Beer & Ale

I created another masculine page for our It’s a Man’s World challenge over at Try it on Tuesday where there is still another week to join in the fun, it would be lovely to see you there!

This time my page celebrates Beer & Ale using some vintage images from old magazines and a background that I had created sometime ago to experiment whilst trying out a new technique using Brushos – such fun!

For the background, I stamped a Steampunk Background stamp from Docrafts onto the page using a Versamark Watermark stamp pad and then I sprinkled Sandstone, Dark Brown, Terracotta and Yellow Ochre Colourcraft Brusho Powders over the top and used a paintbrush to brush the powder over the stamp images so that it clung to the Watermark Ink. Then I then spritzed the page with water a few times and watched the Brusho colours burst to life; if you want the stamping to be more defined spritz lightly with water – such a fun technique! Next I fussy cut some vintage brewery and beer images from some old magazines, stuck them in place using a glue stick and outlined them with a black Uni Pin Marker. The “2/11” plaque, letters for the “beer” and “ale” wording and large button are all Salvage Stickers from Tim Holtz. Next I added the cogs and gears which are wooden chipboard pieces from Boozybear using Ranger Glossy Accents and to finish, the words “collect beautiful moments” which are Small Talk stickers from Tim Holtz.

As you probably know by now, me and hubby like our beer and I thought Bleubeard and Elizabeth over at T Stands for Tuesday may like the story of how this beer came to be called Old Tom. It’s brewed at Robinsons Brewery in Stockport, Cheshire and it’s almost as old as the brewery itself. It’s a dangerous 8.5% ABV, that’s why I only have a taster in my glass (grin!). This beer was born in 1899, when Tom, the old brewery cat, was sketched into immortality by the head brewer. It is rich and warming, and has a distinctive deep port wine finish, with bitter hops balanced by the heady aromas of dark fruit – cheers and Happy T Day!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m pleased to join the lovely Halle of Halle’s Hobbies and her Words to live by challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the words “collect beautiful moments”.

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, their theme is Transport It, so I’m pleased to join in the fun as you can see in the images that the beers on my page are being transported by men, locomotives, horse and carts.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tsukineko Versamark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Colours (Sandstone, Dark Brown, Terracotta, Yellow Ochre)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk Background DCE907128)
  • Old Magazines
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH93898)
  • Boozybear Chipboard Pieces (Cogs andGears)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk # TH93193)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Pritt Stick

27 thoughts on “Beer & Ale

  1. Your journal page is awesome-and I really loved the story about Old Tom and the label too Hubs would have enjoyed it-he only drinks European dark beers Happy T hugs Kathy

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  2. Your page captures the hustle and bustle of a brewery. I remember going on a tour of the brewery in my hometown. I’m more of a wine girl than beer, but I love the label on the tap.Happy T Day.

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  3. A great technique, Jo and a great spread, with lots of interesting stuff 😉 Very northern, lol. I actually prefer a good lager to wine or spirits any day, so I’m with you on this one 🙂
    Lots of fun.
    Cath x

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  4. What a lovely page you’ve created of the brewery, we were once in Cornwall on holiday with my parents and happened upon a beer festival, Steve and dad enjoyed trying a few!
    Happy T day
    Jan x

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  5. Your manly entry is wonderful and absolutely PERFECT for T, too. I have never seen those brushos, but I would love to get one or two jars of them, since I have heard such great things about them. You made this a real gem when you used that new technique. Thanks, too for sharing this with us, using Halle’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    I loved Old Tom and the back story. You had me at cats, though. I would love to know how Old Tom beer compares to stout, the only beer I like to drink. Everything else is too wimpy for my taste. I don’t think I’ve ever had ale, though. Thanks for sharing your journal page and your beer with us for T this Tuesday.


  6. Amazing! Sorry for my short comment, I have problems with wordpress and after writing three times I am frustrated, lol. I love the whole post and would like to drink beer with you just now, it’s so hot here. Cant use the pc because of the heat and the cell phone is driving me crazy just now. Thank you for joining Art Journal Journey again with this wonderful page dear Jo. ☝️big hugs Susi

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  7. Terrific page all about beer, Jo. Your Brusho stippled background is really striking. I love the steampunk stamp you used.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  8. Its a fantastic steampunk background for the page Jo and the vintage photos of the horse drawn beer carts look super.
    It looks a good brew of beer as well, quite strong as well. I really like how it was named after the cat.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx


  9. Fabulous page today Jo. That stamp you used to make the background is fantastic. And the final result is a very nice masculine page for sure. And that beer does sound dangerous but also quite tasty. It is right up my taste alley I think. Oh I do the kitty on the label. I hope it was a happy T day. I’m a little late posting today. hugs-Erika

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  10. you are so good at this “man” theme! though i´ve learned the brewing of beer meanwhile is done by women, too – in increasing numbers… good!!
    have a great week, jo ♥

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  11. Wooowww GORGEOUS Art page Jo !! I really looooove this wonderful background with the beautiful stamps and colours, great technique. Like so much every detail. Interesting story of this cat. Happy T-day !!
    I wish you a very nice Thursday,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  12. Trying out a new technique is always such fun, here your new use of Brushos – an amazing background! Your pictures from the old magazines for beer and ale are great!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike xx

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