Jazz and Blues Festival

A couple of weeks ago we went to the Blackpool Jazz & Blues Festival, the musicians and singers were so amazing that I created this page to remember them!

I started by fussy cutting a trumpet from an old magazine and positioning it onto the page so I could draw wavy lines to create sections as if music was flowing out of the trumpet. I then removed the image and coloured the different sections with Kiwi, Butter Cream, Acqua Dolce, Watermelon, Guava and Peach Faber-Castell Gelatos; I did this by scribbling them onto the page and smudging the colour with my finger which I had dipped in water. I also blended the gelato colours across each section to soften the edges. Next I stamped butterflies by Crafter’s Companion and music notes by Docrafts using black Archival Ink so they looked like they were flowing out of the trumpet and over the page.  I chose butterflies because an amazing singer, Lauren Dalrymple, had butterflies on her top. Between the stamped images I added the names of some of our favourite singers and musicians from the festival. Next I fussy cut an image of a musician playing a saxophone from the festival programme, the name of the festival from a flyer and a treble clef (which incorporated a piano keyboard design) from a magazine. I added a piece of thin green washi tape to the left-hand side of the page and then the saxophone image which like the other images are stuck to the page with a UHU Stic. I then added a piece of piano keyboard washi tape and treble clef to represent the amazing pianists at the festival. The festival name is edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck down using double-sided foam tape. I used black and white Uni Posca paint pens to add dots to emphasise the wavy lines, add definition to the names and also details to the butterfly images that I had stamped. I also outlined the saxophone image with the white Uni Posca paint pen so it stood out more. To finish, I added some pearl gemstones that matched the gelato colours to give more interest.

As we always look forward to the festivals that take place over the summer, I’m pleased to be able to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover for the “Summertime Love” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Blackpool Jazz & Blues Festival is a non-profit event and all proceeds are donated to Trinity Hospice. Over the last 3 years this festival has raised over £11,000 for this charity and as we love live jazz and blues music we always go along to support this great cause. Musicians and singers from all over the country come and perform here on a completely voluntary basis.

Lauren Dalrymple is a very gutsy and soulful singer who simply wowed us with her amazing voice! She sang an incredible rendition of “Bye, Bye Blackbird” as well as her own composition Walking in Lille  – she is a truly astonishing singer songwriter!

This is CDF# , this group consists of the three members Christopher Hodder (Guitar), David Minshull (Drums / Percussion) and Frank Flynn (Piano / Keyboard).  They are very talented and have a wonderful respect for each other’s musical ability, and by far my favourite piece of music that they play is St. Thomas.

I have to say I have never heard such spectacular sounds resonate from a guitar before, these guys from a local band called Shotglass were fantastic!

As it’s T Stands for Tuesday‘s 4th Anniversary today, I’m so glad to be able to offer my heartfelt congratulations and join Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s T party with a pint of Amazon Amber beer by Bowness Bay Brewery in the Lake District. This is a lovely refreshing English Bitter 3.8% abv (alcohol by volume) which is light in colour and has a distinctive flavour with hints of oranges and spiced berries. I’m celebrating and saying a big cheers to the T Gang – wishing you all a very 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:

  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Kiwi, Butter Cream, Acqua Dolce, Watermelon, Guava, Peach)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (White, Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.3mm)
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies Photopolymer Stamp Set – Just for you (Butterfly Lullaby S-BL-ST-JUS)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamp Set (Musicality DCE907112)
  • Dovecraft Essentials wooden alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Festival programme and flyer
  • Old magazines
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes, Washi Tape Set 7x3m)
  • Trimcraft Simply Creative (Adhesive Pearls SCDOT056)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

42 thoughts on “Jazz and Blues Festival

  1. Ooh! This is fabulous! I love the summery colours! We love a festival too! Looking forward to Radio Two’s Festival in a day in Hyde Park again this year. The line up is amazing! 🙂
    Hope you’re having a great week!
    Alison xx

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    • Thanks so much Alison! We always enjoy this festival and the musicians and singers were amazing 😀. The festival in Hyde Park sounds wonderful, enjoy! It’s been a great week so far thanks 😀. Hope you are having a great week too! J 😊


  2. You fussy cut better than anyone I have ever seen. The way you cut out that trumpet truly astounded me. My fussy cutting scissors have suddenly gotten so dull, I can barely cut anything. I am so in awe of your work, though. And the rainbow colors turned out great, too.

    It was fun to see some of the acts that inspired your lovely jazz and blues festival page. BTW, since most festivals are held in summer, and this is a summertime activity, I was simply delighted to see you added it to Art Journal Journey, too. It’s a beautiful addition.

    I truly enjoyed seeing your amber bitter beer. I am SO naive, because I thought bitter beer was similar to stout, which is the only kind of beer I will drink. My beer learning curve has increased today with your amber bitter.

    Thanks for sharing your incredible journal page, the jazz and blues festival musicians, and your beer with us for T this soon-to-be Tuesday.

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  3. what a fantastic page commemorating your special day Jo! I love how the words, music and butterflies flow from the trumpet. Love the original song by Lauren-Walking in Lille…
    cheers to you and happy T day!

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  4. Sound like a wonderful summer festival with good music and musicians, glad you enjoyed it so much. And the journal page to commemorate it is beautiful. I think I would have preferred another drink to beer, but I know how you like it. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  5. What a fantastic concept for this beautiful page Jo! It looks gorgeous – and I am so happy to see you with such an amazing entry at AJJ – ♥♥♥- Thank you!
    This event seems to be great and I would love to taste that special beer!
    Thank you for sharing all this with us – Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi

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  6. I’ll take a pint (or 2). I love a good brew. And your page is really one of my favorites Jo. That is super clever the way your have so much coming out of the horn. Butterflies and musical notes-perfect combo. It looks like you had a great day and I think I would have enjoyed it too. But wait, I did through your post.:) happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  7. Looks like you had a very memorable day at the Jazz Festival, Jo. I love the page you made, especially the clever idea of having words flow out of the trumpet and the summery sherbet colors you chose. It looks like you’re having fun with your gelatos 😉 Me too!
    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  8. It sounds a wonderful music festival Jo.
    I think my feet would have been tapping to the music.
    I loved your fantastic journal page and I bet that the trumpet took ages to cut out, but it does look great with the background you created.
    happy T Day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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    • I’m sure you would have loved the festival, the jazz and blues music sounded amazing 😀. The beer was refreshing and ideal for a hot day, I’d be happy if you tried my beer to see if you liked it too. Many thanks and Happy T Day! J 😊


  9. hi jo,your jazz and blues page its so amazing,i love so much jazz and blues,iam singing too blues and jazz,its my favorite music 🙂
    i would i see the festival and drinking a special beer too,glad you have fun of the festival.
    wishing you a happy week,dear jo 🙂

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    • Thanks a lot! We had a great time at the festival and I was really pleased that I remembered the trumpet in the magazine so I could create those wavy lines of music 😀. Happy Friday and Weekend dear Rike! J 😊


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