Coco’s Soul Food – Anniversary Special

As a special wedding anniversary treat we went to our favourite restaurant, you may remember it from an earlier post, it’s called Coco’s Soul Food.

I started the page by creating a bright wood effect background using Colourcraft Brusho Colours and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. This technique is very simple in that I just sprinkled Dark Brown, Leaf Green and Turquoise Brushos onto my page then applied the gel medium over the top using a paintbrush making sure my brush strokes were in one direction to create the wood grain finish. Both the colours and wood grain remind me of both the interior decor and exterior colours of the restaurant. To get the shiny finish I applied a thin layer of PVA Glue over the top, which also sealed all the Brusho colour in place. Once the glue had dried, I added the flowers which are rub-on transfers and some white dots which are Docrafts Glitterations stickers. I fussy cut the globe of tropical beach images, which represent the images that can be found on the restaurant walls, from an old magazine and stuck it to the page using a UHU Stic. It’s outlined with a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uni Posca Paint pen. I also fussy cut the restaurant name which was computer printed, coloured the border around the “soul food” sign using a yellow Spectrum Aqua marker which produced an olive-green colour when it was combined with the already grey background. The words are coloured with the white Uni Posca paint pen and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I added the pretty sparkly hummingbirds and some small dots of white, black, pink, light green and purple using Uni Posca paint pens.

I’m pleased to join Elke from Meerwolkenleben who is hosting the “Landscape of the Soul” challenge over at Art Journal Journey as my page is a celebration of love and happiness.

I’m also pleased to be joining the new “Not a Card” challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my art journal page of happy anniversary memories.

I added hummingbirds to my page because of the drinks we had which as you can see had pretty hummingbirds on the can (just above the logo on the right). As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing our mango and guava pop/sodas and saying a big hello to the T Gang! The mango was my favourite and they have plenty of other flavours for us to try next time (grin!). Wishing you all a Happy T Day!

I’ve featured this restaurant before on this post; you may remember the outside is a striking purple and lime green colour. Whilst the interior decor looks very tropical and is a colourful combination of turquoise, yellow and natural wood.

This is the fun counter where you order your food and drinks.

I had my usual yummy Tropical Mango Chicken Salad and a side of sweet potato fries, it was so delicious!

My hubby had one of the specials, Herb Crusted Cheesy Chicken served with a Mango Salad which was very tasty too! As you can imagine, we had the most wonderful time (grin!).

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:

  • Colourcraft Brusho Powders (Dark Brown, Leaf Green, Turquoise)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Yellow)
  • Derwant Graphik Fine Point marker (Black 0.05mm & 0.3mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White, Black, Pink, Light Green, Purple)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Logo computer printout
  • Old magazine
  • Docrafts Glitterations (White Dots
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (SYN1470G, Fab Flowers #ROY-1400, TIP1642G)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Everbuild 501 PVA Glue

53 thoughts on “Coco’s Soul Food – Anniversary Special

  1. Your page could be an advertisement for the restaurant. It’s so colorful and goes well with the soda cans and restaurant decor. Dinner looked delicious and so nice you had a wonderful time. Happy Anniversary! and a Happy T Day

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  2. Oh my- I am totally ready to be whisked off to an island after this!! Love your journal page which would keep me smiling year round-as well as that restaurant photo of you:)
    Those meals both look SO good!!
    Always glad to have photos and the memories of such happy moments. Happy T day!

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  3. You page does look like an advertisement for a island restaurant. I love your faux wood in the background and all the colors! Fabulous!
    I also love the pics of you in the restaurant. the mango chicken salad sounds amazing! I love both mango and chicken. Looks like you had fun! Happy Tea Day!

