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!

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:

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

Two for Tea

This page celebrates friendships and tea as there’s nothing better than chatting over a cuppa with friends (grin!).

I wanted to recycle some pretty greeting card envelopes so I ripped a brown, cream, white and two different shades of pink into pieces and collaged them onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. I added two rose rub-on transfers and then I stencilled modelling paste, using a lace stencil, over the pink sections and once dry applied some white gesso using a baby wipe to tone the colours down a bit. Next I splattered white DecoArt acrylic paint over the whole page using a paintbrush. The teacups and saucers are fussy cut from a magazine, edged with Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck in place using double-sided foam tape. I created two vintage style envelopes to hold the teabags using a small white tag envelope. For the centre panel of each envelope I used a pretty bird sticker and also a piece of card from the same sticker packaging which I stamped with a Bella Rossi stamp which details tea and other drinks. Both panels are edged with pearls and leftover borders from a Penny Black Stickeroo set. I inserted a recycled empty teabag that I had dried into the top of each one and stuck them to the page using glue dots. I also arranged them onto the page with a piece of string which is recycled greeting card trim, so it looked like a teabag string and held the end of the string down with a pretty cream rose. The small tag is from the same greetings card as the trim and it is embellished with a piece of the Stickeroo border and also one of the pearls. It is stuck down using double-sided foam tape and I added another cream rose to secure the string. To finish the page, I added some pearls to the background.

As I used the lace stencil, this page is also for the Stencil, Die Cuts or Both challenge over at Try it on Tuesday where you still have another week to join in the fun!

Flowers and birds means this page also matches the Flora and Fauna theme over at Art Journal Journey that I’m hosting this month. This page marks the second week for this theme and I’d like to thank all of you who have joined in the fun, I hope you are enjoying getting creative with this theme!

A trip to the Blackbird café with friends is always welcome, today I’m sharing our tea – green tea for me and earl grey for my forever friend!

As it T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to my T Gang friends and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

We often visit this café and I have posted about it a few times, you may remember these beautiful birdcages (grin!). If you want to see more of the café then here’s a link to my previous post.

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs 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 neutral colours I used, I’m also pleased to join the Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot.

Over at Moo Mania and More the theme is Flowers which I’m also joining with the roses and violets that I included on my page.

I’m pleased to join a new challenge blog today where the lovely Valerie is on the Design Team, it’s at 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:

  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia B 175)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Prima Marketing Clear Stamps (Rossi Belle 587499)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Old Magazine
  • Small tag envelopes
  • Docrafts Papermania Label Stickers (Botanicals PMA157234)
  • Recycled birthday card tag and string trim
  • Dried teabags
  • Penny Black Stickeroos (Vintage Roses #10-142)
  • Poundworld (Pearl Embellishments 137920-A)
  • Craft Sensations (Ivory Deco Flowers CR0736-GE)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Wilko (Sticky Dots)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

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)

Beer from Japan

The Fleetwood Beer Festival always has interesting World Beers available and we have tried different Hitachino Nest Beer from Japan two years running. The one we tried this year is called DAi DAi Ale which has the most amazing fruity orange taste. I just fell in love with the cute owl on the beer bottle labels too, so inspired by Erika’s recent visit to Japan I decided to use them to create this page!

I started by covering the page with an orange decoupage paper which I patched together so it was mostly pattern matched; like all the paper pieces it is stuck in place using a UHU Stic. The red vertical lines are cut from the same decoupage paper and I fussy cut the Japanese documents from a design paper. They are outlined with a black Derwent Graphik marker and I used a Topaz Spectrum Aqua marker to add shadows smudging the ink with my finger as it was applied. Next I painstakingly added some navy blue dots to the centre of each of the flower circle designs of the decoupage paper; they were made from the die cutting the circular borders. I added the circular borders vertically over the red lines and they are die cut using my Sizzix Big Shot and a Spellbinders die. I used some of the same recycled blue card to back the beer labels that I had soaked from the front and back of two beer bottles; they are stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish, I added the beer cap to the top left-hand corner of the page from one of the beer bottles.

