Embrace beautiful chaos

Our new challenge for the next two weeks at Try it on Tuesday is Use a stencil or two and you’ll find some amazing creations from my Design Teamies over at our blog to inspire you (grin!).

I hope that you’ll join us for this challenge by using one or more stencils to create your artwork; I must admit that I had loads of fun creating this page using four different stencils – see what you think!

To start with, I tore a book page into three pieces and stuck them to the page using a glue stick. I then painted the page with Vivid Lime Green, Bright Aqua Green and Neutral Gray Liquitex acrylic paint and left it to dry. Next I used a Tim Holtz stencil to add the Bright Aqua Green acrylic paint using a sponge and then some butterflies and circles using a Mini Specimens stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and Black Soot Distress Ink. The white dots are Pébéo modelling paste which I applied using a craft knife through a dot stencil. When the modelling paste was dry, I added the three large flowers using a mask by Carabelle Studio and Black Soot ink blending the black ink around the edges of the flower into the background. The “embrace beautiful chaos” wording, which I thought was perfect to summarise the look and feel of this page, is a Small Talk Sticker from Tim Holtz and I outlined it using a black Uni Pin Marker. I also applied some rub-on transfers to the page so the images were broken up and depicted the “embrace beautiful chaos” wording more; they are Special Delivery Remnant Rubs from Tim Holtz. To finish, I added three different coloured gems to each of the centre of the flowers.

Last week I had an early birthday treat and spent a wonderful day in Garstang visiting the local garden centre and looking around the town’s market stalls. We also had lunch and a few pints at my favourite pub and then walked along the canal and river – perfect (grin!). I thought this picture was fun, it was taken at the garden centre and shows the amazing wall on the way out of the food hall, I think it ties nicely into my page with the beautiful and chaotic way items have been embedded into it (grin!).

My favourite of course was the teapot! As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Try it on Tuesday, as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join Wendy from Wendy’s Art and Craft Journal  and her Having Fun challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I always have fun creating art journal pages and this one was especially fun using all the different stencil techniques.

Over at Moo Mania & More their challenge is Colourful so I’m happy to join them to with the bright colours that I used to create this page.

I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes 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:

  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Vivid Lime Green, Bright Aqua Green, Neutral Gray)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Dot Stencil – unknown
  • Tim Holtz Collection Layering Mini Stencil (Set 16 THMST016)
  • The Crafter’s Workshop TCW Rebekah Meier Designs 6×6 Stencil (Mini Specimens TCW4545)
  • Carabelle Studio Art Mask (2 Flowers)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs (Special Delivery #TH93188)
  • B&M Crafting Goody Bag (Turquoise 321451)

34 thoughts on “Embrace beautiful chaos

  1. Its a fantastic page using the lovely stencils and colours Jo. I particularly like the words you added, they spoke to me.
    The photo at the garden center looked super, and of all the things shown on the wall it was the brown teapot that drew my attention.
    Happy T day wishes and have a lovely Birthday when you celebrate your special day.
    Yvonne xx


  2. Your stencil page is my favorite colors! It isn’t chaos at all just plain beauty! And what a cool wall. That is really clever. I have never seen anything like that at all! It is perfect for T day and I hope yours is a happy one. Hugs-Erika


  3. Great Artwork and I love the colours, I start off well and then my ideas fizzle out,!!!
    Great garden centre, my DH still has a sieve like that, he actually made it himself back in the UK,
    Nothing like a riverside walk with a relaxing drink at the end, Happy T day
    Jan x

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  4. What a beautiful photo of you, Jo – you have such an amazing smile and here you look relaxed and very happy. Love your spread, too – one of my all time favourite colour combos – I love turquoise and lime! Beautifully made and yes, chaos is often so beautiful.
    Cath x

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  5. Absolutely love your beautiful chaos page Jo, great colours and super (and very effective) stencilling, – it all came together beautifully!! Great photo of you too and happy, happy birthday when it comes!! By the way, if you see comments from astrid 51, that’s me too. It happens when I forget to press change, – I have a very old never used wordpress account :o)

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  6. that lime and aqua green go together so well! and about the stencils… i could spend all my money buying stencils. they are my favorite tools!
    happy t-day, dear jo!

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  7. Once again, you have outdone yourself, Jo. I am always so in awe of how you find things or events in your own life to compliment your journal pages, and vise versa of course. I don’t have many stencils, so I will be stalking TioT for ideas this fortnight. I absolutely LOVE what you have created. The bold colors are perfect, and those stencils are out of this world. This is a truly lovely and precious journal page. I’m also thrilled you had fun with this entry and added it to Wendy’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    Using that teapot as your entry for T this Tuesday was both impressive and unusual. It was a fabulous wall, filled with chaotic pieces of art and pottery. I loved the water pitcher, too. Thanks for sharing this with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  8. I can’t remember the last time I used a stencil, but it would’ve been back in the 70s in a computer programming class I imagine. I see a lot of art videos at Youtube that show stencils. I will look and see what I find the next time I’m at Target, but I may need to look at Michael’s. I appreciate all the ideas I get reading your blog 🙂 Happy T Tuesday!

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  9. I love this vibrant page – it’s simply AMAZING – that’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL CHAOS dear Jo! And a pleasure to see this fabulous decorated wall – such a fab idea with the embedding and I like the lovely looking Lady sitting on the bench with her charming smile ! ☻☻☻☻☻
    You are such a wonderful artist – your choice of colours, layering and composition is always grandiose and captivating. Thank you so much for joining in at AJJ and MM& More again dear teamie!!! Happy TIOT and have a fab T-Day evening and a wonderful week! Big hugs, Susi

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  10. Love the colours you chose for this page, they look fabulous with the black stencilling and the white dots. It does look like you had fun creating it. A great picture of you and that fabulous wall in the garden centre, sounds like you had a good day out.
    Have a great week.
    Avril xx

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  11. That Garden centre looks like a fun place to visit Jo, there are a few things i’d like to cement to my outer wall but i’m not too sure the neighbours would be impressed :))
    Fab page, great use of colour with that black soot pop. I love the idea of a stencil theme. I will have to keep my fingers crossed & hope time gives me a little bit more this fortnight.
    Birthday Hugs whenever that may be Tracey xx

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  12. What a great page with the stencils and all those bold colours!
    I love your photo on the bench. I really like the idea of the embedded objects. It might be a quirky idea to copy in our cave house….
    Happy belated T-Day,

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  13. What a so so Gorgeous Art page Jo !! I love this chaos, it´s just Amazing !! The colours are wonderful, the stencils too, love the gems, and, of course, we all may embrace this lovely chaos !. I t´s great to see you very happy, and this bench is very beautiful, the wall too. I also love the teapot. Wish you a very happy belated T.day!
    And I also wish you a nice afternoon,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  14. Fabulous page, Jo! You inspire me with your varied beautiful backgrounds and techniques.

    Sorry to be so late to tea. We’ve been cruising 🙂

    Belated Happy T-day and a very belated Happy Birthday! Great photo of you. Thanks for sharing. Eileen xx

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