Soar

Over at Try it on Tuesday our new challenge for the next two weeks is Feathered Friends.

For this challenge, I had fun using my new Scribbly Birds in Flight stamp set by Dina Wakley. My three birds are soaring high in the sky looking down on the lush green countryside filled with pretty flowers.

To start, I stamped the three birds in flight using a stamp set by Dina Wakley and black Archival Ink. Then I painted the sky around the birds using Ultramarine Pale watercolour paints; I also used these Kuretake Watercolours to colour everything on my page except the birds. When dry, I painted the mountains and the countryside foreground using Sap Green, Dark Sap Green, Hooker’s Green and Burnt Sienna paint, blending and layering the colours together. The flowers were created using a Flower Field Thinlits set by Tim Holtz and were die cut from some mixed media paper. I coloured them using the Sap Green Light, Dark Sap and Hooker’s Green paint and when they had dried, I painted the flowers using Cadmium Scarlet, Lemon Yellow, Rose Madder, Colbalt Violet, Red, Ultramarine paint; they were stuck into place using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium.

For the birds, I wanted to try a new technique using clear gesso and marker pens so I covered the birds with a layer of clear gesso and left it to dry. This allowed me to smudge and blend the marker inks by applying the marker colour over the gesso and then smudging it with my finger; the markers were Tri-Blend Spectrum Noir and the colours were Burnt Orange Blend, Gold Brown Blend, Earth Brown Blend and Gold Yellow Blend. I finished the birds by adding eyes and more feather detail with a black Uni Pin Fine Line marker and a white Uniball gel pen. To finish, I added the quote which I stamped onto a Pocket Card by Tim Holtz using an alphabet stamp set from Dovecraft and Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. Once stamped, I cut out the wording to fit the page design and stuck them in place using double-sided tape. The quote I used is by William Blake and reads “No bird soars to high, if it soars with his own wings”.

I hope that you are inspired to join our Feathered Friends challenge too, for more amazing inspiration from our Guest Designer and my Design Teamies please pop over to Try it on Tuesday.

This page was inspired by the English countryside and reminded me of our walks in the Forest Of Bowland, which is an “area of outstanding natural beauty” located near to the Lake District.

On this particular walk, we passed through beautiful countryside and farmland, woodlands and lakes making our way to a summit called Nicky Nook.

From the summit there are spectacular views across Lancashire; our house is located somewhere on the left-hand side of this picture faraway in the distance by the sea (grin!).

As T Stands for T Day I’m sharing our refreshing iced water that we always enjoy on our walks – Happy T Day everyone!

Hoping 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:

  • Dina Wakley Media Cling Rubber Stamps (Scribbly Birds In Flight MDR47636)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint set (Ultramarine Pale No:61, Sap Green Light No:51, Sap Green No:53, Hooker’s Green No:52, Burnt Sienna No:46, Cadmium Scarlet No:31, Lemon Yellow No:40, Rose Madder No:34, Cobalt Violet No:139, Red No:32, Ultramarine No:64)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Dies (Flower Field 665369)
  • Daler-Rowney Mixed Media Paper
  • Pébéo Clear Gesso
  • Tri-Blend Spectrum Noir Markers (Burnt Orange Blend, Gold Brown Blend, Earth Borwn Blend, Gold Yellow Blend)
  • UniPin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Ground Espresso)
  • X-Press It! Double-sided tape
Challenges

As well as Try it on Tuesday, 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 her with my summery countryside page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #149 – Anything Goes with my summery art journal page.

LTCCB #60 – July Anything Goes over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my birds in flight summer page.

22 thoughts on “Soar

  1. Beautiful page, Jo, love those birds soring over the colourful flowers. Love the view from your walks, Lancashire has lots of beautiful places to visit, I enjoyed living there. Have a great day, take care, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Wow Jo. What a great page. I love your pretty background-nice painting! And those Dina W birds are a favorite of mine. I really like how you layered all those flower die cuts too. They make a great colorful border. Nice. And the Forest of Bowland looks like a beautiful place to walk. Thanks for sharing at AJJ also. This is perfect for Alison’s challenge. Happy T day too. Have a wonderful week. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Sadly I’ve never been to the Lake District, your photos remind me of our walks in Derbyshire and Yorkshire. Nothing better than ice cold water on a walk
    Lovely artwork, beautiful scenery and birds

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  4. what a really pretty page and scene Jo! I love how you brought the stamped birds to life.
    Your photo from the summit is spectacular- just gorgeous!!
    Happy T day!

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  5. Wow, Jo. This is amazing. I was so impressed with how you treated the birds, but I also fell in love with that sky and background. I especially like the die cuts you used to create the countryside. I really MUST get that set. I can see how often it can be used. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey using Alison’s theme, too. What a great way to create it for both challenges.

    You had a beautiful view from Nicky Nook summit. It really extended the countryside theme, too. And what is better than ice water when walking. Thanks for sharing your art and your ice water with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  6. How could I miss you?! Great page. Oh, we have so many “baby-birds” here right now!
    Great pics and yes, have some cool water here, too (how “cool” is that ;-)…)

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  7. I love those scribbly birds Jo! Your page is beautiful!
    We spent a lovely week in The Forest of Bowland a few years ago. We stayed close to the sunken village of Stocks-in-Bowland. We went for some really great walks.
    Hope you’re having a good week, and managing to keep cool.
    Alison xx

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  8. Hi Jo x You came in to mind as I had not seen you on IG and thought I would check you are okay x I can see you are busy creating beautiful pages and enjoying blogging x Sending you best wishes lovely lady xx

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    • Thanks so much Annie! It’s so lovely to hear from you and that’s so kind of you to check on me 😁. With life’s ups and downs I haven’t been able to commit to Instagram as well as blogging so far this year. Take care and wishing you well dear friend! Hugs, Jo x

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  9. What a fantastic page – I love your birds of prey soaring over the fields far below, keeping an eye out for something tasty to eat! Brilliant. Thanks so much for joining us again in the Summer Countryside at Art Journal Journey.
    Alison x

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