This beer is brewed by Kiuchi Brewery and they have been brewing Japanese Sake since 1823. They make a number of Hitachino Nest Beers including the two beers shown on my page which are:

  • DAi DAi Ale which is brewed with fukuremikan orange and special hops. This is an Indian Pale Ale with a ABV of 6.2%.
  • White Ale is a wheat beer flavoured with coriander, orange peel and nutmeg. This is a Belgian style white beer with an ABV of 5.5%. We tried this one last year and I saved the label.

With the owls I have included on this page, I’m joining the Flora and Fauna challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey this month and I hope to see you there!

Some of my blog-friends created some beautiful tulip artworks over the last couple of months, whilst thinking of spring, so I thought I’d show you our tulips which are now in full bloom!

Here they are when they started flowering and I received them with the fun metal owl (in the background) as a gift last year. I like that the colours and the owl remind me of the page that I sharing with you today (grin!).

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs 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:

As I used die cuts on this page, it fits the Stencils, Die Cuts or Both over at Try it on Tuesday where you still have over a week to join in the fun!

Over at Moo Mania and More the theme is Flowers so I’m pleased to join this theme with my orange flowery background.

I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Animal Magic challenge with the owls I included on my art journal page.

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:

  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.03mm)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Topaz)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Die Cut System (Pearl Effects S5-194)
  • Viva Gade Decoupage Paper (London 25584)
  • Japanese Panel A4 Design Paper
  • Recycled navy blue card
  • Beer bottle labels
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Flora and Fauna

I am so delighted to be hosting Art Journal Journey this month and my challenge is

Flora and Fauna

For this challenge Flora refers to plant life and Fauna to the animal kingdom. In nature, flora and fauna compliment each other, so it’s up to you to decide whether you include only plants, animals or combine the two together.

I started by selecting stamps of plant life and animals from my craft stash; for Flora I chose a tree, some different flowers, leaves and fruit and then for Fauna I chose a bird, some insects including a bee, butterflies and a dragonfly, a hedgehog and some paw prints. I stamped my flora stamps onto white tissue paper and my fauna stamps onto brown tissue paper using black Archival Ink which I used for all of the stamping on this page. Well that’s what I thought anyway, but as you can see this is correct for all except the bee, I think he must be flying onto the white flora tissue paper to find the flowers (grin!). Then I ripped the edges of the tissue paper and stuck them onto the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium along with some gold star tissue paper and homemade papers which I made sometime ago using brown tissue paper and a Script stamp and also white tissue paper and a Sheet Music stamp. Once the gel medium was dry, I also stamped the corresponding wording “Flora” or “Fauna” directly onto the page alongside each stamped image and edged them using Willow and Ink Black Derwent Inktense pencils and a black Derwent Graphik marker. Then I added two different brown washi tapes, the thicker one depicts a flower, butterfly, bird and squirrel to tie into the theme and they are all edged with the Willow and Ink Black Derwent Inktense pencils. Next I arranged some wooden tiles for the “Flora” and “Fauna” wording and also some colourful postage stamps from my hubby’s childhood collection which portray different flora and fauna. The postage stamps are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic and as you can see I kept the flora ones at the top of the page and the fauna ones at the bottom to correspond with the tile wording that I had added. To finish, I stamped different words onto white tissue paper and stuck them onto the page using UHU Stic; they detail types of flora and fauna:

  • as flora refers to plant life the words I added included flower, fruit, tree, leaf, fungi
  • as fauna refers to the animal kingdom I included the words bird, reptile, fish, amphibian, insect, mammal.

I hope that this art journal page provides you with some ideas for your designs and that you are inspired by this month’s Flora and Fauna theme over at Art Journal Journey too. I am really looking forward to visiting you and seeing all your wonderful creations!

As some of you know, my art journal pages are inspired by things I see and do and I often share photographs along with my journal page to illustrate this. So I thought I would share a couple of different Flora and Fauna collages using photographs that have featured on my blog over the last couple of years – I hope you like them! This first one reminds me of springtime as most of the photos were taken this time of year.

This one reminds me of summer walks and happy discoveries!

