My art journal page was inspired by books, things with wings and some of my favourite quotes about books. I had in mind creating an aged and old look design for this page and also had fun trying out some old and new techniques too!

I started by using one of my favoured techniques to create the wood grain effect background by sprinkling Sandstone, Terracotta, Yellow Ochre and Dark Brown Colourcraft Brusho powders onto the page and applying Liquitex matte gel medium over the top using a paintbrush. The gel medium was watered-down so it was easier to apply and I ensured that I dragged the paintbrush horizontally across the page to create the wood grain; I left it to dry overnight. The book spines are fussy cut from wallpaper and are stuck into place using the matte gel medium. All the book spines were white originally so I coloured them with Cold Grey, Dark Sepia and Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush Markers, smudging the ink with my finger, to give them an old and worn look. Then I added detail to the spines and outlined them using a black Uni Pin marker and a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to add shadows around and under the books. The butterflies and moths are Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers and the three white blocks of wording are Small Talk Stickers, both from the Tim Holtz idea-ology collection. I chose wording that I thought related to books, they read “be amazed”, “live, create, tell the story” and “stay curious”.

I had fun making the small booklet, a first for me (grin!). I cut some old diary pages to size, stamped script on them using a Kaisercraft stamp and black Archival Ink, aged them around the edges using Old Paper Distress Ink and a blending tool, folded the paper in half and then bound them together using thick thread down the centre. I stuck a cover on the front of the booklet which was fussy cut from a Kaisercraft glossy paper, it reads “Once upon a time…”. The booklet is stuck onto the page using double sided tape.

I stuck two of the inside pages together to make them more sturdy so I could add some of my favourite book quotes along with some embellishments. The quotes are stamped using an alphabet stamp from Dovecraft and black Archival Ink and I coloured the letters using Fawn, Boulder and Topaz Spectrum Aqua markers. The first quote reads “Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be” and I added an Anthology die cut shape from Kaisercraft which reads “ Today’s Story”.

The second quote is by Neil Gaiman and reads “A book is a dream you hold in your hand”. I used the same Kaisercraft glossy paper to fussy cut the word “dream” which I folded so that the booklet closes, and stuck in place using a UHU Stic.

The third quote reads “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” and I added a little butterfly to the bottom right-hand corner.

This page reminds me of Blackpool Central Library, which I have featured before in a previous post, that dates back to 1911 and was built in the Edwardian Baroque style.

The entrance is spectacular with the staircases running either side of the domed roof.

It is such a beautiful airy space and …

… the butterflies and “Once upon a time…” on my page remind me of two of the amazing stained glass windows that can be found in the library too (grin!).


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 the butterflies and moths that I included on this page.

Over at A Vintage Journey, the theme is Book It! and I’m very pleased to be able to join this challenge too with my Book inspired art journal page, I had so much fun creating the book spines and small book for this Mixed Media style art journal page.

With the butterflies and moths I added to the page, this is also a reminder that you still have until next Tuesday to join our Things with Wings 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:

  • Colourcraft Brushos (Sandstone, Terracotta, Yellow Ochre, Dark Brown)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Dark Sepia 175 B, Sanguine 188 B, Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Old Paper)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers (Fawn, Boulder, Topaz)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Recycled paper from diary
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Kaisercraft Collectables (Anthology CT938)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fly Free SS289)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

25 thoughts on “Books

  1. What a wonderful page and with this extra booklet it is a magical make Jo! And the impressions of the library fit this page and post so well! I am amazed as always dear Jo! Your style speaks of inspiration and artful hands!
    Happy weekend and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your wonderful support of Art Journal Journey!
    Big hugs Susi

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  2. Talk about impressed. This is jaw dropping gorgeous, Jo. You put a TON of love and various techniques and products into this page. Each of the inside pages was a gem, and the books on the shelf were truly awe inspiring. The bookcase looks exactly like wood grain, too. This is unbelievably beautiful. Thanks also for sharing this with us using Erika’s theme at Art Journal Journey. Susi and I both love how supportive you are at Art Journal Journey.

    That library is incredible. I remember you sharing it before and the butterfly achieving freedom in that stained glass window is both appropriate and amazing.

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  3. It is a gorgeous page Jo. I love how you created the wood grain background. The small book is a gem and the inside pages have wonderful quotes and detail as well.
    I remember your photo of the library, that window is amazing.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. Jo this is a fabulous page. I like your wood effect, but the book is just (as you say it on your side of pond) smashing. That is a really cool idea and it came out great! And I love the ideas of butterflies with books. That window is really a good idea and for some reason the butterflies and freedom also applies to books. I wouldn’t never have thought to put them together. And I do remember the library photo as it is a grand building. Big thanks for joining in the In the Air/In the Sky challenge at AJJ too. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  5. This is an Amazing Art journal page Jo !! Really wonderful wood background and books, the inside little book is gorgeous, love the quotes. An this library is fabulous, love the stairs and the windows.
    I wish you a very nice weekend,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  6. Jo, your page is fabulous! I love how you created the wood grain background, it is very realistic looking, but for me the little book you made has stolen my heart, the cover is brilliant and I just love the pages you created. Just wonderful! Thank you for sharing this with us at A Vintage Journey! Hugs, Anne xxx

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  7. Something .different, Jo, a page of books. They do look intriguing and I can’t quite read the titles so I’ll have to lean in and pull them out to see 😉.
    Little hand-made books are such fun. I love yours with the inside pages and quotes and the beautiful coloured cover.
    Oh and I want to visit this library too, how marvellous it looks.

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