Heat of Summer

Today I am sharing a page that I created especially to join in with the fun themes over at some of my favourite challenge blogs. This includes using a ballpoint pen to create the grids on my page, dividing the page so it has a distinct panel along the bottom, some splashes and splatters and celebrating summer with the hot colours and wording – I hope you like it!

I love the contrast between the black and white and the sunny summer colours (grin!).

I started by drawing the grid patterns on the page using a black ballpoint pen and a ruler which was fun and took quite a bit of time (grin!).

Then I stamped the central leaf, the numbers and letters using my new Postal Mix stamp set from Woodware Craft Collection and black Archival Ink. Next I coloured the bottom of the page with some hot summer colours using Yellow, Lemon, Orange and Rose Red Brusho powders. I did this by sprinkling the Brushos onto the page and spritzing with water; it always amazes me how magically the powders burst with colour when water is added (grin!). When dry, I splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint.

I stamped the leaf three more leaves onto some white cardstock using my Ranger Stamp Platform, this helps get a clear crisp image as you can re-stamp over and over again until you get the ink intensity that you want. Then I fussy cut them out and stuck one of them over the stamped image and then arranged the other two leaves around it. I used rub-on transfers for all the summer related wording which includes “summer”, “hot”, “sun”, “easy”, “June”, “July” and “August”. To finish, I added two small black butterflies and drew on some antennae with a UniPin marker. 

The colours on this page reminds me of a lovely lily that we have flowering in our garden – it certainly is a spectacular sight (grin!).

Hoping 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 pleased to join the Positively Pensive challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the grid designs that I drew on this page.

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Sprays and Splatters challenge with the splashes of Brushos and paint on my art journal page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the #121 – Sketch challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page design; the bottom panel of colour and leaves match the sketch.

With the hot summer colours and wording, I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Summer Fun challenge too.

Don’t forget that you still have time to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge this month over at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog too, it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Bic Ballpoint Pen (Black)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Clear Magic Singles (Postal Mix FRS781)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colours (Yellow, Lemon, Orange, Rose Red)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • White Cardstock
  • Zig Memory System 2-way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Summer Sentiment #ROY-505)
  • Poundland (Mini Embellishments)
  • UniPin Fine Line Marker Pen (Black 0.05mm)

18 thoughts on “Heat of Summer

  1. I can feel the heat radiating from this journal page, Jo. I love the grid pattern you created. Frankly, there should be a stamp for that, because it is such a great addition to any page. I can only imagine how long it must have taken. You certainly turned up the heat on this page, that’s for sure. I hope it’s cooler where you are, at least.

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  2. Wow, you did this “free hand” with the ruler?Respect!
    I had a drawing machine and could never be that exact without…
    I love the outcome, it sure is a hot summer there! And the flower sure is a great inspiration.

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  3. I do like it Jo. You sure used some hot colors andI like grids and graphs and those kind of things so that is really appealing to me. And wow. What a gorgeous colored lily. Mine are starting to bud. I have some that color too and you are making me want mine to bloom. Hope it is a great weekend so far. Hugs-Erika

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  4. OOhh your Art journal page is absolutely Gorgeous Jo !! I looove the so happy and bright colours, and the background is amazing, yes, you had a great work !! But the result is simply Fantastic !!
    I wish you a very nice new week, big hugss

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  5. Jo, this is a really fabulous, and the colors are hot, hot , hOT! The leaves, the stamping, the rub ons and the splatters add so much drama to your pages. The pen work grid you designed to start it all off is so perfect for our Positively Pensive challenge, and I’m just tickled pink you played along with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! As always, well done! Happy hump day!

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  6. Love the pen drawn grid! YOur colors certainly invoke the feel of hot summer! Thanks for joining in our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog.

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  7. Love the colours and all the fun stamping. The grid is something I could do since I can’t draw a straight line without a ruler 🙂 Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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