Untie the ribbons

Our new challenge over at A Vintage Journey is Box It Up, which is being hosted by Julia. Here’s what it is all about:

“This month our theme is boxes! Perhaps you will make a trunk or suitcase, some kind of package to hold a gift, or maybe make a card or journal page showing presents. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk”.

I thought this motivational quote suited Julia’s challenge perfectly, so I included it on my art journal page along with the gift box which I had fun creating for this page too (grin!).

To create the background I completely covered the page with some yellow Liquitex acrylic paint and once the paint was dry added pieces of script and sheet music Collage Papers from Tim Holtz and some tape measure design decoupage paper from Viva Gade using Liquitex matte gel medium. I added a little more of the yellow paints over the top of the tissue paper to intensify the colour and also applied some white gesso around the edges of the page using my finger. Then I diluted Dark Sepia, Sanguine and Cold Grey Faber-Castell markers by scribbling them onto a blending mat and spritzing with water and applied them with my finger over the white gesso which gave the page a lovely translucent glow. Then I added some Gold Champagne Faber-Castell Gelato and Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to the edge of the page smudging them with my finger.

I created the gift box from some spotty paper and drew the lines onto it using the Dark Sepia Big Brush marker, shaded it using Caramel Faber-Castell Gelato and added shadows using the Cold Grey Big Brush marker. Next I used a star stencil to apply modelling paste with a palette knife and left it to dry; the stars were then painted using a white Uni Posca paint pen and Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint. The words are letter stickers from Docrafts which I covered with matte gel medium to hold them securely in place. I did the same with the flowers which are stickers from Kaisercraft. Finally, I added some strips of red organza ribbon to the box using double-sided tape and finished it with a bow.

I enjoy collecting positive and motivational quotes for my art journal pages and had fun creating this page with the gift box and ribbon to depict the words I added; it was based on the quote “Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons” by Ruth Ann Schabacker.

For more inspiration, please pop over to see the amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey too, it would be lovely to see you there!

I also have quite a few motivational quotes displayed around my home too, here’s one that greets me every morning, it hangs on the mirror in my bedroom …

… and this one hangs in my craft room (grin!).

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 Erika aka BioArtGal and her Polka-Dots, Stripes, Plaids and Patterns challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my polka-dot gift box.

I’m also joining Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #101 – Sketch; I flipped the sketch to the left so the circle is represented by the gift box on my page and the logo by the sentiment I used.

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

  • Liquitex Acrylic Color (Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Oxide, Parchment)
  • Tim Holtz Collage Papers (Halloween #TH93727, Botanicals #TH93705)
  • Viva Gade Decoupage Paper (Helsinki 25586)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush marker (Dark Sepia 175 B, Cold Grey IV 233, Sanguine 188 B)
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Gold Champagne, Caramel)
  • Star Stencil
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Changing Seasons CRO701/16PL1)
  • Docrafts Papermania A4 Ultimate Die-Cut & Paper Pack (Folk Christmas PMA160933)
  • Kaisercrfat Sticker Sheet (The Looking Glass SS206)
  • Recycled Red Organza Ribbon
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

23 thoughts on “Untie the ribbons

  1. I really LOVE your take on this theme, Jo. It’s so different from the other DT members. The lovely background was what possibly impressed me the most. How original and unique. With the addition of the gift box, you turned it into the perfect entry for Erika’s theme at Art Journal Journey. I really liked how you thought outside the box when you chose 2-D over 3-D for this challenge.

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  2. Beautiful journal page, a nice interpretation of the theme using happy colours which I always like. Great quotes, too. I have one on my bathroom mirror, ‘Don’t look like that, it really is you’ – sometimes I had the feeling it was my mum looking at me in the mornings! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  3. A fabulous journal page Jo x I love the wonderful, colourful background and the pretty box you created x
    The quote is fabulous and inspirational too xx

    TFS and have a great weekend
    Annie xx

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  4. i love this page Jo. How clever to use the ribbon on the box. It looks like you could really open it. And all those stars are really cool. This is perfect for the latest AJJ challenge. Thanks so much for your support and joining in. Happy weekend. hugs-Erika

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  5. This is such a wonderful page. I love this present and the quote to it..such an uplifting page for me!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at AJJ as well! So much appreciated dear Jo! These hangers are great. I have a framed german calligraphy in our staircase – Spread Happiness- says it
    and it always makes me happy to read it again and again.
    And I love to collect quotes like these on Pinterest in a special board. Always to find something for journaling then….
    Happy weekend dear friend!
    Have a wonderful one!

    Susi xxx

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  6. What a so so Gorgeous Art page Jo !! Really spectacular ! I looove the amazing background you have created, it´s very happy. The 3D box is special and I love the stars.. The quote is great, and I love your motivational quotes too. Great your art !!
    I wish you a very nice weekend, enjoy, and send big hugsss

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  7. There’s such a fabulously celebratory feel to this page spread, Jo – the colours are so vivid and full of life and there’s an explosion of energy and joy in the explosions of stars, garlands of flowers and charming polka dots all adding delicious detail. There’s something about polka dots, isn’t there? Great to have one of the Creative Guides showing the way on a 2D rather than a 3D box too!
    Alison x

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