Camellia

On a walk last week to the beach with our friends, we noticed a beautiful camellia flowering in one of the gardens we passed which made me think of springtime; so inspired by our walk with friends and the camellia that we saw I created this page!

I started by adding three pieces of ripped sheet music to the page using a glue stick and then I covered the background with Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint and Pébéo white gesso. When dry, I added some camellia stickers and framed them using some brown pieces of the same sticker sheet, a sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and a black Uni Pin marker. Then I stamped some new letter and number stamps from Inkadinkado using black Archival Ink over the page; my hubby kindly bought these stamps for me as a surprise so I just couldn’t wait to use them, aren’t they lovely! Next I added the wording which I chose to relate to our walk with our friends and the camellia that we saw: “Embrace the Journey” which is from Small Talk sticker set by Tim Holtz; “Enjoy every day” taken from a Kaisercraft sticker sheet; “Springtime”, “Harmony” and “Gentle” which are rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel. Then I stuck three metal embellishments and to finish, I splattered the whole page with watered-down Cottage Green Memento Ink, black and also white DecoArt Crafter’s acrylic paint.

Here’s the pretty white camellia that we saw on our walk. If you are interested here are some facts about camellias:

  • Camellia is an evergreen plant that belongs to the family Theaceae, the tea family.
  • Camellia flowers can be white, cream, pink, red, purple, yellow or variegated, and bloom in autumn, winter and spring.
  • The oldest living camellia was planted in 1347 and can be found in China’s Panlong Monastery.
  • Camellia sinensis called ‘tea plant’ is used to make tea, usually from young leaves which can be made into green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea etc. The flowers are small and non-descript not like the ornamental ones on my page.
  • Sacramento, California is nicknamed the Camellia City.
  • The Camellia is Alabama’s state flower.
  • Camellia represents adoration, devotion and loveliness.

As camellias belong to the tea family and we always stop for a cuppa when we walk with our friends, I’m sharing my green tea and wishing the T gang, over at T Stands for Tuesday, a very Happy T Day!

Challenges

I’m pleased to link my art journal page to the Hello Springtime challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey as my Camellia page reminds me of springtime. I hope you are inspired by this theme too, it would be lovely to see you there!

I’m pleased to join in the Letters and/or Number challenge over at Country View Challenges with the letter and numbers that I added to my page using the lovely new stamp set that my hubby kindly bought me (yay!).

I’m also joining the Close to Nature challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my Camellia art journal page.

As I was inspired by our walk with our friends, I’m happy to join the Celebrate the Journey challenge over at A Vintage Journey my Art Journaling Style page too – wishing everyone at A Vintage Journey a Happy 5th Birthday!

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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Inkadinkado Stamping Gear (Typographic 65-32008)
  • Sheet Music
  • Penny Black 2006 Stickeroos (In Bloom 10-208, Petals & Poetry 10-207)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Sticker Set (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Say Aloha SS281)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY-506)
  • Poundworld (Vintage Stickers)
  • The Works (Metal Embellishments)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 mini glue dots

35 thoughts on “Camellia

  1. A stunning page! I love the spring feel with the amazing background and the beautiful camellias! Your details always amaze me. I love all your inspiring posts this month as our host! Thank you so much for sharing this with Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania & More . It’s a rare beauty and I am also amazed with the facts about this flower! Green tea is great! You inspire me to brew me a cup just now! Happy T-Day ahead!
    Happy new week my arty friend!
    Hugs,Susi

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  2. Fabulous page Jo! I love seeing Camellias! We drove past a garden with a tree that had so many blooms they almost left no room for leaves! I can’t believe that for once I am not wishing you belated wishes for a Happy T Day! Hugs, Chrisx

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  3. I was most impressed by the frames you added to the camellias stickers. I was really impressed and may have to borrow your idea. I love the background, too. It’s a fabulous spread and simply perfect for your theme this month at Art Journal Journey. I also think your camellia photo is beautiful. It’s surprising to see how lovely it is, when it is still freezing here.

    I had NO idea camellias were part of the tea family, so I learned something new this week. I would love to share some green tea with you, too, Jo. Thanks for sharing this lovely art and your tea with us for T this Tuesday.

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  4. Its a gorgeous page Jo, the pink camellia and the white ones in your photo look beautiful. Your new stamps look great, I’m sure you will enjoy using them .
    Your tea of choice today looks very inviting, especially when its taken with friends when you stop for a rest during a walk.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. Lovely page, Jo! I have a Camellia sinensis that I have been growing in a pot, but it is not doing very well so I think I am going to have to find a space for it in the garden. I am looking forward to when I can start picking the leaves to make tea!

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  6. Those are gorgeous camelia photos Jo. You really showed those flowers off with that pretty page too. I didn’t know camelia’s were related to tea either, so what a perfect connection. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  7. I have to agree Jo, teamed up with the music sheet it is as if the trio are signing the sweetest song. Beautiful flowers with their framing giving each one their own time to shine. A very beautiful way to share Springtime with us all.
    There’s always something new to discover on a beach walk although I think those North winds may blow your Hat right off today :))
    Happy T Day Hugs Tracey xx

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  8. Love the page. I am in San Francisco now, and took pictures yesterday of what I thought might be camellias. They grow on tree/bushes here. The leaves look shiny, and shaped like impatiens and the flowers are shrub rose like. I am going to have to smell them too, to check out the scent. Thanks for the timely information. Wishing you a lovely day.

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  9. what a gorgeous tribute to camellias! so beautiful!! a few years ago i saw one of the oldest european camellias in dresden, a huge tree of almost 9 meters! it has a greenhouse nearby, which can be moved over the tree in winter. pictures here: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillnitzer_Kamelie (sorry, no englisch wiki text). i was highly impressed and you brought back memories of wonderful holidays ♥ happy t-day!

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  10. Your background is just perfect to make the beautiful flowers stand out, Jo. I love the embellishments and stamping as well. I should have guessed – you painted the background with my favorite color that I learned about from you – Parchment. A reminder for me to use it more often.

    The number and letter stamps are great. What a thoughtful gift for someone who loves to journal as much as you do.

    I didn’t know camellias belong to the tea family. How cleverly you wove this T-post together (grin).

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  11. What a gorgeous page, Jo. And after seeing that white camelia, I can understand that you were inspired by it.
    Thanks for the trivia about camelias. I didn’t know any of that. We are going to the garden centre this week, so I might look out for one. It sounds like it would thrive in our climate.
    Happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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  12. I absolutely love your journal page especially because it is devoted to the tea plant. I didn’t realize that it had such beautiful blooms. I have always wanted to grow my own but I have heard that they can be very temperamental and that they prefer warm climates. As we live in the Northeast we can get some very harsh winters. I struggle with houseplants that are not succulents so I think I will forgo it until I can get a greenhouse.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely page and some info about this plant.
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  13. What a lovely page inspired by your walk with nature Jo! What a wonderful background of strips of paper and stampings and the beautiful pink camellias framed so nicely! Sounds like you had a lovely time with your friends! thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey! xx

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