Last week we went to the Blackpool Central Library which dates back to 1911 and was built in the Edwardian Baroque style. I was so inspired by the wonderful architecture and the fabulous interior that I have a few pages that I want to create. This is my first page and is inspired by one of the stunning stained glass window designs that can be found in the library.

Inspired by the window colours and design, I added Gold, Kingfisher and Aquamarine Spectrum Aqua Markers to the page by applying them onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and then pressing the block onto the page. I also dripped the ink from the acrylic block onto the page too. I love the intensity of the colours and how they have layered and merged together. Next I added splatters of black acrylic paint using a paintbrush. Then using black Versafine Ink and an alphabet stamp set by Papermania I stamped the word “Freedom”, which is detailed on the window and is stamped in the same shape as the window design. I applied black Papermania embossing powder over the top of the ink and then shook the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper tapping the page against the table to remove any stray powder; I didn’t take too much care in removing the embossing powder as it adds to the grunge look. Once the excess powder was safely returned to its container, I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the letters, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. I like the way the letters stand out from the background as it looks a bit like the lead of the stained glass. To replicate some of the detail found at the top of the window, I used the same alphabet stamp set to add random black embossed letters to the top and bottom edges of the page using the same technique.  I also secondary stamped some of these letters using the black Versafine ink and then stamped them again using the Spectrum Aqua markers to create a layered look. As a butterfly was part of the window design, I stamped a Vintage-Cherish butterfly image and also a doily stamp, both by Kaisercraft, using the black Versafine Ink. Then I used Glitterations outline stickers to add the black lines and blue gems to add some sparkle which reminds me of the light shining through the glass. For the butterfly, I fussy cut the image from a doodle book, changing the shape slightly. Then I coloured in the zentangle patterns using yellow, light blue, black and white Uni Posca paint pens and stuck it to the page using double-sided tape in the centre and double-sided foam tape to raise the wings and create a 3D effect.

The beautiful colours on my page link to Yvonne from Meggy’s Way‘s theme of “Colour in my World” over at Art Journal Journey.

And the vintage look links to the “Vintage” theme over at The Mixed Media Challenge.

My page also matches the combination of colourful yellow and peacock feather images from the moodboard over at Mixed Media World so I’m joining in their “Anything Mixed Media Goes with Moodboard ” challenge.

As I created this page using lots of stamp images, I’m also linking to the “Stamp It” theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

The Central Library in Blackpool is quite an imposing building being constructed of Accrington red brick with stone dressings and beautiful columns on each side of the doorway. You can see the words “Central Public Library” carved above the doorway and at the very top there is an octagonal leaded dome.

The interior was renovated in 2011 marking the centenary of the building and this included installing some beautiful stained glass windows. This is window that inspired the ink splatters, “freedom”, letters and butterflies on my page design.

It was such a beautiful place that provided me with so much inspiration that I plan to create a few more journal pages which I’ll be sharing with you along with some photos of the interior next week so watch this space.

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 (Gold, Kinngfisher, Aquamarine)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black PMA4021006)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Vintage-Cherish CS831, Doily CS297)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z Clear Stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • North Parade Publishing Ltd (Suduko & Doodles Animal Kingdom)
  • Docrafts Glitterations (Black Borders ANT8181015)
  • Home Bargains (Gem Jewels 63283)
  • X-Press It double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

28 thoughts on “Freedom

  1. I can imagine how inspired you were – this window is really beautiful!
    Your page is an absolutely eyecatcher – all goes together in a perfect way- I am impressed with the lovely butterfly you took from a doodle book. It is just perfect and I am in awe of the intensity of the colours ! AMAZING! What a beautiful entry linked to Yvonne’s theme Jo!
    Thank you very much and I am looking forward to your next pages inspired by this amazing building!
    Happy rest of the week to you and a happy weekend ahead!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thank you dear Susi! I used a bit of artistic licence with the butterfly and changed the image slightly with regard to it’s shape and zentangle patterns, which was fun and the Uni Posca paint pens are brilliant to use. I didn’t dilute the Spectrum Aqua markers too much so the colours are really intense especially with the contrast of gold and blue 😁. The windows are amazing at the library and this one was my favourite. Wishing you a happy week and weekend too! J 😊
      p.s. sorry about my link on AJJ and thanks so much for sorting it out, that’s very kind of you 😁. Hugs J x


  2. I love your page and how your inspiration came from the stained glass window when you visited the Library. Libraries mean a lot to me and I am thrilled when I read that they are are renovated and not demolished for a new building.
    Your page is beautiful and I do love the amazing colour combination, the doodles on the butterfly and how the word is positioned close to how it looks on the window. Altogether a stunning page.
    Thank you for this addition to Art Journal Journey Jo. Like Susi I look forward to seeing your next pages.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. I can see why you added a butterfly to your page Jo. I couldn’t figure it out at first. It makes such a spectacular page ! And a very nice addition to the buildings also. Imposing but solid as though the books will always be there :). Happy end of the week. Hugs erika

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  4. First off, I love all the colors! That butterfly with all the doodles and zentangles is amazing and certainly a focal point! That doily in the background lends the appearance of an arched window just like the one in the library. Such a stunning and fabulously inspired journal page.

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    • I love the colours too, anything with blue makes me smile and I think the gold makes for a very pleasing combination 😁. I was so inspired by the windows and building and this one captured my imagination instantly. Thanks so much and I hope you are having a good week! Enjoy your weekend too! J 😊


  5. What an incredible page. I was very impressed with the butterfly you created. Your zentangles are fabulous and your colors were perfect. I wondered why you added the word freedom until I saw the actual window with the butterfly and word. It is a very good rendition of a beautiful building and a delightful window. Super impressive art, Jo. I’m truly in awe of both pictures and art.

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  6. Your page is beautiful. I always get do much inspiration from you and your instructions are superb! Beautiful color choices. Love the butterfly stamp with the zentangle design and your 3d technique. The page is even better when you see the library window. Perfect! I always go back and look at your posts many times. Eye candy! Have a great weekend!

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    • Thanks so much, that’s very kind of you! I loved creating this page to remember our visit to the library, it was such an amazing place 😁. It made my day to know that you pop back for another look at my posts too 😁. Thank you for making me smile and wishing you a great weekend too! J 😊


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