This time of year I always find myself thinking of friends both past and present, so my page today is inspired by friendships and the hope that “may your heart be filled with joy”!

I started by painting the background with purple and white acrylic paint and when dry I added some white gesso over the top using a brayer. Then I sprayed some White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray over the page and left it to dry. Next I added the two flower stickers which were from a Romance of Flowers Stickeroos sheet by Penny Black and then I layered some of the remanents stickers from the same sheet with some border stickers from Kaisercraft. The wording was from another Kaisercraft sticker sheet and I added some gold foil butterflies and gold border outline stickers. To finish, I splattered some black DecoArt acrylic paint over the page.

The background colour of my page reminded me of our Streptocarpus which was gifted to us by a dear friend (thank you so much); this plant has been flowering since April and doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon (grin!)

I hope you are 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 Basics Acrylic (Dioxazine Purple)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray (White Linen)
  • Penny Black Stickeroos (Romance of Flowers 10-209)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Bombay Sunset SS339, Christmas Edition SS346)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Straight Line Borders Gold, Butterflies Gold)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)

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 in the fun with my page detailing the hazy purple of summer sunsets and the flowers and butterflies that could be found in the countryside.

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

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Lazy Days of Summer challenge with the summery purple sunset colour, flowers and butterflies.

LTCCB #60 – July Anything Goes over at Love to Craft Challenge Blog with my summery page.

19 thoughts on “Hope

  1. I love the purple with the tan. Your page is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to friendship. Flowers are always the perfect subject. And wow, I can’t believe your plant is still blooming. That’s a long period, but what am inspiration. I can see why you made you page with purple. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs Erika

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  2. Gorgeous page, Jo, love the colours. We all need hope, that is so true, especially in these difficult times. Love the flowers, too. And thanks for joining us again at AJJ, much appreciated! Have a great weekend, take care, hugs, Valerie

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  3. A perfect sentiment for your beautiful page. One just cannot help but feel joy looking at it. The color is so soothing and the stickers are beauties. All so peaceful looking with the butterflies floating around. That is a gorgeous flowering plant. And to be able to enjoy the blooms for such a long time is definitely JOY!

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  4. There’s a real calmness in this piece Jo, a beautiful message too, we all need to keep our loved ones and friends within our thoughts and hearts, it’s what’s kept us all going over the past year and a half. Beautiful colours with a vintage touch, those flower stickers are so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing again @ PBS x
    Wishing you sunshine a plenty this weekend Hugs Tracey xx
    Take care x

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  5. The first thing that struck me was how neat and orderly your splatters were. Not excessive and didn’t distract from the overall beauty of the page, but was just enough to show. Your color combination was beautiful and soothing. Much like the countryside atmosphere you were going for. This is a study in beauty and calm. I am so glad you chose to also share it with us at Art Journal Journey, too. Those lovely flowers growing in your garden are truly inspiring. Amazing how long they have bloomed.

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  6. A beautiful and inspirational page Jo. You used lovely soft colours and delightful images to create the calm that shows on this page.
    Thank you for linking up with the current AJJ theme.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. What a beautiful page you have for us this week. I love the light fawn against the lilac background. I am sure your plant (cannot remember what it is) has served to inspire you to use the colours you chose. What a marvellous plant it is to flower so long.
    Hugs,`neet xx

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  8. Such a gentle pretty page, filled with thoughts of loved ones. Those delightful wildflowers are lovely focal points for the butterflies to flutter between. Thanks so much for joining us in the Summer Countryside at Art Journal Journey.
    Alison x

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