Create your own sunshine

Over at Try it on Tuesday our new challenge for the next two weeks is Use Book Pages.

I had fun using some book pages to create the sun and flowers on this page; I hope that you are inspired to join us too, I can’t wait to see how you use your book pages!

For the background, I applied some Cerulean Blue and white acrylic paint using a paintbrush and left it to dry.

Then I used a book page from an old encyclopedia to create the sun; if you look closely you’ll see the page I chose was about the universe and details information about the sun. I drew around a circular tray to create the round body of the sun and then used a ruler to create the sun’s rays. They are cut out, coloured using Mustard Seed Distress Ink, stuck in place using a glue stick and outlined using a black Sharpie marker. The wording was created using some alphabet stickers which I outlined using a black Uni Pin marker.

For the flowers I used another page from the encyclopedia, this time about growth and I die cut the flower heads and leaves using a Tattered Floral Thinlets set from Tim Holtz. The flowers are coloured using Festive Berries and the leaves using Mowed Lawn Distress Inks which were applied using a blending tool. Next I doodled the stems using a black Uni Pin marker and white Uniball gel pen and stuck the flower heads and leaves into place. For the centre of the flowers I used the cutouts from the centre of the lettering from the alphabet stickers. I outlined them all with a black marker so they stood out more and then to finish, I splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint.

For more inspiration you can see how my Design Teamies have been using book pages for their amazing creations too, so please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and take a look (grin!).

Here we are enjoying the sunshine one evening along the seafront where we live, as T Stands for Tuesday you may have noticed the bottle of water on the wall in the background – Happy T Day everyone!

Hoping that you 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 lovely Erika from her blog BioArtGal over at Art Journal Journey and her When It’s Hot challenge this month my sunshine page.

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Play With Paint challenge with the painted background on my art journal page.

I’m also entering the Do What Makes You Happy challenge over at Country View Challenges too as sunshine always makes me happy and sometimes you just have to create your own sunshine especially with all the stormy weather we’ve been having of late (grin!).

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Bright & Cheerful challenge with my happy sunshiny page.

I’m happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page.

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

  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Color (Cerulean Blue)
  • Artist Discount Acylic Paint (White)
  • Pears Cyclopaedia 2007-2008 Edition
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Mowed lawn)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point (Black)
  • Aldi So Crafty (Alphabet Stickers – Multi-coloured)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.2mm, 0.8mm)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Small Tattered Florals 661806)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)

34 thoughts on “Create your own sunshine

  1. I love how you created the sunshine on this page Jo, its a fantastic design for the new TioT’s theme as well as Erika’s theme over at AJJ. Your details are always inspirational , finding the book pages referencing growth and the universe make your page special.
    Its a happy photo you shared with the water bottle on the wall, have a super T day and rest of the week.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx


  2. That is a happy sunshine page for sure Jo. I love how you used the book pages. That page could be a poster and hung on the wall. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey. Love the photo at the beach too. Is it recent as you look bundled up? Hope your T day is going well. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much Erika! You always notice the little details – yes we were actually out on our tandem one evening and it’s always windy here …lol … so we had our fleeces on 😁. Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x


  3. This piece is my favorite ever! The sun, the flowers, the inspiration… it’s all delightful 🙂 I’d be looking for a frame the right size. It’s a joy to have a kindred spirit to share these quarantine times with 🙂 Y’all look happy.

    Happy T Tuesday

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  4. A really happy page Jo, love the print sun and flowers, such a cool idea and they look stunning against the blue background.
    Great picture from you sunny day walk.
    Have a great week, hugs, Avril xx

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  5. Sorry I am late calling in Jo, I love this page and how you created the sun beams and the pretty flowers using the book paper. You sure did create your own sunshine on this page, thank you fpr linking to Erika’s theme at Art Journal Journey as well.
    Its a lovely happy photo of you and your husband and yes I did notice the water placed on the wall. Hope you have had a good tea day and have a nappy rest of the week.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx


  6. Great happy page, Jo. And the two of you look happy , too! Nice way to get your drink in on the wall behind you. It made me smile. Nice to see and visit you again. Happy T Day.

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  7. I’m finally back online. Thanks for joining this week’s T party. Next week we will use Inlinkz because you can remove your link and start over again if you make a mistake Be sure to use ONLY your name in the “caption” and not your blog post, please.

    Jo, I truly and honestly believe you create your own sunshine wherever you go. You are always upbeat, positive, and smiling. This journal page has YOU written all over it. I love how you created both the sun and the flowers. Perfect for Erika’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

    Loved seeing you and your husband so happy together. How clever to place the bottle of water on the rail while you two took a selfie. Thanks for sharing for T this Tuesday.

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  8. Hi Jo. this is my third time trying to leave you a comment on this beautiful page, I tried twice yesterday. i love how you used the book papers for the suns rays and for those pretty flowers.. Thank you for linking to Erika’s AJJ theme as well, its a super inspirational page.
    The photo of you and your husband is lovely, you always have lovely smiles to share and I did notice the bottle of water on the wall.
    Have a good rest of the week and stay safe.
    Yvonne xx


  9. What a great photo of you and your hubby! A beautiful sunset too. (Yes, I had noticed the bottle)
    The sun journal page is wonderful. So clever of you to find a book page about the sun. Brilliant!
    Have a good week,

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  10. Loved the photograph of you, you look so healthy and happy. Stay happy!
    Love your page – what a brilliant idea to use a book page for the sun. Great idea to relate your book pages to the topics too. I do think the lettering you used stands out against the newsprint and it really gives it that oomph! Beautiful flowers too and against that Cerulean blue everything really stands out. It is a beautiful page, again.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  11. A very happy creation Jo, lovely use of the book pages and how you blocked areas out to create your own sunshine. The tattered flowers are a delightful addition. A very pretty page indeed.
    You both look so happy Jo, your so lucky living so close to the sea.. Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Many thanks again for sharing over @ Paperbabe Stamps and joining in with the challenge x

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  12. I love what you did with the newsprint Jo! And the sunshine… if only we had more of that in real life! Thanks for playing with us again at Country View Challenges!

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  13. Well, with all those words, it’ll be no surprise that I love this! The tiny text adds such wonderful detail to the petals and leaves, not to mention the sun’s rays warming the world. Lovely!
    Alison x

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