Inspired by some Urban Street Art in Blackpool and a wonderful poem by William Blake, I created this Tiger art journal page (grin!).

I started by mixing some Liquitex acrylic paints to produce an orange and dark purple colour and along with some yellow Liquitex acrylic I stippled them onto the page using a paintbrush; as this is a high density acrylic this produced some lovely texture. They are applied so that purple was at the top of the page, orange in the middle and yellow at the bottom to give an ombré effect that matched some of the street art we had seen. To intensify the colours and give more of a spray effect, I applied purple, orange and yellow Brusho Powders over the top of the acrylics and spritzed with water, watching the colours burst on the page and whilst they were blending I used my heat gun to dry them. Next I drew a border around the page using a black Derwent Graphic marker and stamped some hexagonal shapes so they flowed vertically on the page using black Archival Ink. The tiger is fussy cut from an old book of poems that I purchased from a charity shop (thrift store) and is stuck onto the page using a UHU Stic. I used some recycled black paper and also the leftovers from the tiger image to create leaves using Tim Holtz Garden Greens thinlets and my Big Shot machine. They are held in place with sewing machine stitching along each of the main stems which was fun technique to try considering my page is attached within a book (grin!).

Next I added yellow, orange and black beads using Glossy Accents and then cut the title, first verse and author of the poem from the same book as the tiger image. The poem is called The Tyger and is by William Blake, the verse reads: “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright in the forests of the night, what immortal hand or eye, dare frame thy fearful symmetry?”. I cut them out in an abstract pattern to match the page design, edged them all with black Faber-Castell marker and stuck them in place using a UHU Stic. To finish, I added more detail with a white Uniball gel pen and black Derwent Graphic marker which included some white dots in the centre of the larger hexagonal shapes and also some faux stitching around the border.

Blackpool has some amazing Urban Street Art and this is the fabulous tiger than inspired my page, you can see the ombre effect and of course the majestic tiger. This was created by Otto Schade when he took part in the 2016 Sand, Sea and Spray Festival in Blackpool.

There are a number of other artworks in the same area .

This mural just around the corner and it was created at the same 2016 festival and is a self-portrait based collaboration of Bane & Pest (also known as the Color Nomads) and Smile1.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the urban street art in Blackpool, there are still others to see which I’ll be sure to share, as I find that they are such wonderful inspiration for my art journal pages (grin!).


With the leaves and tiger that I included on this page, I’m joining the Flora and Fauna challenge over at Art Journal Journey that I’m hosting this month. I hope you are inspired to join us, it would be lovely to see you there!

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Ombré challenge with my brightly coloured ombré background.

I’m pleased to join the lovely Tracey and the rest of the DT over at That’s Crafty! Challenges for their A Stitch in Time challenge as I used both machine and faux stitching on my page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their For the Boys challenge with my William Blake inspired art journal page.

As I used die cuts to create the leaves 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 Monday/tomorrow evening and be sure to check out our fun new challenge on Tuesday!

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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Navy, White)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Crystals (Purple, Orange, Yellow)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.1mm, 0.8mm)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Docrafts Papermania Mini Cards & Stamp Sets (Capsule Geometric Krafts PMA105308)
  • Sizzix Thinlets by Tim Holtz (Garden Greens 661206)
  • 100 Great Poems
  • Recycled black paper
  • Brighton Bead Shop (Assorted Seed Beads)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic

44 thoughts on “Tyger

  1. WOW, this is fabulous. I applaud you for machine sewing a page attached to a book. That got my attention really quickly. Of course, I was very much impressed with the colorful page, too. The ombre background against the black and white tiger made the tiger pop off the page. It is fabulous, and I am thrilled you shared it today with us at Art Journal Journey. Not only are you a great host, you are a fabulous journal artist, too.

    That street art is fabulous. I especially liked the tiger. That one was the one that caught my attention over the rest. I can see why it might inspire you.

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  2. I do love this poem. And you made a fantastic page. The colors are great-like a hot jungle evening, and even better was the black and white images. They sure do pop off the page! I also want to say I am really enjoying this challenge Jo. Not only seeing other people’s pages but also playing along. Hope it was a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much Erika! I’m so glad that you are enjoying the challenge this month at AJJ, I really appreciate you taking part and I’m enjoying seeing everyone’s wonderful creations too 😁. I hope you had a great weekend! J 😊 x


  3. Wonderful!! I love your mix media background. The colors are so rich and impressive! The background really makes the tiger pop off. Such an eyecatching design. Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Marge xx

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  4. Your tiger page is a MASTERPIECE – even machine stitching – and within a book – chapeau-Kudos! And soo much other fantastic details beside of the fantastic omble effect and all goes together in such a harmony! Fabulous – and those street art is fantastic! I love th OttoSchade tiger and all the other fantastic masterpieces of street art! A fantastic post dear Jo! Amazing!
    Wow – I am really impressed with your Art Journal Journey month ! You are fantastic!
    I wish you a happy start into the new week! Hugs, Susi

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    • Thank you dear Susi, you are very kind! Using the sewing machine within a book had its challenges …lol 😉. The tiger street art is amazing and the artists style is so unique too. Wishing CRAZY happy new week …lol! J 😊 x


  5. Your tiger page is impressive. Love the bright beads which remind me of tiger eye peering through the dark. The street are is awesome. I like the tiger best


  6. Wow , Jo this is an awesome page. The Tiger looks so regal. Great rich colours , takes me to much warmer lands, although I am not complaining about our recent good weather here in the UK.
    The street art looks good, it much better than blank walls. Have they allowed it to stay after the festivals?.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks so much Yvonne! We have had the most glorious sunny weather of late haven’t we 😁. Yes the street art stays after the festival, infact they used to hold this particular festival every year to change these artworks, but not anymore which is a shame. We have found out about another weekend festival where they create street art in another part of Blackpool which we plan to go to this year – yay! Thanks again and have a wonderful week! J 😊 x


  7. This is just another beautiful project of yours! I love how everything you create tells a different story!
    Well done!
    Thank you for joining us over Simon Says Stamp MOnday challenge! Please forgive me if this comment is way later than the challenge you joined in, but i had internet issue. I still wanted to thank you though for playing along with us and to let you know I appreciate your project!
    Have a gorgeous week!

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  8. Thank you Jo for directing me to this blog post. I had missed this one.
    What a wonderful ‘tyger’. I love the image you cut out of the book and the way you copied the ombre effect from the street art.
    The street art is awesome. It is so good that Blackpool gave these artists the opportunity to display their art in the streets. I find it fascinating. I think it has something to do with the large scale of street art (well, most of it). If I saw the same painting on a small canvas, it would not have such an impression on me I think.
    A very belated happy T-Day,

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  9. What amazing street art Jo, who could not be inspired by that fabulous tyger tiger!! Perfectly composed with those chosen colours your tiger lurks within it. Clever use of stitches upon each leaf, so glad you shared over on the That’s Crafty Stitch in Time blog challenge.
    Sending sunshine & hugs Tracey xx

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    • Thanks so much Tracey! It was fun and also a bit challenging stitching the leaf stems to join with my page being in a book …lol 😉. So pleased to join in the fun at That’s Crafty! Thanks for the sunshine and sending you creative hugs! J 😊 x


  10. I look for street art (both official and unofficial) whenever I’m out. You found some great examples! They add a lot, I think, and I like seeing what other places offer, especially places like Blackpool where I know I’ll never go. Thanks!

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