It’s time for a new challenge over at Try it On Tuesday and our theme for the next two weeks is Vintage.

Thanks to those of you who joined us for the Love is in the Air challenge and I hope you will be inspired by our Vintage challenge too, it would be great to see you there!

For my art journal page, I started by covering the page in pieces of napkin using Liquitex matte gel medium and then applying Pébéo white gesso using a palette knife.  Once dry, I aged the page to tie into the Vintage theme by using Dark Sepia, Sanguine and Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I did this by applying the markers directly to the edges of the page and smudging them with my finger and I also scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block and dragging the block over the surface of the page so it highlighted the gesso texture and creases of napkin. Next I used a cutting die and my Big Shot to create tile shapes, which are stuck to the page using Liquitex matte gel medium and when they were all in place I covered them all with a layer of matte gel medium too. I coloured the edges of the tiles using Willow and Ink Black Derwent Inktense pencils and highlighted some of the gaps between the tiles using a white Derwent Inktense pencil. Then I covered some of the tiles with white gesso and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to give them more of an aged look. The pretty purple violet flowers are rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel which I layered over the top of one another to build up the design and intensity of colour. I added the butterfly 3D sticker and then splattered black DecoArt acrylic paint over the whole page using a paintbrush. The ivy is die cut using Sizzix Thinlets by Tim Holtz and coloured using Leaf Green, Moss and Sepia Spectrum Aqua markers and a black Derwent Graphik fine line marker. They are stuck to the page using a Zig Memory System glue pen. I added the letter button stickers and applied white gesso and then matte gel medium over their edges so they looked more in keeping with the Vintage style. I also used the Willow and Ink Black Derwent Inktense pencils around them giving a worn look. For the doily, I coloured the edges using Tea Dye Distress Ink and a blending tool, and also the Dark Sepia Big Brush marker. I tied a bow in the middle of a piece of purple satin ribbon and then threaded each end of the ribbon around the central circle of a doily and stuck the doily in place using double-sided foam tape. I cut some thick purple paper using a Spellbinders die and stuck a butterfly image on top, which I had edged with the Tea Dye ink and Dark Sepia marker, using double-sided tape. To finish, I added one of the violet flowers, from the rub-on transfer set, to a vintage metal embellishment and stuck it in place using Ranger Glossy Accents.

I hope you will join in the fun over at Try it on Tuesday where you will find fabulous Vintage creations from the Design Team too!

Another rainy day meant another lovely walk around Lytham Hall with our friends. This time I had a piece of lemon and poppy cake with my pot of green tea and I was amazed how the vintage china and pretty purple flowers on my cake matched my Vintage page – Happy Serendipity (grin!). As I’m sharing my drink I’m saying a big hello and welcome to the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Try it on Tuesday, 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 the lovely Rike from rike’s art, who is hosting the Animals A-Z challenge over at Art Journal Journey as B is for Butterfly on today’s page!

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Add a Die Cut challenge with the vintage tiles, square frame and ivy leaf dies that I used on my art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything but Cute 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:

  • Dunelm Napkin (Grace 30220549)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175, Sanguine 188, Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils (Willow 1900, Ink Black 2200, Antique White 2300)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Leaf Green, Moss, Sepia)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip Pen (White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator Die Cut Systems (Pearl Effects S5-194, Unknown)
  • Sizzix Thinlets by Tim Holtz (garden Greens 661206)
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Design Block)
  • American Crafts Papers (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Purple Paradise CRO701/PL3)
  • Docrafts Papermania 8×8” Labels (Botanicals PMA157234)
  • Dovecraft Premium Paper Doilies (Painted Blooms DCDLS010)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (KPE1229G)
  • Home Bargains (Love Letters 22738, Beautiful Butterflies 22742)
  • Recycled Satin Ribbon (Purple)
  • Poundworld (Vintage Stickers)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

