Oh, what a beautiful day

Inspired by the warm, sunny days we’ve been enjoying lately, I created this sunshiny page to say “Oh, what a beautiful day!”

This page was created in my mini chipboard art journal using some leftovers, recycling and lots of washi tapes which I don’t seem to use that often.

I started by covering the background with pieces of blue and green washi tapes to create the blue sunshiny sky and green grassy foreground. When it was completely covered, I applied a thin layer of Liquitex matte gel medium to hold all the washi tapes in place and left it to dry.

To mute the background colours, I applied some white gesso over the top using a brayer and when dry, I differentiated between the sky and foreground using a black Faber-Castell marker which I smudged with my finger. Next I drew and cut the flower pieces from some sheet music and stuck them into place, like all the paper elements, using Liquitex matte gel medium. The centre of the flower was created using a couple of beads which were recycled from an old necklace and stuck in place using Ranger Glossy Accents. The hearts were leftovers; they were created using a Falling Hearts Thinlits set from Tim Holtz and some cardstock that was coloured using Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. The wording was a sticker from Kaisercraft and all the paper elements were outlined using a black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I stamped the circles using some recycled cardboard tubes and white DecoArt acrylic paint.

I’m really enjoying creating these smaller journal pages and I love that these chipboard pages are made from recycled paper too. The chipboard makes the pages very sturdy so they stand up beautifully making them easy to display. As T Stands for Tuesday, here’s my drink of cranberry juice mixed with water that I enjoyed whilst crafting – Happy T Day everyone!  

Hoping that you’re all staying safe and well!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

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

  • Docrafts Papermania Bare Basics  Chipboard Album (Square 15x15cm)
  • Assorted blue and green washi tapes
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo white gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Black 199)
  • Sheet Music
  • Recycled old necklace
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Leftover hearts (Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Set – Falling Hearts 664415, White cardstock, Distress Ink – Fired Brick, Picked Raspberry)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Golden Grove SS343)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint (White)
  • Recycled cardboard tubes

I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today, they are:

The lovely Sheila’s Single Flower challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the single flower that I created for my mini page (15x15cm).

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #140 – Anything Goes with my mini art journal page.

LTSCB #143 – Anything Goes challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with my washi tape stamped page.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and their Whatever the Weather challenge with my beautiful day page.

29 thoughts on “Oh, what a beautiful day

  1. That’s a sunny day page for sure Jo. I love the big flower, and using the tape to make the background is a smart idea. It looks great. I haven’t had cranberry juice for awhile, but now I would like a glass. It looks good. Hope life is going well and you are getting lots of beautiful days. Have a great T day too. hugs-Erika

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  2. You have a LOT of washi tapes. I love what you did with yours. I’m impressed with all the ways you tore yours. They look so natural. I also like how you delineated the sky from the ground. But that FLOWER is truly unusual and wonderful. I can’t believe you drew that from scratch. It is wonderful. It’s also perfect for Sheila’s theme at Art Journal Journey. Your use of recycled materials makes me happy, too.

    Your cranberry drink sounds perfect. I remember one year I had what the doctor thought was a kidney infection and he asked me to drink cranberry juice six times a day. It was so strong, I would have liked to add a bit a water, which seems to be perfect for you and your drink for T this Tuesday. Thanks for sharing it and your little chipboard journal with us for T this Tuesday.

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  3. Love the pattern you created with the washi tapes Jo- definitely a warm and sunny page! The cranberry juice makes a nice contrast pop of color next to your book. Happy T day!

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  4. What a beautiful day, indeed. Great to see your blue and green washi tapes and I know what you mean about not using them and when I do use one I only use a small piece. You were lavish with yours and it does make a lovely unusual and bright background. That is another interesting way to make a flower with the music and it looks terrific against the patterned background.
    This is a marvellous piece for the theme, Jo, thank you so much.
    It made my heart happy when I saw it first thing this morning (earlier!).

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  5. Jo your page is so bright and cheerful, great idea to use the washi tapes, I have resisted the urge to buy them as I know I would be stuck with them just like the rolls of ribbon I have. I like cranberry juice and always put water in as I don’t like it too strong.
    Happy T Day
    Jan S

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  6. Wow Jo! Your page certainly does look beautiful! I have seen quite a few backgrounds being made lately with washi tape and hope to give it a go myself sometime soon! Love the thought of cranberry juice while crafting – I’m so clumsy I keep drinks away from my craft desk!
    Happy T Day, Chrisx

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  7. I first admired the background on the page then was surprised when I scrolled down and learned that it was made with Washi tape bits. So clever of you. And the flower stands out so well and sings of Spring. Your page truly shows a beautiful Spring day the brings joy. The two pages are complimentary of each other. I love them both.

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  8. Love your happy page! It’s spring, and thus very dreary and rainy here in Northern Kentucky, USA. That said, the world is going from brown to green, with the yellow forsythia brightening the landscape. Soon there will be crocus and hyacinth’s to enjoy. Have a great week!

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  9. Great use of the washi tape Jo, it’s one of those tools that even if used every day it never seems to go, tis like the magic porridge pot hee hee.. Your big bold flower is a real ode to Spring making a beautiful day even brighter. Pretty journal page Jo and Thank you for sharing @ PBS Challenge.
    Wishing you a very happy & creative weekend Hugs Tracey xx

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  10. Love your washi tape project! Wish I had pretty Washi. I have a drawer of it, and it just never seems to be the right color, or pretty enough. LOL Happy belated T Day. I just can’t seem to get around in a timely fashion. So Sorry.

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  11. Another lovely page Jo. I do like the idea of covering the page with Washi tape and only this morning watched someone do just that on Hochanda. She too put a layer of something on top so that she could stamp over it.
    Love the way you chose to do blue and green and I do like the flower made up from sheet music. It’s like a big daisy and I do have a bit of a thing for daisies. Looks so good stood up with the other page too. Good idea to use a chipboard album.
    Take care and stay happy.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  12. This is such a beautiful journal, Jo! So many beautiful washi tapes. How clever to use them to the background. Thanks for sharing your card at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

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