Invisible crown

“Always wear your invisible crown” is such a powerful message; to me it means to maintain self confidence, believe in yourself and be aware of your own self worth. I also like the idea of wearing an invisible crown (grin!) … a symbolic meaning of strength, courage, and respect.

I included this wording on today’s grungy page with some other related positive affirmations – I hope you like it!

I started by covering the page with strips of decoupage papers using a glue stick and Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I applied some Pébéo white gesso and Bright Aqua Green Liquitex acrylic paint over the top using a brayer. When dry, I stencilled some Picked Raspberry Distress Ink onto the page using a Shabby Harlequin stencil from Creative Expressions. I used black Archival Ink to stamp the birds and keys using a Craft Sensations stamp set and the birdcages, crowns and “always wear your invisible crown” wording using a Kaisercraft stamp set. Then I splattered the whole page with black DecoArt and white acrylic paint. The words, filigree diamond shapes and pink flowers were stickers from Kaisercraft which I edged using a black Faber-Castell marker before sticking them in place. To finish, I added a black oval frame to emphasis the central stamped wording.

With summer on its way, I’ve been making raspberry gin again and as T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my gin (and Sprite) with the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

If you are interested, here’s the recipe:

  • 400 g (14oz) Raspberries – or any fruit of your choice, maybe pineapple, blueberry, peach, strawberry, rhubarb
  • 300g (10oz) Granulated Sugar – you can vary this depending on your taste
  • 750 mll (25 US fl oz) Gin – a cheap brand such as supermarket own brand as these are not too flavoured

Add them all to a Kilner Jar (or similar). You need to ensure the sugar dissolves so make sure you shake the jar throughout the first day, it dissolves pretty quickly. Then put it in a dark place for 4 weeks, I tend to shake the jar every other day to muddle the fruit. It’s tempting to eat the fruit afterwards, perhaps on ice-cream, however, I tried it and it was far too potent! So I ended up forcing it through a sieve to add more flavour to the gin. One last tip – don’t be tempted to do half a recipe like I did as when you start drinking it you’ll find it goes pretty fast (grin!).

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 the materials that were used to create this art journal page:

  • Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Bright Aqua Green)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Shabby Harlequin)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/19A)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Oh So Lovely CS2111)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Arcylic (Black)
  • Art Discount Acrylic Paint (White)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fly Free SS289)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Black 199)
  • The Works (Frame Stickers)

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 empowering meaning behind the quote I added to my page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #144 – Anything Goes with my art journal page.

LTSCB#145 – Anything Goes over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my empowering Invisible Crown page.

Stecnil It challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the stencilling on my page.

Don’t forget that you still have another week to join our Make it Feminine challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too!

29 thoughts on “Invisible crown

  1. Well, my name translated to English is Emperor, LOL (Kaiser).
    I like the idea of carrying strength, courage, and respect a lot. The first two I need to gain, though.
    I like your work a lot. I´ll sure keep my head up!

    Raspberry gin – now that sounds interesting! No idea about gin though! I´ll ask Hubby.

    Have a happy T-day, cheers 🙂 x

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  2. Hi Jo, I love your beautiful journal page and the quote is very inspiring indeed. My great auntie always told us to walk like we were wearing a crown, too! Love the look of your raspberry gin, enjoy! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  3. I haven’t heard that phrase before, but I like it. I think I need to remember that. I even wrote it down so I would. Your page to illustrate it is beautiful. And the stickers are so true. I needed that reminder this morning as I read this and feel like I have all these things that must be done, and of course they don’t have to be done this moment. I like the sounds of your raspberry gin too. Yummy. Perfect for summer. And nice tip about making a half bottle, smile. Thanks for sharing your page with us at AJJ. Always appreciated. And Happy T day too Jo. Hope you have a good week. Hugs-Erika

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  4. I love your quote too and your journal page inspired by it.
    Your gin drink looks delicious thank you for the recipe and happy 5 years of blogging Enjoy your day and happy T hugs Kathy

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  5. Beautiful page. I just put gin on the shopping list. I guess I should add frozen raspberries. If I forget the fruit I can always make a martini. In which case I should buy the good stuffl. Decisions, decisions, LOL!

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  6. I kept trying to figure out how you got the colors on only part of the strips. Still not sure if its from the brayer, or not. However, your journal page is gorgeous, as always. I’ve never heard the crown saying before, but I sure like it. And of course, I really, really like the stamping, the other quotes, and the stencil you chose. Thanks for another wonderful journal page using Elle’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

    I’ve never tasted gin, and not sure I’ve ever seen it. I know it seems to be a British thing (G & T). This certainly looks wonderful and it was great you gave us the recipe, too. I LOVE that goblet you used. Thanks so much for sharing this with us for T this Tuesday, dear friend.

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    • The different colour strips are partly due to the three different coloured and patterned decoupage papers that I added to the background and also the brayered paint/gesso 😀. Glad you like it and wishing you a very Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x


  7. The gin sounds fabulous – I may have to try this! Love your art journal page – so much to look at and some lovely colors and words. We definitely all need to wear our invisible crowns – love the concept. Happy T-day, Jo. Hugz

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  8. I am familiar with that phrase about wearing your crown. It is popular in Christian circles too. God (King of Kings, Lord of Lords) is our father, so we are wearing invisible crowns too. It’s good to remember. A good motto!
    I love your raspberry gin, and thanks for the recipe. I have copied it and put gin on my shopping list. Lidl’s own will do just fine.
    Belated happy T-Day,

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  9. Fabulous page Jo! I agree that an invisible crown would come in very handy sometimes just to give an extra boost to the confidence. Your raspberry gin is such a lovely colour. Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

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  10. Thanks for the recipe. Btw – I have some Industrial Strength Gin made in Burnley – think it is called Batch Gin. Anyway. it is 77% proof (bought at Booths) and although I have had it for ages I did not try it until the other week. It is a beautiful gin but a bit expensive to add flavouring to (I did have it with tonic). Now my favourite gin – if you get the chance to try it do please.
    Love your page and I love the quote – that would be a great thing to say to someone going for an interview to give them courage and strength and dispel the nerves. I love the colours you used, the Aqua looks fab with the pink and I am a fan of stencils using diamonds so it was a real winner for me.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  11. What a fun page! I love the colors from the torn paper, softly muted by the gesso to serve as your background. What a great phrase–one that I need to remember more often! That gin looks fabulous; I’m so impressed you make your own! You are a girl of many, many talents!


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