For the Boys

Still inspired by the masculine theme, I created this art journal page to remind you that you still have one week left to join in with our For the Boys challenge over at Try it on Tuesday, it would be lovely to see you there!

This time, I got creative with Tim Holtz inks, stamps and stickers as well as a Steampunk stamp set, some design paper and some Victorian style tags.

I started by using Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create the background; firstly by smooshing diluted Mowed Lawn ink that I had applied to an acrylic block, spritzed with water and then pressed onto the page. After drying this ink with a heat gun I then applied Shabby Shutters ink the same way and then I used both the Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters inks again to add A lot of Splats stamp from Gummpiapan. Using a blending tool I applied Hickory Smoke Distress Ink through a Past Times stencil by Viva Decor to give a lovely depth to the background, I also used the same stencil over the background to remove some of the Distress Inks using a baby wipe. Then I applied some Black Soot Distress Ink using a stencil by Craft Sensations and a blending tool. Next I layered all the different paper elements onto the page which I edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker once stuck in place. They included: a large map, ruler pieces, a butterfly, a button, some numbered and small alphabet pieces which are  Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers by Tim Holtz; three Victorian style tags; a globe with a bird perched on the top, suitcase and luggage labels which I fussy cut from design paper by Craft Sensations; a pocket watch and compass which I stamped using a Steampunk stamp set from Docrafts and black Archival Ink onto design paper and fussy cut out, they are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic; a vintage car from a Tim Holtz stamp which I stamped using black Archival Ink and fussy cut out; and finally some round button letters to add the “For the Boys” wording. I added some brown metal brads to the tags, luggage labels and signage. Then to finish, I used a paintbrush to splatter black and white DecoArt acrylic paints over the whole page.

Today I’m sharing a trip to the fish and chip shop in Great Eccleston.

The food is so delicious, here’s my order of steak and kidney pudding with gravy (of course – grin!), chips and mushy peas.

We visited with my family and my portion of food was so huge that I’m sharing my chips so here you can see just my dad’s fish and mushy peas – yum!

There are plenty of drinks on show in my photos for T Stands for Tuesday but in case you were wondering what I was drinking, it was Dandelion and Burdock. This is a fizzy/soft drink which is popular in the North of England and I haven’t had it since I was a child so couldn’t remember what it tasted like. I really enjoyed it and if you have never tried it either then it’s a bit like coca cola with an earthy botanical kick to it (grin!).


I’m pleased to join the lovely Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the Inspired by … challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my masculine inspired page.

As my art journal page features maps, luggage and a vintage car I’m very happy to be able to join Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Transport It challenge.

I added wording to my page as the challenge over at Country View Challenges is Written Word (add some text in some form), so I’m pleased to join them too.

This is my final page for A Vintage Journey and their Stencil It challenge, I’ve really enjoyed using my different stencils to join their theme this month and I had them in mind when I used all my different Tim Holtz products to create this Vintage and Mixed Media style page too.

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 (Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Vintage Photo)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Gummpiapan Stamps (A lot of Splats 11050106)
  • Viva Decor  Universal Stencil (Past Times 9002 703 00)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Tim Holtz {Components} Collection Stamper Anonymous (COM013 CAR)
  • The Works Design Pad (Classic Vintage CRO707/TW7)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Soft Colours CRO730/R)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • The Works (Victorian Style Embellishments)
  • Home Bargains (Love Letters 22738)
  • Craft Sensations (Brads CRO550/A)
  • UHU Stic

56 thoughts on “For the Boys

  1. Wonderful journal page, very masculine! Your food looks great, except perhaps for the mushy peas, I never could get used to them, but steak and kidney pie sounds great. I haven’t had dandelion and burdock since I moved to Germany! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Fabulous spread Jo full of boyish elements, even the beautiful Butterfly blends with the theme. I can almost smell that food.. vinegar always makes my mouth water!! Like Valerie i’ve not had Dandelion and Burdock for an age. I will try and remember to look next shop day & see if it tastes as good as it did when I was a kid.
    Happy T Day Hugs Tracey xx

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  3. Here in the states they never serve mushy peas with fish and chips, but in both England and Ireland I had those mushy peas and I must say I love them. You make me want to buy a plane ticket to have some, but those would be expensive mushy peas for sure. 🙂 And i love your for the boys page. That is a cool vintage man stamp on the tag, and I always love all the details you add. Hope you are enjoying your week-and happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Fabulous page Jo with a fantastic selection of imagery and wonderful detail – love that car especially.
    mmm yummy food – and that was a perfect description of Dandelion and Burdock – it is an unusual flavour. I loved that as a child too but when I had it a few years back something in it made my mouth feel weird so I haven’t had it again 😦
    i meant to ask before how your dad was doing but I think thats answered here – which is really great 🙂
    Hope your week going well. Happy Tuesday.
    oops nearly forget to say thanks for sharing your fabulous page with AJJ – thank you xx
    Gill xx

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    • Thanks very much Gill! The car is fab isn’t it 😁. I think the drink is made using chemical flavourings these days rather than the actual botanicals, which is a shame. I hope you are having a great week too! J 😊 x


  5. There are so many wonderful images and ephemera on your lovely “For the boys” journal page, Jo. It’ hard to pinpoint one thing I like about this, because all these disparate parts come together so beautifully and flawlessly. It’s a true gem. I’m so glad you chose to also share it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    I grinned when I saw “licensed restaurant.” I’ve never seen that before. It’s a bit unique, I think.

