Blue Danube

Every year we enjoy watching the famous New Year’s concert from Vienna, Austria, which features my all time favourite classical music by Strauss. This art journal page celebrates one of the most well-known waltzes by Johann Strauss called the Blue Danube and takes inspiration from the beautiful roses at this year’s concert.

Over at Try it on Tuesday, the current theme is Fire and Ice where you are asked to use hot or cold colours like the hot reds and cool blues on my page. I hope you are inspired to join in the fun, this challenge runs for another week and it would be great to see you there!

I started by tearing the edges from a piece of music sheet detailing the Blue Danube Waltz and sticking the torn pieces around the edge of my page using a UHU Stic. I aged these papers using Brushed Corduroy and Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool, and also a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and Derwent Graphik marker smudging the inks with my finger as I applied them. I then added a colour wash of Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink by stamping the ink pad directly onto an acrylic block and applying the ink using a paintbrush to apply the ink onto the page which I had already spritzed with water. I also pressed the ink onto the page from the acrylic block to create pools and dots of blue colour and then I dried them with a heat gun. Next I stamped a series of stamps from the Musicality stamp set by Docrafts using Danube Blue, Paris Dusk, Teal Zeal and Bahamas Blue Memento Inks ensuring that I stamped around the music sheet to completely cover the background. Then I curled the edges of the central piece of music sheet and stuck it onto the page using double-sided tape.

I used my Big Shot to die cut the leaf swirls from gold metallic paper, I also die cut the green leaves, using the Garden Greens Sizzix Thinlets by Tim Holtz, from some green design paper. I coloured and edged them with Leaf Green Spectrum Aqua marker to intensify the colour and they are all stuck into place using glue dots and a Zig Memory System glue pen. For the roses, I used a rose stamp from the same Docrafts Musicality stamp set and black Archival Ink to stamp them onto a pale pink design paper which I backed with white card. I coloured these roses using Rose Pink, Begonia and Sunflower Spectrum Aqua markers which I applied using a paintbrush like watercolour; I did this by scribbling the inks onto an acrylic block so I could pick up the ink with a paintbrush. They are also edged with the Rose Pink Spectrum Aqua marker and layered on top of the leaves and swirls using double-sided foam tape, which finished the page.

If you haven’t seen it here’s a link to the Blue Danube Waltz being played at the New Year’s Concert Vienna Philharmonic 2018. I love the New Year’s concert and some of you may remember me featuring it last year on one of my posts, where I detailed some interesting facts about the Blue Danube and Johann Strauss too.

Before we watched this year’s concert we celebrated the first day of the year in style by having a breakfast of smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on a toasted English muffin. I also had a glass of Bucks Fizz, which is orange juice and prosecco (or sparkling white wine or champagne could be used instead); sharing this drink means that I’m joining the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday – cheers and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!


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:

Over at Moo Mania & More the theme is Inspired by a Song which gave me the perfect excuse to create my Blue Danube page, thank you!

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 New Year’s adventure!

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Layer It Up challenge with my layer music sheet, dies and stamped roses.

I enjoyed using all the stamps to create this page so I’m also pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at The Artistic Stamper.

As I used stamps for the focal images on my page, I’m also happy to be able to join Fashionable Stamping Challenges and their Anything Goes challenge.

With my cool blue background, I’m also joining the Cold and Frosty Colours challenge over at Stamping Sensations.

Again and again I’m drawn to use my Distress Inks to create backgrounds and my Memento Inks for stamping, and as these are some of my favourite mediums I’m joining the Allsorts Challenge Blog and their Old Favourites 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 (Brushed Corduroy and Black Soot Chipped Sapphire)
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Danube Blue, Paris Dusk, Teal Zeal, Bahama Blue)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Markers (Leaf Green, Rose Pink, Begonia, Sunflower)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Musicality DCE907112)
  • Sizzix Thinlets by Tim Holtz Alterations (Garden Greens
  • Swirl Leaf Die – unknown
  • Music of all Nations Music Booklet
  • Gold Paper
  • Poundland Design Pad (Contemporary Christmas CR0701K/PL4)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Pastels & White CR0260/PW)
  • Card – recycled packaging
  • UHU Stic
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape
  • Wilko Sticky Dots
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

76 thoughts on “Blue Danube

  1. What a wonderful wonderful wonderful page Jo!
    You make my heart sing – The whole post is a feast for the eyes!
    I am thrilled about your fantastic edges !
    I am happy to see this post linked to Art Journal Journey and even to Moo Mania & More and it fits TIOT – wow and so many other challenges and your beverage and the yummie looking niblet is a highlight for TSFT!
    Happy T-Day ahead and a wonderful new week for you!
    oxo Susi

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  2. Really fabulous page and super background colours, gorgeous flowers and the sheet music is a great touch.
    Thank you for joining our ‘Old Favorites’ challenge this week at Allsorts.
    Kath x

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  3. An absolutely gorgeous page Jo. I love the torn music and all the wonderful details. The colours are beautiful as well, I had to smile when I read you used your fingers to aid the smudging, so glad I’m not the only one to do this.
    Your celebration breakfast, before you watched the concert looks delicious .
    Happy T day wishes Jo
    Yvonne xx

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  4. In one word, STUNNING! The old music paper looks fantastic, specially with the way you used the die cuts, it just looks so wonderful against that blue background! I remember the last time you posted about the New Year’s concert very well. I followed the link and loved it. The dancing was superb and while I was in Australia with my little granddaughters (aged 3 & 5), we watched it several times and they loved it too, – it became their special treat. Off I go to follow the link again lol….

