Tropical Flowers

Today I have created a tropical flower page which showcases some beautiful African postage stamps from Gabon – I hope you like it!

I started by covering the whole page with a tropical butterfly postal decoupage paper using Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I tore some Gabon postage stamp information which was included with the postage stamps, edged it with black Faber-Castell marker and stuck it to the left-hand side and right-hand side edges of the page. Next I applied Spice and Moss Spectrum Aqua markers by scribbling them on an acrylic block and painting them onto the page with a paintbrush like watercolour and then I stencilled a trellis pattern from Dutch Doobadoo Mask using black Archival Ink and a blending tool. I also used the same black ink to stamp some butterflies from Hampton Art positioning them so they flowed vertically up the page. Then I layered some Pébéo modelling paste onto the page using a Moroccan stencil from Craft Sensations and when the paste was dry I coloured the edges with a Midnight Sparkle metallic lustre wax. I also added a thin layer of white gesso to soften the black and give a worn and grungy look.

Next I applied more colour using Topaz and Fawn Spectrum Aqua markers, by scribbling them on an acrylic block, holding the block over the page and spritzing with water so droplets of ink pooled onto the page, creating some rusty stains to continue the grunge look. When dry I splattered black and also white DecoArt acylic paint over the whole page using a paintbrush. To make the tags, I used some design paper which I cut into a tag shape and punched a whole in the top of each of one. They are edged with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using a blending tool and also a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I chose different bits of travel and tropical designed paper that were left over from other journal pages and edged them with the black Faber-Castell marker smudging the ink with my finger. They are layered onto the tags along with some light pink coloured mesh ribbon. I kept the pink colour on two of the tags and I also coloured some of this pink ribbon using the Moss Spectrum Aqua marker on one of the tags and then Spice Spectrum Aqua marker for the other two. The ribbon is stuck onto the tag using a Zig Memory System glue pen and the papers are stuck down using a UHU Stic. I stuck a Gabon postage stamp featuring wild tropical flowers onto each tag using double-sided foam tape and also numbered the tags using outline stickers which I had coloured black using a Sharpie marker. I tied a piece of black paper twine to each of the tags and then stuck them in place using double-sided foam tape which finished the page.

To continue the African tropical flower theme, here is a beautiful Calla lily (Zantedeschia) which is brightening our dining room table with its beautiful white dotted leaves and colourful flowers (grin!).

If you are interested here are some fun facts about this lily:

  • They are also known as the pig lily, trumpet lily or arum lily.
  • The name calla lily is derived from a Greek word meaning beauty.
  • Because the calla lily blossoms in late spring, they have come to represent rebirth and youth.
  • Although an outdoor plant by nature, this plant can also be kept as an indoor plant too.


With the flora of the tropical flowers and fauna of the butterflies, I’m joining the Flora and Fauna challenge over at Art Journal Journey where I’m hosting this month. I hope you are inspired to join us, it would be lovely to see you there!

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Moo Mania and More and their Flowers theme with my Tropical Flowers art journal page.

I’m joining Valerie and the rest of the DT again over at Mixed Media World and their theme is Anything Goes…optional Pink.

I’m also pleased to join the Rust theme over at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge with the rusty stains that I added to my page.

As I used stencils on my page, I’m also reminding you of our Stencil, Die Cuts or Both theme over at Try it on Tuesday which runs until next Monday evening.

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:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Craf-T Products Luster Rub-ons (Midnight Sparkle)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Spice, Moss, Topaz, Fawn)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker (Black)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
  • Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art A5 (Vintage)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Moroccan)
  • First Edition Deco Maché Decoupage Papers (FEDEC196)
  • The Works 12×12 Paper Stack (Vintage Experience CRO239/TW6)
  • Design papers – leftovers
  • Postage stamps from hubby’s childhood stamp collection (Gabon 1961 set of 5 stamps featuring Wild Tropical Flowers)
  • Mesh ribbon recycled from flower bouquet
  • Outline Stickers (Time Silver 904935)
  • Wilko (Paper Twine)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

39 thoughts on “Tropical Flowers

  1. Another beautiful page Jo, the background looks amazing, love the rusty elements and what a great way to use those little tags and beautiful stamps! Ofcourse thanks also for adding it to our challenge at MMM
    Happy weekend

