Hello Lake Life

I love boats so living the Lake Life with our friends in Maine was an amazing experience! My page today captures the serenity of the lake, fall colours and also a Loon, which is a type of water bird that we saw on one of our boat trips around the lake (grin!).

I started by applying Hickory Smoke Distress Ink onto the page by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block and scraping the block over the page so the ink caught on the texture of the paper. I then applied water over the top using a paintbrush to disperse some of the colour across the page. Next I painted Salty Ocean Distress Ink across the page, keeping my brushstrokes horizontal, so it looked like water; to do this I applied the ink to an acrylic block again and picked the ink up with a paintbrush. We saw lots of beautiful fall colours reflected in the lake on our boat trips so I also added Mustard Seed, Fired Brick and Seedless Perserves Distress Ink the same way as I did the Hickory Smoke ink. Then I toned down the colours using Pébéo white gesso which I applied with my finger to vary the coverage; this softened the colours and produced a rippled effect so it looked like the water of the lake. The wording “Hello Lake Life” is a Pocket Card from Tim Holtz idea-ology collection, I added the letters to produce the word “Lake” by stamping black Archival Ink onto some card using an alphabet stamp by Dovecraft, cutting it out and sticking it onto the card. The Loon is cut from a notelet that my friend gave me and was used for the food shopping list. I defined the Loon markings, underlined the word “lake” and exaggerated the stripes on the wording using a black Derwent Graphik marker and a white Uniball gel pen so they stood out more. The fall leaves around the edge of the page are napkin which I ripped and stuck into place using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium; once dry I edged them with a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I also stuck a couple of the leaves onto some recycled white card and when they were dry I cut them out and edged them with the sanguine marker. I arranged them on the page under the Pocket Card and added some cream jute flowers using Glossy Accents which finished the page.

I thought you may like to go boating with us, here is the view of the lake from the house and you can see the boat on the left-hand side.

It’s a pontoon party boat and is very luxurious …

… with it’s sofa type seating, as you can see my hubby was sitting very comfortably (grin!).

It afforded wonderful lake views with …

… some breathtaking reflections of the fall colours.

We even saw a Loon, which is called a Great Northern Diver here in the UK, who entertained us firstly by diving under the water and then by preening. We found out late one night that their call is quite distinctive and loud too (grin!).

I hope you enjoyed the boat trip and I think that the lake life would suit us very well, don’t you (double grin!).


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:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika from BioArtGal, who is hosting the Vintage or Modern challenge over at Art Journal Journey as this page captures happy memories of our Lake Life holiday.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my Lake Life art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the September Link Party #44 – Anything Goes over at Cropstop Blog with my page as I included some products from companies that they carry in their store.

I’m thankful for experiencing the Lake Life with our friends, so this page is also a reminder that you still have time to join the Thankful challenge at Try it on Tuesday 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 (Hickory Smoke, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm, 0.3mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Loon notelet – shopping list
  • Party Creations Napkins (Autumn’s Elegance)
  • The Works (Jute Shapes U-83162)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 (Mini Craft Dots)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

32 thoughts on “Hello Lake Life

  1. Your pages to remember your holiday are awesome. The colours and scene created on this one is beautiful. I can can imagine how the water bird must have looked from your description of its antics in your post.
    We are having really cold and frosty mornings now, I think winter will be a long one this year.
    Have a happy weekend Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. What a wonderful page – your techniques never cease to amaze me! Simply gorgeous with the napkins and the black & white loon! Fabulous! So pleased to see you linking to Erika’s theme! Thank you very much dear Jo!
    Wonderful photos- this is really a luxurious boat – wow – you and hubby look very good on the boat !!!
    What a fantastic thing to have a house at a lake and a boat waiting to use it whenever you want…. wow! Your friends have a wonderful life!
    We had a motor boat ( not that luxurious )for our holidays and also to use it on the River Danube. Hubby was so nice about that boat — ☻☻☻ and we had always a lot of work with it…lol!
    Since that time ( it is more than 20 years now) I know how much you have to do when you own a boat and how much hard work and money you have to put in this hobby. I am not very sad that we have no longer a boat – grin.

    Happy weekend for you and your sweetheart!

    Hugs, Susi

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    • Thanks so much dear Susi! It was a quick and fun page to create and brings back such happy memories of our boat trips on the lake 😀. I love being on the water and always like to go on boats when we are away …lol 😉. Happy weekend to you and your too my friend! J 😊 x


  3. Thanks for joining us at AJJ Jo. I love your lake page. It reminds me of the lake my mother-in-law lives in here in NH. You planned your trip just right to see all the beautiful leaves and miss all the rain-I know you had some while visiting but lately that seems to be all we are having. I am glad you also included the loon on your page. They are very special birds. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and have some more holiday inspiration to share. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks very much Erika! We had a real mixture of weather when we were there and really didn’t mind the rain, I suppose we are used to it living in the UK …lol 😉. Wishing you a fantastic weekend of birthday celebrations! Have fun! J 😊 x


  4. A fabulous page Jo, you’ve captured the look of the fall colours reflected in the lake beautifully and the loon looks quite happy there. Great photos and what a fabulous place to live, your friends must be thankful they found such a delightful spot for their home.
    Have a great weekend. Avril xx

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  5. Oh my goodness Jo, this really sounds like the holiday of a lifetime! Your page is so beautiful, and really captures the mood illustrated in those amazing photos too! I just love the contrast of the Autumn colours and the serenity of the duck and water ways! Fabulous all round!

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  6. I’m not sure how to begin, Jo. This is absolutely awe inspiring. I adore the beauty of the napkin leaves, the stunning background, and of course, the Loon. We are delighted you chose to share it with us as your first entry this month for Erika’s theme at Art Journal Journey. It’s a real gem.

    Of course, that party boat would be nice to take on any lake. It looks like it would hold a party, too. The reflections of the autumn trees in the water and the beauty of the trees in the distance make your time in Maine a very special one, I’m sure.

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  7. Your Art page is really Wonderful Jo !! I love this little duck swimming by the river! Lovely colours ! Thanks so much for sharing these so lovely photographs, they are great. Sure You love your trips boat!! Fabulous views.
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, big hugs, Caty

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  8. What a lovely journal page resulted from your happy time on the lake. What a gorgeous boat and what fabulous scenery. The colours in the trees is fabulous and you did a perfect take on them with the leaves forming the frame on your own picture. Fab!
    Hugs, Neet x

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