Discover the Magic

We recently went on a beautiful circular walk up to Rivington Pike summit which has the most breathtaking views. This walk took us through some amazing woodland and terraced gardens and we had such a wonderful time that I created this journal page to remember the magic that we discovered there!

For the background I used Milled Lavender, Cracked Pistachio and Tea Dye Distress Inks as well as a Charcoal Spectrum Aqua Marker by applying each of the inks directly to an acrylic block and holding the block over the page I spritzed it with water until the ink dripped onto the page. I also pressed the block onto the page in places and then I repeated the process again with each colour. I used the Milled Lavender and Tea Dye Distress Inks as well as black Archival Ink to stamp a Script from Kaisercraft. As a reminder of the woodland I stamped a tree bark stamp from BoBunny using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and to depict the ferns that we saw in the terraced gardens I also stamped a fern image from Royal & Langnickel using Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. The page was then splattered with black acrylic paint using a paint brush. Next I tore pieces of music sheet and a turquoise blue decoupage paper into strips, to represent the waterfalls and pools that we saw and heard on our walk; they are stuck to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I also tore a Penny Black sticker and added the shards to the page to add further texture and colour. Once the gel medium had dried I outlined the paper and sticker pieces with a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more. The words are rub-on transfers, these represent the wonder and magic that we discovered during our walk. I added some gold outline stickers to represent the sunshine and autumnal gold colours of the leaves in the woodland. As we discovered lovely brickwork throughout the terraced gardens I stencilled a brick design using Pébéo modelling paste and a stencil from Craft Sensations, as well as a stencil made from a piece of plasterboard/drywall tape. Once the paste had dried, I coloured them with Cold Grey and Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush markers.

Then I stamped a bird image from Craft Sensations using black Archival Ink; I like the way the bird is looking out across the page as we did towards the views whilst on our walk. For the autumnal leaves, I used some leaves that were leftover from a previous project. The large oak and maple leaf images are from a stamp set by BoBunny and the smaller leaves are from a stamp set by Crafter’s Companion; they are stamped using black Archival Ink on a white medium weight paper. The paper is sprinkled with Scarlet, Yellow, Orange and Dark Brown Colourcraft Brusho powders and spritzed with water to react the bright and colourful Brusho colours. I fussy cut the leaves and then added more colour to them using Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks and a blending tool. Once dry I covered them with DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze, varying the thickness over the leaves and left them to dry overnight. I used a russet metallic lustre wax from Craf-T Products to accentuate the crackle patterns and I stained the edges of the leaves with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck them to the page using matte gel medium. To finish, I also stuck some paper flowers, with sparkly gem centres, to the page using the gel medium again.

The circular route up to Rivington Pike started off in style with a beautiful tree-lined avenue leading up to the woodlands.

The woodland path leads to the Rivington Terraced Gardens that are situated on the hillside below Rivington Pike; they occupy 45 acres in total. They were originally created between 1905-1922 for soap magnate Lord Leverhulme as a spectacular venue for him to relax in and entertain. Here we discovered woodland paths that crisscross and link stone bridges, archways, pavilions and water features; they are all currently undergoing restoration.

After exploring the terraced gardens we came across this beautiful archway leading up to track which leads to Rivington Pike, isn’t it beautiful!

Rivington Pike is hill summit which is 1,191 feet above sea level and is a prominent local landmark, the earliest record of this hill dates back to 1325. The building at the top is Pike Tower which was built in the eighteenth century as a hunting lodge.

The view is amazing and on a clear day you can see Blackpool Tower, the Isle of Man and the Lake District fells. At the summit we stopped and sat at one of the benches and had our pack lunch whilst we admired the views (grin!).

We walked down a different trail heading back towards the terraced gardens and discovered this four-storey building which is Pigeon Tower. The top floor was Lady Leverhulme’s sewing and music room and the second and third floors housed dovecotes.

There were some lovely views over the countryside from the tower.

This is Lever Bridge and its design is based on a bridge that Lever saw in Nigeria. It’s also known as Seven Arch Bridge as its large arch is crossed by six smaller ones.

Being a warm sunny day, it was lovely way to see the last of the autumnal colours and discover the stunning views and scenery – what a wonderful place it was to visit (grin!).


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

As walking keeps you warm on crisp sunny autumn days, I joining the lovely Chris and her wonderful “101 Ways to Keep Warm” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

With two types of stencilled brickwork, I’m pleased to join Country View Challenges with their “Stencils” challenge and also Moo Mania & More with their “Put a Stencil On It” challenge.

I’m joining in the fun again over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and their “Nature” challenge as I enjoyed using my stamps to create the leaves, background and pretty bird for this page.

I’m also pleased to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their “Tear It Up” challenge with the torn papers and stickers that I used for my background.

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, Cracked Pistachio, Tea Dye, Ground Espresso, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Charcoal)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Ivory Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Sanguine 188 B, Black 199)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Colour (Scarlet, Yellow, Orange, Dark Brown)
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze (DMM16)
  • Craf-T Products Lustre Rub-ons Color Kit #4 (Russet)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Royal & Langickel Clear Choice Stamps (Pressed Leaves MIN-CCS102)
  • BoBunny Stamps (Rough It Up #12105155, Falling Leaves #12105154)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CRO274/16R1)
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies Autumn Morning Stamp Set (Rustling Leaves S-AUT-ST-RUS)
  • Poundworld DecoTime (Paper Patch DS9454)
  • Bosworth Violin Studies music book
  • Penny Black 2010 Stickeroos (Petals & Poetry 10-207)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Motivate Sentiments #ROY510 Rub-on)
  • Letraset transfer (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm RDC0251)
  • Magenta Style outline stickers (Daisy Gold 93326G)
  • Poundland (Accessories Pack 60911, Gem Florettes 117128)
  • 151Adhesives Plasterboard & Drywall Tape
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

55 thoughts on “Discover the Magic

  1. Beautiful page and a lovely way to create a memory. The colors you chose are gorgeous, and I love the little bird surveying all. Maybe Lord Leverhulme, himself. He certainly chose a magnificent spot to relax in. Looks like you got a spectacular weather day to enjoy the view, too.

