Grateful Heart

I had fun creating some texture on my art journal page using stamping, doodles, buttons, paints and decorative tape so I’m joining the Texture challenge that I’m guest hosting this month over at Art Journal Journey; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by covering the page with Swedish Blue Liquitex and white acrylic paints using a baby wipe. When dry I stamped London Fog Memento Ink using a 4-point star background stamp and a Serpentine background stamp from Art Impressions. I also stamped black Archival Ink using a Script stamp from Kaisercraft and a homemade grid stamp which I created by sticking drywall/plasterboard tape onto a block of wood. I then stamped the edges of the page with circles using tubes/lids on my craft desk and some white acrylic paint. The two lovebirds on the branch are stamped using Onyx Black Versafine Ink.

I had fun doodling the lines cascading down the page and the large heart using a white Uniball gel pen and black Uni Pin marker and then used lots of recycled buttons to add further texture using Ranger Glossy Accents to stick them in place. The cream, blue and lilac hearts were cut from some adhesive-backed papers using a couple of paper punches; the hearts were stuck in place, outlined and I also doodled around them. I added some black Decorative Border Tape to the edges of the page and emphasised the pattern and texture by applying some Coconut Faber-Castell Gelato. Next I applied some Coconut, Fig and Metallic Blueberry Faber-Castell Gelatos to the background scribbling them vertically onto the page and then smudging the colours with my finger.

I stamped another layer of the white paint circles over the top and then I splattered the page with both black and white acrylic paint. To finish, I added three Tim Holtz stickers which read “follow your heart”, “be in love with your life” and “start each day with a grateful heart”.     

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a cup on green tea in a pretty mug that matches my page with its blue colour, heart design and gingham texture (grin!). Wishing you all a very Happy T day!

I hope that you are 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 joining in the Oodles Of Doodles challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge it was fun adding lots of doodles as part of my design.

I’m pleased to join the Stamp It! challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with all the stamping on my page.

I’m so happy to join the Birds challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the pretty lovebirds on my page.

I’m also pleased to join the #127 – Picture Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the Classic Blue hearts and buttons on my page.

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

  • Liquitex Acrylic Color (Swedish Blue)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (London Fog)
  • Art Impressions (4-Point Star Background G2963, Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Script CS752)
  • Homemade wood mounted drywall/plasterboard tape stamp
  • Circular tube and lid
  • Dovecraft Clear Stamp ( DCCS014 – Birds)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm, 0.5mm)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch Accent (Classic Heart 858E, Hearts Sider 830E)
  • Adhesive-backed Paper (Cream, Blue, Lilac)
  • Recycled assorted buttons
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Poundland (Decorative Border Tape – Black)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Coconut, Fig, Metallic Blueberry)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)

26 thoughts on “Grateful Heart

  1. Jo, I love that your page matches your fun coffee cup. We do need to have more grateful hearts – it would make life so much better. The blue, fun bg details, doodling, and buttons are just so wonderfully done!!! So much to look at and see and some great texture!!! Fun page.

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  2. This is a fun way to finally use the recycled buttons… I usually fail to remember to use them and they have a habit of multiplying themselves when I am not looking!!! Great page, Jo, hope you have a good week. x

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  3. What an incredible journal page, Jo. The use of the drywall tape to create texture is wonderful. I was impressed that instead of using it on your page, you used it as a texture stamp on a wooden block. Your doodles were great, too, but your heart filled with buttons is simply the scene stealer. It’s amazing. Thanks for another inspiring example of your theme at Art Journal Journey.

    I also really adore the cute mug that matches your journal page. That gingham heart is adorable. I’m sure your green tea tastes even better from it. Thanks for sharing it and your matching journal page with us for T this Tuesday, dear.

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  4. Very nice texture Jo. I have been trying to think of different textures but hadn’t thought of buttons. Nice idea. Hearts are a fav and so this page is great! And nice mug too. You always find great things to be inspired by. Hope it’s a happy t day so far. Enjoy. Hugs Erika

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  5. such a pretty page Jo and I love all the buttons sprinkled about. With names like Fig, Blueberry, and Coconut I almost want to take a bite out of those gelatos;) Love how nicely your cup matches your art today. Happy T day!

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  6. Love how you picked out some of the button colours and painted your hearts in the same, a great match Jo. The skim works fab as a stamp, have you tried it as a stencil?? I have a garage full of it as Hubby was a plasterer. Another pretty journal creation and very happy to see you have shared it with us over @ Paperbabe Stamps. Hugs Tracey xx

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  7. You always use the most beautiful colours in your work and this is such a pretty blue.
    I love the squiggly lines from which the hearts are dangling and the idea of filling the heart with buttons is brilliant. Talk about texture!
    Must add that the two birds in silhouette add the final pop to this page – a lovely journal page.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  8. Another gorgeous entry in our Birds challenge! I love the summer sky blue and those white painty rings remind me of white puffy clouds in the sky! Once again, I’m tickled pink you played along with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog! It’s always a delight to see your artwork!

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