Dancing is an art

I’m so excited and honoured to be hosting Art Journal Journey this August and for this month’s challenge you are invited to use your favourite quotes, sayings and poems to inspire your designs for the theme “Poetry in Motion”.

As some of you may know I really like to create pages with meaning and I’m often inspired by things I see and do, including quotes and my page today is inspired by these wonderful words:

I started by painting patches of white gesso over the page then I added Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks by applying the ink pad to an acrylic block, spritzing with water and then pressing the block onto the page. I also dragged the ink pads over the edge of the page to concentrate the colour. With the quote in mind, I stamped some filigree images by Hampton Art using London Fog Memento Ink. Next I sprinkled Ultramarine Colourcraft Brusho Crystal powder onto the page and spritzed them with water and just watched the magic as the colours burst into life. I then added pieces of washi tape, which I had torn so the edges didn’t have such straight lines and flowed with movement.  I stuck down some torn pieces of music paper using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium and also dragged some of the Brusho colour from the page over the edges of the music to blend them in.  I added plasterboard/drywall tape to add more texture and then I layered on torn pieces of a baby wipe which I had previously used to mop up some acrylic paint. Before applying the baby wipe I stretched it so it looked like fabric and used matte gel medium to stick it down so the wispy edges danced across the page. The beautiful dancer image is fussy cut from a leaflet and stuck down using a UHU Stic. I stamped the words onto some paper by Craft Sensations, fussy cut it out, edged the paper with a black Sharpie permanent marker and stuck it to the page using double-sided foam. To finish I added two cream Button Heart embellishments.

I love the way this page has turned out and I feel the words could be applied to my art journaling and to the creation of this page.

I do hope that you are inspired to get creative by the “Poetry in Motion” challenge over at Art Journal Journey too! I’m looking forward to visiting you to see all your wonderful creations.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day! Today I’m enjoying a refreshing drink of apple juice with ginger beer, in my craft room while creating a new journal page (grin!). It’s served in one of my favourite glasses, which I bought during a tour of the Maine Mead Works in America whilst there on holiday.

Mead is an alcoholic drink made from honey, hence the bee which greeted us on their fabulous sign! If you look closely you can just make out this bee symbol on my glass too (grin!). The mead that they make is a modern style of mead which is similar to wine and is light and refreshing, whereas I think of mead as a winter drink served hot with spices. Both of which are delicious!

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

“Poetry in Motion”

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Crystals (Ultramarine)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Music Book (Bosworth Violin Studies)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Endless Love CRO260/A)
  • Used dry baby wipe
  • Leaflet
  • Crelando Decorative Tape
  • Home Bargains Self-Adhesive Button Hearts (Sweet Hearts 22809)
  • 151 Adhesives Plasterboard/Drywall Tape
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Past Times

Loving all things Victorian, I was delighted to hear a familiar sound whilst gardening; it was a steam engine coming down the road. Luckily they don’t go too fast so we had time to grab our cameras and take some photos while it was passing our house. This magnificent sight inspired my steampunk page.

I started by colouring the edges of the page with Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using a blending tool, fading the colours as I reached the centre of the page. Then I stencilled cogs, keys and text by Viva Décor using the same inks and highlighted areas with Black Soot Distress Ink and a terracotta Spectrum Aqua marker. These colours and images remind me of the steam engine that we saw. I cut the world image and rulers from some vintage paper by Kaisercraft and I used some street map paper by American Crafts to illustrate where we had seen the steam engine. I aged all these papers with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and edged them with Black Soot Distress Ink using a blending tool and then I stuck them to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once the medium had dried I added colour and detail using a black Uni Pin marker and terracotta, tan and slate Spectrum Aqua markers. Next I stuck on the three Victorian tags, the very dapper looking gentleman, the top hat and the fountain pen/pocket watch, all of which I aged and edged in the same way as the world and map paper. I coloured three clocks which are outline stickers with a black Sharpie permanent marker and stuck them to the page. I added the keys which are rub-on transfers and then layered up lots of different items including: Salvage Stickers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crowded Attic collection, Bees that I had stamped using Archival Ink onto some of the Kaisercraft paper and rulers that I cut from the same sheet of paper. All these items are edged with a black Sharpie pen and once in place I added shadows using a Slate Spectrum Aqua marker by smudging the colour with my finger and a baby wipe to produce a grunge effect. I stencilled white cogs with modelling paste and when it had dried I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more. I added star outline stickers that I had coloured with the black Sharpie marker and some assorted buttons using Glossy Accents. I coloured and underlined the “Past Times” text with a black Uni Pin marker and applied Glossy Accents on top of this wording, the black stars, the metal button in the centre and around the holes of the tags to give a 3D glossy look.

