Don’t blend in

One of the things I love about Art Journaling is experimenting and trying out new techniques, so for this happy page my idea was to try to create some transparent bubbles floating across the page. Now you may wonder why I was thinking of bubbles, well it just so happens that I saw some bubble wands in our local supermarket and as I didn’t purchase one, I thought I’d just create my own (grin!).

I also had fun using three different types of book papers which included both text and pictures from a variety of books, so this is also a reminder that there is still another week to join the Use Book Paper challenge over at Try it on Tuesday, it would be lovely to see you there!

I started this page by stamping some white tissue paper with a postage mark stamp, a Script stamp and a Believe stamp from different stamp sets all by Kaisercraft, using black Archival Ink. Then I collaged ripped pieces of these tissue papers with some torn pieces of dressmaker tissue paper from a sewing pattern and two different book papers using Liquitex matte gel medium. The book papers are recycled from my old pocket dictionary that I had at school and also an old reading book that had seen better days which I bought from a charity shop (thrift store). For the circles, I drew around two different sized paint pots with a pencil and then I used Iced Coffee Faber-Castell Gelatos to outline them and Earl Grey and Coconut Faber-Castell Gelatos to shade them first using my finger to smudge the colours and then using a baby wipe to remove some of the colour until I achieved the look I was after. Even though I used some artistic license with the dark colour palette, I really like their translucency almost as if they were bubbles floating up the page (grin!). Then I used book papers again, this time I fussy cut the flowers which are all peonies from an old Garden book, stuck them down using Liquitex matte gel medium and when dry outlined them using a black Uni Pin marker. To finish I added the wording from a Kaisercraft sticker set and outlined it using a black Uni Pin marker, it reads “Don’t blend in when you were born to stand out”.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I was trying to think of something that linked to bubbles and I remembered a cream tea that we had at Alices Tearoom some time ago. So here’s our pot of green tea for two, isn’t the china beautiful …

… and here are a selection of cakes that we had, the one with Alice on the top has blue bubblegum icing – I must admit though, I didn’t care for the bubblegum taste that much preferring the Rocky Road and Chocolate Oreo cakes that are also on the plate (grin!).

If you are not familiar with Alices Tearoom, check out my previous posts here and here and here.

I’m saying a big hello and welcome to the T Gang – Happy T Day!


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 as well as Try it on Tuesday, here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Chris from Pearshapedcrafting, who is hosting the Arts for Art’s Sake challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I had fun using my Faber-Castell Gelatos, which I haven’t used in a while, to create my bubbles.

I’m joining the Get Sentimental challenge over at A Vintage Journey because a contrasting background and bright coloured flowers depicts the sentiment beautifully on my bubble inspired Mixed Media Style page.

I’m also joining Country View Challenges and their In The Summer Garden challenge as the peony flowers on my page can be found in the summer garden.

Over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog their theme is Close to Nature so I’m pleased to join this challenge with the beautiful flowers I added to my page.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with “Don’t’ blend in” 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:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Iced Coffee, Earl Grey, Coconut)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Provincial CS243, Script CS752, Vintage-Believe CS832)
  • White tissue paper
  • Style Sewing Pattern – tissue paper
  • The Pocket Oxford Dictionary
  • David Copperfield
  • Oxford Book of Garden Plants
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fiesta! SS284)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

50 thoughts on “Don’t blend in

  1. This really is a fabulous page Jo! The background of different papers looks amazing and I love those suspended bubbles! The bright peonies are such a wonderul contrast! Thank you so much for linking to Art Journal Journey! I think bubblegum flavoured icing must be an acquired taste! Alice’s does look a great place to visit – if they have scones then that’s me sorted! I’ll be arriving for tea tomorrow! Hugs,Chrisx

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  2. Love your page: “Don’t blend in when you were born to stand out.” That’s a great phrase, Jo. I think I would have bought the bubble wand though. I haven’t seen one in ages.

    The china at Alice’s Tearoom is charming. I guess the picture of Alice on the cupcake was better than the taste; but it’s adorable.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  3. Wow!!!Jo, what a great page! I love those bubbles, you’ve made them so beautiful. All that book pages and the colorful flowers, so beautiful!
    Have a nice week dear Jo! Hugs, Lenie

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  4. When I went to a Renaissance fair several years ago, I bought a hand made bubble wand. It is in the shape of a heart, so of course I couldn’t resist. But your bubbles are equally lovely and look more like bubbles than my wand ever did. I still can’t believe your wonderful fussy cutting. I really MUST get my detail scissors sharpened, because they no longer will do the trick. And I’ve been through all the stages, too: first foil, then sandpaper. Nothing helped sharpen them. But yours must be in top notch shape, because those peonies are fabulous. Thanks also for sharing this beauty with us at Art Journal Journey, too.

