The Journey

My springtime page today features a white hydrangea, pretty butterflies and a quote which reads “The Journey is never truly over it just changed course”. I find that this quote applies not only to life but also to my art journaling as I often start with one idea for a particular page which then changes course as I create it (grin!), do you find this happens to you too?

For the background, I started by collaging pieces of dictionary pages, dressmaking pattern tissue paper and some homemade decoupage paper to the page using matt gel medium; I wanted a grungy look, so I let the tissue papers crease as I applied them to the page.

I had fun making the decoupage papers and for the one I used on this page, I stamped recycled brown tissue paper using a Script stamp from Kaisercraft and black Archival Ink (pictured at the bottom of the photo).

Once the gel medium had dried, I blended Parchment, Cadmium Yellow, Navy and Green Liquitex acrylic paints to create different shades of green and then stippled and splattered them onto the page using a paintbrush to build up the background colour. When the paint way dry, I added Peeled Paint and Black Soot Distress Ink to emphasise the grunge look using a baby wipe and then I added some Pébéo white gesso using a paint brush. When the page was dry, I applied Peacock Feathers Distress Ink with a baby wipe over the white gesso giving it a blue tinge. Next I stencilled splatters using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool through a textured template from The Crafter’s Workshop. I used the same template to add splatters of Ranger Texture Paste and when dry covered the paste using DecoArt white acrylic paint so it stood out more. The letters are cut from an old magazine and stuck to the page using the matte gel medium; they are outlined using a black Uni Pin marker and white Uniball gel pen. I stuck the pretty die cut hydrangea in place and added the butterflies which are rub-on transfers; I thought the butterflies went well with the “The Journey is never truly over it just changed course” quote that I selected for the page. To finish, I splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint.

This page reminds me of a pretty hydrangea that we saw at a local garden centre, this is a tree variety and has the most beautiful snowy lime flowers – I love it (grin!).


I’m pleased to link my art journal page to the Hello Springtime challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey with my springtime page – I hope to see you there!

I’m joining the Close to Nature challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my springtime page of butterflies and flowers.

I’m also pleased to join the Embrace The Journey challenge over at A Vintage Journey as the quote that I used applies to my creative journey which inspired my Mixed Media Style page – Happy 5th Birthday!

Over at The Artistic Stamper, their challenge is Colour It Green, so I’m pleased to join this challenge too with my green and grungy springtime page.

I’m also joining the Letters and/or Numbers challenge over at Country View Challenges with the recycled magazine letters that I used for the quote and those that can be found on the background.

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)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Navy, Christmas Green)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Black Soot, Peacock Feathers)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Script CS752)
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Ronda Palazzari Designs (Texturized 12×12 Template)
  • The Pocket Oxford Dictionary
  • Style Dressmaking Pattern
  • Brown Tissue Paper
  • Old Magazine
  • K & Company Susan Winget (Floral Die-Cut Cardstock)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (LAN1236G)
  • Winsor & Newton Matt Gel Medium

30 thoughts on “The Journey

  1. Hydrangeas are gorgeous indeed and your absolutely amazing page honor them beautifully! Such a fantastic Mixed Media page – I love all about it , “”specially “”the colours the layers the wonderful layout and the fantastic quote! WOW WOW WOW and once again W*O*W!!!!
    To answer your question on top of your posting:
    Oh yes this happens to me too during my process – and I can tell you – this are signs and gifts from heaven for us! Life = CHANGE … so true!
    Happy**** happy weekend dear Jo☻☻☻
    Thank you so much for yet another fabulous inspiration for your collection at Art Journal Journey- your theme is so beautiful and loved by all and thank you for your support for Moo Mania & More as well!

    Love from

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  2. Your Art page is so Wonderful Jo !! Love the fantastique background, the colours, and, of course , these gorgeous butterflies. Amazing !
    I wish you a very happy weekend,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  3. It is a gorgeous page Jo and I love the photo that inspired you as well. The colours are beautiful and so is all the layers and stamping you added in the background. I also loved that quote and can relate to to the changing course, which often happens in my journal pages.
    Have a good weekend Jo, it looks like is going to be another windy and snowy one for us,
    Yvonne xx

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  4. Beautiful page, Jo! I love how you make your own decoupage papers. The quote is so true! I find my life and my art are continually changing course. The white hydrangea is lovely! We have a blue one in our garden, but I would love to have a white one too!

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  5. This is really stunning Jo, I love the hydrangea it reminds me so much of my childhood and outdoor playtime. Your chosen words are so true, our journey through life can change just as much as out walk through art. A magnificent piece.
    Hugs for a super weekend Tracey xx

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  6. Who doesn’t love a beautiful hydrangea of any color? They are one of my favorites seeing they bloom and bloom and bloom. I think your page came out gorgeous and I love the contrast of the white hydrangea and the blue butterflies. It is definitely a spring page, and I love those colors in the background. I know exactly what you mean about a page not ending up what you thought it would. Often like life, and spring also. You think the weather is improving and then mother nature sends you winter. (Luckily not here though.) Happy weekend Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  7. For me it is rare for a page to end up as I had imagined! Once in a while it’s even for the best!! I love the many layers on your background and the delicate colours of the hydrangea contrasting with the blue of the butterflies. A great page, Jo! Happy Sunday x

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  8. I’m back and will play catch-up as best I can. This has been a very trying time being without internet, but I HOPE this has been the cure. I’ll explain on Wednesday, because it’s too
    convoluted to explain here. I also want to thank Susi for linking me. I never realized I couldn’t link, or I wouldn’t have pre-scheduled those posts. Thanks for visiting while I was offline. It means the world to me.

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  9. OMG, everything here looks so fantastic on this journaling page, the colors, the composition, everything!! i´m smitten. i read the details of creating, but i would have loved to see over your shoulder when you did this. one of my absolute favorites! happy spring!

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  10. Gorgeous art journal page with wonderful texture and lovely details! I like your beginning the page with these self stamped tissue papers! The quote is great too!
    Yes, it happens to me the same way – I often start with one idea for a particular page which then changes course as I create it! But it’s a good feeling to let things happen, isn’t it?
    Wish you a happy week! Rike xx

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  11. This is gorgeous Jo, I do love your collages! Sorry I’m late visiting your blog but I’ve been on my holidays. Thanks so much for joining in with us at Country View Crafts, and I hope you play along with us again this month. Sue xx

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  12. This one is just perfect in my eyes – the perfect springtime colours, the perfect pop of mid-blue for the butterflies, perfect vintage book page scraps and perfect bubble texture to make me happy. Love, love, love it – and the words too! Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey to celebrate our 5th birthday.
    Alison x

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