Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You

When I started this page I didn’t have any real direction, so I asked my hubby to choose the media and some random colours for my background. He chose a set of brightly coloured Distress Inks; I’m not surprised that he chose these colours as he always prefers vibrant, bright ones. His choice linked perfectly with a saying that always makes me smile “Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You”, so I created this page to link to this month’s theme “Poetry in Motion” over at Art Journal Journey.

I started by stencilling a piece of white card and also the page with modelling paste using a Viva Décor Universal Stencil called Past Times. The paste is mixed with black acrylic paint to turn it black and was left over from a greeting card that I made. Once you add paint to modelling paste it becomes wetter and takes longer to dry, so I left it overnight to dry out completely. Next I took Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks that my hubby had chosen and applied patches of colour to the page using a blending tool keeping the colour in vertical stripes. I also applied the ink pads directly to an acrylic block, spritzed the block with water and pressed it onto the page allowing the different colours to blend where the stripes joined.  Using the block again, I dripped diluted inks onto the page, so they pooled and ran down between the modelling paste when the page was tilted to create channels of colour. I fussy cut the cogs that I had stencilled on the white card and then applied the same Distress Inks, they are stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape to add more dimension. The words are stamped using black Archival Ink on craft tags, which I coloured with the same Distress Inks using a blending tool as well as diluting the ink with water and flicking it onto the tags using a paintbrush. To finish, I added gemstones to the cog centres.

Of late I have been thinking of our Annual International Kite Festival which is normally held on our local beach in August, but this year it’s been scheduled for September instead because of the tides (being a beach event this festival is completely tide dependent and so they choose dates when there is a low tide). As always I’m looking forward to the festival and this colourful and happy page reminds me of the festival’s Samba Sunday and in particular this dancer, who we saw last year – doesn’t she look fabulous!

Here’s the Samba procession as it winds it way down the promenade to the beach and pier. It is fun to watch the dancers, listen to the music and follow the parade; aren’t the costumes amazing!

The band is wonderful and the music is very uplifting. If you are interested, here are some fun facts about samba:

  • Samba music is carnival rhythms which originate in Brazil.
  • The Samba dance is lively, rhythmical and full of energy.
  • The music is played with different instruments, this includes: Bass drums (known as surdo drums) which are used to keep a steady beat; Snare drums; A whistle called an apito which is used by the band leader to begin and end sections of music; as well as other types of un-tuned percussion and different bells.
  • The musicians move along with the dancers. As such most samba drums are made of very light material so that they can be carried through the streets for hours on end.
  • The music is very loud, which is similar to other drumming bands, so it attracts listeners.

I think the Samba dancers and band also encompass the words “Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You”.

I would just like to offer a special thank you for all the lovely supportive comments I have received, and for the wonderful pages that have already been linked to the “Poetry in Motion” theme over at Art Journal Journey! If you want to join in the fun too then all you need to do is link a page that you have created which has been inspired by your favourite poem, quote or saying. I look forward to seeing you there!

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 Modeling Paste High Density
  • Liquitex Artist Colour Acrylic (Ivory Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Viva Décor Universal Stencil (Past Times 9002 703 00)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE907115)
  • The Works (Assorted Craft Tags)
  • Poundland (504 Gems)
  • White card stock
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

26 thoughts on “Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You

  1. ooohh my goodness,your page is amazing,love the bright colors and the stenciling and yes,the saying is so true,your hubby have right 🙂 this theme rocks,and i have so many ideas in my head.
    the kite festival is just beautifully,the ladys looks sexy in here costume *LOL* iam happy you have fun with this.
    wishing you a happy day,dear jo 🙂


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    • Thanks so much dear Jenny! I’m so pleased that you have so many ideas to get creative with 😀. Lol … yes she does … lol, the festival is so much fun and has such a happy atmosphere 😁. Thanks again for your lovely comments and support of this theme at AJJ! Have a great day! J 😊


  2. I absolutely adore this wonderful page – your hubby did an amazing job to pick out this fantastic vibrant colours!
    This page turned out so happy and uplifting and I so love the samba dancers too – fantastic photos – You are lucky to visit the event again in September!
    I once got a Samba costume directly from Rio – one with a huge headdress – a lovely friend who were born and raised in Rio brought it with her for me from Rio and we both were part of a carneval parade at the Wiener Ringstrasse with an Austrian Samba dance school.( No I can’t dance Samba – I just was a guest for the event- lol-) We both had this huge headdresses and had to dance a bit .. I will never forget how the people cheered us. That was amazing – and the colours of your wonderful page represent my memories of that special event in my life.
    I am sad to not find any photo of that event .. but it is nearly 30 years since then.
    I love this page!
    I am so happy to have you as a host for Art Journal Journey dear Jo!
    oxo Susi

