Be the star you are

 have always found this quote empowering so I thought I would create a page to share it with you for this month’s Art Journal Journey theme, which is “Poetry in Motion”, where you are asked to create a page inspired by a poem, quote or saying.

To tie into the quote, I masked off a large star shape and then I painted some distinctive vertical and horizontal lines using grey watercolour paint making sure that I kept the colour to the right-hand side of the page. Then I used a paintbrush to apply lots of fine splatters of the same grey and also some red watercolour paint; I concentrated the splatters on the bottom right-hand corner and fanned them out across the page like a star burst. Next I stamped an alphabet stamp by Kaisercraft and a star garland stamp by Craft Expressions using black Archival Ink and applied black and white acrylic paint splatters again. I used a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to outline the star and then I removed the masking tape. Next I used the star garland stamp and black Archival Ink again to continue some of the star strands over the white star. The individual letters for the quote are cut from an alphabet paper sheet by Creative Sensations, they are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic and I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I stuck gold outline stickers onto a sheet of paper from the same Design Pad by Creative Sensations, fussy cut them out and stuck them to the page with a UHU Stic along with some little gold star stickers.

I got the idea for the background splatters from some street art that we recently discovered in Blackpool . There are quite a few murals on the side of some buildings and we noticed that rather than leave one of the side walls plain the artist had painted the wall black, then masked it off in a geometrical design and applied lots of fine splatters of paint.

Here’s a close up view of the wonderful art that resulted when the masking tape had been removed – isn’t the texture amazing!

This is the main mural on the other side of the building, painted in 2015 it now looks a bit worn but the images and colours are fabulous.

This mural was on the building next door, I think this one was created as part of Blackpool’s “Sand, Sea & Spray 2016” urban art festival and the way the artist has created the light on the pretty ladies face and also the rain effect is stunning!

I do hope that you are inspired to get creative and join us for this month’s “Poetry in Motion” challenge over at Art Journal Journey! I’m looking 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 White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (Payne’s Gray 465)
  • Rowney Georgian Water Colour (Crimson Alizarin 515)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Graphix Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Alphabet CS887)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/16R2)
  • Homemade wooden stamp block using plasterboard/drywall tape
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Soft Colours CRO730/R)
  • Outline Stickers (Stars Gold)
  • UHU Stic

26 thoughts on “Be the star you are

  1. Your star page is so beautiful! You always put so much techniques in your pages! They always are perfekt and unique! And you never cease to amaze me with your inspiration – this amazing street art photos are no exception! I love the last mural – that’s a WOWSER!!!
    I wish you a happy weekend and say thank you for your great support of Art Journal Journey dear Jo!
    You make me happy!

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    • Thank so much dear Susi! I get inspired all the time from things I see and do and well with such fabulous street art who could not be inspired …lol 😀. Blackpool has lots of street art so we plan to go back to explore and of course take pictures too … lol. Thanks, I’m having so much fun hosting AJJ; it’s lovely to visit people blogs and everyone’s artwork is so amazing and unique 😁. Wishing you a very Happy Weekend too! J 😊


  2. Oh Jo, you really ARE a star. This is a great AJJ entry, and I really like it a LOT. BTW, when I tried to use the link on AJJ, it didn’t work for me. Guess others had better luck, though.

    That street art is awesome. The last photo reminded me of scenes I have seen of Hong Kong. It’s fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank so much, that’s so nice of you! Yes the link was working (as I always check after linking a page) but I’ve had problems with this page so its probably something to do with that so I’ll check it out, thanks for the heads up 🙂 . I loved the street art too. Thanks again and wishing you a Happy Saturday! J 🙂


  3. Its a great page Jo and the star against the awesome background looks fantastic, super techniques.
    The street art looked amazing, it is good to see this type of art on bare uninspiring walls.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks so much Yvonne! The techniques were such fun, it’s always nice to get messy … lol 😉. The street art is amazing and we will be going back to explore and as always take photos 😀. Have a good weekend too! J 😊


  4. Wow! That is a wonderful starburst! I love it.
    Thank you for alerting me to the ‘streetart page’. Yes, you are right. I love Street art. The murals are all different but beautiful in their own way. The girl above the rainy Street is amazingly realistic and the splatter/star paint with the geometrical shapes is amazing. I hope you will show more photos of Blackpool murals if you have them.
    Have a ovely weekend,

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  5. WOW, i love your beautiful stars page,love the glitter on it,and your street art page is Amazing,a big Wowser 🙂
    i love the Woman she is looking from the heaven of the street,this is so wonderful,and iam looking more from the street art 🙂 I Love this,we have here street art too,so artsy.
    wishing you a happy sunday,dear jo !


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  6. I like your page very much, it is something a bit different for you, I think? I like the way you have used the splatter effect, with stars too, and I like the way you have used all the different stars. The letters top right adds even more interest.
    These Blackpool graffiti are tremendous, I especially like the first one with all the images and patterns, like something I would do, each on a few inches, but this artist has painted on a building. Inspiration to work larger!

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    • Yes I think so too, it has a different look and feel to my normal pieces and I had fun experimenting and trying out different techniques 😁. The street art was fabulous and I’d love to see some of your artwork on the side of a building, wouldn’t that be cool! Not sure about working on such a large scale though and probably up high on some scaffolding … lol 😉. Happy Sunday and wishing you a great start to the week! J 😊


  7. Your street art is wonderful inspiration for your star page Jo. I love the splatters and the stars. Stars are pretty cool images, and they really work on the splatters. And I also love the street art. The splatter design piece is so different as is the one that looks like a mosaic. Great challenge. I have 2 more pages almost finished to share. 🙂 Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks a lot! The street art was really cool and I’ve never seen anything like the splatter design before, it looked so beautiful 😀. I’m so pleased you are enjoying the challenge and I can’t wait to see the pages you’ve been working on, how exciting 😀. Hope you had a lovely weekend and Happy Monday! J 😊


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