    I’ve never had mushy peas, although I’ve mushed mine up at times. I don’t think that’s the same, though. I am also amazed by how much food we Americans get with our meals after seeing that small steak and kidney pudding. No wonder so many of us (Americans) are overweight. It looks good, though. And I would love to taste your drink, too, but I fear it probably will never make it across the pond. Thanks for sharing your lovely journal page and your food and drink with us for T this Tuesday.

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  6. Great looking journal page Jo- that bright green in spots gives just the right amount of pop to the whole page! I’d pass on the pudding and double up on the peas:) Your drink sounds very interesting too and I would definitely try it. Thanks for sharing and happy T day!

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  7. Your Boys page is awesome!
    and your meal was very different from what is available, so I learned some new foods. not familiar with mush peas or the meat pudding and was not familiar with the cola-I would like to try that one depending on how much sugar was added. Thank you for sharing your meal it all looks delicious Happy T Day Kathy

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    • Thanks so much! I think you would enjoy the mushy peas and pudding, they are a Northern ( North of England) delicacy and the pudding is made using suet pastry which normally contains wheat flour but I do know where you can get a gluten free one 😁. I found the drink quite sweet but I prefer “full fat” soft drinks rather than the “diet” version …lol 😉. Sending you Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x


  8. I just adore your fantastic masculine page – really stunning! You always surprise and amaze with your makes Jo!
    The food looks simply yummie – yes and I have never heard about that drink even though this is such a traditional beverage of GB I learned now.
    Dandelion roots are just versatile- just by accident found a recipe on YT to make your own coffee out of the roots, just as I browsed for some gardening tipps!
    You just make me happy to not just link to TioT but also to AJJ on this T-Day dear Jo!
    Thank you very much and I wish you a very happy week!
    ( Just out of order with blogging time now since my brother stays here with us again – and much extra work ♥♥♥)

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    • Thanks so much! Dandelion tea is lovely too, it doesn’t contain caffeine and is said to detox your liver and improve your skin and stomach health 😁. I hope you are having a lovely time with your brother and wishing you a wonderful week! Sending you Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x


  9. Fabulous vintage elements and images on this great page Jo and I love the tag you used as well.
    You have me thinking about a glass of Dandelion and Burdock, its years since I had some as well.
    I also thought about Ginger Beer, years as well since I tasted that.
    Your meal looked delicious. you were right to share that portion of chips it looks huge.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks so much Yvonne! I always have a Ginger Beer in the fridge for hot summer days and normally buy the Old Jamaica brand. I had it the other day and I think they may have change the recipe though as it tasted so fiery 😁. Sending you Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x


  10. you have such a great variety of ephemera to create with… another wonderful art journal page! and again i love the stencilling that holds everything together so well.
    you come up with the most special beverage… never heard of dandelion in a drink:)
    happy t-day, xox

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  11. A great masculine page Jo, love all the bits of ephemera you added. Food looks delicious and I haven’t had Dandelion and Burdock since I was a child either and it used to be my favourite, you’ve got me wondering what it tasted like.
    Have a great day.
    Avril xx

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  12. You have such cool art supplies, Jo. Just look at all the great ephemera on your page. I’m drooling. I just used the Heavy Body Parchment acrylic paint that you introduced me to. I think of you whenever I pick up the tube 😉

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  13. You just have the best sense of layout and design. I smiled when I saw Great Eccleston. I thought of actor Christopher Eccleston, the 9th Doctor from Doctor Who. I wish he got a longer run. The fish and chips look yummy. I’m not so sure about the mushy peas.Your dandelion and burdock drink sounds a lot like a New England beverage called Moxie. Moxie is an acquired taste which I haven’t acquired yet. Have a Happy T Day!

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    • What fun that you can get mushy peas with your fish and chips! You can’t get steak and kidney puddings from fish and chip shops in the south of England either, they are a Northern thing 😁. Thanks so much and sending you Happy T Tuesday wishes! J 😊 x


  14. Jo well the masculine theme really works for you!!! What a lovely page!! Kidney pudding….?? Mushy peas…. none of that sounds good to me….lol But the fish … now that looks YUM…. But i might need some tartar sauce… So fun to be introduced to new things from other countryies.. 🙂 Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  15. A wonderful men’s page dear Jo. I like the guy on the Tag and the small map.
    Your meal looks yummy. I also like fish. This weekend I start to the Eastern Sea for a week and
    I will eat much very fresh fish there.
    Hope you feel fine and wish you a nice rest of the week.
    Big Hugs

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  16. Love your art journal page. And thanks for sharing all the details. I will be returning to this recipe for this page. Great inspiration. Now, as to the food, the fish looks good, but I don’t know about the mush peas. And, Dandelion & Burdock? Interesting. 🙂 Happy Tea Day!

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  17. Your page is wonderful, Jo! I love how you’ve created so much depth in the background and all of those lovely vintage collage elements work so perfectly together! Thank you for sharing at A Vintage Journey in our Stencil It challenge! Hugs!

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