Enjoy the beauty of becoming

It’s a new month so we are launching our May challenge today over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

All you need to do is to use three different mediums on your projects to join our mixed media challenge; I hope you are inspired to join us, it would be lovely to see you there!

I had fun recycling some corrugated packaging and lace as part of my mixed media design, and as the page emerged I thought that the wording seemed very appropriate too (grin!).  

I started by ripping pieces of corrugated card which I recycled from some packaging and sticking them onto the page with some strips of lace using Liquitex matte gel medium.

Then I covered the whole page with Pébéo white gesso and left it to dry. Next I added some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and Bluebird Wendy Vecchi Blendable Dye Ink to the page; I did this by adding drops of ink from re-inker bottles and then spritzing with water, gradually building up the layers of colour. When dry, I applied Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and Prickly Pear Wendy Vecchi Blendable Dye Ink using the same technique but this time to the bottom part of the page. I left the page to dry overnight and then I stamped a Marble stamp from Kasiercraft over the whole page using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. The flowers were from a Tim Holtz Botanical Layers pack and I used a Finnabair Sentiments sticker book for the wording which read “create”, “Enjoy the beauty of becoming” and “bloom”.

For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too.

The flowers on my page reminded me of these Bellis Perennis which are also known as English Daisies. They have pompom blooms that flower from February to May and are very popular as an alternative to traditional spring bedding plants.

They look so beautiful filling the flower beds in the gardens by the seafront where we live.

I hope 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:

  • Recycled corrugated card packaging
  • Recycled lace
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Hickory Smoke)
  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Bendable Dye Inks (Bluebird, Prickly Pear)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Marble CS293)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Layers (Botanical #TH93554)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Finnabair Sticker Book (Sentiments #964849)

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

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted by the lovely Elle from Empire of the Cat this month and her Language theme with the wording I added to my page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #143 – Anything Goes with my recycled page.

LTSCB#57 – May Anything Goes over at the Love to Craft Challenge Blog with my mixed media recycled page.

Feminine challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and also at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the lace and flower design.

MIUCB#49 – Anything Goes + Layering over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog with all the layering techniques that I used to create this page – recycled packaging and lace, gesso and inks with the stamping.

24 thoughts on “Enjoy the beauty of becoming

  1. Beautiful page, corrugated card is always wonderful to work with. Nice words, too. And a lovely photo of the sea front with the beautiful flowerbeds. Thanks, too, for joining us at AJJ, much appreciated! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  2. I enjoyed watching your creation become a beautiful page. The English daisies make me think of buttons. The flower bed looks like someone spilled the button box. So pretty!

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  3. You are on a roll Jo. I love your daisy page and those wonderful sentiments. The best part for me is the wonderful texture you created. It’s a beauty. And I don’t know these English Daisies, but what great plants. I like how they bloom early in the year. We don’t (that I know of) have anything like that here, and I wish we would. Thanks for sharing this page with us at AJJ also. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Isn’t recycled corrugated cardboard the best? I love how you paired it with lace. If two materials were more totally different, it would be those two, texture wise. I also like the colors you chose. I’m not familiar with English Daises, but these are gorgeous.Thank you for yet another great entry using Elle’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

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  5. Jo, your art journal page is stunning. Love the background and all of the details of your page. Have a creative week dear friend and stay safe. Hugs Judy

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  6. WOW!!! I plain LOVE this!
    You´re so creative!
    If I ever see such a carton I´ll try this for sure – sadly we don´t get this anymore… Darn. Years ago I threw so many to the paper-bin!
    Material, colors, words, it´s perfect!
    I´ll try to “fake” gesso today, let´s see how that goes – can´t buy anything “atm”.

    Wow. Hope you frame (or not but) hang it on th ewall or such!

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  7. This is such a beautiful page Jo!! Also serene and peaceful.
    I love all the texture, the quote and these flowers blooming… Great to see also the lovely daisies that you have all around! And you’re lucky to live at seaside!!! 😀
    Happy Sunday, hugs Coco xx

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  8. Love the texture of the cardboard, your many layers, and the fact that your process/page construction underscores your words (in many ways). Lovely! The flowers are beautiful too (on your page and your pictures). Pretty art, Jo. Hugz

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  9. I love the TH flowers that you used and yes, they do look like those English Daisies although I had no idea that was the name of that flower. I enjoy playing around with corrugated card although I don’t do it as often these days as I used to, thanks for reminding me, maybe my next piece will contain some. I can imagine how this piece must look in real life with all the texture beneath the ink and other mediums, it certainly needed nothing other than those flowers. A Lovely piece of artwork.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  10. First off, apologies for not visiting for what seems to be an eternity. So much going on, but wanted to take a stolen chunk of time to see what you’ve been up to. Probably can only comment on one or two, but having a look back to see where I’ve left off. This is a gorgeous page filled with delicious texture and lovely soft coloring! You always amaze me, not only with your creativity, but your ability to create so much! Have a great weekend and thank you for all your visits to my blog–sooo appreciated!


  11. So sorry i’m late Jo, i’ve been away taking care of my MIL since her return from hospital.
    Love this page with it’s lace and recycled pieces, the beliss are little beauties, I have the very same pinks in my garden loving all the rain we are getting right now.
    Hope you are keeping well?? I’m not sure if i’m coming or going right now.. :/
    Take care HUgs TRacey xx


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