The Spring

I always like to experiment and try out new design ideas when I create my art journal pages, so with a few Blog Challenges in mind I created this neutral coloured page to depict spring – I hope you like it!

I started by covering the page with Neutral Gray and Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint using a paintbrush. Then I layered some paper scraps, sheet music and some pretty script paper together; I ripped some of the edges to give them a grungy look, edged them all using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck them in place using a glue stick. Next I added two pieces of Collage Paper from Tim Holtz and then I splattered the whole page with the Neutral Gray and Parchment Liquitex acrylic paints and also some black DecoArt acrylic paint. To finish, I added the three birds and “The Spring” wording which are fussy cut from a couple of leaflets and also three white embellishments.

It was my birthday last week and I received some wonderful gifts, including the pretty white embellishments that I used on this page. They were a birthday gift off my sister along with some other crafting goodies and old sheet music that I remember her playing when I was young (grin!).


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs 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 happy to join the Neutral Zone challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my Mixed Media Style page.

I’m happy to be able to join the Easter and/or Spring challenge over at Country View Challenges with my spring page.

I’m also joining the lovely Wen and her Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my neutral coloured page.

As I used more than three mediums (including acrylic paint, TH tissue paper and leaflets), I’m pleased to be join in the fun over at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog and their Creative Artisite Challenge #48 – Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge.

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 (Neutral Gray)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Collage Paper (Halloween #TH93727)
  • Paper scraps
  • Script paper
  • Recycled leaflets
  • White embellishments
  • UHU Stic
  • Stix2 double-sided tape and mini glue dots

28 thoughts on “The Spring

  1. I love the neutral colour scheme and the collage you have made from all those lovely papers. That book of old sheet music will be so wonderful for using in your art projects! Hope you had a lovely birthday! xx

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  2. You have some of the BEST scraps around. You found some incredible papers and all were nicely coordinated, too. Happy belated birthday. Looks like your sister knew exactly what to get you, too. That vintage sheet music is to die for.

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  3. Stunning neutral page, I really love the vintage vibe of it (no surprises there then)….
    Happy belated birthday and what lovely gifts from your sister! Love the look of that music paper.
    Thanks for adding this to our challenge at AVJ too.
    Happy Sunday xxx

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  4. You made a beautiful spring page out of not so traditional spring colors Jo. I like the plain background and then that pop of flowers and birds. And nice birthday gifts. I hope you enjoyed your day (or days as I like to expand mine out a bit). I can’t wait to see what you make with the new supplies. Happy new week-or just about. Hugs-Erika

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  5. It’s amazing how you made it look like Spring using the neutral colors. I always think of greens and pastels, and it’s good for me to see a different interpretation. It sounds like somebody knows what you like as a birthday gift 🙂

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  6. A real vintage vibe all round Jo and I love how you brought those tones together. Lovely Birthday gifts, isn’t it wonderful when we really do get what we wished for. I know i’ve said it before but Happy Belated Birthday :-*
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

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  7. Love that grey, Jo. Isn’t it strange how it can be so effective? I love using it these days but wouldn’t have touched it with a barge pole a few years ago!
    Your collage is wonderful. A great mix of images, beautifully placed. Glad you were spoiled for your birthday – we all need a little more of that 😉
    Cath x

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  8. Jo, your page is gorgeous, I love the neutral tones, your layout is wonderful, so perfectly balanced. I love the gifts from your Sister too! Thanks so much for joining in with us at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

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  9. Oh, that’s lovely – so serene and elegant, like one of those gentle spring days with light breezes and soft white skies. Belated birthday greetings… it’s mine in a couple of weeks, counting down to the big five-oh!
    Alison x

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  10. Hello dear Jo, happy belated birthday!!!
    Your page is gorgeous!! Such beautiful papers you used, and I love the combination of the beiges/browns (or whatever they’re called) with the greys and black and white. And the sweet little birds of course 🙂
    Oh by the way, I see I’m using my other account here for my comment, as I’m logged in to my illustration account now. Oh well, I guess you know it’s me, Wen of AppleApricot 🙂
    Wishing you a beautiful day and sending you big hugs xx

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  11. This is so unusual but what a fabulous look you have achieved here. Love the neutral theme. Everything just blend in perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing with us this month.
    Ina]Designer for Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges

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  12. Hello Jo, I love your grey spattered background, and those birds are so sweet for Spring. The contrast with the cream textures works so well. How lovely of your sister to give you the sheet music and other crafty gifts. Wishing you a crafty week.
    Hugs from Jesse XX

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  13. This is gorgeous Jo, I always love your collages! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy week, Sue x

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