Our new challenge for the next two weeks at Try it on Tuesday is Inspired by a Word – please note on your blog post which word you used for your inspiration.

Please check out the creations and words that my Design Teamies chose over at Try it on Tuesday too; we hope to see you there!

This time I got my hubby to choose a word for me which was “Change”, so I created a page based on the changing winter to spring seasons (grin!).

I started by stamping a letter stamp from Carabelle Studios using black Archival Ink onto the page, concentrating the letters at the bottom of the page to depict the ground. Then I covered the page with thin layers of Windsor & Newton watercolour paints using a baby wipe; I coloured the left-hand winter side of the page with Payne’s Gray and the right-hand spring side with Ultramarine watercolour paint. Then I covered the Payne’s Gray with Platinum Planet brilliance Ink which gave it a lovely shine of frosty grey and the Ultramarine with a wash of Salty Ocean Distress Ink so it was a sunshiny blue. For the foreground I added some white DecoArt acrylic paint to my winter scene and some watered down Cottage Ivy and Dandelion Memento Ink to the spring scene. Next I stamped the two trees from Docrafts Build a tree stamp set using black Archival Ink which gave an outline of the tree shapes.

For the winter tree I stamped lots of snowflakes from three different stamp sets using Bahama Blue, Summer Sky, Paris Dusk, Danube Blue and Teal Zeal Memento Ink. I coloured the tree trunk and branches using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker. Then I die cut some snowflakes from glitter paper and arranged them onto the tree with some silver snowflake relief stickers and some clear and blue gems. To finish the tree I stamped a festive ornament and tiny star from one of the branches using black Archival Ink decorating it with a blue gem.

For the spring tree I stamped the leaves and flowers using the same Tree stamp set from Docrafts using: Cottage Green and Dandelion Memento Ink for the leaves which I blended together on a blending mat before applying to the stamp; Rose Bud Memento Ink for the flowers. I coloured the tree trunk and branches using the Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker and then I added a couple of pink flower paper embellishments and some pink gems. To finish the tree, I stamped a bird house using black Archival Ink and decorated it with a blue gem.

Next I die cut the “Change” letters from some recycled black packaging paper using a Folk Alphabet die set from Docrafts and my Big Shot machine. They are stuck down the centre of the page using a Zig Memory System glue pen. To finish, I stamped the Carabelle Studio letter stamp using black Archival Ink over the bottom of the tree trunks so they blended in more, and added two Kaisercraft stickers with the words to describe the change in the seasons as it was a “Happy” Winter and I “Love” Spring (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday and with the change in the seasons I changed my drink choice when I was out and about with my mum recently; so instead of drinking my normal hot chocolate (pictured on the left), I enjoyed a chocolate frappe (pictured on the right) – yum! Wishing you all a Happy T day!


I’m pleased to link my art journal page to the Hello Springtime challenge that I am hosting over at Art Journal Journey as it depicts the change of the seasons from winter to spring. I hope you are inspired to say hello to springtime too, it would be lovely to see you there!

I’m pleased to be able to join the Letters and/or Number challenge over at Country View Challenges with the letter background that I created and die cut lettering.

As I used snowflakes to represent winter and sunny blue skies to represent Spring I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Whatever The Weather challenge 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:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (Payne’s Gray, Aquamarine)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink (Platinum Planet)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Salty Ocean)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Bahama Blue, Summer Sky, Paris Dusk, Danube Blue, Teal Zeal, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Rose Bud)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Carabelle Studio Art Stamp (Background – avec des letters SA60233)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials Clear Stamps (Build a tree DCE907130)
  • Free with magazine Embossing Folder & Stamp Set (Winter Wonderland)
  • Sheena Douglass Stamp Set (Winter Woodland) – free with Creative Stamping magazine Issue 62
  • The Works (Clear Stamps CRO274K/TW1)
  • Kars Clear Stamps (Christmas Hanger 180009/2024)
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Cutting Dies, Mini Paper Flower Embellishment)
  • Docrafts XCut A5 Dies Set (Folk Alphabet XCU503286)
  • Recycled black packaging paper
  • Poundland (Glitter Sheets 116432)
  • Crelando Relief Sticker Set (IAN289011)
  • B&M Craft Goody Bag (Turquoise 321451)
  • Hobbycraft (Rose Gem Stones 5666091006)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Secret Garden SS283)
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)

40 thoughts on “Change

  1. A gorgeous page Jo. I love how you used the two seasons to illustrate your chosen word. The tree images both look fantastic, a super idea to use snowflakes and flowers for the leaves.
    I would happily join you tasting both of your drinks choices today they look very tempting. Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. i really love this metamorphosis of the tree! i never saw a snowy tree depicted this way – all these flakes on it, what a gorgeous idea!! but right, now we are ready for the bird houses:) happy t-day, dear jo!

