Common Bar

I created this page to remember one of my birthday celebrations, so today we are going to the Common Bar in Blackpool which serves South American Street Food such as tacos and burritos. 

I started by covering the page with some decoupage paper with a palm leaf and bird design, sticking it in place using a glue stick. Next I stencilled the bricks over the top using Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and then I applied some Pébéo white gesso using a brayer. I added the tropical foliage and flowers to the bottom and left-hand side of the page and the “Happy Birthday” wording, which were all stickers by Kaisercraft. To finish, I used some colourful letters to create the “Common Bar” wording and surrounded them with tile border stickers which were from the same Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet.

Here’s a video showing what the Common Bar looks like inside; we were seated upstairs in a window seat overlooking the street.

We had the most wonderful time and enjoyed these Plain Nachos (I think they are called “plain” as they have the basic toppings).

We also had three types of Tacos (Pork Carnitas, Shredded Chicken Tinga and Chipotle Mushroom) with a side order of corn – all of which were delicious (smile!). Here’s their food menu if you’re interested.

Our drinks were super fun too; I had a Havana Nights Cocktail and my hubby had a Pump Up The Jam beer by Tiny Rebel, yes it did taste like a jam doughnut (double grin!) – Happy T Day for those over at T Stands for Tuesday and here’s their drinks menu too.


I’m pleased to join the lovely Matilde from who is hosting this month at Art Journal Journey and her Birds challenge with the two birds on the decoupage paper that I used on this page (did you spot them both, here’s one of them blowing kisses your way – smile!).

I’ve been having fun using stencils on my pages and this was inspired by our Use A Stencil challenge over at Try it on Tuesday; there is still another week to join in the fun too!


23 thoughts on “Common Bar

  1. This is so adorable. It is very charming and has a definite tropical feel. It’s a real tribute to the meal you had on your birthday. It was a lovely and clean restaurant, too. I enjoyed the video and the link to their site. Did that same guy in the video create your cocktail, too?

    Speaking of cocktails, your tacos looked great as did your drinks. Thanks for sharing these with us for T this Tuesday.

    I admit I missed the birds at first. The one at the top was harder to find than the one at the bottom. Thanks for sharing these with us at Art Journal Journey using Matilde’s theme.

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  2. I love Mexican food so the end of your post makes me hungry, even if it is only just after 8 in the morning. Smile. Luckily tonight I am meeting some friends for some Mexican food so I won’t have to dream about having it for too long. I can see why you want reminders of that fun birthday celebration. And you did capture the feel of the restaurant on your pretty page. This makes a fun T day post. I hope you’re having a great day and also have a great week ahead. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Love your page, it’s a credit to the restaurant. It looks like a fun place with delicious food, yum! And you could see out of the window, even better! And yesterday I actually drank a beer, alcohol free, my first beer, and i enjoyed it! Hugs, Valerie

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  4. What an amazing journal page! I love that you drew your inspiration from a restaurant and from looking at the video, you have captured it perfectly. All that color and pattern!! The food looks delicious too.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  5. OK, now I’m hungry!! LOL!! That food looks wonderful and I especially love the inspiration from your visit too! That page with the papers and bird turned out awesome! Brilliant page and inspiration Jo!

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  6. Oh WOW, that bar looks amazing and I love Mexican food. How il miss it from the days i used to spend with my friend in California. El Presidente was always the first place we went to eat and the one we called in on our way to the airport going home. Now this food you are showing us looks gorgeous – enough to make me want a trip to Blackpool!
    Love the way you have built up your page showing us the birds and especially how you have placed the flowers down one side and lightly across the base. Gorgeous lettering, what a lovely font.
    Right, Edward Street, Blackpool – must look it up.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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