Heart of Patina

Having visited Liverpool recently for my hubby’s birthday, I was inspired by the beautiful patina of the bronze statues that can be found around the city. The most famous statues of this sort, and also my favourite, are the Liver Birds which sit atop the Royal Liver Building along the riverfront of the Mersey. I created a patina effect heart as part of my design and also used a quote from one of my favourite poets, I hope you like it!

I started this page by crumpling up a piece of white tissue paper a number of times to create creases in it, then covering my page with glue using a UHU Stic I stuck the tissue paper on top whilst trying to retain the creased texture. When the glue had dried I added Milled Lavender, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather and Black Soot Distress Inks using a blending tool. Then I applied the same Distress Ink colours to an acrylic block and dragged it across the page which coloured the peaks of the tissue paper creases with intense colour; I love how this highlighted the texture. Next I stencilled Pébéo modelling paste around the outside edge of the page using a patterned stencil from Craft Sensations. I also applied some white gesso with a palette knife around the edges of the page and heated it with a heat gun so it bubbled to add more texture.  Once the modelling paste had dried, I dripped on some diluted Peacock Feather Distress Ink drying it with the heat gun again. Then I applied Midnight Sparkle and Silver Grey metallic lustre around the edge of the page with my finger, which highlighted the beautiful texture from the gesso and modelling paste and darkened the edges of the page. I then added the gold flowers and circles which are peel-off stickers. To create the small hearts I covered white paper with gold leaf using Annie Sloan Gold Size and used a heart paper punch by Tonic Studios to cut them out and coloured them with the Peacock Feather Distress Ink. I then drew around the heart shapes on the background where they were to be positioned with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush maker smudging it with my finger and finally I stuck down the hearts using a UHU Stic.

To make the patina heart, I used a heart-shaped gift tag and covered it with modelling paste using the same Craft Sensations stencil. One dry I applied the same four colours of Distress Inks that I had used on the background and some gold leaf using the Annie Sloan gold size. Then I covered the heart with a thin layer of DecoArt Media crackle glaze and once it was dry I applied some diluted ink from a black Faber-Castell Big Brush maker wiping off the excess with a baby wipe to highlight the crackle. To add more shine, I applied more gold leaf around the edges of the heart. For the quote, I used paper from a Design Pad by Craft Sensations and stamped the words using black Archival Ink and an alphabet stamp set by Dovecraft. I edged the paper with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush maker and some gold online stickers, and then I stuck it to the page using double-sided tape; this finished the page.

Have you heard of Atticus before? He is quite a new phenomenon and is very well known on Instagram for his poetry. He is a young writer from Canada and it’s hard to find out much about him as he is quite mysterious and prefers to stay anonymous. He wrote a book of poetry called “Love her Wild” which is amazing and you can find more of his work on his website, Facebook and/or Instagram sites.

The Royal Liver Building is home to two fabled Liver Birds, one watching over the city and the other out to sea. Legend has it that if these two birds were to fly away then the city would cease to exist. “Liver” in this case is pronounced “live” as in “alive” and “er” – “live-er”.

The Royal Liver Building opened in 1911 and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city of Liverpool. It’s located at the Pier Head and along with the neighbouring Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building and collectively these buildings are known as the “Three Graces”.

This building is privately owned, so we popped into the reception area to take a peek and we discovered the most amazing marble entrance hall (grin!).

Here’s my hubby’s birthday treat, at Rococo café which you may remember from a previous post of mine. My hubby had a Malteser (malt ball) slice and I had lemon cake with our green tea and also cucumber or mint/lemon infused water – delicious! We also had a sandwich, but had eaten it before we remembered to take pictures!

As T Stands for Tuesday – I’m saying a big hello and welcome to the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

This black cat was adorning the window at the café – Happy Halloween!

I’m posting my page a little earlier than usual so I can join in the weekend fun with Yvonne from Meggy’s Way. You can enter any project to win some fabulous napkins and Yvonne is very kindly providing us with this wonderful Halloween treat!

Challenges

I’m pleased to join Elke from Meerwolkenleben who is hosting the “Landscape of the Soul” challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the wonderful quote I used.

