Inspired by Eileen

I’m so pleased to be able to join Art Journal Journey one last time this month, where the theme is Inspired By in honour of Eileen from The Artful Crafter’s Blog who picked the theme and was supposed to be host. It’s heart breaking that she passed away last month shortly after her heart surgery; she is greatly missed and I’d like to say a big thank you to the AJJ team for allowing us to remember her throughout the month by joining this challenge.

I thought that it was fitting that my page was inspired by Eileen and her kindness, she was truly a lovely person!

Eileen and myself always enjoyed discussing products and techniques together, and she loved the Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint that I used on my pages so much so that she bought some for herself, so in her memory I used this paint to cover the background on my page. I also applied some white gesso to the background and when dry, I added some honeycomb patterns using a stencil from Creative Expressions and Antique Linen Distress Ink. Then I stamped the page using a Butterfly Post stamp from Stampendous and some Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink. The painted paper pieces and the hydrangea image were kindly gifted to me by Eileen as part of some happy T Day mail that she sent to me. The butterflies and wording were stickers from Kaisercraft and finished the page; the wording reads “The language of  friendship is not words but meanings” by Henry David Thoreau, “memories” and “blessed”.

Here are the goodies, including the ones I used on this page, that Eileen kindly sent to me. She was such an inspiration and I miss her support, encouragement, camaraderie and friendship very much!

Hope 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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Honeycomb)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen)
  • Stampendous! Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp (Butterfly Post)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Happy Mail from Eileen – Painted paper pieces and hydrangea image
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)

As well as Art Journal Journey, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #142 – Anything Goes with my page.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and their Add A Quote challenge with the friendship quote by Henry David Thoreau that I added to my page.

LTSCB#144 – Spring Forward over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog as the blues and yellows with the blossom remind me of spring.

Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my memory page.

16 thoughts on “Inspired by Eileen

  1. You have made a really beautiful and meaningful page to honour Eileen. She was really a great crafter and we all miss her very much. Great to see the things she sent you, too. Thanks for this wonderful page inspired by Eileen, and that you have linked to AJJ. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Eileen was lovely, wasn’t she? She was so willing to share so many things. I get sad thinking that she won’t ever have an AJJ month again. But I think she would be happy with this month’s inspiration. Your page is beautiful Jo and I love how you used some pieces you received from Eileen. They make this page very special. Thanks for joining us at AJJ. And happy end of April. Hugs-Erika

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  3. This is a truly loving dedication to an artistic friend. I did not know Eileen, but all through the month I’ve read all the wonderful things everyone who did know her had to say. I think I’m going need some Parchment acrylic paint myself now. It makes a beautiful neutral background. A beautiful memorial page, Jo.

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  4. What a loving tribute to Eileen, dear Jo. You have truly given her a great send off. I can tell how much she influenced you, both in your product choices and the bits she sent you one year. I love what you created and how she touched you and all of us at Art Journal Journey. Thank you beyond belief for this incredible journal page you shared with us honoring Eileen.

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  5. Wonderful work and tribute to Eileen. Yes, hard to believe she is gone. She did so much sport, was so fit, how could that happen. Sad and scary. Glad she is remembered and honored so vividly.

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  6. What a fabulous tribute to Eileen! Eileen was a lovely friend and such an influence on many people. She will be missed. Thank you for your lovely entries at AJJ this month. Hugs, Chrisx

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