Coco’s Soul Food – Anniversary Special

As a special wedding anniversary treat we went to our favourite restaurant, you may remember it from an earlier post, it’s called Coco’s Soul Food.

I started the page by creating a bright wood effect background using Colourcraft Brusho Colours and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. This technique is very simple in that I just sprinkled Dark Brown, Leaf Green and Turquoise Brushos onto my page then applied the gel medium over the top using a paintbrush making sure my brush strokes were in one direction to create the wood grain finish. Both the colours and wood grain remind me of both the interior decor and exterior colours of the restaurant. To get the shiny finish I applied a thin layer of PVA Glue over the top, which also sealed all the Brusho colour in place. Once the glue had dried, I added the flowers which are rub-on transfers and some white dots which are Docrafts Glitterations stickers. I fussy cut the globe of tropical beach images, which represent the images that can be found on the restaurant walls, from an old magazine and stuck it to the page using a UHU Stic. It’s outlined with a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uni Posca Paint pen. I also fussy cut the restaurant name which was computer printed, coloured the border around the “soul food” sign using a yellow Spectrum Aqua marker which produced an olive-green colour when it was combined with the already grey background. The words are coloured with the white Uni Posca paint pen and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I added the pretty sparkly hummingbirds and some small dots of white, black, pink, light green and purple using Uni Posca paint pens.

I’m pleased to join Elke from Meerwolkenleben who is hosting the “Landscape of the Soul” challenge over at Art Journal Journey as my page is a celebration of love and happiness.

I’m also pleased to be joining the new “Not a Card” challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my art journal page of happy anniversary memories.

I added hummingbirds to my page because of the drinks we had which as you can see had pretty hummingbirds on the can (just above the logo on the right). As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing our mango and guava pop/sodas and saying a big hello to the T Gang! The mango was my favourite and they have plenty of other flavours for us to try next time (grin!). Wishing you all a Happy T Day!

I’ve featured this restaurant before on this post; you may remember the outside is a striking purple and lime green colour. Whilst the interior decor looks very tropical and is a colourful combination of turquoise, yellow and natural wood.

This is the fun counter where you order your food and drinks.

I had my usual yummy Tropical Mango Chicken Salad and a side of sweet potato fries, it was so delicious!

My hubby had one of the specials, Herb Crusted Cheesy Chicken served with a Mango Salad which was very tasty too! As you can imagine, we had the most wonderful time (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:

  • Colourcraft Brusho Powders (Dark Brown, Leaf Green, Turquoise)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Yellow)
  • Derwant Graphik Fine Point marker (Black 0.05mm & 0.3mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White, Black, Pink, Light Green, Purple)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Logo computer printout
  • Old magazine
  • Docrafts Glitterations (White Dots
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (SYN1470G, Fab Flowers #ROY-1400, TIP1642G)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Everbuild 501 PVA Glue
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Hope is a waking dream

I was inspired to create this page for the “Poetry in Motion” theme that I’m hosting at Art Journal Journey using my favourite colours, some pretty dream catchers and a wonderful quote by Aristotle:

“Hope is a waking dream”

I started by stencilling feather shapes using a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker and London Fog Memento Ink with a blending tool. Then I added large splatters of pastel blue and green acrylic paints and also small splatters of black acrylic paint using a paint brush, letting each colour dry before applying the next. The silver feathers, small dots and diamond-shaped border are stickers by The Range and they are arranged on the background with strands of plasterboard/drywall tape that were left over from a previous project. To make the tags, I used three different sized tags by Docrafts Papermania and Poundland which I covered in layers of white, pastel blue and green acrylic paints using a brayer. Next I sprinkled the tags with a small amount of Ultramarine Colourcraft Brusho Crystal powder and spritzed it with water and just watched the magic as the colours burst into life. Then I added fine splatters of black acrylic paint to the tags using a paintbrush. Once the tags had fully dried, I used the same set of stickers by The Range to add the silver dream catcher and star images and I also added some sparkly hearts from Home Bargains and pale green paper flowers from Poundland using Ranger Glossy Accents. I outlined the holes of the tags using a silver metallic pen and then used double-sided foam tape to stick them to the page. The leaf is from The Handmade Paper Company and is dyed using the pastel green acrylic paint, I then placed it behind the small tag in the middle of the page using Glossy Accents. I made the sentiment using paper from a Design Pad by Craft Sensations and rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel, it is edged with a black Sharpie marker and stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. Next I added a couple of larger pale green paper flowers using Glossy Accents which tied everything together and finished the page.

