Happy New Year! 2018

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year filled with love, peace and happiness!

I went for a grunge look today and started by applying acrylic paints to the edges of the page using an old plastic gift card. The paints I used were Navy Liquitex acrylic paint, a metallic gold paint and then also some white and some black DecoArt acrylic paint. I also used the same paints to stamp stars and hearts around the edge of the page using an Urban Stamps set by Docrafts Papermania. I used up the excess paint by applying it to some white paper and also to the centre area of the page. Once the paint had dried I used the same star stamp with black Archival Ink to add more detail to the stars and border. Next I added some previously stamped white tissue paper from my craft stash, using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to stick it in place; the stamps used include a chandelier, postage marks, words, starburst, Art Deco border, numbers, scroll work and music sheet. These pre-stamped images are leftover from pages that I have created as I often stamp the image onto tissue paper and then place it on my page in order to see what it looks like first (grin!). When the gel medium had dried I applied a very thin layer of Pébéo white gesso to blend them into the background more.  Then I used some sparkly gold glitter tape to add the sun burst pattern to the page and added the “Happy New Year!” sentiment and “2018” which are foam stickers. I added shadows to them using a black Derwent Graphik marker and a black Derwent Inktense pencil. Then I splattered the page with white and also black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paint brush. The stars are made from gold outline stickers which I backed with a starry night paper from The Works and grey script paper from Craft Sensations along with some white paper which I had applied the leftover paint to earlier. I cut the stars out of the papers and stuck them down using double-sided foam tape, this finished the page.

I hope you all had a wonderful time over the holiday season! Here are our New Year drinks, a Poinsettia cocktail for me and a homemade Christmas beer for my hubby – cheers and wishing you all the very best for 2018!

With this drink related photo, I’m saying a big hello the T Gang at T Stands for Tuesday  and wishing you all a Happy T Day!


I’m glad that I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with so much inspiration and it’s a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people too. The New Year brings some new exciting themes, so here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika N, also known as BioArtGal, who is hosting the “New Year, New Adventures” challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my Happy New Year journal page.

I’m joining Moo Mania & More and their “Somebody/Something/The New Year” challenge – Happy New Year!

With “New” Year celebration, I’m also very happy to join the “Something New” challenge over at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

I’m also pleased to join the fun over at Country View Challenges and their “Anything Goes” challenge.

As I created this mixed media page to welcome and celebrate the New Year, I’m also joining the “Ring in the New” challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly 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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Navy)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils (2200 Ink Black)
  • Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamps (12 Days of Christmas – Icons PMA907909)
  • White paper
  • White tissue paper pre-stamped with various designs
  • The Works Paper Pack (The Night Before Christmas HCPAP003X15)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Soft Colours CR0730/R)
  • Wilko Glitter Tape (Gold)
  • Outline Stickers (Gold Stars)
  • Trimcraft Alphabet & Number Stickers (Glitter SCSTK013)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

62 thoughts on “Happy New Year! 2018

  1. Erika N

    “Happy New Year to you Jo.
    Love your “grunge page”. It is very celebratory and I LOVE all the stars. And I love seeing you had a poinsettia too to drink. Unfortunately here we are bitterly cold which is NOT fun. But thanks for the happy wishes and I am going to go disappear into my happy place because this weather is perfect for that 😀
    Hugs erika
    Oh and happy T Day too”

    Original comment posted on January 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

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    • Thanks very much! I thought I’d join you for Poinsettia cocktail and Immglad you enjoyed them so much over the festive season 😁. The weather sounds like the perfect excuse to disappear to your happy place …lol 😉. Happy T Day wishes and wishing you all the very best for 2018! J 😊


  2. froebelsternchen

    “Oh wow Jo! This is such a festive page and you created it not just very clever ( the tissue preview stamps technique is always a hit, isn’t it? and in many ways as you show here).The glimmer and glitter and the textures compaired with this amazing blue/teal makes it to something so specially beautiful! Happy New Year to you and happy T-Day and thank you very much for your wonderful entry to the new AJJ theme and to Moo Mania & More!♥♥♥
    I wish you a great first 2018 week!
    oxo Susi”

    Original comment posted on January 1, 2018 at 3:58 pm

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  3. Happy 2018 to you too, dear Jo. The stars are out today! I love this first entry for Art Journal Journey. It’s a real beauty. I especially like the stars, but the entire entry is fabulous.

    I adore your New Years drinks: your Poinsettia cocktail your husband’s homemade Christmas beer. They both look so festive and you started something when you shared that cocktail a couple of weeks ago (grin). Thanks for sharing your lovely AJJ entry and your drinks with us for T this new year.

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  4. i love the stars on your New Year’s page. Your drinks looks so festive and your photograph looks like something from a magazine shoot. The Eldest and I had mead for the first time . Happy New Year! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and creative year.

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  5. A fantastic celebration page for the New Year Jo. The sprinkles of stars crossing the page look very festive.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2018 Jo and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful art in the coming year.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Great ArtJournal page Jo! It looks like a celebration all by itself but then your drink photo is very festive too! 🙂 Happy New Year to you! Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my odd little T day post.. lol Happy T day and New years hugs! deb

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  7. A wonderful creative page dear Jo. I like all the nice stars and the golden glitter and background textures. Your drinks look very yummy.
    Have a happy,healthy and creative New Year.
    Big Hugs

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  8. Hi Jo! I love this page and want to wish you a Happy (and creative) New Year! Sorry to be so late visiting, we have been setting our alarm for 6.45 for the last couple of days as we have had to travel up to look after our grandchildren! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

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  9. oh.. so sorry Jo how did I miss this post and miss wishing you a Happy New Year too …belated New Greetings, and a wish for good health, happiness and lots of creative fun!
    oh and before I forget… love your happy, starry glittery page which is like fireworks bringing in the new year… and the Poinsettia cocktail looks fab also – great colour!
    Gill xx

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    • No worries, it’s lovely to hear from you and thanks so much for the new year blessings! I thought of you when I created the grunge background for this page! Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative New Year too! J 😊


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