I’m so delighted with the new tulips which are currently flowering in our garden that I have created this bright and colourful page to remember them (grin!).

I started by applying Hickory Smoke, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Ink to the page by stamping the ink pads onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the page. Then I used the same Distress Inks to stamp some Halftone circles from Altnew and also to add some dots using a blending tool through a stencil. To add some contrast, I stencilled a honeycomb pattern using Black Soot Distress Ink and then I splattered the page using black DecoArt acrylic paint. The tulips are fussy cut from an old flower book and stuck in place using Liquitex matte gel medium and when they were dry, I outlined them using a black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I added the wording to capture the look and feel of the beautiful tulips in my garden: “sunshine”, “April” and “tulips” are rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel; “you colour my life”, “this is awesome” and “smile” are from a Kaisercraft sticker sheet.

Our flower bed currently looks like this with the tulips adding some amazing pops of colour alongside the pretty bluebells.

Last October we planted two different types on tulips in assorted colours which are beautiful and they have been flowering for about 4 weeks now (grin!). These are standard tulips …

… and these fringed tulips which have a pretty frilly edge along their petals.


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 pleased to join the lovely Wendy from Wendy’s Art and Craft Journal  and her Having Fun challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I had fun creating this page to remember the beautiful tulips in our garden.

I’m joining the Spring Fever challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my spring tulips page.

I’m also happy to join in the Easter and/or Spring challenge over at Country View Challenges with my spring tulip art journal page.

I’m joining in the Going Around In Circles challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge too as I included stamped, stencilled and sticker circles on my page.

I’m also pleased to join the Flowers/Garden challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my art journal page that was inspired by the tulips in my garden.

Don’t forget that you still have until next Tuesday to join our Springtime Challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be lovely 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Altnew Clear Stamp Set (Halftone Circles)
  • Stencil (Dots)
  • That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencil (Reverse Honeycomb Background TC031)
  • The Oxford Book of Garden Flowers
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY506, Summer #ROY505)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fiesta! SS284)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

33 thoughts on “Tulips

  1. What a special journal page, bursting with spring beauty. The tulips you found in that flower book were as beautiful as the ones you planted. I love how your art imitates life in your world, and this journal page is another example of that. Thanks, too for sharing this with us, using Wendy’s theme, at Art Journal Journey, dear Jo.

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  2. I love this page, Jo. To quote you, “This is awesome.” The fussy cut flowers AND the tulips in your garden re absolutely gorgeous! Eilleen xx

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  3. Your tulips in your garden are really beauties – wonderful photos! And so is your page with these fantastic tulips from a book – just gorgeous, I like these bright and colourful page! You created a fabulous background for your tulips!
    Wish you a happy weekend, dear Jo! Rike xx


  4. Beautiful, Jo – a lovely, subtle background, despite the many details – but your tulips are fantastic. Both those in the garden and the ones in your spread. I love tulips and have really enjoyed mine this year – the first time I’ve grown them in pots – aren’t they simply divine? I think they grow more beautiful with age, changing hues so many times as they start to decay so beautifully. A stunning spread!
    Cath x

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  5. You’ve really captured the love of the Tulip in your page Jo, what a beautiful variation you have. Your pretty English Cottage Garden looks like it will have surprise blooms awaiting for all seasons. Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Paperbabe Stamps and as always for your support and words.
    Wishing you a super weekend Hugs Tracey xx

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  6. Wow Jo, your garden is looking amazing. I have never had very good luck growing tulips, but yours look gorgeous. And I really like your page a lot. I like those halftone circles and those tulip images. Welcome spring in both your garden and your page. Have a wonderful weekend. hugs-Erika

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  7. Your garden looks lovely with the tulips and bluebells, as does your AJJ page.. The tulips with the frilly edges are spectacular and I must look out for them next Autumn.
    It’s great how you make gorgeous art pages which are also a real life diary.
    Thanks for always taking the trouble to describe how you make your pages, it makes me go back and look at the details and appreciate them even more.

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  8. Its a gorgeous page Jo, I love your background and tulips.
    Seeing the photos of your garden with the tulips blooming must must give you joy when you see them.
    Sorry I am late calling in, we just got back home today.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. WWooooo Jo !! Your Art journal page is GORGEOUS !! I love love it ! this is a so wonderful background, full of SPRING ! love the colours you have chosen, and…. LOVE these so beautiful tulips. Your garden is Amazing !! ♥ and your tulips are just Fantastiques!! Congratulations!
    I wish you a very nice day,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  10. Stunning – I really love these tulips – more beautiful pages – you are so talented Jo! Thanks for joining us at Countryview Challenges. Hugs rachel xx

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