If you are looking for my post featuring the new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday or T Stands for Tuesday, please click here.

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:

With the page focusing on stamping and animals, I’m pleased to be able to join Fashionable Stamping Challenges and their Animals challenge.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

With the collaged tissue background and all the stamping on this page, I’m also pleased to join the creative challenge over at The Artistic Stamper where the theme is Backgrounds.

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)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils (Willow 1900, Ink Black 2200)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO133)
  • Hampton Art Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO135)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (Tree P-1398, 4 Point Star Background G2983)
  • Papermania wood mounted rubber stamp (Daffodil Tile 39454)
  • Magenta wood mounted rubber stamp (Flowers & Dots 2111D)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice Stamps (Pressed Leaves MIN-CCS102)
  • Hampton Art wood mounted rubber stamp (Cherry Background KN2466)
  • Eco Green Recycled Rubber Art Stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • Free Stamp Set with Craft Beautiful Magazine (Winter Wonderland)
  • Stampendous wood mounted rubber stamp (Tiny Paw AA017)
  • Sugarloaf Inc. wood mounted rubber stamp (26551)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Clear Magic Singles (Sheet Music JGS111)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Tissue Paper (White, Brown)
  • Postage Stamps from my hubby’s childhood collection (Ghana, Rhodesia, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa, Bulgaria, Ceylon, Australia, Hungary, Romania, Dominica, Kenya)
  • Crelando (Decorative Tape)
  • The Works (Wooden Alphabet Tiles)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic

Captured Moments

Over at Try it on Tuesday our new theme for the next two weeks is Stencil, Die Cuts or Both. I decided to have some fun and use both of these to create my Captured Moments art journal page!

I hope you will join in the fun too and for further inspiration why not check out the wonderful creations of my fellow Design Team over at Try it on Tuesday!

To start I lightly rubbed an ink pad of Hickory Smoke Distress Ink vertically down the page and spritzed it with water to give a washed out effect. For my stencils I chose a fleur-de-lis design which I applied using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and a blending tool and also a Shabby Diamond stencil using Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, again using a blending tool. I also stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft using Ground Espresso Distress Ink. I left quite a lot of white space in my background to showcase some lovely fabric and papers that I added next. So with the background complete, I added a strip of fabric to the page using a UHU glue pen. Then I selected a Spellbinders die cut set and used my Big Shot machine to cut out some circular shapes from the same fabric which I had backed with card, and I also die cut some dark brown, pink dotted and grey-brown patterned papers. I edged all the paper pieces with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and arranged them on the page using a UHU Stic and then I layered the fabric die cut pieces on top. I added some pearl embellishments and a circular image of a pretty lady which is a sticker from Graphic 45. To finish, I added two lace butterflies which are stuck in place using a UHU glue pen, some pearls and a “Captured Moments” die cut using double-sided foam tape.

This page reminds me of a beautiful chandelier glass lamp that we saw at our local auction room Gerrards, and I think the pretty lady on my art journal page may have owned one like this. I was very tempted to purchase it myself but in the end refrained as pink really doesn’t match any of the rooms in our house.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m also sharing this array of pretty china teacups which were also for sale at the auction rooms. As I write this post I’m thinking that I shouldn’t go to the auction rooms so often, it’s far too tempting, don’t you think (grin!). Wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

If you are looking for my post featuring the Flora and Fauna challenge over at Art Journal Journey that I am hosting this month, please click here.

Challenges

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:

As I included the flower designs and lace butterflies on my page I’m pleased to join Art Journal Journey where I’m hosting the Flora and Fauna challenge this month; it would be great to see you there!

I’m pleased to be able to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Time Out challenge with my Captured Moments art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Shabby Shutters, Ground Espresso)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia B 175)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Spellbinders Die Cutting Set (Unknown)
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Fabric Roll)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Urban Style CR0701/16PL2, Pretty Pastels CR0701/PL1)
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Design Block)
  • The Works M&C Boutique (4 Crochet Butterflies)
  • Poundworld (Pearl Embellishments U-80929)
  • Home Bargains Sticker Mania (Gel Stone Stickers 74749)
  • UHU Stic
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape