Love Vintage

I love all things vintage and wanted to try out some new techniques that I’ve discovered from visiting other people’s blogs. For me this page is a lovely reminder of friends because not only is it inspired by their techniques and the blog challenges they are currently hosting, but the vintage style of the page is also inspired by a recent visit with our dear friends to Lytham Hall.

The first technique involves using a heat gun with gesso and came from my good friend Astrid who loves all things vintage too. Then I added lots of splatters and a teabag which reminds me of the lovely Alison as she often incorporates both these techniques into her artwork.

I started the page by adding modelling paste through a stencil from DecoArt and using a Kaisercraft Keys stamp with Grape Jelly Memento Ink. Next I painted white gesso onto the whole page, leaving it thick in some places and dried it with a heat gun so it blistered and created some lovely texture. I added Tea Dye and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks to the background by applying the pad directly to the page and used a wet paintbrush to blend the ink. Then I applied black 3D Pearl Effects paint in diagonal bands across the page with my finger, I also added Peach, Earl Grey, Fig and Caramel Faber-Castell Gelatos, which I scribbled onto the page and smudged with my finger. Next I applied a very thin layer of gesso over the whole page with a paintbrush and while it was still wet I wiped most of it off with a baby wipe and a piece of kitchen towel; this created a translucent grungy look.

Next I added Amber and Midnight Sparkle metallic lustre to emphasise the gesso and modelling paste textures. I coloured the edges of the page using a Desert Spectrum Aqua Marker, smudging the ink with my finger. The numbers are rub-on transfers by Kaisercraft and Letraset which I had leftover, and to add the splatters I used black and white acrylic paint. I then tore a vintage design paper by Craft Sensations into three pieces, edged them with the Desert Aqua marker and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. When the glue had dried, I doodled along the edge with a black Uni Pin marker to add more definition. The black filigree shapes are pieces of decorative tape by Poundland which I cut and stuck onto the page. I also used some domino stickers from the Idea-ology Crowded Attic Collection by Tim Holtz which I edged using a black Faber-Castell marker. I added more splatters of black acrylic paint and also Tea Dye Distress Ink to the paper and stickers so that they looked more in keeping with the grunge background.

I created a collection of items as a focal point which included: a used dried teabag stamped with the Kaisercraft key images using black Archival Ink and stuck down using a UHU Stic; a piece of black decorative tape; a leaf from The Handmade Paper Company which I covered in Emboss ink and then I held the leaf with tweezers covered it with black Papermania embossing powder, shook off any excess powder and used a heat gun to melt the powder until it changed to a glossy finish; a black feather; the word ‘Love’, which I thought tied into the friendship theme, is made of wood from The Works and is stained with Tea Dye Distress Ink and covered with Glossy Accents; a red silk flower and pearl that I added to its centre; and finally a Pearl Charm brad which I covered on the back with masking tape to prevent damage to the next journal page. To finish, I outlined the word “vintage” with a black Uni Pin marker and covered the letters in Glossy Accents so they stood out more.

 As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing a pot of tea, scone with clotted cream and jam and a lemon meringue pie with my friends at the T Gang! This was taken when we visited Lytham Hall recently with our friends, don’t you just love the pretty vintage china – Happy T day!

Lytham Hall is beautiful and it’s a place we visit often; you may remember it from my snowdrop post earlier this year. It seems our recent visit may have inspired my colour palette for this page (grin!) and as you can see they have lots of china on display, beautiful glass jar lights and right at the bottom of the counter a little door (which is part of a ‘Secret Door Trail’ popular with children, you’ll find similar doors around the Hall grounds).

I love vintage and I know that my friend Yvonne from Meggy’s Way does too, so I thought I’d join her “Colour in my World” challenge over at Art Journal Journey – I hope you like this vintage colour palette with the vibrant pop of red!

As my page is inspired by friends, I’m also pleased to join the talented design team over at Try it on Tuesday for their “My Friend” challenge.

