Our new challenge for the next two weeks over at Try it on Tuesday is Summertime.

I had fun using the hot colours of summer to create my seascape page capturing a summertime sunset. I hope you’re inspired to join our Summertime challenge too, it would be lovely to see you there (grin!).

The background is layers of paint and stamping; I started by applying Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange and Ultramarine Blue Liquitex acrylic paints to the page using a brayer. Then I used a texture stamp from BoBunny to transfer some of the wet paint around the page cleaning it immediately so the paint didn’t ruin the stamp. When the page was dry, I stamped the same texture BoBunny stamp and also two other texture stamps from an Urban Tapestry Tim Holtz stamp set using black Archival Ink. Then I applied some Pébéo white gesso and the Cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Orange acrylic paints again over the top using the brayer.

I created the horizon using a black Uni Pin marker pen and a ruler, blending the marker pen along the bottom edge using a wet paintbrush. Then I doodled some waves using a black Uni Pin maker and white Uniball gel pen. The seagulls and boats are drawn and cut from a dictionary page which detailed the word “sail”. I stuck them in place using a glue stick, outlined them using a black Sharpie marker and shaded them using a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. To finish, I added the word “summer” which is a rub-on transfer and highlighted it using a white Uniball gel pen.

For more Summertime inspiration, there are some amazing creations from my Design Teamies over at Try it on Tuesday, so please pop over and take a look (grin!).

We are lucky enough to live right by the sea on the west coast and the sunsets are often spectacular, whether it’s simply yellow and orange …

… or maybe clouds of blues and pinks – so beautiful (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my cup of green tea with a custard tart. This is a pastry case filled with egg custard, sprinkled with nutmeg and baked – so very yummy (grin!). Wishing you all a Happy T Day!

I hope that you are all staying safe and well!

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 Try it on Tuesday, 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 the lovely Erika from her blog BioArtGal over at Art Journal Journey and her When It’s Hot challenge this month with the hot pink that I added to hot sunset page.

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their A Day At The Beach challenge my seascape art journal page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the #123 – Photo Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the colours that I included on my page.

I’m entering the Do What Makes You Happy challenge over at Country View Challenges too as walking along the beach and seeing the sunset always makes me happy.

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

  • Liquitex Basics Artist Color (Cadmium Yellow Light Hue Cadmium Orange Hue, Ultramarine Blue )
  • Ranger Mini Brayer
  • BoBunny Stamps (Rough It Up #1205155)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous (Urban Tapestry CMS061)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Uni Pin Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Oxford Pocket Dictionary
  • Pritt Stick
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Summer Sentiments #ROY-505)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)

36 thoughts on “Summer

  1. A wonderful post from start to finish. Your journal page is very atmospheric and beautifully made. The photos are wonderful, too. I miss the sea so much. And as for the custard tart and tea – well, I would share with you – you can have the tea and I would love to devour that tart. Just came back from the dentist, I’m hungry, and mustn’t eat for 2 hours! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Wow Jo. You really captured the beauty of sunset. And I like the book page sailboats. Without the word summer this could be a nice framed print. And I haven’t had a custard tart forever. They remind me of my aunt who used to make them. You are right. Yum. Thanks for joining AJJ (Much appreciated $ and have a great T day. Hugs Erika

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  3. Your art piece is fantastic. The colors are perfectly Summery, and I like how you used text pages for the boats and seagulls. Great sunset photos. You’re lucky to live in such a photogenic place. Your custard looks delicious. Happy T-Day!

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  4. A gorgeous journal page Jo and WOW the colours look amazing and I can see how inspiring that photo must have been, its a beautiful sunset. The colours look glorious.
    A wonderful pafe for our TioT’s theme and thank you for linking with Erika’s theme at AJJ as well.
    Have a good week.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. Good morning Jo, I love your journal page-and the process for your background-really beautiful
    Gorgeous sunsets!! thanks so much for sharing those with us. Happy T hugs Kathy

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  6. I have never had a custard tart but I know of it from the Great British Bake Off. Yours looks delicious!
    I am loving all those fabulous layers of paint in your background. What a perfect portrayal of the sunset. You certainly have a lovely view every evening.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  7. Your summer inspiration is incredible. I love what you did with the water and the summer sunset. The way you placed the sailboats over the blue of the ocean is genius. It looks SO authentic. I am truly impressed. And I’m also thrilled you shared this beauty with us at Art Journal Journey, too, using Erika’s theme. Your sunset photos are great inspiration, too.

    Gosh, I am now drooling for an egg custard. My grandmother used to make them for special occasions, so that brought back very happy memories. Thanks for sharing your journal entry, your sunset photos, and your egg custard and green tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  8. Oh My Jo! You have certainly got all of those summer sky colours into your page! I love the sail boats making their way into the sunset! You have me now craving a custard tart…wonder where I can get one??? No bakers in our village now! Happy T day! Chrisx

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  9. well I can certainly see how the beautiful sky photos inspired your gorgeous summer page Jo- I absolutely love it!! Your custard tart sounds so good with a cup of tea. Happy T day!

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  10. Your page is amazing! I love the sail boats out of a dictionary page.. just love this artwork.
    You are so blessed to live by the sea. I would love that! your custard and drink look yummy, although I am not a fan of green tea. I like black tea. Happy Tea Day!

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    • I am coming back to thank you for playing with us at Country View Challenges! Beaches and sunsets also make me happy but I’m afraid this year won’t be the year either!

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  11. A spectacular scene Jo, how could anyone not be inspired by those stunning skylines. Lovely merge of colour and those little book page sailing boats add to it’s calm. Beautiful piece, so glad you shared it over @ Paperbabe Stamps. Thanks again so much for your support regarding the challenges.
    Hope you are keeping well? The custard tart made me smile a treat for me and Mom during this weeks cuppa visit, a box of four… one for me three for Mom, well she’s got to wait a week until our next cuppa n cake day hee hee.. ((Hugs)) Tracey xx

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  12. Fabulous page Jo, the colours look stunning. Your little print sailing boats make a great contrast.
    Loved seeing the sunset photos, nothing nicer than a vivid sunset at the end of the day. Egg custard tarts – my favorite.
    Have a great week, Avril xx

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  13. Wowww Your Art journal page is Fantastique Jo !! I really love the so wonderful background you have created, those colours are great, and the boats just amazing.
    I wish you a very nice summer, enjoy,
    and Big hugs, Caty

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  14. Oh dear, I could just eat a custard tart right now!
    Well, as soon as I saw your page the word “Impact” hit me straight between the eyes. What a beautiful background you have there Jo. I love it when someone does layers upon layers and eventually ends with a stunning background like you have. I am not brave enough to do this on my own but I remember making pages like this with Seth Apter who inspired me to have confidence in what I was doing. Sadly I need him to be like a parrot sitting on my shoulder at all times. I so admire what you have done here and I love it so much.
    The addition of the yachts with the book pages and the seagull overhead with the single word just adds the cherry on the top. Lovely work Jo.
    hugs, Neet xx

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