Hope anchors the soul

The agapanthus has just started shooting in our garden so when I came across this inspirational quote “Hope anchors the soul” whilst crafting, I was inspired to create this page. It seemed very poignant with the difficulties the world is facing at the moment – wishing you all well and hoping that you stay safe and healthy!

I started by covering the page with various stamps using black Archival Ink; the stamps included a Parisian Beau Collage stamp from Crafter’s Companion and a Provincial and also a 75 Cents stamp set from Kaisercraft. Next I applied Acqua Dolce, Earl Grey and Caramel Faber-Castell Gelatos by scribbling them onto the page and using my wet finger to spread the colour vertically down the page. Then I stencilled an Ornamental stencil from Creative Expressions using Vintage Linen Distress Ink. The agapanthus flowers are napkin which I stuck down using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium (this was a mistake as it got far too wet, I should have used a UHU Stic and then the gel medium around the edges). When dry I splattered the page using black DecoArt acrylic paint. The wording “Hope anchors the soul” is a sticker from Kaisercraft which I coloured along the edges with some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and an Amethyst Winsor & Newton Promarker. It’s stuck in place along with a purple flower and some die cut foliage; I used a Garden Greens Thinlet for the foliage which was cut from some white card that I had coloured using Twisted Citron Distress Ink and Cottage Ivy Memento Ink. To finish, I added lots of clear diamante gems to add some sparkle.

As this page has Parisian references, I’m sharing these strawberry tarts that my hubby bought me for Valentine’s this year which always remind me of our travels to Paris; you may remember them from my post last month.

I thought you may like to see what the tart looks like inside; it’s a short crust pastry case filled with crème pâtissière (vanilla pastry cream) with glazed strawberries on the top, so delicious! As T Stands for Tuesday I’m also sharing my cuppa and saying a big hello to the T Gang – Happy T Day!

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 the predominant green foliage on my page.

Don’t forget that you still have until next Tuesday to join our Home Sweet Home/Where you would like to live challenge (for this page I incorporated the two with the agapanthus from our garden/and who wouldn’t want to live in Paris) over at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Crafter’s Companion Parisian Collection Clear Acrylic A6 Stamp (Beau Collage)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Provincial CS243, 75 Cents CS864)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Acqua Dolce, Earl Grey, Caramel)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Ornamental)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron)
  • Napkin
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Book (Antiquities SK807)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarker (Amethyst V626)
  • Poundland (Flower  – Accessories Pack 60911)
  • White cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Garden Greens 661206)
  • Zig Memory System 2-way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • The Works (Jewel Stickers)

33 thoughts on “Hope anchors the soul

  1. Hi Jo your page is so beautiful I love it. Those tarts look and sound delicious. Pretty mug too-Happy T wishes Oh and thanks for letting me know I was chosen for try it on tuesday-a wonderful surprise-made my day hugs Kathy

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  2. Utterly lovely – the agapanthus look stunning floating over all that vintage layered imagery in the background, and I love the subtle blended neutrals which allow the flowers to shine. Great words too – definitely ones to carry with us. Hope you’re doing okay. Stay safe.
    Alison x

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  3. I don’t know what looks better- your gorgeous page or those strawberry tarts? Smile. Your page is gorgeous. We woke up to 4 inches of fresh snow which will hopefully melt fast, so I am jealous you have green starting up in your garden. And your tarts do look yummy and would certainly be a treat with the way things are now. I bet you enjoyed them. Hope you are having a wonderful T day Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Wow Jo, your art page is beautiful, such beautiful flowers and what a stunning colour, I love the BG with the stamps and colours. Strawberry Tarts with the custard base, what more could you ask for, made my mouth water .
    Happy T Day
    Jan x

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  5. The agapanthus look so beautiful against your background and it’s a wonderful quote. Those Strawberry tarts do look delicious – shame they’re all gone!
    Stay safe and have a lovely week.
    Avril xx


  6. I’m truly enamored by your incredible journal entry. I always tell people the ONLY times I like to use glue sticks (I was once a UHU gluer) is when I am adhering napkins, tissue paper, and handmade paper. Actually, your journal page turned out great, even though it gave you some concern. Thanks, too, for sharing it with us using Eileen’s theme at Art Journal Journey. BTW, my internet went out last week when I was leaving you a message. Sorry I haven’t had a chance to get back there, yet.

    Wow, those tarts are lovely to look at. I bet they tasted good, too. I’m sure they were the perfect addition to your tea, too. Thanks for sharing your art and your tarts and tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  7. I have napkin envy, Jo. I love the aganpanthus as much as I love your page. It’s beautifully coordinated and your background stamping is superb!

    Thank you for sharing it at Art Journal Journey and for all your support of my theme this month.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  8. I love your beautiful page and the quote. Hope is what we all need just now. The background stamps you used look super as well. Thank you for linking and the support you are giving to us at Art Journal Journey.
    Its a yummy cake and I would happily enjoy one of those with my afternoon cuppa, belated T day wishes.
    Stay safe and well
    Yvonne xx.

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  9. You artwork is gorgeous. And that is a good quote for the current stressful times. That tart looks delicious. And I like your heart mug. It’s wonderful having the T-Gang to visit with each week.

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  10. Your page is so uplifting! I can just imagine the diamantes glittering (they do not come out on the scanned image, but I have a vivid imagination and I can just ‘see’ them)
    Oh those tarts look very delicious. I wish I could make them myself. I’ve never been very good with patisserie creme.
    Stay safe dear friend,
    Happy (belated) T-Day,

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  11. My mouth is watering at the thoughts of that gorgeous tart you have shown to us – I love creme patissiere passionately. Ooh, I could just eat it now, well, maybe two! Like your mug too.
    Sorry got carried away with that when really I came to comment on your gorgeous page. That is simply and absolutely beautiful. I love it and reading through all the things you did to compose it I can imagine what it looks like in real life. It is fantastic! It is like a sheet of expensive wrapping paper with all those stamps in the background and the flowers coming in from the side. I am finding it difficult to say what I mean it is just beautiful.
    Stay safe and well
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  12. What a wonderful page Jo! I brought my Agapanthus back from the caravan – its still in its pot waiting for me to look around or somewhere to plant it – I may just leave it in the pot this year! Love your mug and those strawberry tarts look delicious! Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

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