Dancing is an art

I’m so excited and honoured to be hosting Art Journal Journey this August and for this month’s challenge you are invited to use your favourite quotes, sayings and poems to inspire your designs for the theme “Poetry in Motion”.

As some of you may know I really like to create pages with meaning and I’m often inspired by things I see and do, including quotes and my page today is inspired by these wonderful words:

I started by painting patches of white gesso over the page then I added Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks by applying the ink pad to an acrylic block, spritzing with water and then pressing the block onto the page. I also dragged the ink pads over the edge of the page to concentrate the colour. With the quote in mind, I stamped some filigree images by Hampton Art using London Fog Memento Ink. Next I sprinkled Ultramarine Colourcraft Brusho Crystal powder onto the page and spritzed them with water and just watched the magic as the colours burst into life. I then added pieces of washi tape, which I had torn so the edges didn’t have such straight lines and flowed with movement.  I stuck down some torn pieces of music paper using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium and also dragged some of the Brusho colour from the page over the edges of the music to blend them in.  I added plasterboard/drywall tape to add more texture and then I layered on torn pieces of a baby wipe which I had previously used to mop up some acrylic paint. Before applying the baby wipe I stretched it so it looked like fabric and used matte gel medium to stick it down so the wispy edges danced across the page. The beautiful dancer image is fussy cut from a leaflet and stuck down using a UHU Stic. I stamped the words onto some paper by Craft Sensations, fussy cut it out, edged the paper with a black Sharpie permanent marker and stuck it to the page using double-sided foam. To finish I added two cream Button Heart embellishments.

I love the way this page has turned out and I feel the words could be applied to my art journaling and to the creation of this page.

I do hope that you are inspired to get creative by the “Poetry in Motion” challenge over at Art Journal Journey too! I’m looking forward to visiting you to see all your wonderful creations.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day! Today I’m enjoying a refreshing drink of apple juice with ginger beer, in my craft room while creating a new journal page (grin!). It’s served in one of my favourite glasses, which I bought during a tour of the Maine Mead Works in America whilst there on holiday.

Mead is an alcoholic drink made from honey, hence the bee which greeted us on their fabulous sign! If you look closely you can just make out this bee symbol on my glass too (grin!). The mead that they make is a modern style of mead which is similar to wine and is light and refreshing, whereas I think of mead as a winter drink served hot with spices. Both of which are delicious!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

“Poetry in Motion”

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Crystals (Ultramarine)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Music Book (Bosworth Violin Studies)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Endless Love CRO260/A)
  • Used dry baby wipe
  • Leaflet
  • Crelando Decorative Tape
  • Home Bargains Self-Adhesive Button Hearts (Sweet Hearts 22809)
  • 151 Adhesives Plasterboard/Drywall Tape
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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40 thoughts on “Dancing is an art

  1. Congratulations on your first time hosting AJJ. I wish you tons of luck and look forward to joining your lovely theme soon. Your journal page is magnificent and magic. I adore it.

    I have never had mead, but I have heard it has more than honey in it (grin). Your apple juice and ginger beer certainly has that honey color and the bee at the Maine Bee Works in the states is AWESOME. I’m thrilled to have learned about this place, even though I don’t live anywhere near there. Thanks for sharing your journal page and your apple/ginger beer drink with us for T this Tuesday. And here’s to an awesome month at AJJ, too.

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    • Thanks so much, that’s so nice of you! I’m looking forward to seeing you over at AJJ and I can’t wait to see what you create for the “Poetry in Motion” theme. I think I have a tough act to follow as you are such a wonderful host and I (for one) thoroughly enjoyed your theme last month 😁. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊

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  2. Your page is really WONDERFUL Jo – I love the colours and the clever layers with the music sheet. The swirls emphasize the energetic dancer – an unique example for this fabulous theme!
    The quote seems to play with the double meaning of the symbolism implied. Gorgeous!
    I am sure your theme will rock ! At least I have a lot of ideas in mind -lol – hope to find the time to put my ideas into practice!
    I would enjoy to taste your fab drink – sounds very yummie!
    Wishing you a happy T-Day and much fun with hosting Art Journal Journey! Thank you very much for supporting the Challenge!
    oxo
    Susi

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    • Thanks very much dear Susi! I’m so excited to be hosting AJJ this month 😁. It was very kind to be asked and it’s lovely that everyone is so supportive too. I love this quote and the image of the dancer seemed to fit perfectly, the page seemed to just flow creatively with no real plan in mind which made it even more enjoyable to create 😀. Glad you have lots of ideas in mind … lol.. and as always it will be a pleasure to see your creations (when and if you get time to put them into practice) 😀. Happy T Day! J 😊

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  3. “poetry in Motion” – that really captures it… wonderful dynamic feel in this one. love the jumping Silhouette and this Quote is perfect for this!
    i never tried mead, i always associated the ancient Germans or vikings with it;) i might be on the lookout… and i like the Symbol of the Company.
    have a nice summer week, jo – i´m struck by the heat, not my comfort temperatures (37° today), i´ll stay inside mostly;) happy t-day!

