Today I’m joining the Something New challenge that I’m hosting this month over at Art Journal Journey with a new technique using a hot glue gun that I’ve wanted to try for a while. Here’s the journal page that I created, what do you think?

Whilst the glue gun was heating up, I doodled an abstract heart design onto the page using a pencil.

Once the glue gun was heated to temperature, I applied the hot glue over the pencil marks and also added some dots of glue and then I left the glue to cool and dry.

I then applied Aged Ivory Stampendous embossing enamel powder over the top of the glue by carefully heating the surface of the glue up again with my heat gun (it takes seconds) and then covering it with the embossing enamel powder; it’s important that you don’t heat the glue too much as it will flatten and loose its 3D shape. I left the glue to dry and harden again before I carefully heated it again using the heat gun to melt the embossing enamel. Next I painted the page using Kuretake watercolour paints; using Red for the hearts and for the rest of the page using Rose Madder and Colbalt Violet coloured paints.

When dry, I coloured the embossed hot glue with a glittery gold lustre polish (which was new to my craft stash) using a paintbrush. The words are rub-on transfers from Tim Holtz and read “Love”, “Love you to the moon & back”, “always & forever” and “better together”. To finish, I splattered the page using some black DecoArt acrylic paint.

As Valentine’s is approaching, my winter window display, like my page, gets a smattering of red hearts which provides a lovely contrast to the white decorations (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a pint of Lancaster Red beer which we enjoyed at one of our favourite pubs – cheers and wishing you all much love this T day!


I’m pleased to join the Love challenge over at Country View Challenges with my Love art journal page.

I’m joining in the All Loved Up challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge as with my love and hearts designed art journal page.

Over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog their theme is # 33 – Anything Goes + optional twist of Paper Piecing, so I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge too.

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:

  • Bostik Hot Glue Pen & Glue
  • Stampendous Embossing Enamel (Aged Ivory)
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint set (Red No. 32, Rose Madder No. 34, Rose Madder Deep No. 36, Colbalt Violet No. 139)
  • Creative Expressions Lustre Polish (Glistening Gold)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs (Tiny Text #TH93695)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)

27 thoughts on “Love

  1. That is a really cool technique. I love the dimension it adds . Even without the embossing powder it would be super. And I love the hearts. Hearts are a great shape. Your window is so festive and I’ll take one of those beers. Lately all you can find around here is light beers and a good red can’t be beat. Hope your T day is going well. Hugs-Erika

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  2. I like your new technique using a hot glue gun! And you made a second challenge: To use the embossing enamel powder – and heating again! The result with the bright colours is gorgeous!
    You have a wonderful window decoration!
    Wish you a happy new week! Cheers 🙂

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  3. Wow – what a great technique! The doodled design is very cool, and looks so amazing in the gilded version (as well as the clear glue version – also pretty!). Love the soft blended colours swirling around the design – an amazing page. Sorry I’m so behind… will be back to do some catching up soon I hope.
    Alison x

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  4. Hi Jo I Love your page-and what a very fun technique I have a glue gun in my stash that I have never used-thanks for sharing this with us.
    My Hubs would love to try your beer-he only drinks the European beers.
    and I love your window display-beautiful!! Happy T wishes Hugs Kathy

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  5. delightful journal page Jo! I haven’t had my hot glue gun out in quite awhile. Did you know you can also make stencils with the glue gun?
    Beautiful Valentine display- so cheery. And cheers to your red beer! Happy T day!

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  6. First and foremost is how impressed I am that you have such control over your glue gun. Mine wobbles and I lift it when I need to add a new glue stick. There’s never a steady flow when I use mine. You have something magic, that’s for sure. I’m MORE THAN a little impressed with this spread. Like Linda, I’ve made several stencils using hot glue and they make great molds, too. You have to add mica powders, Armor All, or water to the piece you will be pressing into the hot glue, though.

    The colors are beautiful that you chose for this journal spread and they go beautifully with the display you have in your window. It’s art imitating life every day in your world, dear. Thank you beyond belief for this month of gorgeous art you have created for us at Art Journal Journey. It has certainly been special.

    Although I prefer stout, the red beer certainly goes well with the idea of hearts and Valentines. Hearty and robust sounds like I would at least take a sip of it. Thanks for sharing your lovely journal spread, your window filled with hearts and love, and your red beer with us for T this Tuesday.

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  7. Beautiful page, Jo. That’s a fascinating technique – heat embossing on hot melt glue. It sounds tricky but you did a fabulous job. Love the abstract heart design. Love your window decor too.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  8. That is a fantastic way to use your hot glue gun Jo the page looks beautiful and you added lovely quotes as well. You have had wonderful pages to inspire us this month at AJJ.
    Your window display looks lovely, its a real pretty jug with the cup cakes on the side.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. I love your art journal page! What a great technique. The end result is fantastic. I also love your red Valentine’s Day window display. The red contrasts nicely with the winter whites. Happy T-Day!

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  10. Oh Jo there’s so much love in your post today, it’s amazing what you can do with glue. Love the pattern you created and the colours against the gold, a lovely combination and created journal page.
    Your window display is fantastic how nice to see it merge from one season to the next, I bet you have lots of fun changing it, do you do that for every occasion?
    Sending Hugs your way.. now it really is bedtime.. Tracey xx
    P.S Hubby would love the red Lancaster :))

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  11. Great work! And now I get it! I was wondering why there is colored glue, oh, help 😉
    THAT`S what it´s for, great idea!
    Oh. Or you use powder! 😉 Thank you for explaining it all!
    Beautiful, as your window.
    Hmmm. Morning here, but the beer still looks tempting!
    Belated happy T-day and hugs, x

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