Thank you – Hello Springtime at AJJ

As it’s the end of the month, I’m sharing the last page for the Hello Springtime challenge over at Art Journal Journey which I’ve been hosting this March, so thanks very much to everyone who joined in the fun!

I appreciate all your kind comments and support throughout the month and thoroughly enjoyed visiting your blogs and seeing all your wonderful Hello Springtime artwork so I created this page to remember you all and to say thank you!

I used my garden as inspiration for this page as it is coming to life now springtime’s here, so I decided to create a garden wall with pretty flowers to showcase all the names of the people who joined the Hello Springtime challenge this month at Art Journal Journey (AJJ).

I started by covering the page with a thick layer of Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint and sponging a mixture of Christmas Green and Swedish Blue Liquitex acrylic paint over the top. Once the paint was dry, I stencilled a brick design using a mixture of red, yellow and black acrylic paint to create the brown colour and when dry I loosely outlined the bricks with a black Uni Pin marker to give them more definition. Then I used a texture stamp from Tim Holtz using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to give a grungy look to the areas not covered with the brick design. For the foliage, I stamped Cottage Ivy Memento Ink using a stamp from Kaisercraft. Then I used my Dymo LetraTag label machine to create all the names of the people who joined the challenge this month which took some time as I cut each of them out and then stuck them in place along the brickwork. For the “thank you”, I stamped the banner and thank you using a couple of Hampton Art stamp sets using black Archival Ink onto some card by Docrafts. I fussy cut the banner out and gave it more of a worn look using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and a blending tool. I cut the AJJ logo out, and stuck it and the thank you banner in place using double-sided tape. I also added the “March 2019” and “Hello Springtime” labels that I created using my Dymo machine and then to finish, the sparkly flower embellishments using Ranger Glossy Accents.

I’d also like to that Gerrina who entered my challenge after I photographed my page. I have now added Gerrina’s name to my page too (grin!).

I had so much fun creating all my pages for this challenge and I hope you did too!

I’d like to say a special thanks to Susi and Bleubeard & Elizabeth for asking me to be a guest host, they provided such valuable support and encouragement, thanks so much!

I have also been overwhelmed with everyone’s participation and lovely comments; it has been such a pleasurable experience – thank you all! Jo x

Tomorrow is a new month and brings a new challenge at Art Journal Journey and I can’t wait to see what the new theme is and say hello to our new host – I hope to see you there!

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, Christmas Green, Swedish Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Magnolia Grove CS822)
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous (Urban Tapestry CMS061)
  • Hampton Art cling mounted rubber stamps (7 Gypsies Vintage – Birdsong ICO151, Doodlebug Design Inc – Thankful ICO162)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Dymo LetraTag Label Maker and White paper Labels
  • Art Journal Journey logo – computer printed
  • Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection Tags (Elements Wood PMA174318)
  • The Range (Craft Embellishments CRO824)
  • Stix2 double-sided tape
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

18 thoughts on “Thank you – Hello Springtime at AJJ

  1. Wow, Jo! What a lovely gesture and how special. You’re a star 🙂
    Gorgeous spread, too – it really does look perfect. It’s nice to be part of some graffiti, lol. It was a great theme and obviously a very popular one – brilliant choice 🙂
    Happy Mother’s Day – or Happy Ladies’ Day!
    Cath x

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  2. A beautiful springtime, and thoughtful thank you page Jo. You have shared fabulous inspirational pages with us and I have really enjoyed joining in, over at AJJ for the theme you gave us this month.
    Have a great day.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. What a gorgeous page to say thankyou! The wall in your garden with all these flowers and our names are a beautiful sign of springtime! Thank you, Jo, for your wonderful theme!
    Great idea to show all your fabulous entries on one place here again!
    Wish you a happy new week and some rest for the next month :))
    Rike xx

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  4. You are unbelievable – such a wonderful last page – gorgeous! Thank you so much for hosting this month in such a wonderful way! You were such a fantastic host! ♥♥♥
    I will add your collage to the post asap. I am just not at home actually – so maybe it needs a few days todo this.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Big hugs, Susi

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  5. This is a lovely gesture of thanks to all who participate, and thank you, Jo, for a great theme.
    Your brick wall is fantastic, looks just like a brick wall does, that’s amazing, and I like the bits of wall that are covered in lichen or plants etc., what a great surface you’ve created. Of course we all look for our name, don’t we! I see I’ve missed a few of your artworks while I’ve been in Real Life Land, so I’m going to go and check them out (and admire them) now.
    Have a more relaxing April!

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  6. That is a really creative way to make a thank you page. I don’t think I have seen anyone do this before. Great idea and it looks fantastic!It was a fun month for sure, and got me excited about spring! Thanks to you Jo also. Hugs-Erika

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  7. I had intended to get here sooner, but unfortunately, life got in the way. I was very impressed with your hosting skills this month. I wish I could have offered more support. I was thrilled with each of the pages you created, as well as leaving comments for everyone, too. You have made an excellent host and for that Susi and I thank you.

    The first thing I noticed was the brick wall you created on this final entry. It really stood out and so did all the names of participants. What a generous and kind way to show your appreciation for those who participated this month in your theme at Art Journal Journey.

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  8. Jo you did an amazing job over at AJJ. Incredible work Thank you so much for taking time out for us all and sharing it with us. I’m sorry if I missed any along the way, March was a difficult month. Sending Hugs your way & Thank you’s for the inspiration & kind words Tracey xx

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