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    • Many thanks, that is very kind! Mead is my favourite hot toddy when we visit Prague in the winter months, it really warms you up … lol 😉. Sounds like a good idea to stay inside in those sort of temperatures, I’ll be staying in this morning due to the weather too – it’s raining … lol 😀. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊

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  4. Its a fabulous page Jo and I’m sure you are going to have a great month hosting at Art Journal Journey.
    It is a wonderful theme and I love the movement that you created on your page. It is a lovely quote that you added. I will get thinking and hope I will be able to join in soon.
    Your drink today looked refreshing , never tried apple juice with ginger beer, I add add tonic to mine.
    Have a super T Day Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks a lot, that is very kind of you! I’m so pleased that you like the theme and plan to join in the fun over at Art Journal Journey, you are always so imaginative and I can’t wait to see what you create 😀. I use the Old Jamaica Ginger Beer which has a bit of a kick to it and it’s a lovely combination with the apple juice. I might have to give tonic water a try too 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊

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  5. Your page is beautiful. The quote and images pair so well together. Apple juice and ginger beer sound delicious. I think I saw some ginger beer in the grocery store. Might have to give that combo a try. I’ve never had mead. I just looked up where the Maine Mead Works is located. I’m 3 or so hours southwest. Might be a fun trip. I love their logo of a bee in a honeycomb. Have a great T Day

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    • Thank you! Apple juice and ginger beer is delicious, if it helps I usually mix it with 1/3rd apple juice and 2/3rd ginger beer 😁. Maine Mead Works is a fun place to visit and we went on the tour/tasting, if that’s of interest I included their website link on my page. The logo is ace and they kindly sold us some glasses too which weren’t actually for sale 😀. Have a great T Day too! J 😊

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  6. Good morning, your journal page is jus beautiful and I love the quote too. I am new to ginger beer and am loving it mixed it with different things-I have some apple cider on hand left over from last fall I am thinking that would be good too. Loving your glass too.
    Happy T Day hugs Kathy

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    • Thanks! Remembering Elizabeth’s Summertime Love page that listed all the drinks and statistics, I’m thinking that both ginger beer and mead are probably more popular over here. It would be really cool to give them a try if you find them though 😀. Happy T Tuesday! J 😊

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  7. A really lovely page, Jo, your design is fantastic and I love how you’ve incorporated that beautiful dancer silhouette on it. The quote is fabulous too.
    You have chosen a great theme for AJJ this month!!! I can’t wait to see what comes next!
    Have a lovely week!
    Mar x 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Mar, that’s really nice of you! I really enjoyed creating this page and using the recycled baby wipe with paint on it was fun 😀. I have so many ideas so watch this space … lol! Have a lovely week too! J 😊

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  8. hi jo,congratulations at AJJ this month,your theme rocks,amazing pages you created,i love the backround colors its so perfect for your beautiful dancer,love this page so much 🙂
    the poem its very true and all we a created come from the heart,your cold drink its very delicousous, i love beer with lemon with ice blocks,hmm,yum 🙂
    wishing you a happy week,enyoi them.

    jenny

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    • Thanks very much! Glad you like the theme so much and thanks for linking a page so quickly 😁. I agree, I think everyone who crafts puts their heart into their creations. Beer with lemon sounds good and my hubby makes a wheat beer that is nice served this way, I think I may and go find one to drink now …. lol 😉. Have a happy week too! J 😊

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  9. Thank you for the thoughtful comment you left on my blog, Jo.

    Congratulations on hosting Art Journal Journey for August! I love, love, love your page. I studied, then taught classical ballet for several years, so the quote really appeals to me. I’ve never tried mead. You make it sound quite nice.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • Thanks a lot and you are very welcome! Wow, I didn’t know you studied and taught classical ballet, that’s amazing and I can see why the quote appeals to you. I loved the quote too and I’m glad you liked the page so much as I had so much fun creating it 😁. Hope you have a better week, take care! J 😊

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  10. It’s so good to see you are hosting AJJ this month – I hope I can find time to make some pages in between Grandchildren’s visits and preparing for our France holiday! Your page is wonderful and shows the joy you had creating it! I love that huge bee on the building! Happy T Day! Chrisx

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  11. Huh I’ve never heard of Maine Mead Works. Where in Maine is it? That’s an interesting drink. I’ve never had ginger beer. I should try it sometime I guess. And congrats on being the AJJ hostess. Great new theme. Your page is wonderful, and I love the dancer as well as the texture in the background. I have some ideas for pages to make for this month rolling around in my head. 🙂 Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • It’s in Portland, Maine on Washington Avenue and my friends live in Maine and didn’t know about it either … lol 😉. Thanks so much for your kind words, I loved creating this page and I’m glad you have some ideas in mind to join in the fun too 😁. Happy T Day! J 😊

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  12. Totally off topic, but another cross over phrase: clothes pegs -> clothes pins
    As I find them, I’ll share them with you.

    BTW, if I hadn’t read Chrissie’s post today, I would have never realized that we needed a quote, poem, or saying. DUH. This yank needs to learn British I guess (grin).

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  13. Poetry in motion, what a beautiful theme. I bet you will get some interesting entries.
    I love your dancer page. Such beautfy. I know several dancers and I’m sure they would agree with the quote.
    I don’t think I have had Mead. I have had a sort of honey liquor which was too sweet for my taste. The hot spicey one sounds more like it (although not in this weather…)
    Happy (belated) T-Day,
    Lisca

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    • Thanks very much Lisca! The dancer and quote is so beautiful and I enjoyed creating this page 😀. The hot mead is definitely a winter drink and has spices like cinnamon added, it’s still quite sweet though. Wishing you a Happy belated T Day too! J 😊

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  14. So pleased to see you hosting Jo and the theme is right up my street because I collect quotes and love adding that to my pages – its going to be a fab month – hope you have fun too!
    And what a great start with your beautiful first page.. the swirly flourishes have given the lovely dancer wonderful movement – music is another love of mine so I just adore this!
    Will try and catch up with posts I’ve missed asap.
    Gill xx

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    • Oh, thanks so much Gill! I’m having lots of fun so far, everyone has such brilliant ideas and I love visiting to see their wonderful pages 😀. That’s kind you and I hope to see you at AJJ soon 😉. Hope you managed to get all your digital work and materials downloaded from the site that’s closing, I bet it must have been so time consuming. Enjoy your week! J 😊

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