Be happy, be you

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

I always love to use mixed media to create my art journal pages and this month’s celebrates summer.

I started by sticking the orchid flower napkin pieces onto the page using a glue stick. Then I coloured the remaining white areas of the page using some Gold, Light Green and Hooker’s Green Liquitex acrylic paint. When dry, I used a Flutter stamp from Kaisercraft to add the trellis pattern using Cottage Ivy and Pistachio Memento Inks and also black Archival Ink. I outlined and defined the flowers using a black fine line marker and I added the two dragonflies which were rub on transfers. I applied some Glistening Gold Lustre Polish by Cosmic Shimmer around the edges of the napkin which added some lovely texture and sparkle. Finally, I splattered the page with some black and also some white acrylic paint using a paintbrush. Then I added the wording which are stickers from Kaisercraft; they read “be happy”, “be you” and “celebrate the little things”.

All you need to do is to use three different mediums on your projects to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge. For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too. I hope you are inspired to join us; it would be lovely to see you there!

This page reminded me of these amazing orchids that we saw hanging in a garden centre some time ago; so beautiful (grin!).

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:

  • Orchid Napkin
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Basic Acrylic Color (Gold, Light Green, Hooker’s Green Hue Permanent)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Flutter CS853)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cotage Ivy, Pistachio)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-On Transfers (ROY1643G)
  • Cosmic Shimmer Lustre Polish (Glistening Gold)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Say Aloha SS281)

As well as Creative Artiste, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted this month by the lovely Alison from Words & Pictures; she has chosen Summer Countryside as her theme so I’m joining with my summer inspired page and the green and gold colours and pretty dragonflies that you find in the countryside.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #147 – Anything Goes with my mini art journal page.

LTSCB #147 – Anything Goes over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my summer inspired mixed media page which includes stamping.

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


25 thoughts on “Be happy, be you

  1. A,lovely page in your journal, and yes, I can see how you were inspired by your photo from the garden centre. How lucky to find that napkin to use on a journal spread. I like how you used the green and the gold paint and the trellis effect is perfect for the page.
    This is a happy page and makes me feel just that – happy.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  2. Your love of mixed media shows strong and bright in this beautiful journal page. It is brilliantly constructed and presented. The orchids being your inspiration really showed in this beautiful journal page. Thank you for a great first entry at Art Journal Journey this month using Alison’s theme.

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  3. A gorgeous mixed media page Jo , I love the pretty napkin flowers you used and the photos that gave you the inspiration. Thank you for linking up with the new theme over at AJJ.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. This is gorgeous Jo. I love the napkin details. And you turned this background into one continuous beautiful paper. This feels like a beautiful summer garden. Thanks for sharing with us at AJJ. And thanks for having me as a guest host at Creative Artiste Mixed this month too. It’s exciting. HAve a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  5. I’m happy to see this post. I was not familiar with the challenge blog. But it fits with many of my art pieces that don’t fit anywhere else. I look forward to joining in. Your journal page is a beauty! The background is fantastic for showcasing the orchids. The page makes me feel like I could be in a butterfly (dragonfly) garden. I have no luck growing orchids but I so love them and enjoy seeing their beauty by those who can grow them.

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  6. A beautiful journal spread Jo. The orchids look amazing and the gorgeous colourway is so eye catching. The pretty dragonflies, background trellis and gold touches are lovely details xx

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  7. Really pretty napkins Jo and such a clever way to blend them all together to create a scene of beauty indeed. Love that dragonfly stamp, fills in the spaces around those blooms perfectly.
    Beautiful page Jo.
    Take care of yourself, I hope July is a happy one Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Those Orchids look amazing.. i’m awful with house plants :/

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  8. What a beautiful page Jo! We were watching dragonflies the other week – too fast to take any photos. Those orchids looks fabulous – they used to like the atmosphere in our old house but not here in our apartment! Thanks for sharing at AJJ! Hugs, Chrisx

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