Past birthday celebrations at Zen

I have happy memories of past birthdays, spending time with friends at the Zen Restaurant. We like to go each year but with everything going on, we stayed at home this year so I decided to create this page to celebrate instead (grin!).

I started by applying some gold metallic paint to the background using a brayer and then stamping the same gold paint using a Serpentine background stamp from Art Impressions. Then I stamped some pretty fish using an Oriental Zen stamp set from Paperbabes Stamps and Toffee Crunch Memento Ink. Next I added some stickers and the business card from the restaurant, then the orchids which are napkins which I stuck in place using a very thin layer of Liquitex Matte Gel. The lanterns, dragon statue and tea pot are fussy cut from some old magazines and stuck in place using a glue stick. Then to finish, I added some gold glitter enamel dots.

The Zen Restaurant specialises in Thai and Chinese cuisine, and the interior of the restaurant is beautifully decorated with lanterns and the napkin rings are orchids which I included as part of my page design.

The gold, swirls and fish on this lovely painting at the restaurant also inspired my page design.

The food is delicious and I always have the Salt & Pepper Squid starter.

This is Sizzling King Prawns with Ginger and Spring Onions with jasmine rice.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m also sharing this fabulous teapot with a dragon design containing Chinese tea, isn’t it beautiful – Happy T day!

Hoping that you all stay safe and well! x

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


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m happy to join the lovely Valerie from Bastelmania over at Art Journal Journey and her Geometric Shapes challenge this month with the rectangles and dots on this page.

I’m pleased to join in the Animal Magic challenge over at Country View Challenges with the fish and magical dragon on this page.

I’m pleased to be able to join the Birthdays challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my birthday celebration page too.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Happy Birthday! challenge too as I created this page to celebrate my birthday – Happy Birthday to SSSWC too!

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

  • Poundland Metallic Acylic Paint (Gold)
  • Art Impressions Wood Mounted Rubber Stamp (Serpentine Background T2773)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Toffee Crunch)
  • Paperbabe Stamps (Oriental Zen Stamp Set)
  • Orchid napkin
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Penny Black Stickeroos (Unfolding #10-160)
  • Business Card – Zen Restaurant
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Old Magazines
  • Pritt Stick
  • Dovecraft Premium (Glitter Enamel Dots DCDOT036X18)

32 thoughts on “Past birthday celebrations at Zen

  1. Fantastic page, and photos, which have made me long for some Chinese food, sigh! But like you, I will have to dream of past visits and hope for future ones when this is over….And you got some geometric elements into your lovely page, thanks! Thanks for linking to AJJ, much appreciated. Happy T day, stay safe, hugs, Valerie

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  2. I Love this page! the restaurant is gorgeous and you’ve really highlighted some of their style here ~ The napkins are a beautiful addition and you are super good at fussy cutting! You’ll be celebrating their again, and when you do that order will taste even more amazing I’m sure.
    ~ Blessings

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  3. A fantastic page and photos Jo, I’m sure you will get there to have a celebration meal when the crisis is over. the food looks like it is worth waiting for and I’m sure the restaurant will be happy to be open for customers once again.
    Stay safe and well, Happt T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. Gorgeous post Jo, I love your journal page for memories of the restaurant-and the food wow looks really delicious-looks like a special place for sure.
    Your Tea pot is gorgeous-I love it!! Happy T wishes Hugs Kathy

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  5. What an incredible journal page you gave us this week, Jo. It has a real feel of happiness and oriental bliss. I’m delighted you also shared photos of the restaurant which showed so prominently in your art. What fun. I always say your life imitates your art and vice versa. So true of these past memories. I have to believe you are the queen of fussy cutting. You make wonderful fussy cuts and they are so precise. Thanks, too, for once again sharing your incredible journal page with us at Art Journal Journey using Valerie’s theme.

