public School||State School|
|Plain Flour||All Purpose Flour|
|Tin Foil||Aluminum Foil|
|Dustbin||Garbage / Trash Can||Road||Pavement|
|Lounge||Living Room||Estate Car||Station Wagon|
|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|
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