I’m also pleased to be able to join the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their “Anything 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Milled Lavender, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Craf-T Products Lustre Rub-ons Color Kit #4 (Midnight Sparkle, Silver Grey)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Vintage Chic Creations CR0701/PL4)
  • Wilko (Luxury Gift Tag)
  • White tissue paper
  • White paper
  • Gold leaf
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch (Classic Heart 858E)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-off Stickers (Gold 0442)
  • Annie Sloan Water Based Gold Size
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

46 thoughts on “Heart of Patina

    • Thanks so much Alison! It was my first time creating this sort of patina effect and I enjoyed experimenting 😁. So funny that you remember the Liver Birds sitcom, I remember it too (that shows my age too, doesn’t it …lol) and I bet like me you’ll be singing the theme tune all evening now …lol 😉. Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, the weather has been sunny here so we’ve had a busy weekend of walking and meeting up with friends 😁. Now all I have to do is catch up on two days of blogs …lol 😀.  Have a great evening and a happy new week! J 😊 x

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  1. Those huge birds! Thx for including the pronunciation guide 🙂 I think the story of them watching over the city is lovely.

    Both the desserts look tempting, and that teapot is adorable. That cat makes the perfect seasonal decoration, doesn’t it!

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  2. Your page is gorgeous Jo. You did a great job getting it have some patina look! And the Royal Liver Building is quite the amazing piece of architecture. I knew Liverpool was a big city but I didn’t think of it as having such beautiful architecture. I think with that cake for a snack and such cool things to see your husband and you must have had a fantastic little journey. 🙂 Hope you have a fantastic T day and Halloween too. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thank so much Erika! Liverpool is full of the most amazing architecture, it’s one of the reasons I love going there so much 😁. We had a great time and I hope you have a fantastic T Day and of course a Happy Halloween too! J 😊

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  3. Super page, love, love, love the background effects with all that texture and gorgeous design elements! You always write such interesting posts, I shall now have to find out more about this Atticcus who is new to me! It sounds as if you had a great trip to Liverpool, and of course Happy Halloween!

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  4. I love the background effects Jo, fantastic textures and I was pleased to read that I’m not the only one who uses fingers to blend in colours .
    It looks like you had lovely weather for you trip to Liverpool, super photos.
    The cake looks delicious I think i would have been wanted to taste both of pieces and a pot of tea sounds good to me.
    The cafe window looked great, but I think that cat didn’t look to happy.
    Happy Halloween and T day wishes for Tuesday Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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    • There is nothing better then blending colours with your finger …lol 😉. Lol …both pieces sounds fun ….lol 😀. I loved the cat and think he must be a real softie at heart …lol! Thanks so much and wishing you a Happy Halloween and T Day wishes too! J 😊

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  5. this is a beautiful imaginative journal page
    with the beautiful quote. The heart is wonderful the machart I love.
    I am very happy that you have linked again with the topic Landscapes for the Soul at AJJ. Thank you!
    beautiful photos and hallewoon tag is great with cat!!!
    have a happy new week!
    Elke

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    • Thanks so much! I’m so happy to be joining your challenge again over at AJJ, you are such a wonderful host and I’ve had lots of fun getting creative for your theme this month 😁. Wishing you a happy new week too dear Elke! J 😊

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  6. What a GRAND post! Love your art and your share! I was in Liverpool this past summer and this really reminds me of this special city! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

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    • Liverpool is such a great place to visit, I’m glad you enjoyed your visit too 😁. Thanks very much for stopping by and your kind comments! I enjoyed capturing memories of Liverpool and sharing them with you over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

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  7. I am sorry I’m late visiting. My batteries had a meltdown. I adore the beautiful piece you created for AJJ. The scrunched tissue is fabulous and gives so much wonderful texture. I think the heart has a lot of great texture, too.

    What a fabulous building. The birds and their legend are wonderful.

    Looks like your husband had a great birthday and the two of you had a fun time out. That cake has me wanting some right now. Glad you shared it and your tea with us for T this Tuesday. BTW, that marble was to die for!

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    • No problem, I didn’t think you were late 😁. Hope all is well and thanks for your kind comments. I love the Liver Building and I’m glad we peeked inside, the marble is so spectacular, isn’t it 😀. Wishing you a happy new week and sending you The Day wishes! J 😊

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  8. Good morning such a beautiful page you have created and I love the quote which I was not familiar with Your inspiration for this piece was wonderful! I thank you for sharing all the photos. Happy Birthday to your hubs and Happy Halloween!!
    Happy T Day hugs Kathy

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    • Thanks so very much Kathy! We had such a wonderful time in Liverpool and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos too 😁. My hubby says thank you for the birthday wishes too 😀. Wishing you a wonderful week and sending you very happy Halloween and T Day wishes too! J 😊