    Memories of your meal must have been wonderful. You had a beautiful birthday at Zen and the ambiance was as great as the food you chose. If it’s shrimp, I would love it, too. What an elegant tea pot. It was certainly center stage. That’s a lovely cup and saucer, too. Thanks for sharing a past birthday with us at Zen with your photos, food, and tea for T this Tuesday. I have noted your birthday on my calendar, so hopefully I’ll remember it next year.

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    • Thanks so much! They actually have real Koi fish in the restaurant too, I didn’t take a photo as they were near tables where people where eating 😂. It’s a lovely dining experience that’s for sure, your love it! Happy T Tuesday! Hugs, Jo x


  6. Gorgeous page, Jo. I’d sure love to go to Zen right now for Chinese food, which I love. However, I’m very grateful for what we do have.
    Wishing you a healthy and happy T-Day! Eileen xx

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  7. A belated happy birthday to you! A birthday you won’t forget in a hurry.
    Your page is gorgeous and the oriental feel of the restaurant really stands out. I love seeing the photos of the real Zen restaurant. Very beautiful and tasteful.
    The food look very delicious. No wonder you want to come back there every year!
    Happy T-Day and
    Take care,

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  8. Oh you are making me drool. That food looks good, and I just love the pink lanterns. They are fabulous. Too bad you couldn’t make it there for your birthday, but making that beautiful page must have helped. I like how you even included some lanterns. I hope you are staying safe and having fun making art. Happy belated T day as I finally have time to get by and visit. Hugs-Erika

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  9. Jo the foods looks delicious, some of the wall decorations in these places are amazing, our local Indian restaurant has some lovely pieces.
    They have pretty tea pots, my husband doesn’t drink alcohol due to health reasons so always has the tea, the trouble is they keep checking and replacing more until he says, please no more, LOL
    Keep Safe, Jan x

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  10. How delicious does that food look, i’ve never tried salt & pepper squid before but it’s making my mouth water (even though i’ve just eaten my tea.. hee hee!) Lots of happy memories of past celebrations there, I can see exactly why you would have been inspired by that fabulous group of Koi obviously pre- social distancing. It’s a beautiful page Jo with it’s golds and Toffee crunch stamping, how well do those colour compliment each other. Really happy to see you joining in with our Paperbabe Stamps Challenge, you know how appreciative I always am..
    Sending virtual hugs your way, they will be real ones one day 😀 Stay safe Tracey xx

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  11. Your journal is adorable with the Chinese motifs
    The Zen restaurant is fantastic and the interior is great. At some point you will be able to eat again. Protection is good that you celebrated your birthday at home.
    I wish you a nice Easter and take care of yourself and stay healthy
    Greetings Elke

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  12. I once bought my cousin a teapot from Hong Kong because she collected them at the time. How I wish she had given it back to me when she stopped collecting them. Saying that it was nowhere near like the one you have shown us but then I like anything that is Asian, especially Chinese, and your teapot is beautiful. Mind you the whole restaurant looks beautiful and what a special night you must have when you visit there with friends.
    So that takes me to your journal page which honours all the lovely memories you have of a delightful evening spent with loved ones and in such beautiful surroundings. I love how you have incorporated all the little memories you have. Hoping you get to go before too long.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  13. Happy late birthday, Jo. How lovely to create your page in celebration and remembrance. The gold paint and image are wonderful choices. So cool to see pictures of one of your favorite places – I can see why it is and wish I could go!!! Now I want Chinese food! Lovely post.

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  14. Wowwww your Art journal page is Amazing Jo !! I loooove the gold colour, and the horquídeas you add to the page. The fish stamp is wonderful, and the page is very happy.
    Wish you spent a very nice T-day. The restaurant is lovely too.
    Wish you a very nice afternoon, stay safe and well dear friend,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  15. Lovely journal page ! Hopefully you don’t miss going out too much ! Thank you so much for playing along with my ‘Animal Magic’ challenge over at Country View Challenges.
    Corrie x

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  16. Hi Jo. Although I am not the biggest fan of Asian cuisine, I do like the art and Asian style. Your page is very “zen”. Love the tiger lilies and lanterns. The restaurant looks really neat, too. Hope you and yours continue to be well and safe. XOX

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