Hello Spring

As spring is officially here, I was inspired to create this page using a mainly green colour palette to say Hello Spring – I hope you like it!

I started by die cutting a lattice pattern out of some pretty vintage floral paper using a Spellbinders die and my Big Shot machine; I stuck the die cut lattice and resulting tile pieces onto the page using a Pritt Stick and covered them with Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I added some Peeled Paint Distress Ink by stamping the ink pad onto a blending matt, adding water and applying it to the page using a paintbrush; I let the ink run down the page and pool around the die cut pieces. Once the ink was dry, I emphasised the die cut lattice and tiles by shading around them with a Bud Green and Moss Spectrum Aqua Marker, a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and also a black Uni Pin marker, smudging the colours with my finger. I stamped a texture stamp from BoBunny using a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker over the background which reminded me of woven willow fencing. Next I die cut some leaves out of green paper using Garden Green thinlets by Tim Holtz and coloured them using Mowed lawn Distress Ink and Cottage Ivy Memento Ink; they are stuck to the page using a Zig Memory System glue pen. I added the pink mini paper flower embellishments using Ranger Glossy Accents and added some mini pearl gemstones to their centres. The wording is cut from a magazine and is mounted on a recycled piece of card. I doodled along the leaf die cut edges and also framed the wording using a black Uni Pin marker and splattered the whole page with Peeled Paint Distress Ink, then black and also white DecoArt acrylic paint. To finish, I added lots of tiny butterfly stickers.

The colours of the pretty flowers on this page remind me of these roses which are adorning my kitchen table at the moment; the shades of pink and cream colours are so beautiful!


I’m pleased to join the Hello Springtime challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey with my Hello Spring page. I hope you are inspired to join us; it would be lovely to see you there!

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

I’m joining in the Miniature/Tiny Things challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the tiny butterflies I added to my page.

I’m also happy to join in the fun over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their theme Anything + optional twist of inked background with my inked background Hello Spring page.

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 (Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy)
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers (Bud Green, Moss)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Spellbinders Die – unknown
  • BoBunny Stamp (Rough It Up 12105155)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations (Garden Greens 661206)
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Design Block 25 x 25cm, Mini Paper Flower Embellishments)
  • Crafter’s Companion Designer Paper Pad (Angelica & Adam Collection A&A-PAP6-M)
  • Old Magazine
  • Recycled white card
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Fancy Sticker Sheet (Flowers & Butterflies 28965)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

21 thoughts on “Hello Spring

  1. This is really pretty Jo. I love how you used the lattice and the inner cut outs. You lined them up so perfectly! (I could never do that) And lovely roses too. You have been lucky to get those. Happy rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. You used the pretty pinks and greens in such a charming way dear Jo! So utterly beautiful – so beautifully charming and all the delicate details and the fabulous textures in this lovely composition make for a very eyecatching creation! Another fantastic spring page for your cheery theme! I love it and the photo of the bundle of roses is so beautiful as well and fit your posting so well!
    Thank you so much for hosting Art Journal Journey in such a supporting and inspiring way this March! Happy rest of Sunday and a good start into the new week for you!
    Big hugs,

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  3. This is a Wonderful Art page Jo !! Absolutelly gorgeous, I love this background it ´s spectacular ! Love the little flowers and butterflies, and the colours are lovely !! Your flowers are so beautiful too. I wish you a very nice afternoon,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  4. Your page looks beautiful, I love the delicate leaves and flowers as well as the die cuts you used on the background.
    The vase of roses on your table looks gorgeous.
    Have a good week Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. One of the first things that impressed me was you dripped the watered down paint down the page, yet it didn’t look like drips I normally associate with dripping paint. I love how you managed to catch the drips in the die cuts. I also see how the roses inspired your beautiful page, too. This is a gem and I’m really impressed with it. I love this latest entry you gave us for Art Journal Journey.

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