I’m so pleased to be able to join Erica who is the guest designer for the “Steampunk” theme over at Try it on Tuesday and also Rosie who is hosting the “Circles” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Here’s the wonderful old steam engine as it passed by our house! The sight, sounds and smells were wonderful, reminding us of times gone by. Steampunk captures this era very well as it incorporates technology and designs inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery and is referred to as Victorian futurism. If you are interested here is some more information about steampunk:

  • Steampunk is a fictional style and is often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”. Neither of these style cares too much about historical accuracy, the purpose is to have fun, be creative and use your imagination and not to accurately re-enact a period of real history.
  • Technologies that were new or important to the Victorians, such as steam power, clockwork or electricity, are big themes in steampunk.
  • The first science-fiction novels by authors H. G. Wells and Jules Verne strongly influence steampunk and as such fictional machines are popular. If either of these authors wrote a science-fiction novel today, it would be considered steampunk.
  • The “punk” in steampunk comes from going against convention that sets something apart, which is borne from creativity, imagination and one’s individuality, be that style or gadgets.
  • Steampunk is thought to have originated from well-known science-fiction authors William Gibson and Bruce Sterling and/or writer K.W. Jeter.
  • Steampunk may also, though not necessarily, incorporate additional elements from other genres like fantasy, horror, goth, historical fiction, alternate history, or speculative fiction.

In the Victorian era, afternoon tea was also invented and became very popular; it is still popular nowadays although it is seen more as a special treat. So we decided to take advantage of the “Afternoon Tea – 2 for 1” offer whilst visiting a local Garden Centre which also has a wonderful craft shop (grin!). As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and sharing our afternoon tea, which includes our usual choice of green tea with a selection of sandwiches and cakes. There was so much food that we both only manage to eat the sandwiches and delicious scone with jam and cream.

We took all the other cakes home to enjoy another day; from the bottom left clockwise there is a Bakewell slice, Viennese Whirl, millionaire’s shortbread, Victoria sponge, tea loaf and in the middle is a chocolate brownie. As I don’t eat nuts I was served different cakes to my hubby and I have to say the millionaire’s shortbread tasted out of this world – yum!

In case you are interested, here’s the craft shop that we looked round after our afternoon tea. I did buy a few things, well, it would be rude not too with the sale items on offer and the 20% off voucher/coupon I had (double grin!).

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Terracotta, Tan, Slate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point marker (Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste (High Density)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Viva Décor Universal Stencil (Past Times 900270300)
  • American Crafts Paper Pad (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Kaisercraft Timeless Collection (Postmarks P853)
  • Outline Stickers (Timeless Silver 904935)
  • The Works (Victorian Style Embellishments)
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Home Collage #ROY533 Rub-on)
  • Assorted buttons
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Tolkien Trail

Recently we walked the J. R. R. Tolkien Trail in the Ribble Valley in the glorious sunshine. It’s a 6.5 mile walk around the area that the famous author stayed in whilst writing Lord of the Rings. Some of the names from his book are based on places in the vicinity. It’s a lovely area with beautiful views across stunning countryside and alongside rivers. This page is inspired by all the wonderful sights and sounds that we encountered along the way!

