The Beauty of Nature

At Try it on Tuesday our new challenge for the next two weeks is The Beauty of Nature.

I created a collage page of beautiful spring images using nature and my garden as my inspiration – Happy Spring everyone!

This page started by selecting some spring images from some old books and fussy cutting them out, then arranging them with some torn book pages onto my art journal page. With the general layout planned, I roughly marked where the papers were placed and then removed them. Then I added a textured effect in between the collage pieces by stamping a Marble texture stamp from Kaisercraft using Versamark Watermark ink and covering the ink with a mixture of Sea Foam and Gold (Shellac) Papermania embossing powders and heating it with my heat gun until they were glossy. Next I edged the torn map, text and worn brown papers pieces with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck them back in place using a glue stick. The spring flowers, bird (which is a Stone Chat which we have seen on the beachfront recently) and mushrooms are all fussy cut from an old book and stuck in place using a Zig glue pen. The feathers, beetles and moth are Anthology Collectables from Kaisercraft, the green grasshopper is a rub-on transfer and the hedgehog postage stamp is from the British Wildlife collection issued in 1977 which is from my hubby’s childhood stamp collection (grin!). I also added three thin strips of brown spotty washi tape which finished the page.

I hope that you are inspired to join The Beauty of Nature Challenge too! For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Teamies over at Try it on Tuesday too.

We’ve been spending more time in the garden with the sunny weather we had last week, the flower bed is coming to life with spring now upon us. As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing my cuppa in the garden (which is on the wall) and wishing you a very Happy T day!

Hoping that you all stay safe and well!

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

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Eileen from The Artful Crafter and her Green challenge over at Art Journal Journey the green grasshopper and foliage on this page.

I’m also happy to join in the The Eyes Have It challenge over at Country View Challenges with the birds and animals on my art journal page.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge too.

I’m joining in the Spring Mood Board challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the spring flowers and the book pages that I used on my page.

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

  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Marble CS293)
  • Tsukineko VersaMark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Sea Foam, Gold – Shellac)
  • Book pages –Discovering Britain, The Illustrated Book of Nature
  • Sheet Music
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash (Halloween #TH93712)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Pritt Stic
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Kaisercraft Collectables (Anthology CT938)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Insect Collection #TIP1484)
  • Hedgehog Postage Stamp British Wildlife collection issued in 1977
  • Recycled white card
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)

30 thoughts on “The Beauty of Nature

  1. Love this! So many cool things to look at. Nature is so wonderful and amazing and you captured it here very well, Jo. Lovely post. Sad to see the green days of March come to an end from a journaling standpoint ,but happy to see them end from the Corona standpoint. Hopefully April will be full of wonderful things for us all rather the drone of new numbers, outbreaks, closings, etc. Praying for miracles. TFS

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  2. Lots of lovely images on your gorgeous page Jo, nature promises so much beauty for us to see as the seasons change.
    I spotted the cup on the wall in your garden photo, Happy T day wishes.
    Stay safe and well.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. This is adorable, Jo. I’m super impressed with the final outcome, but you lost me on the marble texture stamp and the embossing. I just don’t see what you’re talking about, but I love the outcome, regardless. Seems you did a lot of work on the background I’m not really seeing in the photo. Yes, I DO read every word. I’m also delighted you shared this beauty with us at Art Journal Journey, too. Lots of fussy cutting again. I think you are the Queen of Fussy Cutting.

    I have garden envy. Your back garden is incredible. I love the mushroom sculpture and the meandering bed. I also enjoyed seeing you were out playing in the garden while sipping a cup of tea, too. Thanks for sharing your incredible journal page and your tea in the enviable garden with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  4. Your flower bed is absolutely gorgeous. Lucky you to get such spring blooms. Love that cool white flower statue. And you cuppa too. Happy T day. And I also love the nature page. So many of us have done flowers and birds. I guess we are all happy for spring and birds are such a part of that. Hope you are both staying healthy. Hugs-Erika

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  5. Your marbling background looks like branches from a distance, Jo – I thought that was what you stamped – which is perfect. Your garden is beautiful. I bet it takes a lot of work but I can also imagine that it’s very rewarding. It’s great to see both garden and birds coming to life in Spring, isn’t it? You captured that beautifully, even including shrooms, which I LOVE! Lovely spread 🙂
    Cath x

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  6. A lovely page Jo and you’ve used some lovely images, love the fritillary – one of my favourite spring flowers, your background looks fabulous.
    It’s lovely to see the garden coming to life and like you we enjoyed some very warm weather in the garden last week.
    Have a lovely week and stay safe. Avril xx

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  7. Hi Jo Gorgeous page-and I love the new theme. I can see what inspired you-your lovely yard. I would love to join you for a cuppa there-hugs Happy T wishes Kathy and stay safe

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  8. Beautiful page inspired by a beautiful garden, Jo. I love the mushroom sculpture.

    Thank you for sharing your page with us at Art Journal Journey and for all your support of my green theme this month.

    Stay safe and well.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  9. How beautiful is your Art journal page Jo !! I love the beautiful background you have created using old book sheets and bits of scrap papers. Adorable the bird and the feathers.
    Happy T-day! Great cup in your lovely garden, love
    the mushrooms.
    I wish you a nice afternoon, stay safe and well, and biig hugs,
    Caty

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  10. Your journal page is so full of spring! I love the background with the torn bits of paper, it looks like a road map.
    Your garden is SO lovely and I can see how you would want to spend time there. Are those mushroom-like things a plant or a sculpture? They caught my eye because I love mushroom shaped anything.
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  11. Hi Jo, Thanks for your earlier visit, I was carried away cleaning my craft room yesterday so I’m late getting around everyone.
    I really love your collage, my Grandson would love that as he is really into animals of all kinds!
    It’s lovely to get out in the garden in the sun, we actually have sun today but more rain later!!!!
    By Friday they say the good weather is on the way, yipee!
    Have a good weekend, Jan x

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  12. Oh what a beautiful page with that lovely marbling. I love all that fussy cutting. You must spend hours doing that. Well, I suppose it is relaxing.
    Are you able to work from home?
    Your garden is a delight. I love that mushroom sculpture. I remember seeing it before (perhaps when you got it)
    Take care, stay safe,
    Happy belated T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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  13. It’s such a wonderful theme – you can bet I’ll be along to play soon! I love your page, I’ve been poring over the various images trying to decide which is my favourite – the fungi, the hedgehog, the butterfly/moth – and the background maps and text work so well. Lovely shot of your garden too … there’s nothing I love so much as a beautiful old brick wall in a garden.
    Stay safe.
    Alison x

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  14. Very creative use of your bits & pieces Jo! Even the hubby’s stamp collection… If it wasn’t for all the fussy cutting I would try and do something like that! x

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