I’m also pleased to join the “Blues and Greens” theme over at Country View Challenge.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a glass of water that I had at the hairdressers last week, it was served in the most amazing glass so I quickly took a picture to share with the T Gang – Happy T day! I think it looks a bit like a totem pole carving, what about you?

I’ve been overwhelmed with the participation and support shown for my theme over at Art Journal Journey, thank you! There are still a few days left to join in the fun by creating a page inspired by a poem, saying or quote. I hope to see you there!

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:

  • Aldi Script (Ready Mixed Paint – Pastels)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Colours (Ultra Marine)
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (London Fog)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Script Metallic Pen (Silver)
  • Brayer Ranger (Small 2¼ inches)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection Tags (Elements- Wood PMA 174318)
  • Poundland (Die Cut Tags 117106)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Vintage Glory 154878)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Positive Quotes #ROY-554 Rub-on)
  • The Handmade Paper Company (Nature’s Touch Art)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Poundland (Gem Florettes 117128)
  • 151 Adhesives Plasterboard & Drywall Tape
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

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)
  • Tsukeniko Memento 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

Thank You Party at The Taps

To thank us for helping at last year’s Lytham Beer Festival we were treated to free beer and food at The Taps, an award-winning pub in Lytham. We had such a wonderful time with our friends and fellow beer enthusiasts! Here is a page to show my appreciation of the great evening we had!

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I collaged pieces of the pub quiz, that we were given to complete as part of the evening, using a UHU Stic, and then I covered them with white gesso to tone them down a bit. To create a weathered and aged look, I used Distress Inks and a copper Scrumptious spray over the whole page, I think that it looks like the old plaster that was in the pub. I added more grunge detail using a Sketchy texture stamp from Kaisercraft, Memento Ink and the same Distress Inks. I then stamped the answers to the quiz questions under each image using black Archival Ink. Next I surrounded the quiz pictures and answers with a wood grain effect using Colourcraft Brusho powder and Liquitex matte gel medium to depict a wall and it’s wooden beams. The pub had lots of Gallery Walls of mirrors, clocks and frames so I cut out a variety of frames and mirrors from magazines and brochures and then filled them with a butterfly design paper and reminders of our time at the pub. This included images from the pump clips of our two favourite beers of the evening, a raffle ticket we were given to pay for our beers at the bar, The Taps signage and a ‘thank you’ which I stamped on a piece of the butterfly paper. I used a black Uni Pin marker and white Uniball gel pen to emphasis the wood grain on the wooden beams and to add detail to the frames and pictures.  There were lots of different lamps at the pub too so I added a lovely copper shade image which I fussy cut from a brochure. The number stickers are coloured black using a Sharpie permanent marker, they signify the number of beers we had and our first place in the pub quiz. To finish I added the pint glasses and coloured the beer using Spectrum Aqua markers, these colours match our two favourite beers.

As this page is telling the story of the fun time we had at the thank you party, I’m pleased to be able to join Erica who is hosting this month’s theme “Tell me a Story” over at Art Journal Journey.

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The Taps has recently been renovated and has a lovely old pub feel with a modern twist. One thing that hasn’t changed is the large selection of quality beers on offer, with 12 hand pumps at the bar.

bathroom

Many of the areas had Gallery Walls and I particularly liked this butterfly wallpaper and bank of framed mirrors – as you might have guessed this is the ladies toilets/restroom.

bottled-beer

The quiz was fun; you had to work out the names of the breweries from the pictures provided. We managed to get eight out of the ten correct and won first prize, taking home some bottled beer.

beer

My favourite beer was the Farmers Belgian Blue by Bradfield brewery in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, which is a dark winter beer with Christmassy berry flavours (4.9% abv) and was actually a blue purple colour when it was first poured before settling down to a normal dark chestnut shade. My hubby preferred a golden beer called Hopstar Saaz Blonde from Darwen, Lancashire which was brewed with extra pale malt and Saaz hops for a light refreshing finish (4%). As T Stands for Tuesday I’m joining the T Gang and wishing everyone a very Happy T Day!

