Watching the Sunset

As you may be aware we love walking along our local beach and on one late afternoon we saw the most spectacular sunset. The colours of the clouds were so amazing that I was inspired to use the yellows and different shades of pink to create today’s page.

For the background I used Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks; first by applying the ink pad to an acrylic block, diluting with water and applying the diluted ink to the page with a blending tool and then by using the blending tool to add the ink directly from the ink pad to build up areas of colour in cloud like patterns. Then I dripped water onto the page which reactivated the ink so I could remove it with a piece of kitchen towel. I used the same Distress Inks to stamp a circle and heart stamp design from Sugarloaf Inc. Next I created a circle stencil and stamped a splatter stamp, from Gummiapan, through it using black Archival Ink. Then using the same black ink I added a dot stamp by Art Impressions and a series of images from an Urban Stamp set which included small hearts, the word love and zigzag faux stitching. I also splattered black and white DecoArt acrylic paint over the page using a paintbrush. I added a glittery pink heart foam sticker as it was quite romantic watching the sun go down, and also a polka dot yellow bird as we often see birds on our walks along the beach. Then to finish, I added some wooden flowers which are stuck into place using Glossy Accents and finally some rhinestone flower stickers.

Here’s the sunset that inspired my page, isn’t it stunning! The beauty of the sunset was captivating; it looked so magical that it didn’t look real. I snapped this picture using my phone and we stayed quite a while, despite the cold, watching the sun go down (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:

I’m pleased to join Rike from rike’s art who is hosting the Animals A-Z challenge over at Art Journal Journey, as B is for Bird on my sunset page!

With the stamping I used to create this art journal page, I’m pleased to join the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge and their February Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included).

As I created my art journal page with love to remember the romantic sunset we watched, I’m also joining the Valentine’s challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

I’m also joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and their Photo Inspiration challenge as I used the LOVE, pink colour, hearts and fabric influence from the heart designs on my page.

I’m also pleased to join the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is It Must Be Love, with my romantic sunset inspired page.

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 (Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Sugarloaf Inc. Anita’s wood-mounted stamp (26645)
  • Gummiapan Stamp (A lot of Splats 11050106)
  • Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamp (Craft Collections – Pastels PMA907223)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Francoise Collection Stamp Set (Flower Style Wood Set FRSWS003)
  • Home Bargains (Foam Sticker Shapes 57884)
  • Craft  for Occasions (C2026)
  • White card
  • The Works (Craft Flowers)
  • The Works (Rhinestone Flower Stickers)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic

49 thoughts on “Watching the Sunset

  1. Wow – the sunset is really stunning – great photo! But I am in love with your beautiful sunset page made by yourself, with this special yellow birdy within all the hearts and flowers!
    Thank you for linking your wonderful entry to Art Journal Journey today!
    Have a happy weekend!
    Rike xx

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  2. I am impressed with the sunset – can imagine that this was unique and it shows again that nature is the highest art-master – but I am even more impressed how fantastic you put your inspiration into practice. Your buliding up of layers is a dream – this page is perfection and LOVE in the true sense of the word! You did brighten my dull evening here! So beautiful to see the page linked to Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania & More –
    you are such an inspiration always!
    Keep up the fantastic work my friend!
    Happy weekend ♥♥♥
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks so much dear Susi, you are very kind! The sunset was spectacular and I loved creating this page to remember it 😁. We were working at the annual beer festival last week and over the weekend and had the most wonderful time, I just need to catch up with everyone now …lol 😉. I hope you had a happy weekend too! J 😊


    • Thanks so much! Sorry I haven’t been around to visit, we were volunteering at the annual beer festival last week and over the weekend so I’m hoping to catch up this week …lol 😉. I hope you had a lovely weekend! J 😊


  3. Oh yes, that is one sunset. Sometimes we can hardly believe the colours in the evening sky.
    I am fascinated by the “ingredients” you used and flipped back to see how you had used them in this terrific piece. That is a sweet bird in your art and also in the “Craft for Occasions” packet, who would have thought of buying that but it looks great. I can feel a visit to Hobbycraft coming on.

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  4. Wow, I can see where your inspiration came from after seeing your photo of the glorious sunset.
    The colours look amazing.
    Your page is also beautiful Jo, the colours you chose to use look lovely together . Super stamps for the background and lovely details including the sweet little bird.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. That is a gorgeous sunset photo. Winter does give us some more dramatic colors, doesn’t it? You really captured those colors in your journal page. You also created some great stamping patterns too. And yes, seems we have been to some similar places. I agree with you, Mesa Verde is an amazing place. We also went down into the buildings which was quite interesting. I find the southwest of the U.S. a fascinating place. Sounds like you have done a bit of traveling too. It’s one of my favorite things to do.:) have a super weekend Jo. hugs-erika

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  6. Wow that was one awesome sunset wasn’t it – thank goodness you were able to capture the moment and then use that as inspiration on your beautiful page.
    Loved the colours and all the pieces you used to create it – really beautiful!
    Gill xx

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