This page is influenced by the Chinese gunpowder green tea that I drink everyday and also, by a quote from a Chinese Tea Master.
As I’m including a drink on this page I’m pleased to join the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday – Happy T Day! Including a quote means I can also join in the “Poetry in Motion” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.
I started by applying Desert, Boulder, Chestnut and Fawn Spectrum Aqua markers to an acrylic block, spritzing the block with water and pressing it onto the page. As you can see I didn’t cover the whole page in ink and left some white space on the left hand side of my page. Then I used a Craft Expressions honeycomb stencil to add Ground Espresso and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and Potter’s Clay Memento Ink layering the different colours using a blending tool. I used the same Ground Espresso, Chipped Sapphire and Potter’s Clay inks to stamp layers of 4-point star images to the background and I also stamped a hexagon design stamp around the border of the page using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. I cut some strips from a Chinese newspaper, which I got free from a Chinese grocery store that I visit, and then I drew a cup and saucer onto the same newspaper and cut them out. They are stuck to the page using a UHU stic and once the glue had dried I outlined them with black Uni Pin and Derwent Graphik markers. The grey and black Chinese writing and coloured circles are rub-on transfers by Kaisercraft and the little black dragonflies are brads, which I pushed through the page. I covered the back of each brad with masking tape to protect my next journal page. Next I stamped the quote onto a tag using black Archival Ink and outlined some of the letters using a white Uniball gel pen to add definition. To finish, I added a blue piece of twine to the tag and stuck it to the page using double-sided foam tape.
It’s our daily ritual to have a cup of green tea with a cake (usually homemade) for elevenses. I always make a big batch of cupcakes which we keep in the fridge; these ones are carrot cakes (grin!).
I really like this quote from a Chinese Tea Master “The act of tea making is a moment of calm meditation” as I always enjoy making the tea and find the process of making it quite therapeutic; we use loose Gunpowder green tea from China and I make it in a glass teapot that came all the way from Japan. It makes the perfect cup of tea for two people (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:
- Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Desert, Chestnut, Boulder, Fawn)
- Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Potter’s Clay, Rich Cocoa,)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire, Ground Espresso)
- Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
- Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.5mm)
- Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
- Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (4-Point Star Background G2983)
- Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
- Docrafts Papermania clear stamps (Capsule Geometric Mono)
- Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
- Docrafts Papermania Gift Tags & Stamps Set (Capsule – Geometric Kraft PMA105307)
- Chinese Newspaper
- Kaiserccraft Rub-on Lush Collection (Colour RB868, Black & White RB867)
- Craft Sensations (Chipboard Embellishments 154887)
- Brads (Dragonflies – Black BRDRBL)
- UHU Stic
- The Range double-sided foam tape