It’s a new month now, so we are launching our June challenge over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

I had fun playing around with mixed media to create this Ladybird (ladybug) art journal page. I hope you’ll join in the fun too; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by applying Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain, like all the other elements, horizontally across the page and then I added some Raw Umber, Burnt Umber and Bright Aqua Green Liquitex acrylic paint. I applied this paint using the long edge of an old gift card in horizontal lines. Next I added torn strips of three different washi tapes which detailed a green striped, an aqua/purple flower and a tape measure design. Then I applied some more of the Liquitex paints and also some Pébéo white gesso using the gift card again. I stamped an alphabet stamp from Kaisercraft with black Archival Ink and then added more layers of washi tape, this time a hexagonal design and a black & white flower design. Then I repeated the layers of paints and gesso and stamped a grid design using a Sheena stamp and Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink.

The tags were created using Tag Collection Framelits by Tim Holtz and were die cut from white card which I covered with some paper from a Vintage Romance design pad. I edged them with Ground Espresso Distress Ink using a blending tool and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to create an old and worn look. I stamped some foliage onto some of the tags using a Carabelle Studio stamp and Cottage Ivy Memento Ink.

The ladybirds are rub-on transfers and the wordings are Small Talk stickers which read “lucky” and “make a wish” relating to the spiritual meaning of ladybirds. The tags are stuck to the page using double-sided tape or foam tape and also two different sizes of brown brads. To finish, I added the “ladybird” wording using Kaisercraft letter stickers and then I splattered the page with black and also white acrylic paint.

I hope that you are inspired to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge too! For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too.

I’ve noticed quite a few ladybirds this year in our garden; here are a couple sitting on some bark in one of our flower borders (grin!).

If you’re interested here are some fun facts about ladybirds:

  • They are called “ladybirds” in Europe but are also known as “ladybugs” or “lady beetles”. Technically, they are actually beetles.
  • A ladybird’s spots warn potential predators and the most common type of ladybird in the UK is red with black spots, but in fact there are 5000 different species of ladybirds in the world.
  • One ladybird may consume 5000 aphids in its one-year lifespan – so they are very welcome in my garden (grin!).
  • They are much loved and in many cultures are considered good luck. 

I hope that you are all staying 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, like Creative Artiste, 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 pleased to join in the Summer Fields challenge over at Country View Challenges with my summery meadow foliage and ladybirds on my art journal page.

I’m happy to join the Make Your Own Background challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the background that I created too.

I’m also pleased to be able to join the Quotes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the “make a wish” quote.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Masculine challenge.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Cracked Pistachio)
  • Liquitex Acrylic Basics (Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Bright Aqua Green)
  • Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection Patterned Craft Tape (Spots & Stripes Festive PMA462302)
  • Crelando Decorative Tape (Aqua/purple Flower)
  • Michael’s Washi Tape (Tape Measure, Black & White Flower)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Alphabet CS887)
  • Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black)
  • The Works Washi Tape (Enjoy the Ride)
  • Sheena Create A Flower Unmounted Rubber Stamp (Funky Textures 2 SD-CAFS-FT2)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • White Card Stock
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Vintage Romance 154897)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Carabelle Studio Art Stamp (Dans la nature, ill y a … SA60175)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Insect Collection #TIP1484)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Stix2 double-sided  tape
  • X-Press It! double-sided foam tape
  • Craft Sensations Brads (CRO550/A)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Mix & Match – Alpha SS252)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)

16 thoughts on “Ladybird

  1. A beautiful mixed media page Jo, you have included wonderful additions to give so much interest and detail.
    You were lucky to catch a photo of the ladybirds in your garden, super inspiration for your page.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. I Love ladybugs or “ladybirds”! ~ soooo sweet ~ Thank you for doing such a great job writing out your creative process once again so we can really see the layers. You had asked about the ABC scrapbook, I had some pictures already printed but the majority I ordered prints off the computer picking what I wanted to use for each letter of the alphabet 🙂
    It’s more then the kitchen that we’re going to renovate, it’s half the downstairs of my house! lot’s to decide, and my brain and my heart are just not in it with all the unrest and uncertainties going on right now in the world. I missed visiting, and plan to catch up on reading your blog and other’s that I’ve missed today! Blessings and creative wishes ~ Enjoy the weekend!

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  3. Lovely page Jo, beautiful colours, and ladybirds are almost always fun. 2 years ago we had a ladybird plague which lasted 2 days, every available space was covered with them, m windows from inside looked black from all the insects. Rather scary, but after 2 days they all moved on or whatever. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  4. I love how you call them ladybirds and we call them ladybugs. Language is such a fascinating thing. Nice nature inspired page for sure. I like how you showed us the photo of the 2 beetles and then created your page. Gorgeous Jo. HAppy weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  5. It’s a joy to see this latest journal page, Jo. Yes, we in the states call them lady bugs, but I agree they are SO incredible when it comes to eating aphids and other harmful bugs that destroy my plants and herbs. I love it when they land on my hand and walk all over my fingers. I feel blessed when that happens.

    Your background is gorgeous. I like how you interspersed the paint with the various washi tapes. I was surprised when you explained what they were because once you tore them, they seemed to change form.

    Those tags were incredible. I really like how you attached them, too. This is a gem and so are the lady birds you shared with us from your garden. Simply a beautiful journal page, dear Jo.

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  6. Oh Jo you have me studying this layout for such a long time to look at it and see just how much beauty there is there to love about this page. So glad you explained in much detail the ins and outs of how you created this beauty. Love the colours, layers ………… well all of it is awesome. Cute little Lady Beetles.

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  7. Lovely contrast of that pistachio green against the postbox red of the lady bird, she reminds me so much of my childhood and outdoor play. Another beautiful page, always a delight to see them come visit my garden. Wishing you a wonderful week, another busy one here..
    Take care hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Thank you for linking another fabulous make and sharing over @ Paperbabe Stamps.

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  8. Oh, my goodness! It’s another beautiful page by your talented hands! I love the subject matter and those gorgeous colors! What a great way to use those washi tapes! Well done, Jo!

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