As I made this page with Astrid in mind and she is part of the design team over at The Mixed Media Challenge, I’m pleased to be able to join their “Vintage” theme too.

With my love of using mixed media to create my art journal pages, I’m also joining in the fun over at Mixed Media World for their “Anything Mixed Media Goes” challenge.

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 Modelling Paste
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Grape Jelly)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Hickory Smoke)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Dovecraft Essentials 3D Pearl Effects (Brights – Black DCB592PD)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Peach, Earl Grey, Fig, Caramel)
  • Craft-T Products Luster Rub-ons (Amber, Midnight Sparkle)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Desert)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Tsukineko Emboss embossing stamp pad (Clear)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black PMA4021006)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Keys CS801)
  • DecoArt Amdy Skinner Mixed Media Stencils (Shedded ANDY08)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Vintage Romance 154897)
  • Used dried teabag
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crowded Attic (Salvage Stickers #TH92898)
  • Poundland Decorative Border Tape (Black)
  • The Handmade Paper Company (Nature’s Touch of Art)
  • The Works The Craft Place (Wooden Decorations)
  • The Works (Craft Flowers)
  • Trimcraft (Pearl Charms LCTOP003)
  • Black feather
  • Pearl
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic & Glue Pen

54 thoughts on “Love Vintage

  1. Jo, I love your journal page, absolutely gorgeous vintage details and colours and of course the wonderful techniques you used look fantastic. The pop of red with the tiny flower does remind me of vintage china as well. Thank you for another great page for Art Journal Journey.
    The cafe at Lytham Hall looks so inviting, I would choose a Cream scone as well, it looks delicious.
    Happy T day Wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. Oh what a totally wonderful page (but then I would think that he, he, as it is so vintage). Gorgeous, gorgeous colours and that pop of red, really brings it to life! Thank you so much for the shout out sweety, and what a lovely place Lytham Hall looks!! That cream scone looks so delicious. perfect for that setting! Happy Tuesday, – I’ll be baby sitting for most of the day and by the way I showed my little grand daughters the Wiener Philamonic New Years clip on Youtube you linked to the other day, (they are 3 and nearly 5).They absolutely loved it and it has become a favourite treat, we have watched it 3 times already :o) They think the balerinas are princesses….
    Thanks also for adding your wonderful piece to the MMM vintage challenge! xxx

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    • Thanks very much! I’m glad you like the page and I so enjoyed using your gesso technique too 😁. How wonderful that your grand daughters loved the YouTube clip, I love the ballerinas too and they do look like princesses. What a lovely treat and I wonder how many times you’ll watch it today while you are baby sitting …lol 😉. Enjoy and wishing you a Happy Tuesday too! J 😊


  3. Your journal page is fabulous. Your gesso blisters turned out better than mine, and I simply adore how you shared all the details of how you made this page with us. There is so much happening in your journal page, I was truly impressed.

    That’s a stunning tea set at Lytham Hall. It looks like a place I could relax and enjoy tea with friends, too.

    I was in awe of your journal page today, and you met SO many challenges with it. Thanks for sharing it and your stop at Lytham Hall to share tea with us for T this Tuesday. Vintage looks good on you!

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    • Thanks you! I love all the challenges, they add so much inspiration to my pages and I have to get really creative to incorporate them all which is such fun 😁. I think your gesso blisters you created were awesome and actually better than mine …lol! Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊


  4. What a beautiful vintage page!! And I just love that touch of red with the flower. So many wonderful elements and layers and you do it so well Jo!
    Your tea is so welcoming. I have teacups and small dishes so similar to these and I do believe they are English:)
    Happy T day!

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  5. That is a gorgeous vintage page Jo.I like the pieces you added and the darkened edges on your vintage paper. I also really think that lemon meringue pie looks really yummy. I haven’t had that kind of pie for a very long time. Maybe I need to make one. 🙂 Hope you have a great T day. Hugs-Erika

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  6. So pretty, Jo! I am loving your vintage take on this layout. And inspiration from such wonderful artists. My favorite is the splatters, texture and torn vintage papers.
    And I would love to have tea at your Lytham hall. The tea and treats look mouth watering!

