Around the Christmas Tree

As it’s the season for putting up Christmas trees and decorations I created this page to celebrate, I hope you like it!

Don’t forget that you still have until 2nd Jan 2020 to join us over at A Vintage Journey for our Holly Jolly Christmas challenge too. This art journal page fits the challenge perfectly, it would be lovely to see you there (grin!).

To start I coloured the background with three shades of green Liquitex acrylic paint, firstly painting them on the page and then once dry applying them again to the page using a palette knife to create layers of colour. I splattered the page with some white and black acrylic paint and created a stencil using Tim Holtz Holiday Green Thinlets to add green fir tree branches to the background using Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss Distress Ink. I used the same Thinlet set to create the white branches from some recycled white card and arranged them on the page with some white bauble stickers. Next I used a Snowy Star Thinlets set from Tim Holtz to create the white stars which are stuck in place using a Zig glue pen. To finish, I added some Tim Holtz stickers which read “sparkly decorations”, “around the Christmas tree” and “the sparkly Christmas tree”. 

Here is me and hubby in front of one of our Christmas trees, this one is in the front room window and has a red, white and gold theme of flowers and foliage (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 Yvonne, aka Meggymay and her Words and Numbers challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the wording I added to this page.

I’m happy to join the Stars challenge over at Country View Challenges with all the white stars I added to my art journal page too.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Stars with the white stars on this page.

I’m also pleased to join the Winter challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my Christmasy art journal page.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Moo Mania & More too.

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

  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Color (Phthalocyanine Green, Deep Green Permanent, Light Green Permanent)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss)
  • Recycled white card
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlets (Holiday Greens 658759, Snowy Stars 663117)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Home Bargains Noel (Wall Stickers 16221)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Christmas Sticker Book #TH93999)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Cold Grey IV 233)

18 thoughts on “Around the Christmas Tree

  1. I was amazed at the background. You must have spent a lot of time on it. It’s gorgeous, but so are the baubles and the branches. This is one incredibly well thought out entry, dear and we are SO delighted you chose to share it with us using Yvonne’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

    What a fun tree. I like that you have more than one tree in your home. Same with me! This one and the theme makes me smile.

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  2. Its a gorgeous background Jo, the shades of green look lovely. Your tree looks beautiful. You have me curious now as to where you have the others.
    Its a lovely happy photo of you and your husband.
    Have a good weekend.
    Thank you so much for linking with my Art Journal Journey theme , we really appreciate the support you give us there.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Lovely photo of the both of you-and your journal page is beautiful
    and thanks so much for your suggestions too-i went through my stash of things today as I had purchased different papers to try out for the eco printing-and I found the perfect pad-it is spiral and says mixed media papers-so will be perfect to try out happy weekend-hugs Kathy

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    • Thanks so much! That’s wonderful, so glad that you had a mixed media pad to use already 😁. All you really need to start now is your imagination and you will probably find (like I did) that you have enough materials (scissors, glue, paper, pens, paints etc) to start straight away. My first Art Journal page was created with cheap basic inks, a wallpaper sample (free) and a stamp which was free in a craft magazine. There was nothing fancy about it and over time you can build up materials for use in your art journaling (your Craft Stash). So excited to see your pages, I can’t wait …lol 😉. Happy weekend dear Kathy! Hugs, Jo x


  4. Oh, I very much like this journal page, Jo. I am surprised the green background was done with a palette knife, it looks so smooth and translucent like inks! Brilliant to make a matching stencil for the branches and perfect pops of white with the baubles and the branch die. And such a nice photo of you! xoxo

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  5. Wow – those beautiful fir greens are amazing, and I love the subtle needle shapes emerging from the depths. The white embossing over the top is magical. A fabulous page. Sorry I’m behind on visiting… still catching up with myself after being unwell. Hope to see more soon.
    Alison x

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  6. That’s a lovely photo of you in front of the tree. It looks so festive and pretty. And I love the bright green and white on your journal page. The white really pops and looks like fresh snow. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. hugs-Erika

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  7. I love the fantastic greens in combinstion wit hthe white. Brilliant elegance Jo.
    A beautiful page, gorgeous! What a nice cozple in front of the tree!!
    Happy Christmastime my friend!
    Thank you so much for joining Moo Mania &More!
    Big hugs,
    Susi xxx

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  8. Lovely pages – I really feel like I am in your christmas tree looking at these – thanks for joining our December challenge at Countryview Challenges and good luck in the draw. Big hugs Rachel x

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