Tolkien Trail - Art Journal Page

Firstly I smooshed Spectrum Aqua Markers to create a wash of colour for the different scenes, this was either a blue sky or the green vegetation background. Starting at the top left corner and working clockwise around the page I started to create my scenes. I stamped the tree image and then stamped some green leaves using Memento and Distress Inks, then painted the trunk and branches using Aqua markers. I doodled leaf outlines and drew a little bird in the branches, adding music notes cut from washi tape to depict birdsong. The Garden Pavillion image was fussy cut from a map of the walk, which like all the other collage elements is stuck to the page with a UHU Stic and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker once the glue had dried. The dappled leaves are stamped using various shades of green Distress Inks and a yellow Aqua marker. Moving on to the bee, this is a sticker and the background is stamped with a hexagonal pattern to mimic honeycombs. The flowers are cut out from a napkin and I doodled on top of them with black marker and white gel pen. The Cromwell Bridge image is from the map, the background of pebbles was created using a polystyrene homemade stamp and a mixture of Memento and Distress Inks. The two little birds were stamped using Archival Ink, I extended the branch and stamped the leaves too. The farmhouse and grasshopper are rub-on transfers and to create the lines of drying grass in the field, I used washi tape as a mask and added Distress Ink over the top with a blending tool.

details

The rusty iron cogs are a stencil design that I cut out from some leftover rusty metal sheet that I had made using cardboard, modelling paste and acrylic paints from another project. (I’m particularly proud of the results from this technique). The leaves behind the cogs are from napkins. I stamped the flurry of butterflies using Archival Ink and then added green foam flowers and the pretty paper daisies. At the centre of my page is the map of the trail we followed and I stamped a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien himself, I think it is very apt for this walk.

We took many photos on our walk and as you will see they give an indication of some of the sights that inspired my page.

Hills

Starting at Hurst Green we walked through farmland into Stoneyhurst College, I loved this kissing gate and the college was very majestic with its wonderful views of Pendle Hill.

College

Stoneyhurst College was founded in 1593 and famous students include Charles Carroll (a signatory on the US Declaration of Independence) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author of Sherlock Holmes)

woods

Then we moved into woodland, the leaves were stunning in the dappled light. I thought we might have run into a few more hobbits than we did or even Gollum under one of the bridges. There was an abundance of grasses and pretty flowers as we made our way up the hill towards the river walk.

Cromwell Bridge

As we walked alongside the river, we came to Cromwell’s Bridge, which was supposedly used by Cromwell’s army in 1648 on their way to the Battle of Preston, although the crossing dates all the way back to 1331 AD.

Views

Along the riverside path, the landscape opened up to large open fields and the farmers were harvesting the hay, cutting it down into neat lines. We entered a few farms and noticed old rusty machinery which appeared long forgotten.

stones

We stopped to relax, watch the river flow by and skim some stones, you can just see a stone in mid-flight by the water splash as it was sent skimming along the water’s surface. There were beautiful butterflies alongside the river by the aqueduct as we made our way back to the village that we started from.

With all of “Nature’s Wonders” we saw in the glorious lush green countryside, I’m pleased to join Art Journal Journey.

food collage

As a reward, we stopped off at The Apricot Meringue tea room in Clitheroe – we needed our pot of Green tea, sandwich and chips! We even had dessert to share, my hubby’s choice this time was a Black Forest Brownie Sundae – it was very yummy!

