Be your beautiful self

I fell in love with the image of this beautiful lady in her diamante headdress which I found in a magazine, so decided to create this sparkly page to showcase it along with some inspirational wording – what do you think (grin!).

I started by applying some Pine Needles and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink using a blending tool through a Discovering Planets stencil from Sheena; I choose these colours as when blended they matched the eye colour on the image that I used. Then I applied some white acrylic paint to the page using a palette knife and stencilled the diamond shapes using a Creative Expressions stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste. When the paste was dry, I coloured the diamonds using a silver Daler Rowney paint marker.  Next I added some lines of black acrylic paint, Pine Needles Distress Ink and white acrylic paint using an old plastic gift card and then splattered the whole page with some black acrylic paint. The image of the beautiful lady is mounted on some card before sticking it over a silver doily. I covered the teardrop shaped diamonds on her headdress with some teardrop gemstones to give a 3D look; it was a happy serendipity that they were the exact same size as those on the image. To finish I added some Small Talk stickers from Tim Holtz that read “be your own beautiful self”, “leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “choose to shine”.

I love a bit of sparkle as you can see here; this is one of my favourite hats and has lots of diamante on it (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 Eileen from The Artful Crafter and her Green challenge over at Art Journal Journey this month with my green page background.

I’m also happy to join in the The Eyes have It challenge over at Country View Challenges with the beautiful lady on my art journal page.

I’m joining in the Stencil Fun challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my stencilled ink and texture paste background.

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

  • Sheena by Sheena Douglas Create A Flower Stencil (Dissolving Planets SD-STEN-CAF-PLA)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pine Needles, Shabby Shutters)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Vintage Diamonds CEMSDIAM)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Daler Rowney Acrylic Paint Marker (Silver)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Recycled Gift Card
  • Art Discount Acrylic paint (White 011)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • The Works (Silver Doily)
  • Old magazine
  • Graham & Brown (Adhesive Jewels)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape

20 thoughts on “Be your beautiful self

  1. I like that sparkly page. We can all use some glamour at these time and this page does the trick. And I remember your sparkly hat. It is a good one. I might have needed it yesterday morning here even though it is now spring. Have a great weekend and stay healthy Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  2. A fabulous page Jo, she brings a sparkle and a happy feeling that we all need in our lives just now. I also liked the happy smile you shared in the photo wearing your own sparkly hat.
    Its a fantastic page for Eileen’s theme at Art Journal Journey, thank you for linking with us there.
    Stay safe and well
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Happy T-day! Eileen xx

    Stunning page, Jo! I love how you positioned the photo on top of the silver doily. It’s so perfectly placed that it appears like it’s part of the photo. The curves of the doily mirror the curves of her jewels. Neat that you had just the right size rhinestones!

    Thanks for sharing this lovely page with us at Art Journal Journey. Eileen xx

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  4. She a magnificent sight to see Jo, she’s have caught my eye too. Love those muted pastel colours you used in your stencilled background makes her pop even more. Love your sparkly hat, it’s been a very chilly few days here, you’d definitely need to wear it whilst pottering around in the garden. Wishing you a very Happy Sunday Jo, stay safe & creative Tracey xx

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  5. You’ve definitely got the sparkle factor going on in this page (and in your bobble hat too!) – what a wow of a photo… I can see why it caught your eye, and I love the setting you’ve created for her.
    Alison x

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  6. This is just perfect, Jo. The whole painting is like a diamond. I’m gazing at the background and wondering just how you created it, then of course you have the description below as always, but I am still in full admiration of your creation. The picture of the lady could not be better chosen.
    The silvery diamonds, the soft green, the touches of black, the circles – too good.

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  7. I’m not sure you will even see this comment. It’s so late because, as I’m sure you know, I have been offline off and on for over six days. Just when I think my internet is stable again, I get kicked off.

    I was sure I had left a comment on this post, but obviously, I haven’t. You definitely took this spread to heart, Jo. You really DID choose to shine. It’s a gorgeous image and even better when you added the incredible background. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey, using Eileen’s green theme.

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