Be Thankful

I have plenty to be thankful for including the wonderful life with my hubby and my dearest friends; so as its Thanksgiving next week I had fun creating this autumnal thankful page.

I’m sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to those of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving next week, have a wonderful time!

To start, I painted the page with Hooker’s Green, Yellow Oxide and Raw Umber Liquitex acrylic paint and then applied Pébéo white gesso over the top with a brayer. When dry, I stamped some leaves by Tim Holtz using Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso and Hickory Smoke Distress Archival Ink and a grid design by Sheena Douglass using Potter’s Clay, Cottage Green and Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. I also stamped some grungy dots using black Archival Ink and both of the above Distress Archival Inks and then I splattered the page with white gesso. Next I recycled some thanksgiving magazine images of a dinner service portraying a turkey, duck, pheasant and partridge; they are fussy cut, edged with a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. They are arranged with some pretty acrylic daisy flowers and autumnal coloured leaves which I die cut using Tim Holtz thinlets. The leaves are cut from some textured metallic papers, edged using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool, and stuck into place using glue dots. To finish, I added the “Be Thankful” wording which is a piece of washi tape which I stuck onto some white card and stuck into place using double-sided tape.

The autumn leaves seemed to have been and gone quickly this year; when we walked around Lytham Hall with our friends this week we found that most of the trees had lost their leaves so there was a thick coating of leaves along the pathways. There were really only these Beech trees which still retained their beautiful autumnal leaves.

Of course, little Ellie was in her element chasing leaves and picking up sticks, although I think this stick may have been a little big for her. As you can see her coat has got quite long so she’s off for a trim at the doggie stylists this week (grin!).

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


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 Peace & Tranquility challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my reflective Be Thankful page.

I’m joining in the Recycle challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge as I recycled magazine Thanksgiving images on this page.

I’m also pleased to join Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday and the Autumn & Gratitude theme with Be Thankful autumnal designed page.

I’m pleased to be able to join in the fun over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog for their Anything Goes + Watercoloring with my autumnal mixed media art journal page.

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

  • Liquitex Basic Acrylic Color (Hooker’s Green, Yellow Oxide, Raw Umber)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous (Falling Leaves CMS097)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke)
  • Sheena by Sheena Douglass Create a Flower Rubber Stamps (Funky Textures 2)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Potter’s Clay, Cottage Ivy, Rich Cocoa)
  • Creative Stamping Magazine Issue #61 (Autumnal Treasures)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Recycled images from Old Magazine
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
  • UHU Stic
  • Crafty Things (Acrylic Daisy Stickers)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Fall Foilage 660955)
  • Paper Bundle from local Craft Shop
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Washi tape
  • Recycled white cardstock
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape

21 thoughts on “Be Thankful

  1. A simply lovely and so beautiful page Jo! Gorgeous! You never cease to amaze me with your style! Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE again and give a hug to Ellie..she is such a cutie ! Hope they don’t cut away too much from her beautiful coat!

    Happy weekend my friend!
    Big hugs,

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  2. Its a beautiful page and photo of the trees in all their autumn splendor .
    Ellie looked like she enjoyed the walk, I smiled at the size of the stick. I don’t think she would change it for a smaller one, if that was her choice for the day.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Sorry to miss you yesterday, especially since you inspired my journal entry. Nothing is broken, but I’m so sore I can’t sit and type with one hand for any length of time. I am sending this generic message because I want you to know I stopped by, appreciate you, and read your post today. Thanks for understanding.

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  4. OK, I have to start with Miss Ellie. She caught my eye and I think she has caught yours too. Smile. I wonder how she looks since her haircut. What a cutie. And I love this thankful page. My mother-in-law has some somewhat similar dishes and it does make me feel like I am sitting down to dinner at her house. I love Thanksgiving. Do you have your own celebration even though it is not a “real” holiday in England Jo?
    Have fun bottling that beer (I would love a taste so post some photos) and good luck with your holiday cards. Have a super weekend.

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  5. This is a lovely subtle piece with so much in it. I’m glad you described how you made it as then we don’t miss the details. I love how you over-rolled the background colours with the white gesso, that is so effective, and I’m also impressed by the metallic leaves and their expresso edging.
    The whole page just glows with autumn colour, it’s terrific.

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  6. What a cute pup ready for play. Here in Texas our ash trees are looking like your beech trees. Glorious golds finally! That’s all we get and mostly brown so we live for the gold sightings. Your page is gold in my book. Delish background and leaves. The plates caught my eye as my m-i-l has a huge collection she displays. xoxo

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  7. This is a wonderful piece Jo, love how you incorporated the plates alongside the leaves that have fallen gently into place. A superb piece. I’ve not seen Ellie before isn’t she beautiful.. I hope she doesn’t have too much taken off at the stylist it’s getting chilly again. Hugs Tracey xx

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