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T-Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Aquamarine, Moss, Yellow, Chocolate)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Pine Needles, Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters)
  • Memento Dye Ink (londong Fog, Pistachio, Rich Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (AI – P1398)
  • BoBunny stamp (Falling Leaves 12105154)
  • Docrafts Papermania clear stamps (Capsule Geometric Mono 3pcs)
  • Dovecraft clear stamp (DCC5014)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Design Inc. cling mounted rubber stamps (Thankful ICO162)
  • Docrafts Papermania mini clear stamp (Everyday Assortment PMA907003)
  • Homemade polystyrene stamp
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Viva Décor universal stencil (Past Times 9002 703 00)
  • Poundland (Fairy Stickers)
  • Royal and Langnickel rub-on transfers (Home Collage #ROY533 Rub-on, Insect Collection #TIP-1484 Rub-on)
  • Wilko (Flower Embellishments)
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • Hobbycraft Made with Love (Sun Daisy x12 White 41417)
  • Caspari Napkins
  • Tolkien Trail map
  • Scrap of homemade rusty metal cardboard
  • UHU Stic

Let’s go fly a kite

This year’s St Anne’s Kite Festival was the best yet with more kites than ever! We really enjoyed our weekend so I was inspired to create this page.

Lets go fly a kite - art journal page

I started by gluing strips of different coloured tissue paper to a piece of white cardboard with matte gel medium, letting the tissue cascade over the edges to form tails for the kites that I created. For the background I painted cloud shaped patches of white gesso using my finger, then with a paint brush added diluted grey Memento Ink, blue Colourfast Brusho Crystal powders and Distress Inks to create a cloud effect. I stamped the kite image across the page in diagonal lines using Memento Ink. I also applied word transfers diagonally and fussy cut some bunting out of a magazine to join the words together so they look like they are floating in the clouds. The butterflies are outline transfer stickers which I coloured black using my Sharpie marker. I then cut images from the card which I had covered in tissue paper to create my kites. I outlined them with a black Big Brush marker, used stickers for the strings and flower detail, and then stuck them all to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish I stamped the verse with black Archival Ink and underlined it with dots so it stood out more.

FotoJet Collage 1

Here’s some of my inspiration for the kites I created for my page. Even though most of the kites are the size of a bus, we liked the smaller birds kite in the picture, which we actually thought were real birds until we got closer as they moved independently to each other.

Picnic 1

We had a wonderful day at the Kite Festival and set up camp on the beach to view the kites, listen to the live bands and watch the world go by! We had a delicious picnic of hummus, Naan bread pieces and crudities followed by ham and smoked cheese sandwiches with crisps (chips to my American friends), and our dessert was homemade Victoria Sponge filled with fresh cream and homemade jam and of course all washed down with ice cold home brewed beer. A good time was had by all! As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth and wishing you all a Happy T day!

I think these images may appeal to some members of the T Gang, please let me know which are your favourites.

Kite 2 a

Birds, bees and dragonflies!
Kites 2 b

The ladybirds (ladybugs) and cows are tethered to the ground and look like they are moving as they bob around in the breeze.

Kites 2 c

There’s just so much to see!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Salty Ocean)
  • Colourfast Brusho Colour Crystals (Turquoise)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.5mm)
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point (Black)
  • Docrafts Papermania wooden stamp (Nostalgia by John Byers – Kite PMA9061309)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE907115)
  • Docrafts Craft Planet Metallic Waterfall Stickers (Beach CPT6771205)
  • Sandylion Kelly Panacci Scrapbook Collection (Stitches & Borders KSCB102)
  • Hobbycraft Outline Stickers (Silver Mixed Butterfly 5933961000)
  • Wilko A5 Stickers
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Tissue paper (Assorted Colours)
  • White cardboard
  • Magazine

Inner Fairy

I have always loved this quote and when I found this adorable fairy, I couldn’t wait to create this page!

Inner Fairy - Art Journal Page

I covered the background with patches of white gesso using a palate knife – I find it produces a lovely textured and translucent effect when inks are applied over the top. I painted different greens using diluted Distress Inks and Colourfast Brusho Crystal powders, then splattered diluted Black Soot Distress Ink onto the page. The flowers stamp is from Hampton Arts and I stamped it using grey Memento Ink. For the honeycomb effect I stamped hexagonal shapes using Distress Ink and stenciled dots using Pébéo modelling paste mixed with glitter glue. Once the modelling paste was dry I added more sparkly glitter over the top. To create the fairy dust I sprinkled Brusho power in 3 places and spritzed with water, then added dots of glitter glue in a starburst, which took a while to dry. I cut the pink flowers from napkins and stuck them down with UHU Stic. Once the quote was stamped onto pink paper, I outlined the pieces with a black Sharpie. The quote, fairy, clover and bees are all stuck to the page with double-sided foam tape to add extra dimension.

