I had fun creating this page and it is a great reminder of a lovely area of pools and fountains we discovered in Liverpool last week. We were there for my hubby’s birthday and this space was a welcome respite and such a peaceful and relaxing place that you could easily contemplate life from there. It had a beautiful lunar pool and a row of nozzle water fountains, so I got creative and created my page of contemplation. The design is also inspired by some blog challenges with its circles, glass and blue monochrome palette.

For the background I chose pages from an old Pear’s Cyclopaedia which detailed information about the universe and planets to match the lunar pool that we saw; I stuck these pages down using a UHU Stic. To depict the water I chose blue colours for this page and also circular patterns, so I stencilled a circle mask by Dutch Doobadoo using Chipped Sapphire and also Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink with a blending tool. To soften some of these colours I spritzed the page with water and dabbed the ink with a piece of kitchen towel. Next I added strips of a blue dotted paper washi tape from The Works, ripping the edges so it faded into the background more. Then I stencilled the large circles using the same Dutch Doobadoo mask and coloured their centres with Aqua Dolce, Snow Cone and Boysenberry Faber-Castell Gelatos smudging the colour with my finger which I wet with a baby wipe to make it easier to blend.

I wanted to add lots of dimension to these large circles so I started by defining the edges of them using the Dutch Doobadoo mask again to apply some modelling paste. When the paste had dried, I painted it with white DecoArt arcylic paint so the circles stood out more and then covered them with glossy accents. While the glossy accents was still wet, I added white, dark blue and light blue glass beads into the gaps of the circle design to add more interest. I also covered the whole of the dark blue circles with glossy accents so they had a lovely shine; I think they look a bit like glass. I covered the background where I planned to place each of the quotes with a thin layer of white gesso using my finger and once dry, I added the three quotes which are rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel. These quotes seem to be perfect for contemplation:

“Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing”  –  Confucius

“Seeing yourself as you want to be is the key to personal growth”  –  Anonymous

“Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself”  –  Plato

I added some lines around the quotes with an old gift card using Teal and Navy Spectrum Aqua markers so they stood out more. I arranged some pretty blue mini gel stickers on the page with some small white flowers substituting the gem centres for blue gemstones to match my blue monochrome theme. To finish, I coloured some of the paper washi tape and also edged the page using a Navy Spectrum Aqua marker, smudging the ink with my finger.

This tranquil space can be found at Chavasse Park, across the road from Albert Dock next to the Liverpool One Shopping Centre. It’s a beautiful sight with the water, mature trees and grasses. The open pools take on a rippled effect that simulates the water of the nearby docks and the lunar pool remains still, reflecting the surrounding urban environment during the day and the sky at night; it symbolises the impact of the moon’s cycle on the tides.

These nozzle fountains display a wave pattern that emulates the ebb and flow of the tides.

Here I am behind the nozzle fountains trying not to get wet while hubby takes my photo (grin!).


My contemplation page with the positive quotes is perfect for the “Landscapes of the Soul” challenge over at Art Journal Journey so I’m pleased to be able to join Elke from Meerwolkenleben who is hosting this month’s challenge.

All the circles on my page ties in nicely with the “Circles” challenge over at Try it on Tuesday.

I also chose my favourite colour, blue, as it seemed appropriate for the water and stayed true to this colour so I could join the “Monochrome” challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

With the glass beads and glass like effect I created with the Glossy Accents, I’m also joining in the fun over at Mixed Media World and their “Anything Mixed Media Goes with a Twist (Use or Imitate Glass)

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 (White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Chipped Shappire, Mermaid Lagoon)
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Aqua Dolce, Snow Cone, Boysenberry)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Teal, Navy)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Dutch Doobadoo Dutch Mask Art A5 (Geometric Tiles 162478)
  • Pears Cyclopaedia 2007-2008 Edition
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Positive Quotes #ROY554 Rub-on)
  • The Works The Craft Place (Spotted Paper Tapes)
  • Brighton Bead Shop (Glass Beads)
  • Home Bargains (Mini Gel Stickers 30287)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • B&M Craft Goody Bag (Turquoise)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic

37 thoughts on “Contemplation

  1. I am thrilled by your page, fabulous the design with the circles. the quotes are great. The idea of this round fountain you have implemented wonderfully.
    Thanks for linking to the topic at AJJ
    I am happy to have you with so many wonderful works
    great photos of this place with a radiant smile from you!!!!
    happy days in the week

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  2. It is a beautiful contemplation page Jo. You have a wonderful glass like appearance in the raised circles. When I saw your photos I realised how the pool had inspired you.
    It looked a beautiful area to visit.
    Thank you for sharing your fabulous page at TioT’s.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Another AJJ winner, Jo. I was most impressed with the glass like circles and the blue reflecting pools. Certainly well worth the perfect way to remember this special event.

    The fountains and the reflecting pool are well worth inspiring you. I think your art is even more appealing than the fountains!

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    • Thank you, that’s a lovely thing to say! I’m pleased to be able to remember the tranquility and happy feeling this place gave me, it was a wonderful place to discover 😁. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊


  4. What a cool place to celebrate your hubby’s birthday!
    I love your page Jo, those wonderful raised circles with their bead accents, and the beautiful blues! Had to pin it, hope you don’t mind 😉
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
    Alison xx

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  5. Your page is wonderful – the colours, the details, the beads and the circles of modelling paste – a good reminding of the beautiful place you visited with your husband to celebrate his birthday!
    Wish you a happy weekend! Rike x

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    • Thanks so much dear Rike! It was fun to create all the different texture on this piece and also using the beads and a great reminder of hubby’s birthday treat 😁. Hope you had a lovely weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊


  6. Oh wow… you never cease to amaze me with your pages – this one is extraordinary – I am really thrilled about all those fantastic details- the glossy accents and the rub on quotes — oh my gosh — I am in awe of this wonderful page !! You are such a master in bringing your adventures in life to paper in such an artsy fartsy way! GORGEOUS! I love the beautiful photos of the place and your laughing is very charming – always a pleasure to see!
    Happy weekend dear Jo and I say THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    for linking a wonderful page to Art Journal Journey and to Try It On Tuesday!
    We really appreciate your participation ♥♥♥!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thank you dear Sabine! It was a fun page to create with all the different blue mediums and those pretty beads added some lovely texture and insterest too 😁. Hope you had a great weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊


    • Thanks very much! I enjoyed getting creative with this page to give an artistic impression of the tranquility and beauty of the park, I’m so pleased you think it’s magical as the park felt like that to me 😁. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊


  7. Your contemplation page is fantastic, Jo! Love the circles, especially the shining dark blue and also the beads and the little flowers…all these details are so lovely! Interesting photos as usual!
    Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, it is always a pleasure to see your beautiful art!
    Mar 🙂

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  8. I love these colors. You really made the page feel like those fountains. And I like the way the circles pop off the page. I keep expecting some water to spray out. 🙂 It looks like such a pretty place to visit and hope you a fun day out for the Hubby’s birthday. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  9. A fabulous page Jo, love the texture you’ve created around the circles and it’s such aa calming colour. Looks like you’ll have many happy memories of that day.
    Avril x
    p.s. Thanks for sharing at TioT

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