Everyday is a true blessing

I had so much fun creating this mixed media page and as using up leftovers is one of my crafting goals this year, I used some leftover paper that I had coloured using Kuretake watercolour to create my autumnal leaves for this page too (grin!).

Don’t forget that you still have until the end of this month to join our #76 Challenge – Anything Mixed Media Goes over at Creative Artiste; you just need to use three different mediums to join in the fun – I hope to see you there!

I started by covering the chipboard background with a layer of Pébéo white gesso and left it to dry, and then I applied a layer of black chalk paint over the top. When dry, I sanded the page in a vertical motion using a piece of sandpaper to expose some of the white gesso underneath to create a worn vintage chalkboard appearance. Next I created the leaves using some leftover paper that was coloured using Yellow Ochre and Cadmium Scarlet Kuretake watercolour paints; I die cut three sizes of the same leaf shape from a Fall Foliage Thinlits set by Tim Holtz and then I applied some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the leaves to give them more of a grungy look. I stuck the “Everyday is a true blessing” wording in place, which was from a Kaisercraft sticker sheet, and then I arranged the leaves around it using Liquitex matte gel medium. I added dots of Pumpkin Ranger Liquid Pearls and to finish, I splattered the page with the white gesso and also the black chalk paint.

As we had frosts in April that affected the apple blossom, I feel very blessed for the crop of Braeburn apples that we picked this year from our apple trees in our garden. I used some of them to make this delicious cinnamon apple cake with maple frosting which goes perfectly with my cuppa for T Stands for Tuesday – wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

I hope that you’re all staying safe and well!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

For the sake of brevity I am no longer listing the individual items that I used to create my page, however I’m more than happy to let you know which particular product was used if you contact me via comments below or using the following contact me link.


I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey and lovely Tracey from Hotchpotchcreations  who is hosting this month with her My favourite colour is October challenge with my autumn blessings page (15x15cm).

Chalk it Up! challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog with the chalk paint background on my autumnal page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #153 – Anything Goes with my autumn blessings page.

#144 Autumn Colours over at Sparkles Monthly Challenges with the autumn colours I used on this page.

LTSCB #150 – Anything But A Card over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my autumnal mini art journal page.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Not A Card challenge with my autumnal mini chipboard art journal page.

Challenge #6 Mixed Media Lovers with my mixed media autumnal page; this is a new challenge so I thought I’d join in the fun!

35 thoughts on “Everyday is a true blessing

  1. Your apple cake looks delicious, and inspiring. I really should make something with apples — the Michigan crop is sparse this year, but seems to be tasty.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. I was struck by several things. First, was the subtle, but effective sanding you used to expose bits of white below the black. Second was how you used leftover paper as the substrate for your watercolored leaves. Third was how subtle the black and white splatters were. I want your secret. My spatters always end up looking like splats and splotches, not splatters. This is a beautiful journal page that is perfect for Tracey’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    Your cinnamon apple cake looks delicious. It sure makes my mouth water. It looks like it goes well with your tea, too. Thanks for sharing your lovely journal page, your cake, and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  3. The sanding on your background makes such a lovely subtle distressed look Jo. beautiful journal page! And I plan on making a cinnamon apple cake later this week too;) Happy T day!

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  4. Such dimension and the color pops on your page. I’m glad I don’t have to rake all those leaves! Your apple cake looks delicious. Last night on the news they reported that because of our very wet Summer, apple growers are getting a bumper crop. Happy T Day

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  5. I totally agree that every day is a blessing. And your journal page is beautiful. It looks like a front page of a book (a book of blessings). The leaves are beautiful.
    I love Braeburn apples. Unfortunately we can’t get them here. Lucky you to have your own tree. Your apple cake looks delicious.
    Happy T-Day,

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  6. Oh Jo I love this, the rich orange leaves look like they are dancing in the midnight sky against that chalky background. Fabulous journal page, the liquid pearls are a grand addition. Thanks for joining me again @ AJJ..
    Your cake really makes my mouth water, well done on rescuing and using up your apples, I lobe for fruit trees in my garden but it’s really too small 😦
    Hugs Tracey xx

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  7. Your leaf page looks awesome, thank you for sharing that. Are the red dots the Liquid Pearl? Love those! (So little but they add so much.) I also admire that your leaves look distressed as though they’ve been through rain and weather and maybe sat in puddles, so authentically autumnal! The apple cake looks yummy too, so nice & moist. Well you are doing your part to inspire fall crafts & baking, that’s for sure : )

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  8. What a beautiful page Jo! Autumn leaves are beautiful, and more so against the fabulous dramatic background. Thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey- it’s a great page for Tracey ‘s theme. Great looking cake and probably tastes even better with your home grown apples. Happy T Day, Chrisx

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  9. Your cake looks SO yummy! I love apple cake and now I want to go make some.
    Your mixed media page is lovely with all the leftover leaves. It really pops against that background.
    Happy Tea Day,


  10. That is a gorgeous page Jo. Wow. I love all the color gradients you got in those leaves. They really pop off the black background. Thanks for also sharing this with us at AJJ for Tracey’s challenge. And your apple cake looks delicious. We’ve actually had a wonderful apple crop this year, but I’d love a tree in my yard. Lucky you. I hope it was a wonderful T day. I had a busy day and I am behind posting. Hugs-Erika

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  11. You got me at “maple frosting” – sounds absolutely delicious and bet it goes so well with the apple. I saw an apple recipe on You Tube the other day and it looks gorgeous, can’t wait to get home and try it out.
    As for your journal page – are you sure you made those leaves and they are not real ones? Honestly Jo they look so realistic I had to look twice, do a blink and then look twice again. How fabulous is this page! Love it.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  12. Wonderful journal page, Jo! those leaves are a gorgeous pop on the chalky black background. I always enjoy reading how your pages come together and of course, the apple cake is the icing on the cake! Yum! Sorry I haven’t been around. My days are filled from the moment I wake up to the time I go to bed with so much, I rarely sit down at the computer at all. Hope all is well in your corner! Hugs!

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  13. Your page looks like a whirlwind blowing the falling leaves! I like the liquid pearls for that added interest.
    Do try the messy brushos stamping… To avoid disasters, I put newspapers under my work in a large area and when finished I spray them with water so that any stray powder stays with the newspaper and not fall on furnishings etc…

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  14. WOW Jo, your page is absolutely stunning! The leaves look so beautiful against the black background and I love that sentiment! Your apple cake looks delicious, YUM!!
    Take care and enjoy the rest of your week.
    Hugs, Tammy

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  15. Love that faux chalkboard background Jo! Sandpaper is a wonderful tool isn’t it. And it is so beautifully enhanced by your scattering of Autumn leaves. Thank you for joining in with the challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog.

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