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:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Crushed Corduroy)
  • Michele Marsden Crafts Scrumptious Precious Metal Sprizer (Copper)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Colours (Dark Brown)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175, Black 199)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Yellow, Burgundy)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Black)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamps (WDW Alpha Stamp DCVW0030)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Sketchy CS878)
  • Hampton Arts Doddlebug Design Inc. cling mounted rubber stamps (Thankful ICO162)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Urban Style CR0701/16PL2)
  • Pub Quiz page
  • Raffle ticket
  • Magazines and brochures
  • Anita’s Outline Stickers (Mixed Numbers Silver ANT8101013)
  • Hobbycraft Outline Stickers (Gold Harmony 5934031001)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

All Things Pumpkin

As you may know I love all things pumpkin, so today my page gives thanks to this autumnal treat. I’m also pleased to say a big hello to the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday – Happy T day!pumpkin-spice-ajp

The background is inspired by a great technique I discovered on one of my blog friend’s posts and I just had to try it out. Her site is called Blending Colours and here’s the post. Although I didn’t have the exact same products I decided to improvise and give it a go using Colourcraft Brusho Colours and Liquitex matte gel medium. So I sprinkled two colours of Brusho Powders onto the page then painted gel medium over the top using a wet paint brush (as I found it thins down the gel medium). I made sure that I kept the brush strokes in the same direction and was rewarded with this lovely wood grain effect. I really like the colour variation and think this is because each Brusho colour is made of separate colour components. Once the gel medium had dried I added a border using ink from a Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and an old plastic gift card and added highlights using a Uniball Signo white gel pen. Next I applied the sentiments which are rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel and the label from a bottle of Pumpkin Spice syrup. As we had discovered the syrup in a Moose Coffee shop I cut a moose out of paper from a Craft Asylum Paper Pad, then I outlined it with a black Sharpie marker and stuck it to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish I punched out some hearts from the same paper and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic, outlining them with a Uni Pin black marker once the glue had dried.  This new technique with the gel medium and Brusho powders is certainly one I will try again, I think there are endless applications for this effect.

pumpkin-roll

Last week you may remember seeing Linda’s delicious pumpkin roll that she had baked. I was so impressed I decided to try making one myself. This is the recipe I found and although it rose too high making it a little thick to roll, it was still light and fluffy and tasted wonderful. Definitely one I’d have again and it was perfect with a nice cup of tea. Thanks for the inspiration Linda, although I’d love to try your recipe as it looks so much more professional than mine!pumpkin-ale

Our pumpkin beer is finally ready to drink, so over the weekend we decided to try it. It came out really nice with a lovely hint of pumpkin and the smell of pumpkin spices. This is the 27th batch of beer that my hubby has brewed, it’s a nice coppery colour and came in at 5.78% abv (alcohol by volume). We first had pumpkin beer on holiday (vacation) in Maine at Federal Jacks bar in Kennebunkport where they serve it with a shot of spiced rum added, so to remain authentic, we tried it that way too. It’s so nice and warming on a cold autumn day, though I limit myself to only one as it’s quite potent!

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:

  • Colourcraft Brusho Colours (Dark Brown, Yellow)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point marker (Black)
  • Creative Rox Craft Asylum Paper Pad (Into the woods 480326)
  • Syrup label
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Thanksgiving Sentiments #ROY522 RUB-ON)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch Accent (Hearts Sider 830E)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range Double-sided foam tape

 

Moose Coffee

October means a week of Birthday celebrations for my hubby! So we went to one of our favourite places, Liverpool and discovered a wonderful café called Moose Coffee which inspired this page.