60 thoughts on “Vintage

  1. Its a gorgeous vintage page Jo. Beautiful flowers and the the background texture effects look lovely especially with the colour tones you used. .
    The china in the cafe looks so pretty and of course that slice of cake would be very tempting.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. This pages is amazing – the texturd background and all the delightful details – wow – you always impress me with you art! And even your photo of the piece of lemon and poppy cake with your pot of green tea fits the page ♥ Hope you have a great week my friend and I say thank you for linking this amazing page with the lovely butterflies to Rike’s collection! Your support is always such a pleasure!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks so much! This page seemed to just evolve on its own which I love, so not much thinking was needed …lol 😉. The lemon and poppy cake was so light and fluffy, I could just eat a piece now …lol 😀. I made pumpkin roll today so maybe I could have a piece of that instead 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊


  3. a gorgeous looking vintage page Jo! The violets just pop off that pretty background. Love the tiles too. I’m pretty sure I have those same violet rub ons- somewhere-lol! What a pretty looking cake you had with your tea. Lemon poppy is one of hubby’s favorites so I make muffins quite often.
    Happy T day!

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  4. Your vintage page is absolutely lovely! I like the lilac flowers and the yellow butterfly – fine contrasts! – the gorgeous background and all the other fabulous details!
    This piece of lemon and poppy cake looks yummy!
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Art Journal Journey today!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike xx

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  5. I’m still trying to figure out how you got those tile shapes on the page while the background still showed.. Not sure how you did it, but it was brilliant. It’s a lovely page for TioT, but even more special to me that you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey. Thank you for that.

    Wow, that cake looks more like a garden than a cake. I was really impressed with the icing. You chose a good dessert to tempt us with. And I simply adore how the restaurant uses orphans for their cups and saucers. Thanks for sharing both your art and your tea and cake with us for T this Tuesday.

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  6. hey, that is exactly what i thought (before reading): she made a cake matching her journaling page *ggg*… now really that is serendipity! wonderful journaling page and i wish i had this cake here to taste… (and i admire how you Keep the overview of the list of your materials)
    happy t-day:)

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  7. Such a lovely page Jo, and what a labour of love with all those little tiles so beautifully coloured! Love those rub ons, they back for suc a wonderful pop of colour against the vintage hues, and the way the word vintage looks is just amazing! A truly wonderful page!!

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  8. You can never go wrong with some green tea. And even better with that yummy looking sweet treat too! 🙂 Your vintage page is beautiful. I love that pop of color from the violets. And they are a rather vintage flower so it was a perfect choice. Nice tiles too. 🙂 Happy a little late T day. Hope it was fantastic. Hugs-Erika

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  9. This is a sheer delight to see, I did not realise at first glance that it was a journal page, how I would love to examine it more closely. Your added Gesso really gives that touch of vintage with your colour washes. So beautiful.. and your cake looks delicious!!
    Creative wishes Tracey x

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  10. This is so pretty Jo, a really lovely vintage piece, and I definitely have cake envy! Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy week. Sue xx

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    • Thanks a lot! I was pleased to be able to join you at Country View Challenges again and it’s such a great challenge this month, I’ve been surprised how cute my pages are …lol 😉. Wishing you a very happy week too! J 😊


  11. Jo i love the way you made the napkins disappear on your journal page.. Those flowers look painted on and they do go perfectly with your cake! Serendipity indeed… lol Happy happy T day!! Hugs! deb

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    • Thanks so much Deb! The napkin just melted into the background using the Liquitex matte gel medium and gesso …lol 😉. I created the page before I went to the café and was really excited when my order arrived, it was just perfect 😁. I hope you had a happy happy T Day too! J 😊


  12. Lovely “vintage” page, Jo. You used some techniques I’ve not heard of before. I’ll have to give them a try.

    They always have such lovely china at Lytham Hall. Your cake looks too pretty to eat.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  13. Hello Jo, I thought I had already commented on this, anyway here I am now to say this is such a lovely piece and I am so impressed that you managed to have a cake to match, and a cake that looks extremely delicious too.

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