Smile, Sparkle, Shine

I was inspired to create a page for Try it on Tuesday’s theme of “Let it Shine” and decided to create a sun page to help use up lots of different coloured glitter glues I have in my craft stash. The resulting page made me smile as it sparkles and shines!

I started by stamping a starburst stamp on the top right hand corner of my page using London Fog Memento Ink. Then I extended the starburst design to fill the page using a ruler and pencil. Next I used Sunflower, Gold, Marigold, Orange and Begonia Spectrum Aqua markers to colour the sections alternating the colours; I did this by scribbling the markers onto an acrylic block and picking up the ink with a wet paintbrush.  Next I selected a different glitter glue pen for each of the Spectrum Aqua marker colours used, squeezed the glue onto the corresponding sections and spread it using a palette knife to create sun rays. I also created a round sun shape using the different glitter glues and used the palette knife to give a smooth finish. While the glue was still wet I added the sequins to the sun and sun rays, then I left the page to dry thoroughly. As the glue dried it reacted with the solid blocks of Aqua marker ink that I had applied and concentrated them to form lines of colour a bit like heat radiating from the sun. I emphasised these patterns by building up the colours more using the corresponding Aqua markers again. Then I used black and yellow Uni Posca paint pens to add dots of colour and definition around the sun and the sun rays. Next I stamped the words using an alphabet stamp by Papermania and black Versafine Ink. I went over the letters with a black Sharpie permanent marker so they were fully coloured black and then I covered the letters with Glossy Accents to give the wording a shiny 3D effect so they stood out more. To finish I added the black butterflies, flowers and small gemstones using Glossy Accents.

As this page celebrates the summer sun, I’m also pleased to be able to join Bluebeard and Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover who are hosting the “Summertime Love” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

This page reminds me of all the smiles, sparkle and sunshine that we saw at Blackpool Carnival last weekend. Blackpool has brought back their annual summer carnival after an absence of many years and we had such a fun time. The theme was “International” and there were steel bands playing wonderful up-beat songs that made you smile! There were also international food stands and a stage where there were different dance troupes and singers.

As part of the carnival there was a parade along the promenade which was full of sparkle!

The parade was packed full of culture, variety, and fabulous costumes.

Then we moved over to the dark side (grin!) as Star Wars also took part in the parade, which is probably “intergalactic” rather than “international” (double grin!). It was really strange because the atmosphere seem to change as they went passed – quite eerie but ever so cool too! It made my day to see them in the parade and it was lovely to have more summer fun in the sun!

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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Sunflower, Gold, Marigold, Orange, Begonia)
  • Tsukineko Vesafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (London Fog)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (Yellow, Black)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Sugarloaf Inc. Anita’s wood mounted rubber stamp (26551)
  • Papermania Alphmania A-Z clear stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Poundland (Design Gems 134240 & 175751)
  • Poundland (Mini Glitter Embellishments 59409)
  • Poundland (Assorted Sequins 119188)
  • Hobbycraft Glitter Glue Pens (Assorted Colours 6103601000)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

34 thoughts on “Smile, Sparkle, Shine

  1. Love the way this piece sparkles

    Great photos of the Blackpool carnival. There is always something going on there for sure

    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

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  2. Wow, you have created an awesome bright sunny page. I love how you added sparkle to the rays. This looks like one real HOT sunshiny day.
    The carnival looks a great celebration, everyone seemed happy in the photos you shared.
    Its good that towns are bringing back these old festivals, I’m sure the children and adults had a good time.
    Thank you for joining us over at Try it on Tuesdays Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. This sun is amazing Jo. It looks more like a piece of sequin fabric. Your whole page has a wonderful shine. Loving the photos from the Blackpool Carnival too. It looks like you had a lot of fun. Hugs-Erika

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  4. I was incredibly impressed with this beautiful journal page. I was surprised by the way the glitter glue interacted with the inks. The end result turned out even more beautiful than if you had not used these products together. Of course, adding those sequins which are unlike any I’ve seen before, made the rays shimmer, just like it was in the sun itself. It’s a wonderful entry and one worthy of summertime love at Art Journal Journey.

    I enjoyed the carnival theme, and was wondering, since I didn’t see any, if the steel bands you mentioned were steel drums. My friend Joseph plays steel drums, and island music is just one the genres he plays. So glad you shared the carnival or Carnival themed parade photos. It looked like it was a glorious day, and not too hot, unlike here right now.

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    • Thank you! The glitter glues were cheap and seem very wet so I thought they would react as Spectrum Aqua markers are waterbased. The glues take ages to dry so an interaction was likely and unfortunately they don’t create a 3D effect like others I have, which would have been better so sequins were the order of the day 😀. Yes they were steel drums and they performed a variety of songs including island music, Disney songs and even Michael Jackson 😁. The weather was perfect too and I hope it gets a little cooler for you, enjoy your week! J 😊


  5. Your page just sparkles. The sequins on your page made me smile. I had a young student over the weekend who enjoyed using sequins during the library workshop.
    The carnival looks like lots of fun. Wow on those butterfly wings. So cool. A good breeze and I bet the young butterfly woman could really fly.

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  6. That’s an incredible beautiful page and it is perfect to commemorate this special and fantastic Blackpool’s carnival parade. Fantatstic photos – the costumes are AMAZING!
    Thank you so much dear Jo for another beautiful entry to the summertime – love theme!♥♥♥
    Wish you a happy rest of the week!
    oxo Susi

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  7. I love your sunny, sparkly page Jo! I bet it looks even more amazing in real life! Great photos too, I’d have loved to see the Star Wars characters too, I’m a big fan!
    Hope you’re having a lovely week!
    Alison xx

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    • Thanks Alison! It’s never easy to photograph shimmery and glittery pages and it does have even more sparkle and shine in really life 😀. I was so excited to see Star Wars in the parade although it was a bit scary too … lol 😉. It really made me day though and we had such fun! Its been raining on and off this week, although we managed to go on a couple of a tandem rides, spend time with friends, pick blackberries and of course get a creative! Hope you’re having a lovely week too! J 😊


  8. hi jo,love your happy page,with the orange sun,and sparkles,its georgus 🙂
    the photos of the costume parade are wonderful, i love the lady with big butterfly wings,i love butterflys.
    iam glad you have fun of this parade 🙂
    thanks for sharing this beautiful post with us.
    wishing you a happy weekend,dear jo 🙂

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  9. What a stunning page, Jo! It’s very creative with those amazing rays of sunshine. Brilliant as always! Happy photos from Blackpool Carnival… thanks for sharing.
    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday!
    Mar xx

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  10. A fabulous page Jo, Love all the sparkle from using up your glitter glues and a great way to use them too.
    Looks like you had a great day out with lots of Sunshine, such a colourful Carnival, Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    Avril xx
    p.s Thanks for sharing at TioT

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  11. thanks Jo for the link to this! what great fun…I can almost hear the ominous Darth Vader music playing in the background! maybe they needed some Ewoks to lighten the mood…was that girl in the feather costume in the parade too? I can’t imagine walking a parade route in heels, but she is stunning. So good to enjoy the last bits of summer weather while it lasts! thanks for sharing this! ♥

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    • It was very ominous and I felt a bit scared at one point …lol …it made my day to see them though 😁. I don’t know how she wore those heels either, I must have been a bit underdressed in shorts, t-shirt and walking shoes …lol. Glad you enjoyed the parade, thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments! Wishing you a great week! J 😊


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