Bluebells

As the flower border in our garden is looking so lovely with all the beautiful flowers that are in bloom, I’ve been inspired to create some flower art journal pages; this one celebrates bluebells and is the first of the flower pages that I will be sharing with you – I hope you like it!

I started by stencilling Brushed Corduroy and Ground Espresso Distress Ink using a blending tool through a mixed media stencil from Paperbabe Stamps.  Then I added some water to the page and removed it with a piece of kitchen towel which also removed some of the stencilled ink. Next I cut the bluebell stems and foliage from some green design papers and stuck them in place using a glue stick. I added some more colour to them using an Apple Green and Field Green Inktense pencil. The bluebell flower heads are die cut, using a Funky Flower Thinlet from Tim Holtz, from recycled paper that was the closest match to the actual bluebell flower colour. I stuck them in place using a Zig glue pen and then coloured the veins of the flowers using a Bright Blue Inktense pencil. I added more detail to the flowers and foliage using a white Uniball pen and a black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I added a yellow butterfly which is a Botanical die cut from Tim Holtz and the wording “bluebells” which are Kaisercraft stickers.

You may remember that we have been working to improve the flower borders in our garden over the last couple of years.

As you can see the bluebells are looking particularly pretty this year and we even have small group of white bells (centre of photo) hence why I added one to my page (grin!).

Stay safe and keep well! x

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

Challenges

I’m happy to join the lovely Valerie from Bastelmania over at Art Journal Journey and her Geometric Shapes challenge this month with my geometric stencilled background.

I’m also happy to join in the Animal Magic challenge over at Country View Challenges with the butterfly on my page.

Don’t forget that you still have over a week to join our Have fun with stencils challenge 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:

  • Paperbabe Stamps Mixed Media Stencil (ISO Fun)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso)
  • B&M Craft Goody Bag (Turquoise 321451)
  • Studio Light Paper Pad (PPSL84)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Funky Florals #2 662701)
  • Recycled Mixed Media Pad Cover
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CR0240/GE)
  • Zig Memory System 2-way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Inktense Derwent Pencils (Bright Blue 1000, Apple Green 1400, Field Green 1500)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Layers (Botanical #TH93554)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Mix & Match – Alpha SS252)

22 thoughts on “Bluebells

  1. That’s a beautiful page, and really looks like your garden. The flowers are looking great. I’ve been seeing those white bells everywhere this year, they are pretty. Thanks for linking to AJJ, much appreciated! Hugs, ‘Lovely’ Valerie

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  2. I love your bluebells, especially the patterned paper leaves ~ Beautiful. Your flower border is incredible too, it looks professional! You must have been working hard for awhile to get such a beautiful balance of color and height. Enjoy as I’m sure the bees and butterflies are doing too ~

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    • Thanks very much! We’ve totally replanted this border and have been adding new bulbs and plants every year, it a joy to watch it grow and change throughout the seasons 😁. We have lots of bees and butterflies visiting too, the apple blossom has just come into bloom so the bees are going made …lol 😉. Take care! Hugs, Jo x

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  3. You sure die cut a lot of bluebells. But well worth it as you page is beautiful. I think you needed them all to complete your page, and I would have done the same. Your garden bluebells are gorgeous. Wow. And is that a palm tree? That really caught my eye. Happy Friday and happy weekend Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Its a gorgeous page Jo and the bluebell die cut looks super, thank you for linking up to Valerie’s AJJ theme as well.
    The photos of your garden were lovely, you have a very pretty flower border.
    Stay safe and keep well.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. What a charming, pretty journal page from your garden. Your garden photos are beautiful oh I love this variety of flowers!
    Have a nice Weekend
    Take care and stay healthy and Family
    Greetings Elke

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  6. Wow. This is absolutely amazing, Jo. I bet you are glad the bluebells were die cuts. I know you are the queen of fussy cutting, but that would have been a HUGE challenge. I’ve never seen a real bluebell, just lovely photos, and now beautiful art, too.

    I adore your spring garden. I see you also have tulips showing their faces, too. They are incredibly beautiful. I like the little bird peeking through the bluebells, too. Thanks for once again sharing your incredible art with us using Valerie’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

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  7. Absolutely glorious – both your beautiful bluebell page and the lovely inspiration photos from your garden. I love the geometric background in warm rusty brick tones, and the patterning on the leaves too – delightful.
    Alison x

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  8. Before I forget let me mention how beautiful your close up picture of your garden is! Of course the flowers are lovely but there are some photography skills at work here…
    I like the way you did the flower stems, and the bluebell die-cuts are perfect with the addition of the pencil. Have a great week, Jo! x

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  9. I’m look on in envy at your walled garden Jo when we go to Blackpool it’s the first thing I search for as we get closer… as Hubby looks on for the Tower hee hee!! Always a welcoming sight is the Bluebell they greet me every morning as they sit outside my front door. You’ve really embrace them in your journal page as the pop against that geometric stencilled background. It’s as if the snowdrop photo bombs the page just to let us know it’s just as important.. Beautiful.
    Sending (((Hugs from a safe distance))) your way, stay Safe Tracey xx

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  10. Oh my goodness, Jo, you are right. The bluebell flowers are in Funky Florals #2. What good eyes you have. Love the spread. The paper-pieced greenery looks wonderful. I’d say you’ve greatly improved your garden borders! xox

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    • Thanks so much! Yes I had to use one of the Funky Florals #2 dies again and again just to create the individual bells and then put them together to form the bluebell heads, it took some time …lol 😉. So nice to hear from you and I hope that you are keeping well too! Hugs, Jo x

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