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    • Thanks a lot! It’s a page full of memories and I enjoyed creating it 😁. The little bird is so pretty and we saw quite a few flitting about the trees and bushes, they didn’t stay still long enough to have their photo taken …lol 😉. We thought we’d take advantage of the good weather too, it was a beautiful day for walking! Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊


  2. Your journal page is beautiful and captures the lovely walk you had to Rivington Pike. The colours are great, and love the little bird enjoying the view. Beautiful photos, too, looks a great place to visit. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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    • Thanks so much! It sure is a beautiful place and well worth a visit! We have added it to our walking list so will definitely be going back 😁. It was a great page to create, it reminds me of the magic that we discovered there! Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend! J 😊


  3. A wonderful page – I adore how fantastic you put all the details together and came up with the most beautiful and complex page. You captured this fantastic trip to Rivington Pike perfectly! I can imagine that you were most inspired by this fantastic views! A lovely landscape!!!Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos with us!
    I am really happy to see you at Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania & More again !
    You always make me happy with your fantastic posts – but I think you know this meanwhile!
    I love your blog!♥

    Happy weekend my friend – I thought by myself I would really enjoy to craft with you and see how you use your stampblock always so masterly to create those fantastic pages!
    Happy weekend Jo!
    Enjoy it!

    oxo Susi

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  4. This page is so interesting. I particularly like the tiny words you included. Your walk took you through such beautiful areas. It looks like it might be a challenging walk in places. The views are amazing.

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    • It was lovely to see the last of the autumnal colours and those views were stunning! I didn’t really notice it at the time but I suppose it must have been uphill most of the way and there were quite a few steps up to the summit itself. I think it may have been more challenging if we had taken a direct route up to the Pike, however the terraced gardens wound around the hillside so it didn’t seem very steep at all when we walked through them 😁. Thanks so much and wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊


  5. Jo, your pages are gorgeous! I really like how the teal pops through the torn areas, and how that contrasts so beautifully with the fiery colors of your leaves. The music notes are a lovely touch too. I really enjoyed your photo adventure, what a beautiful area! Thanks so much for your lovely comments, I really enjoy them! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous project with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! hugs, Maura

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    • Thanks so much, that’s so kind! We had such a great time walking on this sunny autumnal day that I just had to capture it in my journal page 😁. It’s always fun to join you over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge too, thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊


  6. This looks a wonderful destination for a walk. The photos are beautiful and it looked a lovely day to be in the countryside. Although I imagine it would be quite a cool day at this time of the year.
    Your journal page is fantastic. i loved the sweet little bird looking across the page.
    Have a good weekend Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. This page is as gorgeous the views from your walk. I would love to take that walk. It looks like one that rewards you as you go. Not just a great view at the top, but so many pretty things to see along the way. Love how you added those bold colored leave to your art too. Boy do they pop off the page. Have a great weekend Jo. hugs–Erika

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  8. What an absolutely beautiful page Jo! The colours look wonderful together! Thanks for this fabulous entry at AJJ! We love to walk up Rivington Pike – usually with my son(s) and grandchildren – it’s a great view from the top isn’t it!
    I once got stuck to my knees in mud when I decided to take a ‘shortcut’ – much to everyone’s amusement! It looks like a lovely day that you chose! Hugs, Chrisx

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  9. Holy cow, girl! What a visual feast for the eyes! I knew you had art skills, but this post is such a tribute to your photography skills, too! I love how you see beauty and capture that through so many mediums. This journal page is a stunner and I am in love with your vertical whimsical lines! This is genius, which doesn’t surprise me coming from you!

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    • Wow, I’m thrilled and honoured to be in the Designer Spotlight for the Tear It Up Challenge with not one but two of my art journal pages 😁. Thank you so much for your kind comments and for recognising my artistry, you have made me so happy! I really enjoy joining your weekly challenges and I’m always inspired by the wonderful creations from your design team who work so hard week in week out – thank you 😀. Many congratulations to the winner and all the other artists in the Designer Spotlight too! Thanks again! J 😊


  11. Hello dear Jo!
    What a gorgeous page. I love the combination of turquoise and fiery red, so fresh and nice.
    You created a really beautiful image which I love very much. Thanks also for the nice photo journey you give us with your wonderful pictures. Wonderful landscape! Britain has so many nice places to visit.
    Hope you are well.
    Big Hugs

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  12. This page just jumps out! I absolutely love the strips of turquoise and the bright autumn-coloured leaves. Thanks for taking us along that great walk on such a lovely day. I was fascinated by the arch and tower and bridge and all the rest, I would love to do that walk.

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  13. Hi Jo, What a beautiful walk you must have had and I loved reading the history of the places.
    We visited Port Sunlight earlier in the year, so it was interesting to read that Lord Leverhulme created the gardens. Your page is a beautiful reflection of your walk with lots of gorgeous colours and layers.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

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    • Thanks so much! We had a wonderful time on our walk and it was so interesting to find out more about Lord Leverhulme 😁. I bet your visit to Port Sunlight was amazing. It was a pleasure to join your at Fashionable Stamping Challenges 😁. Wishing you a lovely weekend! J 😊


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