Love to Create

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

I had so much fun splashing and splattering inks to create this page which compliments some beautiful postage stamps and paper that I received from CJ as a result of winning her prize draw, thank you so much for all the fabulous goodies – it’s very kind and much appreciated (grin!).

I started making the splashes and splatters of ink using Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks and Rose Bud and Bahama Blue Memento Inks. I did this by applying the ink pad to an acrylic block, holding the block over the page and then spritzing the ink with water until it dripped from the block, splashing and splattering onto the page; I applied the Distress Inks first and when dry I added the Memento Inks drying each of the inks using a heat gun before adding the next one. The wording was cut from some black paper and some pretty aqua green paper that CJ kindly sent to me, using Shadow Script Thinlet set from Tim Holtz; you may be aware that this particular Thinlet set doesn’t contain the word “to” so I cut it out from the word “story”.  

As part of my design I choose to use some beautiful birds and flowers postage stamps from CJ. I made some tags using recycled clothes packaging which I coloured using the two Memento Inks and some leftover off-cuts of the pretty aqua green paper.

The tags were edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and splattered with black DecoArt acrylic paint. After mounting the postage stamps onto some white card to give them more stability, I stuck them onto the tags using double-sided tape and then used the same tape to stick the tags in place which finished the page.

For more inspiration, my fellow Design Teamies have also been having fun with our Splash and Splatter challenge, so please pop over to Try it on Tuesday to see their wonderful creations!

As you may remember, CJ kindly had a prize draw to share some of her goodies with us and kindly agreed to send some goodies to someone outside the US too. I was so thrilled to have won and received this gift box, full of amazing goodies! Even the lovely tissue paper is something I’ll be using for my pages too (grin!).

Here’s what the box contained as you can see it was jam packed – thank you so very much!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my water flask that I take with me whilst out walking, this was a recent visit to Lytham Hall as you can see the flower beds are full of gorgeous colour (grin!). Wishing you a very 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 Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month with the tags that I created for this page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their  Midsummer Blues challenge with the blue splashes of ink and pretty blue bird on my page.

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

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Rose Bud, Bahama Blue)
  • Ranger Mini Spritzer
  • Gift from CJ – thank you so much!
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Shadow Script #1 662684)
  • Leon X-Large Coloured Paper Pad (Black)
  • Recycled packaging from socks
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Black 199)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • White card stock
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

34 thoughts on “Love to Create

  1. You rocked the splashes and splatters Jo. Those colors are beautiful and work so well with those pretty stamps. Nice winnings. It’s always fun to have some new things to play with, isn’t it? And I like your flask. It is perfect for T day. Hope all is well and you are enjoying your day. hugs-Erika

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  2. Good morning, beautiful journal page, and congrats on your win! CJ was so generous sharing her stash in the giveaway. Love your water bottle too-Happy T wishes Kathy

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  3. First, I want to congratulate you on your win from CJ. She is SO generous, isn’t she. You were smart and photographed the contents in the box before you removed everything. She knows how to pack, that’s for sure. I hope you use the claybord, too. I’m still debating what to do with mine. And I know you’re going to love the washi tape, since you find so many good uses for what you already have.

    Her gift came in handy when it came to the splashes and splatters. When I saw that theme, I thought the same things you thought. I love the way you splattered the journal page. It’s amazing and also fits beautifully with Alison’s theme at Art Journal Journey. Thanks for linking this beauty with us.

    Your water bottle is pretty. I’m sure it’s as functional as it is beautiful. So glad you were able to get out and visit Lytham Hall. Thanks for sharing your art, your winning box from CJ, and your water flask with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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    • Thanks so much! It was so much fun just dropping the ink on the page, I did it at arms length …lol … standing well back and covering my craft table well so the splashes of colour only covered my page 😉. Hope you have fun too, enjoy! Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

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  4. Love the colors of your splashes and splatters Jo- and the reused postage makes for great collage fodder doesn’t it…
    what a fun and generous package of gifts you received from CJ!!
    Your water flask is so pretty -love that color. Happy T day!

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  5. Your journal background really caught my eye with all those colorful, bright splatters. Love them! I really liked how you framed the postage stamps. I would never have thought to make a layout around them. Great idea.
    Your package is jammed full of goodies indeed. Have fun playing.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  6. Lovely page, Jo. The phrase sure describes you well!

    Wow, you’ll have lots of fun creating with all the toys CJ sent you. How very generous of her.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  7. That is a novel way to splatter… I always use a brush, which isn’t particularly easy to control! Lovely fresh feel from your page, Jo. Oh and enjoy your prize! x

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  8. Its a gorgeous page Jo and a wonderful way to begin using pieces from the goodie package.
    I’m sure you will have fun with all the items in your prize.
    Stay safe, sorry I am really late calling in.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. Catching up as it’s a late start for me today and i’ll be so sleepy when I get back home!!
    What a wonderful goodie box to have received Jo i’m sure you will have lots of fun introducing them into your artwork. Lovely journal page, those stamps work a treat against those lovely watercolour splatters, now if only the rain left colourful splatters wouldn’t the world be a colourful place. Great theme @ TioT, fingers crossed I get chance to come and play along.
    Beautiful art!! Hugs Tracey xx

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  10. I love those splatters! I bet you had fun splashing and splattering colour onto the page. It brings out the child in you I guess.
    The birds are beautiful too. You know I love pretty stamps, so I homed in on those first of all. Really lovely.
    Congratulations on your win. How awesome that CJ was willing to send a parcel abroad!
    I’m sorry I’m late in commenting. My laptop has decided it does no longer wants to use Chrome or Internet Explorer and I have not been able to comment. I have an iPhone but I’ve tried commenting before and most comments don’t arrive. So I am looking for someone to do me a blog on WordPress (the free version). If you know of anyone who could do that for me and is reasonably priced, please let me know. I have tried myself but I have not succeeded.
    Happy belated T-Day,

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  11. I just love the page you have created. The splatters remind me of confetti at a wedding (long time ago, not sure they are allowed nowadays) as it fell to the ground. Such pretty colours and they work so well together. The way you have done the lettering is lovely, I am not aware of this particular die but I was delighted with your idea of adapting ‘story’ to ‘to’ – very ingenious. Lastly the stamps you chose were perfect in their colourways to compliment and bring out the splattered background. A real summery, happy page.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  12. I love your splash and splatter page Jo – gorgeous colours and I love those stamps! What a lovely lot of goodies you won! Sadly it doesn’t look as though we will meet up at Lytham Hall…or anywhere in fact this year but I’m sure the gardens will be just as beautiful next year! Very Belated T Day Wishes – mundane day to day stuff kept me away from the computer! Hugs, Chrisx

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  13. Oh, Jo, your Splash and Splatter project is gorgeous! Of course I love that color combo, too. And what a fabulous box of goodies you won in the drawing! Your water bottle is even in my favorite color! LOL Happy Day!

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  14. Your colourful and bright splashes and splatters are marvellous, Jo. What an interesting way of making them. I am imagining you spritzing the block with water while the paint drips on to the paper. I think I would end up wearing most of it with this method. Clever idea with the tags and stamps too. I think I’ll have to have a go at splattering.
    What a marvellous box of presents and I am highly amused that you want to play with the tissue paper. I always keep any tissue paper that arrives and patterned is especially welcome.
    Splattering and tissue paper – there’s a challenge.
    Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting Orange E. It’s always good to see you there.

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    • Thanks so much Sheila! Yes that’s exactly how it worked, I did do this at arms length so am didnt get covered with the drips and made sure my craft area was well covered too …lol 😀. Happy weekend! Hugs, Jo x


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