    Have a good week!

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    • Thank you! I actually thought of you and your granddaughters while I was creating this page, I know how much they liked the dancers and I remember you saying that they thought they were princesses 😁. Thanks for the smiles and have a good week too! J 😊


  5. Well i have enjoyed listening to the Blue Danube while reading your post.. I have heard it before but i guess i never knew the name Jo… Now i do.. 🙂 Your ArtJournal page is divine! Love the color of the roses against that blue… beautiful.. Hmmm… not a fan of salmon but i’m so glad you enjoyed it and your drink sounds yummy.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  6. ooh, so pretty and elegant! i love the blue background with the pop of red roses. sounds like you used some fun techniques and enjoy some fabulous adventures! thanks for taking the time to pop by and comment on my cards and for playing along with the stamping sensations challenge.

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    • Thanks a lot! I had a fun adventure creating this page and I enjoyed creating the background with the stamps and colouring the pretty stamped roses too 😁. It’s a pleasure to join you at Stamping Sensations Challenge! Have a great week! J 😊

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  7. Oh Wow Jo I love your journal page it is really stunning
    sounds like a nice way to bring in the New Year my husband would have really enjoyed the food you shared as he loves loves lox and bagels Happy T Day Kathy

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  8. I was SO impressed with your lovely journal page. The way you designed the entry was so unique and wonderful. I was especially thrilled to see all those dies you have in a single set. Wise choice when funds are limited. Your attention to detail certainly shows, and that is what makes this entry so special.

    I LOVE salmon and that looks quite good. Reminds me of eggs Benedict without the ham and Hollandaise sauce. And although your Bucks Fizz looks good, I am not a wine or champaign drinker, but I would love the orange juice.

    Thanks for sharing your incredible journal page and your salmon on English muffin as well as your Bucks Fizz with us for T this Tuesday. Now I’m really hungry!

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  9. Your page is gorgeous Jo. I love the edging and the bold colors you used. A nice and slightly different view of fire and ice. 🙂 And your smoked salmon and eggs look so delicious. I love smoked salmon. And we call a Buck’s Fizz a Mimosa. I enjoy drinking mimosas with holiday breakfasts like at Christmas. They are very delicious. Have a happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  10. Such a FABULOUS post!! Love the vintage feel of your layout! Thanks for sharing the music and delicious breakfast…Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Layer It Up” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

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  11. now i have this waltz in my ears for the rest of the day:) wonderful Transformation of the Music into your journaling. the aged “burnt” edging are the icing on the cake!
    have a great week and happy t-day:)

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    • Lol … that’s not something I associate with this music, well I might now …lol 😉. My breakfast was so delicious that I only just remembered to take a photo hence why the other half of my English muffin is out of frame as I’d eaten most of it …lol 😀. Happy T Tuesday! J 😊


  12. This is so romantic, Jo. It could be on the cover of an EP (remember those?) which plays this music. I like the “distressed” piece of music, it looks like one of these pages which I throw in the fire then hastily pull out, but I don’t think that’s how you made it. I’m very impressed by your New Year’s Day breakfast.

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  13. What a lovely page. Those roses are wonderful. A joy to look at.
    Yes, watching the New Year’s concert was always a tradition in our household when I was a child and I do it to this day. Back in the day of course we had black and white telly and there weren’t the beautiful ballet scenes like they do now. And did I spot ladies in the orchestra? The Wiener Filharmoniker was known as a very traditional male institution. Gosh times have changed.
    Lovely breakfast. Salmon and buck’s fizz. I’d get out of bed for that!
    Happy T-Day,

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  14. We weren’t able to get the New Year’s Vienna concert on TV this year. Thank you for sharing the Blue Danube part of it – one of my favorites too (I’m listening right now). You made a beautiful page to bring back the memories.

    What a decadent and scrumptious New Years’ Day breakfast. I love everything on the “menu.”

    Happy T-day, Jo! Hugs, Eileen

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  15. Lovely page! The blue is so fitting for the song title. Those pretty roses and sheet music lend quite the romantic quality to the page.
    I have never seen a breakfast sandwich with raw fish. I like sushi but morning is a bit early for my stomach to handle raw anything. It certainly looks good though. I showed my hubby the picture and he thinks that it looks and sounds delicious.
    Happy tea day,

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  16. I love Waltz to hear and to dance and your wonderful page too. So nice the background with the blue ornaments. I like the roses with the extraordinary textured leafs. Whilst writing this I enjoy the
    wonderful waltz from your video. Thanks!
    Big Hugs and have a nice rest of the week.

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  17. I also enjoy every year watching the New Year’s concert on TV, I love the Danube Waltz. You created a gorgeous journal page with blue notes and red roses, and the piece of music sheet – I even can hear the music, fantastic!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike xx

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  18. Hi Jo. What a wonderful way to see the New Year in!
    I love how you’ve used this concert to inspire your page. It’s so beautiful. Thanks, too, for the music – I’m listening to it while I’m typing.
    Thank you for entering it into Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

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    • Thanks very much for stopping by and your lovely comments! It was a pleasure to use the cool blue and stamps to create the focal images to join your challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges 😁. Enjoy your week! J 😊


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