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  2. Wow this is really gorgeous Jo, those stamps are so pretty. I absolutely adore the background and the details and grungy textures.
    The ‘Pig Lily’ name was new to me, thanks for that I love it – your plant is really spectacular too 🙂
    Looks like rain due later so just as well I’d planned to do some art.
    So much for yesterday intending to play with the new paints, instead I was trying to use up some old paints and I did make another page for your AJJ theme so that was good 🙂
    Hope you have a great weekend with some sunshine.
    Gill xx

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    • Thanks very much Gill! I know how much you like grunge …lol 😉… and this grungy background was so much fun to create. I haven’t heard it called that name either, such fun 😁. We have sunshine all day today after rain overnight which I’m very happy about …lol 😀. I’m so looking forward to seeing your new page for AJJ too! Hope you have a great weekend too! J 😊 x


  3. I love the way you used the stamps like luggage tags. Your calla lily is beautiful. I didn’t know they came in other colors as I’ve only seen white. Love the blue pot, too. Enjoy your day

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  4. The grungy background with its many, many layers appealed to me, as did the stamps you positioned on little tags. It gave them so much more importance. I want to run my fingers over this page and feel the texture I know is there. Of course, you had me at RUST! You can’t go wrong with rust. This is a beautiful entry for your theme at Art Journal Journey, dear Jo.

    I had a Calla lily in white for years, but sadly it died when I put it outside too early one year and it froze. Yours is stunning, especially the color and the dotted leaves.

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  5. This page is just a masterpiece Jo! So utterly beautiful and so well done with all the layers and textures and your eye for colours is incredible! A really wonderful piece and so happy to see it linked to Moo Mania & More as well! Thank you Jo! You really are an AMAZING hostess ! The artists seem all so inspired and come up with the most beautiful entries!
    A wonderful Calla Lilly! You not just have a good hand for Art Journaling but also a good hand for flowers – we call it the green thumb here ! I love Callas as well but don’t own one for inside- just one in the garden -but I have a beautiful Anthurium, flamingo flower in red since my last birthday for inside and it brings so many of those red leaves and grows and grows. I had to give a larger pot already two times since November. And at the moment even an orchid starts to bloom here at one of my windows – even though I never had luck with orchids until now. I love those wonderful flora we can see outside and inside- this is all like a miracle to me how they grow and interact. Hubby says my indoor plants all grow so well in our house because I always hear meditation music the whole day…lol.Maybe he is right!
    He don’t know that I also speak to them.
    He knows I am crazy but I think he needs not to know every of my little crazy secrets….haha!
    Happy weekend dear Jo!
    Big hug

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  6. Jo this is stunning, what a great way to use those postage stamps, I save all my pretty stamps from near and far and often wonder what to do with them as I am not a collector just a hoarder hoping to maybe introduce them into a piece of art one day. Love how you have introduce texture gracing it with those subtle hues.. It’s a *Feel the Need* to run my fingers across it. Fabulous!!
    ..and your Call Lilly is so beautiful, i’m not very good with pot plants.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend Hugs Tracey xx

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    • I know what you mean …lol … this page does have some lovely texture and such depth with all the layers 😁. I’m not good with plants, luckily for me my hubby is though 😉. Thanks so much and enjoy the rest of your weekend too! J 😊 x


  7. Your journal page is very pretty, love how you used the stamps on the little tags, great idea. The call lily is beautiful, too. Thanks for joining us at More Mixed Media, much appreciated! Enjoy your weekend,
    hugs, Valerie

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  8. What a great idea to place all the Tags on it and the nice stamps on the Tags, super. The background is amazing too. It could be a wonderful motif for a cardstock paper to create boxes.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  9. This is a wonderful page, Jo!!! It’s like I could just keep looking at it and looking at it!!! Thank you for all the visits and wonderful comments on my blog. I’m so behind at visiting!! I appreciate you!!!!

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  10. A lovely page Jo and I love how you’ve displayed the postage stamps. A fabulous background as usual with lots of detail. The Calla Lily looks stunning.
    Have a lovely day.
    Avril xx

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  11. Somehow I missed this post. 😦 I am glad I found it thought because it is beautiful and clever. Using the tags were smart and even smarter was using those postage stamps. Great page Jo! Hope it’s been a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  12. A gorgeous background Jo, the postage stamps you used looked so pretty as well. A super idea to add them to tags.
    Your Calla Lily looks beautiful as well.
    Yvonne xx

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