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To start I added 3 strips of washi tape to the page and applied silver metallic paint with my finger and then a baby wipe. I used stencils to build up layers of metallic copper ink spray and Brusho crystal powers which I diluted with water to make a spray and then Distress inks which I applied using a blending tool. I edged the page by applying Faber-Castell Big Brush marker ink using an old plastic gift card and then added the pumpkin images which are rub-on transfers. The moose is cut from decoupage paper and stuck to the page using a UHU stic, it is outlined with Big Brush marker and the words “hot chocolate” and “pumpkin spice” are stamped using Memento Ink. I used the lovely takeaway cup from the café to adorn my page too, using my Big Brush marker again to edge them.

cafe

Liverpool has some beautiful architecture, here’s the wonderful café building, isn’t it fab!

sign

I love this sign too – this metal work inspired the industrial look of my page and the use of the metallic paint and spray.jo-hot-chocolate

So when we saw all the syrups in the café window, we went in and asked if they had Pumpkin syrup. They did so instead of coffee we requested a shot of their pumpkin spice syrup in a hot chocolate, which is not at all common here in the UK so we got some surprised looks. They use real chocolate to make their hot chocolate drink and with the addition of the pumpkin spice syrup it was so very very yummy! In fact we liked it so much that we ordered a bottle of the syrup to add to the hot chocolate we make at home. I’m wishing a Happy T Day to everyone over at T Stands for Tuesday and a big hello to all of the T Gang!

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:

  • Michelle Marsden Crafts Scrumptious Precious Metal Spritzer  (Copper)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Crystals (Dark Brown)
  • Poundland Metallic Acrylic Paint (Silver)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot)
  • Memento Dye Ink (Rich Cocoa)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Sanguine 188 B, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Viva Décor Universal Stencil (Past Times 9002 703 00)
  • Creative Expressions That Touch of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • Ranger Dina Wakley Media Stencil (Wheels MDS45588)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alpha Folk DCE907115)
  • The Works (Enjoy the Ride Washi Tape)
  • The Works Santoro Decoupage Paper (SNDEC043)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Bats, Cats & Ghosts #EDW355 Rub-on)
  • UHU Stic

BOO!

This page was inspired by all the questions and interest I had in my last post about Pumpkin Beer. As you can see these guys are having lots of fun in the pumpkin patch!

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I applied a very thin layer of light red Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour paint with a baby wipe and then sprinkled Colourcraft Brusho Crystals powder over the top. I used three colours of the Brusho powders, dark brown, orange and yellow, and spritzed them with water, and then I watched the magic as the colours exploded on the page. These Brusho powders are amazing; there are so many different effects you can create with them. Once dried I stamped leaf images using Archival Ink, then re-stamped them off-centre using Distress Inks to give them a ghostly appearance. I added the ghosts which are rub-on transfers I bought in the sale at a local craft store. To finish I applied Faber-Castell Big Brush marker ink using an old plastic gift card and Uni Pin black marker to the edges of the page and some gold gem stones. This was a really fun page to create and makes me smile when I see the – BOO!

beer-glass

Thanks so much for all your interest in our pumpkin beer, we make beer throughout the year and pumpkin is one of our favourites. It’s subtly spiced and amber in colour with an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 5.2%. To answer some of your questions, it takes around 6 hours to make and 6 weeks until it is ready. This time we made 40 UK pints (that’s 50 US pints) and it will be ready in a couple of weeks, although it does improve with a little ageing – if it lasts that long! In the meantime I did manage to find a photo from last year, as you can see I always coat the rim of the glass it is served in with sugar and cinnamon – yum! Our inspiration for this beer comes from our holiday visits to America as pumpkin beer is readily available in the fall, unlike here in the UK. That’s why we get so excited when pumpkins are available in our stores as we can start to make our own pumpkin beer.

pumpkin-cityOne of the reasons we enjoyed our American holiday so much was the many pumpkins on display at farmers markets, farm stalls and just around town. It’s always such a lovely time of year to visit!

displayWith this month’s theme “Indian Summer – Golden October – Autumn”, I’m delighted to be able to join Valerie over at Art Journal Journey.

I’m also pleased to join the Halloween Party challenge over at Moo-Mania.

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:

  • Colourcraft Brusho Crystals (Dark Brown, Orange, Yellow)
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours (Light Red)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Sanguine 188 B, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • BoBunny stamps (Falling Leaves #12105154)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Bats, Cats & Ghosts #EDW355 Rub-on)
  • Poundland (504 Gems)