Bee collage

I like to think fairies live under the toadstools in our garden, and this bee must definitely think so too! A big Thank You to Yvonne aka Meggymay over at Art Journal Journey for this month’s theme ‘In my garden there is…’, which I am really enjoying.

Jo

My hubby says the fairy looks like this “little crafter” when I was a little girl! What do you think? I love this quote and believe you can realise your dreams if you:

“Spread your wings and let your inner fairy fly”

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye. Black Soot)
  • Colourfast Brusho Colour Crystals (Leaf Green, Emerald Green)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet black)
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point (Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste High Density
  • Hobbycraft Glitter Glue Pens (Assorted Colours)
  • Creative Expressions Masks (That Touch of Mica Masks – Distressed Dots)
  • Hampton Arts Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Docrafts Papermania clear stamps (Capsule Geometric 3 pcs)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad paper (Endless Love CR0260/A)
  • Poundland (Fairy Stickers)
  • Caspari Napkin
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Bumble Bees

What have we been doing this weekend … well for starters we saved a bee in our garden, so this was my inspiration for this page! I’m also linking to this month’s theme “In my garden there is…” over at Art Journal Journey.

Bumble Bees - Art Journal Page

Firstly I smooshed several different colours of diluted Spectrum Aqua markers onto the page using an acrylic block. Then the fun began as I experimented with two new metallic spray inks, which I have never used before. I was excited to use them and practice a new technique. Having shaken the inks thoroughly (they take an incredible amount of shaking) to disperse the pigment and metallic powder, I sprayed the inks over a fretwork stencil and built up the colour by spraying a couple of layers. It looks really cool and when it catches the light, it shines copper and gold. The bees are rub-on transfers from Royal & Landnickel, which I changed slightly using a black marker. The roses are from Hunkydory, I fussy cut them, edged everything with metallic pen and attached them to the page using double-sided foam tape. The central image has plasterboard/drywall tape under it. Rhinestone flower embellishments and the quote finished the page.

Bee

The quote is so true for this page as I hadn’t used spray inks before, nor had I saved a bee, in fact I didn’t even know that bees needed saving on an individual basis. We are interested in the conservation of bees in general and have recently planted some bee friendly plants in our garden. One of our friends told us the following and we followed his advice. He was right – your heart soars when you see her fly away:

“If you see a bee of any description on the floor or not flying other than on a flowering plant, it is STARVING! You can help. We are currently well into the ‘June Gap’ – the time between when the Spring flowering plants stop and the Autumn flowers start producing pollen and nectar. You can help by mixing two parts sugar to one part water and offering the syrup to the bee. She (and they are mostly ladies) will happily drink from… a teaspoon. You’ll see her little black tongue as she drinks. It will take about 10 minutes for her to convert the syrup to energy, but she will fly away if you’ve helped her in time. The feeling you get on seeing her recovery and flight is well worth your time. They can’t thank you, so I will on their behalf. Thanks a million xx”

Please note: the June Gap mentioned above is largely confined to the UK and Ireland.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Michele Marsden Crafts Scrumptious Sprizer (Precious Metal – Copper, Lustre – Christmas Green)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Terracotta, Sepia, Slate)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artists pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Script metallic pen (Gold, Bronze)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alpha Folk DCE907115)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Dutch Doobadoo stencil (DDBO Dutch Mask Art A5 Vintage)
  • Hunkydory Radiant Roses (Rose Bouquet)
  • Royal & Landnickel Tip of the Brush rub-on transfers (Insect Collection #TIP1484RUB-ON)
  • 151 Adhesives (Plasterboard & drywall tape)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape