Black, white and one other colour

Our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday is Black, white and one other colour. To inspire you further please see the fabulous Design Team creations over at our blog.

It was quite a dilemma choosing the one other colour for my art journal page (grin!), in the end I decided on Abandoned Coral in the form of both a Distress Spray and Distress Stain. I’m really looking forward to seeing which one other colour you choose too!

I started by covering the page with white gesso and when dry I applied Pébéo modelling paste with a palette knife, over the top using a Floral stencil by Tim Holtz. Next I used a Rossi Belle stamp set to stamp some images onto the background using black Archival Ink and rubbed the images with a baby wipe which removed some of the ink giving a distressed look. Then I sprayed Abandoned Coral Distress Spray over the flowers that I had stencilled and left it to dry. Once dry I layered some more white gesso over the background and then applied some Abandoned Coral Distress Stain, repeating the layers until I reached the look I was after; I let the white gesso and Distress Stain dry between each application so they didn’t blend together and become a muddy mess. Next I added some black DecoArt acrylic paint, firstly through a stencil from Creative Expressions using a sponge and then by adding black splatters using a paintbrush. I used some bubble wrap and a cardboard tube to stamp white DecoArt acrylic paint onto the page and then splattered the page with the white paint too. The flowers are cut from black and white numbered card from Kanban using the Wildflower Sizzix Thinlets by Tim Holtz and my Big Shot machine. They are edged with black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and then stuck in place using Liquitex matte gel medium. To finish, I added three Small Talk stickers from Tim Holtz and outlined them with a black Derwent Graphik marker; I thought the wording was appropriate for this page considering my colour palette was limited to black, white and one other colour, they read “out of limitations comes creativity”, “be fearless” and “creativity take courage”.

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing my pot of green tea at a café in town called Elbourne’s Tea Emporium. I thought it matched the black white and one colour scheme with the red wrapper of the biscuit and heart hanging from the teapot, the white tea service and the black table. In case you are wondering, the little red heart is attached to the tea infuser as they use loose leaf tea. In the photo, you can also see a cup of Earl Grey tea, a glass of cloudy lemonade and a glass of ice water too but the cappuccino is hiding behind the plant (grin!) – Happy T Day!


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:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Linda, who is hosting Creature Comforts challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the soothing warmth of colour that I included on my art journal page.

Over at Country View Challenges their challenge is Plant-tastic so I’m pleased to join them with the flowers on my art journal page.

I’m pleased to join their Back To Nature challenge over at A Vintage Journey, as I was inspired by my limited colour palette to create this floral Mixed Media style page.

Over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, their challenge is Anything Goes so I’m pleased to join this challenge too.

I’m also joining the anything goes theme called It’s been a while… over at Stamps & Stencils 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:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Pébéo Modelling Paste
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Spray (Abandoned Coral)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Abandoned Coral)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.1 mm)
  • Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Floral THS077)
  • Prima Marketing Clear Stamps (Rossi Belle 587499)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Moroccan)
  • Recycled cardboard tube – stamp
  • Recycled bubble wrap – stamp
  • Sizzix Thinlets by Tim Holtz Alterations (Wildflowers 661190)
  • Kanban (Mackenzie Numbers Black Background Card CRD1763)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

30 thoughts on “Black, white and one other colour

  1. Its a gorgeous delicate flower texture for the background of your fabulous page Jo and the quote tabs you added are great. I love the added colour you chose. I found this a challenge as well.
    I’ll pull up a chair and join you for a cuppa.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. You have a genuinely brilliant way with modeling paste and stencils. This is remarkable. I thought the warm color really complimented the black and white, making it a perfect entry for Linda’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    You always make art that imitates life, or life that imitates art. This week, you imitated the black and white theme for T, which I thought was brilliant. I love loose leaf tea and loved the heart attached to the infuser. Thanks for sharing your green tea and your friends’ drinks with us for T this Tuesday.

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  3. I love the blush of pink in your page Jo. What a beautiful piece. And your tea looks so formal with the teapot and cup. No tea bag just tossed in a cup. And the white is so pretty. Off to work in this rain we are having. My post may be rambling but it is a good morning to sleep in. (I wish!-Smile!) Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  4. This is a so Wonderful Art journal page Jo !! I love it all, this background is gorgeous, lovely stencils and flowers textures. The colours are great, and love the quote. Thank you so much for your fabulous inspiration and for inviting me at Try it on Tuesday.
    I wish you a very nice day, big hugs, Caty

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  5. Your page is so lovely like a lacy tablecloth. The white tea service is pretty and I love the pop of color with the red cookie wrapper and infuser heart. Happy T Day


  6. I am in love with this page ever I saw it first at the DT blog. The textures and this fantastic coral colour makes my heart sing and what a wonderful thing to see this linked to AJJ as well! Thank you so much dear Jo! Your support of the challenge means so much to me! Happy T-Day! This tea table fits the page so well and is such an elegant display! What a beautiful post again! You never cease to amaze me with your style!!!!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  7. How beautiful, Jo! The stencilling, stamping, collaged elements… it all comes together so well. Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges for our Plant-astic challenge!

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  8. Gorgeous page, Jo. I love how you created the background. It’s so soft and sort of vintage looking – like flocked wallpaper. And then the pop of black on top – wow!

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

    P.S. Sorry I’m so late. We just got back from vacation.

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