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    • Oh Susi, that’s so amazing! It must have been so much fun being part of the parade and to wear such a fabulous original Rio Samba costume – I bet you looked absolutely stunning 😁. Thanks so much and I’m so happy my page rekindled such wonderful memories and that you shared them with me too, I will now think of you everytime I display this page 😀. Thanks again and wishing you a great day! J 😊


  3. I feel like I was just here (grin). This is a beautiful and really colorful piece. I adore it and the bright colors you husband chose. I like how you mixed the colors, too. That was brilliant. And the cogs add the final motion touch, too.

    That samba festival looks wonderful. I think the lead samba dancer, although scantily dressed, was beautiful. I think the entire parade would be fun to see.

    My steel drum friend spent six months in Trinidad in 2000. He went there to play in their Carnival. Trinidad is where steel drums were “born.” They practiced every day for nearly six months in order to take part in the parade which lasted six days. The group he was in was 110 people all playing steel drums and other drumming instruments, like Djembe, Bongos, etc. He took his steel drums with him when he flew there. When he returned, he told me it was like getting his master’s degree, only better.

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    • Thanks very much! It was fun mixing the colours of ink and I liked getting messy with all the drips and pools of ink too 😀. Samba Sunday is always fun and we had such good weather last year too that it felt like being in Rio … lol 😉. Your friend’s adventure sounds wonderful and how amazing it must have been to play with so many others, I bet it was so cool meeting and playing with all the other musicians too 😁. Have a great day! J 😊


  4. The colors on your page are beautiful! Where were you in the samba parade? I will bet you were beautiful in full costume. As they say, if you’ve got it, flaunt it! I think I will put on some music and samba around my kitchen, Wishing you a happy, sambtastic day!

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    • Many thanks, that is so kind of you! I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to wear such a costume … lol 😁 … I think she looks so beautiful and happy which makes me smile 😁. If you could just pipe the music through the computer I’ll happily join you and samba around my kitchen too …lol! It’s always fun chatting with you, have a happy, sambtastic day too! J 😊


  5. Now that’s an idea – ask the hubby to chose the colours. I’ll certainly try that sometime. These colours are fantastic, right up my colourful street, so full marks to your hubby there.
    Your page is so joyful and the black sets off the colours so beautifully.
    How nice to connect it with the Samba Sunday photos which look so bright and cheerful. You have so many different events and places around your area and it is lovely to read about them.

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    • It was fun to see what my hubby chose and I enjoyed working with all these bright colours 😀. I tried quite a few different techniques with the inks to and have never tried pooling them on the page them tilting the book so they ran down it – I had such fun 😁. Samba Sunday would probably of been this weekend if it were held in August, it’s such a colourful and happy festival. We feel very blessed living here and having such fun places and events to visit, I’m glad you enjoy reading about them too! Thanks again for visiting and your lovely comments. Enjoy your week! J 😊


  6. Its a wonderful quote Jo and it is a fantastic, happy page you created.
    Your husband picked out a super colour combination for you to use.
    It is a great background for all the back detailed additions.
    I don’t think I would ask mine as he would always choose darker shades.
    The carnival photos looked lovely and so festive. I hope this years weather will be as kind as last years as it always seem to make folk feel happier.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Your page is so cheery so you must have been thinking of that kite festival. Loving your color choices. And that kite festival looks really fun. I can see why you are looking forward to it. Hugs-Erika
    Oh and thanks for letting me know about the meadery. I go to Portland frequently and so I will have to check it out next time. 🙂

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    • Thank a lot! I think it was a case of happy serendipity that it linked to Samba Sunday as the black modelling paste was left over from a card and my hubby chose the colours, although sometimes I find my subconscious mind works in mysterious ways … lol 😉. Glad the information about the Maine Mead Works was useful 😁. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊


  8. Your page has so cheerful colors and makes good mood, well done dear Jo.
    The photos of the Samba Festival are wonderful and I think the colors of the costumes of the Samba Ladies have inspired you . Amazing costumes, made with lot of fantasy. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Dear Greetings

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    • Thank you! I used new techniques when crating this page which I always love 🙂 . The costumes are amazing and the parade has such a lovely atmosphere come rain or shine …lol! Wishing you a Happy Saturday and Weekend! J 🙂


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