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  9. This page is simply AMAZING – I love all about it, the background the patina effects – the fantastic quote! WOW! Thank you so much for joining us once again at AJJ dear Jo with this awesome page!
    Your photos are adorable and the cakes and coffee/tea – makes me hungry just now!
    Happy T-Day!
    Have a great start of November and Happy Halloween !
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks very much! The patina was fun to create and I seem to remember you’ve come across Atticus before, didn’t you use his quote on a beautiful feather page you created in August which inspired quite a few people 😁. It’s always my pleasure to join in the fun at AJJ! Wishing you a great new week, a Happy Halloween and very happy T Day wishes! ! J 😊

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  10. Wonderful Jo! I love the combination of turquoise and golden color so much. The Heart with the embossed ornaments look so nice. It is a dream! Bravo!
    Dear Greetings and have a nice new week dear friend.
    Sabine

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  11. Love the texture and color on your page. You captured the color of the Liver birds perfectly. I enjoyed the history of the city. Happy Birthday to Hubby. The cakes look fabulous. The black cat on the window is my favorite. Happy T Day! Happy Halloween

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    • Thanks so much! I love the Liver Birds and enjoyed creating the patina to remember them 😁. I thought you might like the black cat, I thought of you when I saw it 😀. Happy Halloween and sending you happy T Day wishes too! J 😊

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  12. another brilliant art page full of wonderful details and layers. The patina and shimmer is fab! Would love to see Liverpool in person-what a magnificent looking building and one can only imagine what lurks beyond that amazing entry:)
    Seems to me like you and hubs always find the perfect desserts to enjoy wherever you go-mmmm.
    Happy T day and happy Halloween too!

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  13. First off, I have to tell you how good those cakes and tea look!!! I want some! You and your hubby always seem to be visiting cafes and drinking tea with pastries. My kind of life!
    I really am loving this page. The crackly background in white really sets off that lovely textured heart. I just love patina effect that you have achieved on this page. Really beautiful.
    Happy tea day!
    Kate

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  14. Jo i’m so glad you told us how to pronounce the LiverBirds or i’d still be going around calling them LiverBirds as in that organ we all have..lol I just love the architecture … almost as much as i love your ArtJournal page… what great patina you achieved… and that quote!! Really beautiful… Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  15. your journaling page is one of the best ever!! i also love the Quote on it and must go to investigate about atticus.
    i enjoyed your tour de Liverpool – good Information about the pronounciation of the birds.
    happy t-day and Halloween! (the cat is cool!)

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  16. Jo, I love reading how journal page inspiration strikes you. From patina on statues to a beautiful page like that – you’re inspiring me ;-). Great tips, e.g. highlighting raised surfaces using an acrylic block. The patinaed heart is fabulous!

    I enjoyed reading about the Three Graces and Liver birds on the Royal Liver Building. The building is quite an architectural gem.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • Thanks so much Eileen, that is such a lovely thing to say! I’m always inspired by things around me and the patina effect was a fun technique to experiment with 😉. So glad you enjoyed reading all the information too, thanks! Wishing you a speedy recovery and sending you Happy T Day wishes! J 😊

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  17. What a beautiful page and amazing quote (I’m going to check out this poet).
    Thank you for explaining about the liver birds. I had Heard of them and know that there also was a sit com by that name with Joanna Lumley(?). The liver building is beautiful. I understand Liver is the name of the company, but is Liver also the name of the river Liverpool is situated upon?
    Yes, I remember you writing about that café. I must say your cakes look yummy. I would love a slice of the malteser cake. (I’m very partial to Maltezers)
    Happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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    • Thanks very much Lisca! Yes there was also a sitcom, it starred Nerys Hughes and Polly James, I don’t think Joanna Lumley was in it 😁. The building was built as the headquarters to the Royal Liver Assurance and the river it is situated upon is the River Mersey. Thanks again and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

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  18. What a fabulous page and a great reminder of Liverpool for me – I was at college there in the 70’s!
    We had a trip planned for Thursday but as the repair man came to fix the fridge/freezer today but didn’t have the right part he is coming back on Thursday. This is the 2nd time we have cancelled a trip to Liverpool so maybe next time will be 3rd time lucky! I haven’t had a malteser for years – I used to love them pre Diabetes days!! Happy T Day! Chrisx

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  19. I truly love the heart page you did!!!! I love hearts. ♥ The Liver Birds are really cool too and hopefully will remain where they are as the building is beautiful and it would be a shame to lose it.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your visits are always appreciated. ♥♥3♥

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