As my weekend and week so far has been filled with joy, I created this art journal page to celebrate – I hope you like it!

Also I’m so excited that my Guest Designer post has been posted today over at Country View Challenges so if you are looking for my Opposites inspired page you can find it on my blog here, thank you!

I started by adding Turquoise and Gold Spectrum aqua marker to the background by scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the paper. Then I stamped a Joy Background stamp from Great Impressions using a Slate Spectrum aqua marker over the whole page. Next I stamped the large blue flowers using a foam flower stamp and Bahama Blue Memento Ink and some heart outlines using Angel Pink Memento Ink and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. The flamingos and flowers, which are from Hampton Art, are stamped onto some bright pink and white dots paper which was recycled from a paper bag that my birthday present came in. I fussy cut them and stuck them in place using the matte gel medium; for some of the flowers I reversed the paper bag to give a lighter contrasting tone. I also used the paper bag to punch out pink dots and hearts; they are all stuck into place using Liquitex matte gel medium. I added the pink, yellow and blue foam spotted flowers and some rub-on transfer flowers from Royal & Langnickel. Then used a black Uni Pin marker to add more detail to the dots, hearts and flowers. I added some pieces of pink and white washi tape and the pink glittery hearts, and then to finish I splattered the page with a pink Uni Posca paint pen and black DecoArt acrylic paint.

As it was a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK we’ve been having fun with friends, walking, enjoying birthday treats and touring Lancashire. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing some beer that we had this weekend. Firstly, here we are visiting Cross Bay Brewing Company Brew House in Morecambe, where they have both Real and Craft Ales on offer.

This beer is their Two-Four beer which is a brown ale made with maple and pecans – delicious!

We also visited The Three Mariners which is located by the river in Lancaster.

Here I had Honey Ale by Fat Cat Brewery in Norwich, I thought Bleubeard and Elizabeth might like the cat on this hand pump clip (grin!) …

… and it tasted very yummy too! Cheers and wishing you a Happy T day!


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 Erika from the blog BioArtGal  and her In the Sky/In the Air challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my blue sky and sunshine coloured page, it feels like ” joy is in the air” .

I’m joining the One Word challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my “Joy” art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Happy Birthday challenge as my art journal page captures birthday joy – wishing you a Happy 10th Birthday!

I’m pleased to join the Flowers/Garden challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with all the flowers that I included on my art journal page too.

I’m happy to join Creative Artiste Challenge Blog and their their Creative Artiste’s #49th Challenge: Anything Mixed Media Goes with my mixed media art journal page (which included markers, ink, washi tape, stickers, paper etc).

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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Aquamarine, Gold, Slate)
  • Memento Ink (Bahama Blue, Angel Pink)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (Pink)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
  • Hallmark Cards Clear Stamps
  • Blue Foam Flower Stamp
  • Recycled Paper Bag (pink with white dots)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch Accent (Hearts Slider 830E)
  • Wilko Paper Punch
  • Wilko Foam Stickers (Flower Embellishments)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Fab Flowers #ROY1400)
  • Michael’s (Washi Tape)
  • The Works (Glitter Heart Stickers)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)

30 thoughts on “Joy

  1. beautiful journal page-very bright and cheery loving it.
    sounds like a perfect holiday off-I don’t drink beer (unless I can find a gluten free one) but yours sounds delicious-glad you had a fun day Loved the brew sign with the kitty.
    Happy T wishes Kathy

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  2. That looks like a fun way to spend a weekend, and not just the beer. Although the beer looks good too. And your page is full of joy. You caught the essence of your weekend. I like the polka dot flamingoes. It feels like a great spring page! Hope your fun time continues. Happy T day Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Oh and big thanks for joining in at Art Journal Journey also Jo. I don’t know how I missed that except I am tired this morning. Time for another cup of tea I guess to wake me up. Smile. Hugs-Erika

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  4. You page is so summery which sparks joy in me. Sadly, the weather here is more rain so no joy for me. I’m not a beer drinker, but I love that fat cat logo. Happy T Day

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  5. My sincere apologies. I’m leaving this message for everyone. I had to take my friend Sally to the emergency room Monday afternoon. I stayed with her until the ER doctors ran several tests, then admitted her to the hospital. When I got home, I found my basement was flooded from the many rounds of rain we are having. I’m still getting water out because I have no sump pump. I’ll be back by to share T just as soon as I have the water under control, because I don’t want mold to set in. For those of you who may not know, Twin Peaks is a sports bar that specializes in busty young, scantily clad female servers.


  6. Cheers on T-Day dear Jo! You both look super on that photo again!
    You must have been in the seventh beer heaven …there!!! GREAT!
    I adore this beautiful cheery page – it makes one happy to look at this peek of paradise!
    Thank you very much for sharing it with Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania & More!
    You are an amazing supporter of the challenges always! ♥♥♥ Thank you
    I ltook a look at the Country view page again on your blog – it is so beautiful – unfortunately I can’t see images on their blog so I didn’t want to let you an extra comment there.So here again:
    A beautiful beautiful project!
    Love it!

    Big hugs,

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  7. The Three Mariners looks like such a beautiful old stone building. I am not a drinker but anything with honey sounds good.
    Your journal page is bursting with color. Those flamingos are so pretty admits the tropical flowers.
    Happy Tea day,

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  8. It is a fantastic happy page to see today, when its been so cold where we live. I love those awesome dotty pink flamingos, they made me smile tonight.
    You must have had a lovely weekend with your friends and the photo of you and your hubby looks great. The ales you tasted sounded delicious, and it is a real fun logo for the Fat Cat brewery.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. Congratulations on being Guest Designer at Country View Challenges, Jo! You did fabulous inspiration page!! You’ve got me wondering what honey ale tastes like. Sweet, better, malty? Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  10. What a great photo of you and your man! And you had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend by the sounds of it. I would have loved to visit that brewery, and the beer looks very inviting. The pub by the river looks so English. I wish I was there. (No, not really, it’s too cold!)
    Your page is so bright and cheerful. I brings me in a good mood just looking at it. Love those pink flamingos.
    Happy belated T-Day,

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  11. That is a beautiful piece of art, Jo! Love all the colors and the background stamping. I don’t drink beer or ale, but got to love that name Fat Cat brewery! Have a great week!

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  12. Oh Jo, your art journal today is fabulous. I was SO impressed with the flamingos. I just KNEW you fussy cut them. They are wonderful. So is your entire joy filled entry. It was also a joy that you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey, too.

    WOW, two pubs this week. Yes, both Bleubeard and I love that fat cat. Bleubeard thinks it reminds him of Squiggles, who doesn’t know when to stop eating. Thanks for sharing your art AND your pubs and beer with us for T this week, dear Jo. SO sorry I’m late visiting.

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  13. A gorgeous colorful page with these pink flamingos! I like all these colors and the cute details!
    Cheers! Your photo of your husband and you looks so happy!
    Wish you a happy thursday, dear Jo! Rike xx

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  14. Your Art journal page is just AMAZING Jo !! Absolutely Gorgeous, I love this so wonderful background you have created, specially the flamingos you stamped over the gift paper!! Great idea ! Gorgeous !!
    So beautiful places you have visited !! thanks so much for sharing the lovely photographs. It may have been a fabulous weekend,
    I wish you a very nice afternoon,
    Big hugs, Caty

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