    I enjoyed this trip to Alice’s Restaurant. Not sure how I would feel about bubblegum icing, but I know I love their mismatched cups, saucers, and teapots.

    Thanks for sharing your art and your trip to Alice’s Restaurant, as well as sharing your green tea and baked goods with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  5. Your art page is quite amazing-I love it.
    I don’t think I would care for bubblegum flavor either on a cake-but it is really pretty. Love the tea service!
    Happy T Day Kathy

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  6. Your bubbles rock Jo. They really do look like bubbles on the page. Success with your art and what a great page. And what a beautiful way to have tea served. And yummy snacks to go with it! Have a wonderful T Day. Hugs-Erika

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  7. Your page really is a stunning piece of journaling Jo, those bright flower heads against the background page really stand out proud. Fabulous composition with a vintage flair.
    Your Tea & Cakes day looks most refreshing, although i’m not sure I could bare to eat that sweet Alice cake topper hee hee!
    Happy T Day Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Wishing you all the best in your challenges xx

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  8. Your bubble page is fabulous, what a great creation. Now I see what you meant about Alice! Sounds like a great place to visit. The cupcake looks good and they serve everything so prettily. But I agree with you about bubblegum taste! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  9. one of your best pages ever!! i LOVE old peonies, i love these bubbles and the text papers in the background of course, too! i would enjoy the little alice circle – but no bubblegum taste for me either…
    have a great week, jo – happy t-day ♥

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  10. This is such a WOWSER of a page dear Jo. I love everything about it beginning with the background in such a fantastic vintage style followed by the fantastic handdrawn bubbles and then this amazing peonies and how you always incorporate images with the perfect outlining. And to top it all you have chosen a fantastic quote! I am thrilled about this wonderful page and more than happy to see it linked to the Art Journal Journey collection ! Thank you very much for all your support this month again! You made me happy!
    The china at Alice’s Tearoom is so pretty and charming! I think we are not used to eat blue things?! Even though they are just coloured….but I think the bubble gum flavour must be interesting and great for kids! And some adults are happy to be a child at heart forever.Me too. I always have bubble wand at home – I love the rainbow colours I can see in each single bubble.
    Wishing you a fantastic T-Day !
    Much love from Susi

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  11. Oh bubbles! – I remember bubbles and the small circle on a stick. I love that book page background and what a great use for old book. I’ve given loads to the Charity Shop recently, I might have to go and buy them back (done that before). I just love seeing all your supplies at the end, thinking about what I could do with them, as they are so different from my ordinary supplies.
    Your page looks marvellous, very summery and hot and the bubbles look good.
    Happy T day, Jo!

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    • I have very fond memories of bubbles and the small circlular wands, we use to get them in our Christmas stocking every year 😀. Lol … Maybe you can get some of the books back 😉. I was so pleased that you joined us – Happy T Day! J 😊 x


  12. It is a fabulous page Jo, I love the way you created the bubbles, the shading looks great. The bright flowers pop from the page and the papers you used all add wonderful detail to the background.
    The china in Alice’s tearoom looks lovely, the topping for the cup cake has a super decoration but I’m not sure I would fancy the bubblegum flavour.
    Happy T day wishes Jo
    Yvonne xx

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  13. hi jo,oh my gosh,your pages is so amazing,i in awe with this 🙂
    loved this beautiful flowers in red and yellow,and this fantastic combination with the book paper is georgus too 🙂
    your tea set is very beautiful,love the old style,enjoy yor tea time,dear jo 🙂
    wishing you a nice summer day,dear jo !

    hugs jenny

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  14. Beautiful art journaling! Love how you placed flowers of vivid colors on vintage textures. They really pop off the background giving fabulous look to the journal. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


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  15. Lovely journal page. The flowers really stand out from the background. The tea set on the polka dot tablecloth is perfect for an Alice in Wonderland tea. So cute. The Alice cupcake is almost too pretty to eat. I’d skip the bubblegum flavor for the chocolate cake. Happy T Day!

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  16. I love the way you used the book paper. It’s good to see books that are past their original use find new lives in art. And those flowers! Real stand-outs 🙂

    That china _is_ lovely. I remember bubblegum flavored snow cones, and I liked those; but I’ll join you in the chocolate offerings on that plate. Tasty! Happy T Tuesday 🙂

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  17. What a lovely page. Again I am impressed with your fussy cutting. I love the bubbles and of course the quote is very true. Where do you find all those quotes?
    Alice’s tea room is on my bucket list. I so want to go there. But I think I will give the bubblegum cakes a miss.
    Happy T Day,

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  18. Hello dear Jo, what a very nice new page with that wonderful anemones. I like them much when they come out in springtime in front of our house. You combined the page well with the BIngo theme. The cakes you show us look very yummy. I would like to take one. 😉
    Big Hugs

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