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  7. you do vintage so well, and i think the red is a wonderful exclamation mark on the page!
    the China is looking beautiful and the scone Looks so tasty. every time i see one on the british Posts i wonder why they are not popular here… maybe they better go together with a tea culture than a coffee one? don´t know, but i would love to have them here, too:)
    happy t-day!

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    • Thank you! Poundland is a great place for picking up craft supplies and I have some of their papers too, I think the design pad I used for this page was from The Range which is another great place to shop …lol 😉. Wishing you a Happy T Day!


  8. What a beautiful vintage page with so many wonderful details and fabulous techniques inspired by your artistic friends! Alison and Astrid are such inspiring Ladies! I would love love love to have a scone with clotted cream and jam and one slice of this amazing looking lemon meringue pie .Thank you so very much for joining your gorgeos page – I love all about it – did I mention this yet?- with Art Journal Journey and Try it On Tuesday! Happy rest of the week dear Jo!
    Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi ♥♥♥

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  9. That is a lovely page. I love anything ‘vintage’.
    The cafe is delightful. Yes, I remember seeing it in a previous blogpost. Cream tea is on our list of food wishes while we are in the UK. Fish & chips, Cornish pasties and bacon butties have already been ticked off. As we will be going to Devon again next week, this wish will be fulfilled.
    Happy T-Day,

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    • Thank you Lisca! Sounds like you are having a fun time trying all our different foods, don’t forget when eating scones in Devon it’s cream first then jam unlike Cornwall which is jam then cream …lol 😉. Have fun and Happy T Day! J 😊


  10. Jo you have created such a beautiful art page-I love all the techniques you used in this page and the stamped tea bag was an awesome addition. you are such a good artist
    Yes I loved the vintage dishes and I would love a cup of tea the pastries look delicious too
    Happy T Day Kathy

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  11. Jo i can’t thank you enough for all your lovely comments today and this past week while i attempted to post more often… thank you from the bottom of my heart… Is there any better ArtJournal page than one inspired by friends ?? i think not… Happy T day Jo… Lemon Meringue pie.. be still my heart… Hugs! deb

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  12. to reply to your comment on my post–I do love craft magazines too and speciality magazines-the beer magazine sounds like fun to read. we are getting more and more small craft beer breweries here in the states now. mmmm cinnamon rolls out of the freezer-sounds perfect for breakfast

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  13. I love vintage too, and of course as always your page is fabulous, so many wonderful techniques! I love scones and clotted cream, just a little touch of heaven. I forgot to mention on your library art pages, it always makes me think of the tv show Blackpool. Did you ever see it?

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  14. Hi Jo, (sorry I’m a bit late in replying) this is a wonderful page and it’s your friends that have inspired you, so it a great take on the Friend theme at TioT.
    Wonderful pictures of Lytham Hall, thanks for the link, it was lovely to read about the connections to Durham (20 mins from where I live) DD was at Uni in Preston and we had a few days out in Lytham, wish I’d visited there.
    Avril xx

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments! Backgrounds are always a favourite of mine to create too and I enjoyed joining in the fun over at Mixed Media Monthly and your fab Vintage challenge. It’s so nice to meet you and wishing you a great week! J 😊


  15. oh my soul so many products and techniques to create this beautiful vintage feel page! and that little pop of red! it so very much makes the whole page. ii love creating / playing with backgrounds and sometimes find I am not quite sure how to finish it so put it always…now I am going to try that little pop of colour… I also love how you link these back to your friends and that a spot of tea is ‘shared’ with us all. thank you so much for playing along and entering into our vintage challenge at Mixed Media monthly!

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    • Yes, I think I may have out done myself with all the products I used …lol 😉. The pop of red certainly finished the piece beautifully and I love the vintage look too. It’s so nice to meet you and thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments! Wishing you a great week! J 😊


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