Love, Peace, Joy

To join in the fun over at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags I made a tag and then decided to create an art journal page using the tag, as its colours matched my brand new Winter Holidays TriBlend Spectrum Noir marker set perfectly – I hope you like it!

I’d also like to say a special thank you to lovely Tracey from Hotchpotchcreations for her insight into alcohol markers which helped me decide on these TriBlend markers that I used for the first time on this page – such fun!

For the tag, I started by cutting a piece of Kraft cardstock using the largest tag design from the Framelits Tag Collection from Tim Holtz. I covered it with white gesso and when dry, I edged the tag using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Then I splattered it with white gesso to give a snowy effect and added grungy dots using a Spritz & Speckles stamp set from Paperbabe Stamps and some Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. The “love, peace, joy” wording were stickers from Kaisercraft and the large snowflakes were cut out of two green-blue glitter papers and some corrugated silver cardstock using a Tonic Studios die cut set. They are layered together with some pretty pearl snowflake gems from Habico and to finish I tied a piece of recycled brown ribbon to the tag.

I’m pleased to be able to join the 25 Days of Christmas Tags with my tag which was inspired by Tracey McNeely’s snowflake tag posted on Day 11 of the challenge.

For my journal page, I started by stamping the bird onto the page using a Winter Woodland stamp set and some black Archival Ink. Then I coloured the bird and branch image using the TriBlend Spectrum Noir markers; the colours I used were Green Turquoise Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Earth Brown Blend and Alpine Green Blend. I created a template to cover the bird and branches so I could stamp the background with the “joy” wording using Hickory Smoke and Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. Then I applied some white gesso to the stamped wording to push it into the background more. I created some 3D snow on the branches using some Fluffy Puffy Stuff from Inkylicious which is always fun to use as you heat it using a heat gun so it became fluffy and puffy (grin!). I stuck the tag in place and then I cut some little snowflakes from the glitter paper using a Thinlits set from Tim Holtz and layered them together with some of the pearl snowflake gems which finished the page.

I treated myself to these TriBlend pens recently after some discussions with Tracey and they are great to use although I still have a lot to master when applying and blending them. As this was new to me I started off small, creating this snowy bird scene which was a great learning experience. I’m looking forward to using them again soon – thanks again Tracey for all your help and insight, you’re a star!

Hoping that you’re 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.

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

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Paperbabe Stamps Stamp Set (Spritz & Speckles)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke)
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • Poundland (Glitter Paper)
  • Wilkos (Corrugated Cardstock – Silver)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Habico Signature Collection (PP1100  – Pearl Snowflakes)
  • Recycled brown ribbon
  • Creative Stamping Magazine Issue: 62 (Sheena by Sheena Douglass – Winter Wonderland Stamp Set)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Noir TriBlend (Green Turquoise Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Earth Brown Blend, Alpine Green Blend)
  • Great Impressions Wood-mounted Stamp (Joy Background J87)
  • Inkylicious (Fluffy Puffy Stuff)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits (Paper Snowflakes 661599)

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, as I always enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration 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 Wendy K over at Art Journal Journey and her Birds challenge this month with the bird that I included on this page.

I’m so happy to be able to join the #132 – Frosty Feels or Cool Tones challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my frosty snowflake scene.

I’m pleased to join the Merry Little Christmas Challenge and their MLCCB #28 – November Anything Christmas Goes with my Christmas season page.

I’m also joining in the fun at Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge and their Happy Holidays challenge with my Love, Peace, Joy tag and page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything But A Card challenge with my tag and page.

I’m also joining the Challenge # 118 – Gold or Silver or Glitter over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge with the silver and glitter papers that I used.

I’m also pleased to join Challenge #83 – Anything Christmas Goes over at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge with my Love, Peace, Joy art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the Christmas challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

32 thoughts on “Love, Peace, Joy

  1. I haven’t a lot of blending with markers either, but a bit. It is always fun to play with new supplies and learn new things though, isn’t it? This is a great tag and also a wonderful page you attached it to Jo. I love that beautiful bird you added. The blue is so pretty. Thanks for linking up to Wendy’s challenge at AJJ. Have a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Lovely colours, a real blast of icy wind in the air…
    Do report on the Tri Blends, I would like more alcohol markers but I didn’t like the (original) Spectrum Noir and have come to the conclusion that nothing beats Copics which is a considered investment!

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  3. My new … well since a while already “new” fav color!
    Though to me it´s more like hot summer in Santorini, where we were ages and ages ago…
    Oh, my I really need to stop coming here (NOT)! – You tell me of so many great tools!

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  4. Such a pretty page which has taken me back to my childhood. I once had a brown coat and when money was scarce I was bought a lovely turquoise scarf and brown beret to go with it. I loved that colour combination then and still do. Your page took me back all those years – thank you for the memory and for a lovely page.
    I like how you built the background up with the word `’joy“ and then added that lovely tag and the tiny bird opposite who sits on a pretty snowy branch.
    A lovely journal page Jo.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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    • Thanks so much! Tracey gave me lots of options for markers not just these, Copics seemed the best but they are a big investment and I wasn’t sure how much I’d use them. Also I wasn’t experienced in blending colours so the TriBlend seemed perfect for me as they do all the colour matching for you having 3 tones of colour that blend together in one pen – yay! They have their down sides too as they dry out quicker as with 3 colours in one pen each barrel is smaller, so it depends on how you plan to use them. Glad you found the paint information useful! Have a lovely week! Hugs, Jo x


  5. This is really lovely Jo, looks like you are having fun playing with your choice of markers, great addition to the mixed media stash. Love the bird and those snowflakes, isn’t it wonderful when one idea sparks another beautiful work. Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S and thank you for sharing @ Paperbabe stamps, fits in perfectly xx

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