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  4. Happy anniversary. I thought in one of those photos you were actually sitting at a table on a tropical island not in a restaurant. Boy, your food looks so delicious! And I love your page. You should see if they want it for a menu cover. When we got married we went to the Caribbean on your honeymoon wedding trip. It was a very relaxing beautiful place. So reading about your anniversary and seeing your tropical piece really makes me think back to my wedding. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • Happy Anniversary wishes to you and your hubby too! So funny, oh I wish …lol… the picture on the wall looks amazing …lol 😉. So glad to bring back such happy wedding memories for you too – perfect! Thanks so much and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊


  5. I am in love with your background. I never thought of wood looking like that, but you captured it perfectly. Most impressive. The hummingbirds were the perfect addition to the page and tied in nicely with your drink. Of course, I was immediately drawn to the circle of fun beach inspired images. The entire piece is beautiful.

    I really enjoyed the food you two ordered and I would LOVE to have one of those mango drinks, too. I’ve never seen them before, the brand or the drink. Thanks for sharing your lovely Coco’s spread and your mango (and guava) soft drinks and food with us for T this Tuesday.

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  6. A fabulous tropical page Jo, love the background technique with the Brushos, it gives a great effect .
    Happy Anniversary , and that looks like a great restaurant, food looks delicious – summer on a plate.
    Have a great week,
    Hugs from sunny Crete, Avril xx

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  7. the Journal page is really awesome, that Background is a hoot!! nice to see you had a great day out. and i would love to get this mango-chicken salad for lunch, but i´m afraid – not. i love sweet potatoe fries, they are are around here lately, too and i can´t get enough of them;)
    happy t-day!

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  8. First of all happy Anniversary to you both, you choice of restaurant looks perfect . It looks like it could be situated in warmer climes the way it is decorated, that bar area looks great.
    Your food choice looked delicious and those drinks sound great as well.
    Its a fabulous journal page , I love the background, I will try that sometime with brusho’s, you got a super grain effect.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. I like the look of this restaurant – the tropical flair is gorgeous and your dishes look tempting to me – wow! But most of all I am in awe of your fantastic tropical page – absolutely AMAZING!This background is just brilliant!
    You make me happy to have it linked to AJJ – always a pleasure to see your entries. Your fantastic posts are a delight to read and look at – I am always looking forward to your posts Jo!
    Happy T-DAY!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks so much, you are too kind! The background was fun to create and I love the vibrancy the Brusho colours produce 😁. It’s always a pleasure to join you over at Art Journal Journey too! Wishing you a very Happy T Day dear Susi! J 😊


  10. hi jo,you did Amazing tropical page,love the wood backruond and love the hummingbirds too 🙂
    just brilliant page with the summerfeeling,looks georgus!
    i like the look of the restaurant and your food looks delicious,hmmm,yummy 🙂
    wishing you a happy week,dear jo!


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    • Thanks very much dear Jenny! The hummingbirds look so pretty, don’t they and I know that you would like that they are quite sparkly too, in fact all of the rub-on transfers are sparkly which was hard to capture on the photo …lol 😀. Wishing you a happy week too! J 😊


  11. Happy T Day! I would love to eat at your featured restaurant looks like such a fun spot. Loving your drinks with the hummingbird on the front too-Mango would be my choice to.
    Your art page is beautiful I especially love the background-hugs

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  12. What an absolutely fabulous page! Those colours really are making my day brighter! The food certainly does look yummy too! I had hoped by now that I would have caught up with everyones blogs but I think I am just going to try and keep up for now with new posts as I still can’t sit for long! At least I can craft standing up! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

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  14. Fabulous page Jo! the colours are so beautiful and I love the photos 🙂 Happy Anniversary!! 🙂

    Congratulations you have won the $50 voucher on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Please email us, there is a clickable link on the sidebar of the challenge blog 🙂
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    • Oh my, thank you so much! I am so happy to have won the ‘Not A Card’ Monday challenge as I really enjoy my Art Journaling and I always find your challenges so inspirational. I have emailed you as requested and it’s very kind of you to leave a message to let me know 😁. Thanks again! J 😊


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