Jungle Paradise

When I saw the front cover of a free in-store advertising magazine I thought it would be perfect for some challenges, including the Flora and Fauna theme that I am hosting at Art Journal Journey (grin!).

I started by ripping the back page of the magazine into strips and sticking them vertically down the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. I used a Navy Spectrum Aqua marker to colour the white edges of the torn paper, shading the colour from light to dark to compliment the design. As I wanted more of a glossy finish to show off the bright colours, I covered the whole page with a thin layer of PVA glue. From the front cover and inside pages of the magazine, I fussy cut the monkey and leopard images, the circular image of the elephant, the leaf semi-circle and a circular leaf background; the monkey image is stuck on top of the leaf background using UHU Stic. I edged all the circular images with gold Glitterations stickers and stuck them onto the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish, I added the gold flowers and dots which are also Glitterations stickers.

When I created this page, the elephant reminded me of this cute little statue that we discovered in Chester (grin!).

It is situated near to Chester Cathedral, which is such a lovely place to visit.

The interior of the cathedral is spectacular as it has quite a varied history with the original church being built in a Romanesque or Norman style, and then subsequently rebuilt from around 1250 onward in the Gothic style which we discovered took around 275 years.

The alter looked amazing with its ornate carvings and gold leaf …

… and the windows were stunning with the sun streaming in through them.

Although this is not a Jungle Paradise you will find this garden paradise in a courtyard within the cathedral, it was such a wonderful surprise and a lovely place to sit and relax.

The new green leaves seem so vibrant this time of year and the central water feature was so beautiful too!


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:

With the flower images in my background I’m pleased to join the challenge over at Moo Mania and More where their theme is Flowers.

I’m also joining Mixed Media World and their theme is Anything Goes…optional Pink.

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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Navy)
  • Free In-Store Advertising Magazine from a home furnishing store.
  • Anita’s Glitterations (Frame Circles – Gold ANT8181028)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations (Gold Flowers ANT8181020)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Everbuild 501 Universal PVA Bond
  • The Range double-sided tape

40 thoughts on “Jungle Paradise

  1. I had to read the description three times, trying to understand about the glittery circles. I finally decided the images went inside the circles. I hope that is the case. Regardless, this is a beautiful entry, and I SO love the way you used a free magazine to create this. I also like that you have some beautiful animals in the mix.

    What a gorgeous place to visit. The Chester Cathedral is awesome, and the grounds are sumptuous and lush. The statues are great and that one in the courtyard is out of this world.

    Thanks for sharing these photos and your incredible journal page at Art Journal Journey today. You are a fabulous host this month, dear Jo.

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    • If it helps: the elephant was already on its circular background so I cut it out; the monkey was fussy cut and stuck onto a circular background. Then I stuck the glittery circle border on the top which edged them both and stuck them to the page. Thanks very much and wishing you a wonderful week! J 😊 x


  2. Now my eyes really are playing tricks on me.. This looked just like fabric, how beautiful Jo, think it may have been those tears within the pages that tricked my early morning eyes. Very exotic never the less. Now I see an elephant and question is it real again haa haaa!! Think I need another cup of tea before I comment any further.
    What stunning photography, stained glass always touches my heart, so much craftsmanship created for us all to see. An uplifting tour through the Cathedral I feel I can start my day now. Thank you for sharing Jo.
    Creative Hugs for the week ahead Tracey xx

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    • Thank you for your lovely comments this morning! The background image was actually advertising bedding so it is fabric …lol …and that’s so funny about the elephant too …lol 😉. Wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊 x


  3. Such a gorgeous page Jo and what a clever way to use a magazine page! It has a real African feel to it!
    Loved the elephant statue and what an unusual place to find it. Looking at those cathedral photos I now really want to visit Chester…..

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    • Thank you Astrid! I loved the exotic designs so just had to create a page with the images …lol 😉. Chester is an amazing place to visit we love nothing better than walking the walls that surround the city which are from the Roman fortress dating back to the 1st century A.D. In fact Chester is known for its extensive Roman history with the Roman amphitheatre and pretty park containing all the Roman items that have been excavated in the city. Then there’s the shopping district with its beautiful Tudor-style timbered buildings and much more. I can feel another art journal page in the making …lol 😉. Wishing you a happy week! J 😊 x


  4. I am not just thrilled about your fantastic page – such a brilliant use of a magazine – and even a free one! Iam also thrilled about the cathedral and this wonderful garden. Simply amazing your post – all so beautiful and the elephant statue is just so cute and beautiful as well!
    Happy day dear Jo!It brightens my day to see this beautiful page and post at Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania & More! WOW! Thank you so much dear Jo for all your wonderful support!
    Hugs, Susi

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  5. Wow Jo. Using those torn craps really makes the background feel like the jungle, and your black and white images really pop off that background. I enjoy this page. Wouldn’t a safari be a cool thing to do? And I love seeing your photos today. That circle statue or the couple is soooo cool. Hope your week is going well. Hugs-Erika

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  6. Hi Happy Friday, I always love seeing your art pages-another great one. I loved the elephant statue and don’t think I have ever seen one before,The cathedral is so beautiful and I really loved the fountain allot.
    thanks so much for dropping by Have a great weekend hugs Kathy

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  7. I love finding items that are free and adaptable to personal creative purposes. Nicely spotted!

    The age of that cathedral amazes me. It’s gorgeous! And that garden is such a delightful place. I would like to adopt the elephant statue 😉

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  8. A fabulous page Jo! And again I love your pictures. I love England but it’s not possible to go there often so it is so nice to see te pictures and read everything you tell about it. Thank you so much and have a nice weekend!

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  9. WOW – this jungle page is absolutely amazing! I have to smile because yesterday I had also a “jungle” flyer in my hand and thought I could make some page with it 🙂 – but it will last till finished 🙂
    Very beautiful photos and a cute elephant!
    Wish you a happy weekend, dear Jo!
    Rike xx

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  10. Another fabulous art work for your theme – brilliant!
    And thanks for showing your photos of Chester Cathedral which looks amazing,
    both inside and the gardens too.
    Gill xx

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  11. I know I am days late, but I had to say how much I loved this fantastic page. It was a super magazine freebie to use for the background.
    I loved the photos of the Cathedral, the garden looks so peaceful and its a beautiful statue.
    Yvonne xx

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