Wild and Free

With the warmer weather of late we have been having fun in the garden. We have weeded our flower beds and added a mulch of bark and have been watching the spring flowers grow and new foliage shoot up. So I created this happy page to celebrate, using some soft spring colours as well as some fun techniques and the wording “all good things are wild and free” (grin!).

I started by stamping the page with a dot stamp from Woodware Craft Collection using Rose Bud Memento Ink and a flower stamp by Hampton Arts using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. Then I covered the page with pastel shades of pink, turquoise and orange acrylic paint and also Pébéo white gesso; they are all applied using a brayer to build up layers of colour. Once dry I added the large flower sticker and some leftover letters and frame stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle.

The wording “all good things are wild and free by Henry David Thoreau” and “Just be” which included a sweet little bird are from the same sticker set; the little bird with the flower in his beak reminded me of some Goldfinches that come into our garden to take pieces of a silver leaved plant called Cineraria, not sure why they want it, but it’s fun to watch them (grin!). Then I outlined all of these stickers using a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen so they stood out more and had fun doodling all the dots using black, white and pink Uni Posca paint pens. To continue the spring theme I added more little birds, flowers and as we are making lots of new discoveries this year in our garden I also added the “Discoveries” wording which are all fabric stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle.

As you may remember we replanted our flower beds last year and here’s what they look like at the moment. The apple trees are sprouting and should be in bloom soon, the bluebells are out in force and the bark mulch looks great – I love it!

We discovered that we had crocus in our garden and along with daffodils they have finished flowering but we do have some tulips starting to bloom that we planted in October last year. This beautiful pink frilly variety reminded me of my page (grin!).


I’m pleased to join the lovely Wendy from Wendy’s Art and Craft Journal  and her Having Fun challenge over at Art Journal Journey as my page represents having fun gardening.

I’m joining the Polka Dots challenge over at Moo Mania & More with the polka dot stickers and dots on this page.

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

Over at The Artistic Stamper, their challenge is New Growth, so I’m also joining this challenge too with my springtime flower page.

I’m also pleased to join the Spring Flowers! challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday with happy spring flower inspired 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:

  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Rose Bud, Rich Cocoa)
  • Script Ready Made Paint (Pastels)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (Black, White, Pink)
  • Hampton Art Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Woodware Craft Collections Francoise Collection Stamp Set (Flower Style FRSWS003)
  • Home Bargains (Room Décor Embellishment Art 01194)
  • Little Yellow Bicycle (Cardstock Stickers Fresh Verse PD-140, Fabric Favourites PD-220)

20 thoughts on “Wild and Free

  1. I adore your happy page. The colors are full of joy and I love the whimsey. And wow-your garden is looking amazing. All your hard work has paid off! I can’t wait to get into mine. We are definitely behind this year. But it will come. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. I ADORE your wonderful Art Journal Page Jo and I love to see your amazing garden!
    Thank you very much for joining Art Journal Journey as well as Moo Mania & More again!
    We have now some colder days again but the garden is staring to need all the attention now – I started at least my plans for this year — so the first steps are done -lol!
    Happy weekend dear Jo! You never cease to inspire and amaze me!

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  3. A gorgeous happy pastel page Jo, I too have been tackling the weeds and planing some more plants that I can’t stop buying. It’s getting like my studio, too full.
    Thank you for sharing with us again on Art Journal Journey
    Hugs Wendy

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  4. Wwooww This is a super Gorgeous Art journal page Jo !! Really amazing, I love love the lovely background, and all the great embellishments you have added, the colours are lovely too.
    I adore your garden !! It is fantastique, you have got so many beautiful flowers !! Just a delight !!
    I wish you a very mice day, big hugs,

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  5. Its a beautiful spring page, the soft colours look lovely and you added a super quote.
    Your garden is looking lovely with its spring flowers in bloom, the tulip is a great colour.
    Have a happy weekend Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. WOW! Your garden inspired journal page is enchanting. I was so impressed with its beauty. I can see where you got your ideas, too. Your journal garden puts my real one to shame. Thanks for sharing with us using Wendy’s theme this month at Art Journal Journey.

    I want you to come redo my flower bed. You have a magic touch when it comes to landscaping. I am in utter AWE of the design you created and the lovely plants and flowers, too.

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  7. This quote is wonderful and your artjournal page is gorgeous! I like these pastel colors and your creative details very much!
    I wish you Happy Easter, dear Jo!
    Rike xx


  8. Your spring page is fantastic with these pastel colors and all these lovely details!
    Wonderful photos of your garden, yes spring is here!
    Wish you Happy Easter, dear Jo!
    Rike xx


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