Summer

There is so much to love about summer such as hot days spent relaxing and enjoying yourself, just like the two ladies on my page. Like me, they want to join in the fun over at Art Journal Journey with Bluebeard’s and Elizabeth’s “Summertime Love” theme.

I started this page by combining navy and white acrylic paints to create a bright blue colour, then I applied this paint thickly to the page with a paint brush so you could see the brush strokes. I fussy cut the two ladies from a magazine and stuck them down using a UHU Stic once the paint had dried. Then I stamped a black border by Hampton Art using black Archival Ink and used a black Uni Pin marker to colour and outline some of the squares. On the right hand side of the page I arranged different papers by Craft Sensations which are stuck down using a UHU Stic along with some spotted paper tape. Next I added the “Summer” title and I also applied the other summer sayings and words, which are rub-on transfer sentiments by Royal & Langnickel, to the papers which I stuck down earlier. I added paper flowers by Dovecraft and decorated their centres with white felt flowers, buttons and dome enamel dots; these are stuck into place using glossy accents.  The polka dot butterfly buttons, tag and pink flowers are wooden embellishments and are stuck to the page using glossy accents; I tied black paper twine to the centre of the butterfly buttons and to the top of the tag before I stuck them down. To finish, I added a polka dot strawberry and some blue dome enamel dots.

Pimm’s is a very popular summertime drink here in the UK and as T Stands for Tuesday it must be “Pimm’s o’clock” so I’m sharing a jug of Pimm’s and saying a big hello to the T Gang – Happy T Day!

For those of you who may not be familiar with this drink, Pimm’s No. 1 is a fragrant gin-based drink which is combined with distinctive botanicals and bitter herbs, caramelized orange and delicate spices. It is mixed with lemonade and served over ice with strawberries, cucumber and mint. You may have noticed I added the word “lemonade” and also a strawberry to my page (grin!).

If you’re interested, here are some more Pimm’s related facts:

  1. Pimm’s No.1 was invented and originally served at an oyster bar in London in the 1800’s to aid digestion and was a homemade concoction mixed by a Mr. Pimm.
  2. The Pimm’s recipe is top secret and there are 6 different types of Pimm’s which differ only in their base alcohol e.g. gin, vodka, scotch etc.
  3. It is traditionally served with chopped strawberries, cucumber and mint which you can snack on at the end of the glass of Pimm’s, well that’s if you can wait that long (grin!). It’s a good way to get your daily dose of fruit and vegetables – or ‘one of your five a day’ as we say in the UK.
  4. “It’s Pimm’s o’clock” was a phrase coined by some clever marketing people to show that it’s great for sharing. Here’s one of the adverts using this catch phrase.
  5. Pimm’s is often seen at Wimbledon, polo matches and the Henley Regatta and is also served at Buckingham Palace by appointment to the Queen so we’re in good company sipping this drink in the sunshine!

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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Navy)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.3mm)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Design Inc. (Borders ICO160)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Soft Sweetness 154897)
  • The Works The Craft Place (Spotted Paper Tapes)
  • Old Magazine
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Summer #ROY505, Thanksgiving #ROY-522)
  • Dovecraft Collections Back to Basics III (Paper Blossoms DCBL005)
  • Aldi (Easter Collection Bonnet Accessories)
  • Buttons from B&M Craft Goody Bag (Turquoise)
  • The Works (Pastel Enamel Dots)
  • Docrafts Papermania Stickers (Enamel Shapes – Denim Blue Domes PMA3560011)
  • Docrafts Papermania Wooden Tags (Ahoy There  PMA355104)
  • The Works (Butterfly Wooden Buttons)
  • The Works (Craft Flowers)
  • Wilko (Paper Twine)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic
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48 thoughts on “Summer

  1. Lovely page, those girls look great in their pretty swimsuits. Pimms no. 1 was the dream of my student days, we used to buy one and share it as we couldn’t afford one each! Thanks for the nice memories! Happy T Day, cheers! Hugs, Valerie

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    • Thanks for sharing those happy memories and I have found that Pimm’s seems more popular in Southern England 😀, still it’s nice to have it at home too, I get more fruit and veggies that way … lol 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊

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  2. I love your fantastic page and the girls enjoying the summer sun in that great swimwear.
    I have to admit to looking for shady places to sit, I would be looking like a cooked beetroot if I didn’t, even covered in sun creams.
    However I would join you in a Pimms any time, that is for sure a happy, holiday drink, its years since I tasted one of those.
    Happy T day Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Great journal page! I love the swimsuits that the ladies are modeling, and I also love the way that you made sort of a cascading cluster of embellishments on the right side of the page.

    I had never heard of Pimms before, but it does sound good. I bet the strawberries, cucumber, and mint give it a nice, fresh flavor. Happy T Day!

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  4. I want YOU to do all my fussy cutting, because my scissors are now so dull, they will barely cut hot butter, much less copier strength paper. You do such a good job, and remind me of me when my scissors were workable. Needless to say, I’m in love with this summertime page. I know it’s filled with love, too. Thanks for sharing it on Art Journal Journey today. It’s an unquestionably beautiful entry.

    I’ve never heard of Pimms before. I have cucumbers, strawberries, and mint. Now if I just had some Pimms 1. I did like the advert. I laughed so hard, I had to play it twice. Four of you, one of me, 10 of you, one of me. Still laughing.

    Thanks for sharing your Pimms facts, figures, and lovely drinks with us for T this Tuesday. It certainly is a colorful (and supposedly healthy) drink!