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  3. This page makes my heart sing – what a wonderful idea and realization- absolutely gorgeous dear Jo! I am in awe of it! This is such a beautiful project and I am so honored to have you as our Guest Hostess again at Art Journal Journey and I personally am so thrilled with your continual attention to the details in your art!
    Both drink choices look so very tempting … chocolate is always the best …right?! Hot or cold!
    Happy T-Day, Try It On Tuesday and Art Journal Journey dear Jo!
    Big, big hugs

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  4. I love how your page chronicles the changes of the seasons and it mirrors the changes you made in your drinks. I go from herbal tea to ice tea as the weather changes as my day to day drink. And the tree is the perfect way to show the changes. I like how its center stage on your page. Happy T day Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  5. Gorgeous! I’ll even grudgingly admit the snow tree is gorgeous! Though I’ll be more than happy to see the cold and snow melt into your Spring tree. The little birdhouse is such a cute touch. Even though the chocolate frappe looks amazing, it’s too cold for ice cream (for me) so I’ll cup my hands around the frothy, hot chocolate. Happy T Day!

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  6. Hello Jo. I had to go and lie down half-way through your description. The detailed and meticulous way you make your art is beyond anything. Do you have an army of artistic elves? I could talk about this piece all day (but I won’t!). Getting hubby to choose a word – genius! Starting by printing little letters all over – ditto! I was so glad you showed the trees enlarged. All the tree decorations and the festive ornament and bird house – genius. Great background and trees with the CHANGE of colour and tree decoration.
    I love this piece, did you guess?

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  7. The first things I noticed when I saw this page was the winter ornament and the spring bird house. They really caught my eye. Upon careful inspection, I noticed the snowflakes and gems. The flowers were really noticeable. This is beautiful. It’s not just great for TioT (which is where I first saw it), it is also great for your theme at Art Journal Journey. I adore it, and it gives me an idea because I have a stamp set of four seasons of trees. If it ever warms up in my craft room, I will look for them. Great inspiration.

    I adore your choice of drinks, but I must stick with a winter drink, since that is what I see outside my window right now. I DO like the look of your frappe, though. Thanks for joining us for T this Tuesday with both hot and cold drink choices.

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  8. Hi Jo, your trees are both great although I particularly like the snowflake one. I really have never taken to those frappes, I think it’s all that cream on the top! Our DIL used to drink the caramel ones, very sweet!
    I prefer tea! Very British! loL
    Happy T day
    Jan x. #16

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  9. Wonderful page, Jo. It’s beautiful, but what intrigues me most is the concept and how you executed it. Thanks for sharing all the details. You make it sound so easy 😉

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  10. Your trees are lovely. I think decorating them is the best part. I love how you used them to depict the changing seasons. I for one am quite ready for spring to be here. Your hot chocolate/frappa look delicious! The perfect way to beat winters cold temperatures.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  11. Wowwww it´s really a full change Jo !! Gorgeous your page !! I like very much this tree, living in both seasons!! You have create so beautiful Art ! Congratulations!
    This chocolate frappe may be so delicious ! Happy T-day !
    i wish you a very nice Wednesday,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  12. What a gorgeous page. I love the way you interpreted the word ‘change’. Your page tells me that both winter and summer have beauty in equal measure if only we can see the beautiful details.
    Hot or cold? Chocolate is good any old way!
    Happy T-Day,

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  13. This is so beautiful Jo! I immediately ordered the tree stamp 😊
    I can do a lot with this one. Great for crafting with my grandchildren too. The way you used it is amazing! Thank you so much and have a nice week!

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  14. I love how you have interpreted the word ‘change” – a truly inspired piece of artwork. Gorgeous backgrounds built up in that way, something I must try myself at some time. I have used acrylics in that way but never the subtle watercolours.
    Thanks for the inspiration – a truly beautiful piece which would grace your walls in my honest opinion.
    Hugs, Neet xx


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