Say it with Flowers

I’m looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom in my garden over the summer, so I thought I’d celebrate by creating this colourful summery flower page using some of my favourite colours of Distress Ink (grin!).

For the background I used Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. I used one of my favourite techniques to apply them to the page which is to stamp the ink pad directly into an acrylic block, spritz the block with water and press it into the page. I really like the vibrant colours and blotting paper effect which results. Next I added white and black splatters of acrylic paint using a paintbrush. Using black Archival Ink I stamped flower images by Hampton Art over the page, I then created the stems using a dotty border stamp, masking the flowers as needed so the stems are behind the flower heads. I added a leaf stamp, again by Hampton Art, to the stems too. Then I added the butterflies and four sayings to the page using a stamp set by Crafter’s Companion and the same black ink. They read “All things grow with love”, “Flowers whisper what words cannot say”, “Take time to smell the flowers” and “The earth laughs in flowers”. I doodled some white flowers and added details to the stamped butterflies, flowers and leaves using a white Uniball gel pen and a black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I added some Rhinestone Flower stickers to the centre of some of the white flowers I had doodled.

I’m pleased to join the Flora and Fauna challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey this month, it would be great to see you there!

My page reminds me of two types of flower that can be found in my garden, firstly perennial Daisy (Leucanthemum), that this was a new addition to my garden a couple of years ago and last year the plant had doubled in size giving this lovely display of white flowers.

These annuals are called mesembryanthemum and I buy them every year, they can be found in the same flower bed normally growing under my pottery toadstool which is a similar colour to my page (grin!). I like that this flower only opens when the sun is on them and the petals close up for the night – don’t they look spectacular! The official name is a really hard one to pronounce, so I just refer to them as “pretties” (double grin!).

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Art Journal Journey, 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 and More the theme is Flowers so I’m pleased to join this theme with my Say it with Flowers art journal page.

I enjoyed creating the background using my favourite technique to apply colours of Distress Ink and stamping all the flowers, so I’m also pleased to join the Backgrounds challenge over at The Artistic Stamper.

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Time Out challenge with my flowers and “Take time to smell the flowers” sentiment.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any comments or questions I’d love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Ivory Black)
  • Colvin & Co Artists Acrylic (Titanium White)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Hampton Art Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Design Inc. cling mounted rubber stamps (Thankful! ICO162)
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies stamp set (Just for You – Butterfly Lullaby S-BL-ST-JUS)
  • The Works (Rhinestone Flower Stickers)

45 thoughts on “Say it with Flowers

  1. So beautiful this page! I did not know the technique for the background (I really am a beginner) so I learned something new again. The flowers are so cute, beautiful stamps and you used them in a great way. The stems are nice too. Great colours. Have a nice sunny weekend dear Jo!

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    • Thanks very much dear Lenie! It’s a fun technique and you’ll find that others use a sheet of acetate rather than an acrylic block which is just my preference 😀. Wishing you a happy and sunny weekend too! J 😊

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  2. Your lovely page is making me antsy to get flowers planted. Still a little chilly to plant the morning glory seedlings. The daisies are smile makers and the pretties are just so colorful under the toadstool. Enjoy your day

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  3. Whimsically very pretty, Jo! I love so much of the stamped work I see in the work of others. I’ve never done stamping. In fact, the only thing I have on your list are the two acrylic paints. It’s so nice to see different kinds of artistic endeavors!

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    • I love to try new mediums and techniques on my pages! I thought it would be fun to create a whole background with Distress Inks for a change as a backdrop for my flowers 😁. Thanks very much and wishing you a very happy weekend! J 😊 x

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  4. Its a gorgeous page Jo, i love those flower stamps you used and the super blue shades.
    The sentiments were lovely as well.
    The flower photos were beautiful
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. First, I love the background technique you used. I’ve tried it using a large acrylic block, but mine never turns out as well as yours did. The colors you chose are perfect for spring, and mixed so well together, too. I’m also loving those whimsical and “funky” flowers you chose. This is a fabulous entry for your theme at Art Journal Journey. Not only are you a great host, you are also a fabulous artist!

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to say! I only use a small acrylic block and for this page I added lots of layers gradually building up the colours by adding one colour at a time and let the colour dry before adding the next, otherwise you can end up with a muddy mess …lol 😉. Have a wonderful weekend! J 😊 x

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  6. I never realise just how much is in your artwork until I read your description and then it all comes to light. I like the sayings you added, so appropriate, and the unusual way of showing the flowers as black and white against one of your amazing backgrounds. And there are butterflies too. Clever the way you made the dotted stems.

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  7. such a beautiful page,love the ink backround,one of my fav colors 🙂
    love this technice too,its fantastic.
    love your beautiful flowers too,great page you created 🙂
    happy sunday,dear jo ! 🙂

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  8. OMG – this page makes me so happy, what a vibrancy and I adore the skillful stamped flowers- wow wow wow – I am in awe of this amazing page and your wonderful flowers in your garden.
    Happy Sunday Jo – I hope you have the same wonderful weather as we have just now!
    Thank you for hosting your AJJ theme in such a great way!
    ♥♥♥
    Big hugs

    Susi

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    • Thanks very much dear friend! I’d been making birthday cards with the flower stamps and various colours of Distress Ink so I thought I’d have some fun and create a journal page …lol 😉. Happy Sunday and I hope you are having a wonderful time with your family visiting! J 😊 x

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  9. I love those flowers stamps you used Jo. They are full of joy. Like you, I am waiting for the gardens to really liven up. Right now I have daffodils, which I love too, but I am ready for all the green. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my Japan posts too and leaving such nice comments. Hope your weekend is going well. Hugs-Erika

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  10. Your page is lovely! I love the vibrant colours. And the colours of those “pretties” in your garden are gorgeous! We don’t have a lot of colour in our garden at the moment with the cooler autumn weather, mainly pansies and snapdragons, and but I have just planted a load of bulbs to flower in the spring. Have a good week!

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    • Thanks so much! Autumn is the perfect time for planting bulbs and I hope to be planting more bulbs later in the year 😀. I bet your looking forward to see all is them flowering prettily next spring 😀. Have a good week too! J 😊 x

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  11. This is such a breath of fresh air! I felt…lighter and more peaceful just looking at it! The colors are beautifully blended and are both restful and energetic. And the flowers have such a great sense of movement. Perfect quotes, too! Thank you for sharing your skills and for being such a wonderful supporter of our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges!

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  12. What a lovely page , Jo! Love the fantastic combination of colours you used to make your great background, and the flowers stamps are super!
    You have chosen a great theme for AJJ.
    Mar 🙂

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