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  5. I had pimms at Borough Market, just so I could say I tried it. Happy to have done that, but it won’t be my drink of choice, a little to sweet for me. I do like the way it looks served up in the Mason jars. Beautiful page

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  6. I’ve seen Pimm’s mentioned in books but had no idea what it was, so I am glad you shared that with us. I think I need to try one sometime because its always fun to try new drinks, especially those that are representative of a place. And you really made a summery page too Jo. I like the bathing beauties and I bet they would enjoy a Pimm’s. 🙂 Happy T day. hugs-Erika

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  7. hi jo,wow,your summer page is amazing,the ladys in her swimsuits are beautiful,and all pink flowers,words,and tags just georgus 🙂
    love the colors on your page,the blue is so refreshing 🙂
    i love lemon ice tea too in summer.
    wishing you a happy week,dear jo 🙂

    jenny

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    • Thanks so much dear Jenny! I loved the picture of the ladies when I saw it and as I wanted a contrasting colour for the background the blue seemed the perfect choice as it still reminds me of sunny days whether that be the sky or the sea 😀. Lemon ice tea sounds lovely, we often have ice tea with mint but I’ll have to try it with lemon instead. Have a great week! J 😊

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  8. I love your Summer page. Brings back some happy Summer memories of going to the beach wearing halter tops and cutoffs (denim shorts cut from old denim jeans) Pimm’s sounds delicious. I like the idea of getting a service of fruit in every glass. 😀 Have a delightful T Day!

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  9. I want to jump in and join those fun loving gals on your page Jo! Super summertime love. I have had Pimms. A student here for a college exchange introduced a group of us to it:) And now I wouldn’t mind having one again:):) Happy T day! Oh, and thanks for sharing the interesting facts too.

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  10. what a wonderful summertime page, jo! i think the acrylics are perfect for that bright Impression. oh, Gingham and Polka dots – summery Details, too:) well, summer here has a break this week, but then: good for getting fresh air into the house and for a better sleep;)
    i´ve never heard of pimm´s before… obviously i´m not in the celebrity circles at Wimbledon etc *g*… but i surely would taste it – and the fruit Thing about it sounds good:)
    happy t-day!!

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    • Thanks very much! The page is a wonderful reminder of summer and I love the bright blue acrylic, red gingham and polka dots too 😀. Glad things have cooled down a bit in your part of the world, it’s cooler here too although living by the sea, as we do, we usually have a cooling sea breeze which is fab 😎. I’m sure your enjoy Pimm’s if you tried it – Happy T Day! J 😊

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  11. Another fabulous summery page! Your fussycutting is truly amazing, – great colours and composition on this one, makes me feel so much like summer, – unlike to what I see when I look out of the window here…

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  12. An amazing Summertime page with a great mix of colours.

    I loved reading about Pimms and it brought back memories of 50 plus years ago when I first went to Jersey and the in drink was Pimms. We had every number Pimms we could try and came back with a bag full of the things that were added to the glasses at that time. Every bar had its own ideas for glass decoration.

    Thanks for the memory Jo

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

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    • Thanks Chrissie, that’s very kind of you! Thanks for sharing your happy memories, I’ve only ever tried Pimm’s No. 1 and now you have me wondering what the others taste like …Lol 😉. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

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  13. What a lovely page, so summery! I recognise and remember those swimsuits. That is frightening! And what an innovation it was when elasticated/stretchy swimware was developed.
    So interesting to learn about Pimms. I have never had Pimms but when we go to the UK next month I shall definitely try it. If it is bitter, I will probably like it.
    Happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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    • Thank you! The swimsuits look lovely in the red gingham 😀. I have found that Pimm’s is easier to find in the South of England than the North as it’s much more popular there. It tastes more fruity than bitter and I would definately give it a try to see if you like it … lol 😉. Wishing you a Happy T Day too! J 😊

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  14. What a beautiful page with the lovely ladies and all the summertime fun on it! Great colours and so many wonderful details to look at! Thank you very much for joining us at Art Journal Journal again with such a gorgeous page! Your continued support of the challenge is much appreciated! I never heard of this drink before, I bet this would be something I would love! Happy T-Day dear Jo!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks so much dear Susi! I really like the colour combination I used on this page too. I think you would enjoy this drink, it’s lovely for the summer especially with the addition of the fruit 😀. Happy T Day! J 😊

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    • Don’t they look wonderful in their swimsuits 😀. You’ll probably find Pimm’s No.1 there as it’s very popular in New Orleans, I quickly searched the internet using “Pimms Memphis” and it looks like they sell it in a few liquor stores (that’s a full bottle mind) and also some bars 😁. Thanks and wishing you a Happy T Tuesday! J 😊

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  15. What a happy nostalgic summery page, Jo. I like the arrangement of paper and tape strips interspersed with summer things on the right. How fashions change. Not just the clothes but how women’s bodies are “supposed” to be.

    The Pimm’s drinks are too pretty to drink 😉

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • Thanks a lot! It was a fun page to create and I just loved the image of these two ladies 😀. I think the world’s gone a bit mad with perfect body types, we are all individual and we should celebrate that 😀. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

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  16. A fabulous summer page Jo, great details and colours and I love the images of then girls in their bathing costumes – reminds me of what summer should be like – not the wet stuff we seem to be getting at the moment. Haven’t had a Pimm’s for years – think I need to rekindle a taste bud memory!
    Avril xx

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  17. Such a fun and colorful summer journal page today- very pretty! I bet your art journal must be bursting with goodies and quite fat with all of the 3-D embellishments. Pimm’s sounds yummy…love the Pimm o’clock! a great way to get veggies and fruit…lol!

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    • Lol ..it tastes so good as the fruit and veggies are infused with Pimm’s … lol 😁. The page reminds me of happy summer days and yes my art journal is getting quite fat – I love it! Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

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