Celebrate Summer

Today I’m over at Country View Challenges sharing a mini art journal page for this month’s Monochromatic challenge to celebrate summer.

With all the fabulous summer sunshine we’ve been enjoying recently, my monochromatic page features shades of yellow and was created using Tim Holtz products.

I started by preparing the chipboard page with a layer of white gesso and then I coloured the page various shades of yellow using Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, and Scattered Straw Distress Inks. Then I sprayed some White Linen Dylusions Spray Ink over the top and left it to dry. I applied some Ranger texture paste through a stencil from a #16 mini stencil set by Tim Holtz; the wet texture paste reactivated the inks turning it yellow so I sprayed some more of the White Linen Dylusions Spray Ink over the top. When dry, I stencilled some numbers and letters around the texture paste using the two other Tim Holtz stencils from the #16 set and some Fossilized Amber ink. For the flowers, I used a stamping platform to stamp the flower heads and stems onto some mixed media paper using a Flower Garden stamp set and the Fossilized Amber ink. They were coloured using the Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber inks which I applied like watercolour paint, then I cut them out and stuck them in place using matte gel medium. For the wording, I die cut the letters from some mixed media paper, which I had coloured with the Fossilized Amber ink, using an Alphanumeric Label Thinlits set. The letters were stuck onto two banners which were die cut from white cardstock using a Tag Collection Framelits set. To finish, I splattered some white DecoArt acrylic paint over the page.

I hope you are inspired to join our Monochromatic challenge over at Country View Challenges too, if you do, you’ll have a chance to win a £20 voucher to use on the Country View Crafts (grin!).

The colours, flowers and wording on this page were inspired by a visit to the Garden Hub Plant Centre at Lytham Hall whilst out walking.

Where we saw these gorgeous yellow cone shaped flowers called Echinacea.

There were also handwritten chalkboard signs displayed amongst the flowers, including this one which inspired the “Celebrate Summer” wording on my page (grin!).

Hoping that you are all 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 from Country View Crafts that I used to create this art journal page:


As well as Country View Challenges, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted this month by the lovely Neet from Hickydorums; she has chosen Type as her theme so I’m joining with the typed die cuts that I used on my page.

Shimmering Summer Fun Challenge over at The Funky Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with my shimmery and summery yellow shabby chic page.

The Birthday Celebration! challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge who are marking their 11th Birthday with my summer celebration page – thanks for all the challenge fun over the years and wishing you all a very Happy Birthday!

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #149 – Anything Goes with my summer page.

MIUCB #52 – Anything Goes + Mixed Media over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog with my happy summer page.


24 thoughts on “Celebrate Summer

  1. Well, that’s cheered my day Jo! It’s great for Neet’s ‘Type’ theme at AJJ too. Those lovely yellow coneflowers and that lovely texture on your background! Love those words – now let’s just hope for some sunny days!
    Thought of you when we went out with my son as we saw signs to Lytham!
    Hugs, Chrisx

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  2. A gorgeous page Jo, I love the texture!
    Echinaceas are my favourites at the moment, since I saw lots of beautiful pink ones with orange centres at RHS Wisley last week. I need them in my garden!
    Hope you’re having a lovely week,

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  3. This is a beautiful page Jo. I love the yellow, the texture and flowers. What a fabulous page for Neet’s challenge. Thanks for sharing. And what a great garden center. They are always a weakness with me. Smile. Hope all is well with you. Hugs-Erika

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  4. I love this sunny page in your journal – it makes me feel all bright and cheerful with the yellow and white. Of course the echinacea help too, what a lovely flower they are but then I like anything in the daisy family. The plant centre at Lytham looks worthy of a visit – I will bear that in mind.
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  5. A fabulous page Jo, the textures and summer colours will brighten every ones day. thank you for linking this with Neet’s theme over at AJJ.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Jo this is a very beautiful journal page, I can see exactly why you would be inspired by those summer yellow Echinacea, so pretty. Very well captured my friend and what a quaint place the garden Hub looks.. Hugs Tracey xx

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  7. For someone who generally has loads of color on your journal pages, this is a really lovely change of pace for you. What a sunny take on monochromatic. I love that you were inspired by the echinacea. You certainly used the texture paste to your advantage, too. Thanks for sharing your lovely journal page and garden shop photos with us at Art Journal Journey using Neet’s theme.

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  8. I love the stamp and the background texture, it’s al ovely happy and summery page! Yellow is the colour of the sun, which we are severely lacking in on this here island…, and has brightened my day.

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  9. Your journal page just makes me smile! I love your background texture and of course, those yellow coneflowers to top it off! That’s one of my favorite stamps! I was tickled pink to see your project as one of the FJB favorites, and I can see why! Would love to have a yellow coneflower or three to break up all the purple of my purple coneflower bed. Hope you have a great week!

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