Today I have created a tropical flower page which showcases some beautiful African postage stamps from Gabon – I hope you like it!
I started by covering the whole page with a tropical butterfly postal decoupage paper using Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I tore some Gabon postage stamp information which was included with the postage stamps, edged it with black Faber-Castell marker and stuck it to the left-hand side and right-hand side edges of the page. Next I applied Spice and Moss Spectrum Aqua markers by scribbling them on an acrylic block and painting them onto the page with a paintbrush like watercolour and then I stencilled a trellis pattern from Dutch Doobadoo Mask using black Archival Ink and a blending tool. I also used the same black ink to stamp some butterflies from Hampton Art positioning them so they flowed vertically up the page. Then I layered some Pébéo modelling paste onto the page using a Moroccan stencil from Craft Sensations and when the paste was dry I coloured the edges with a Midnight Sparkle metallic lustre wax. I also added a thin layer of white gesso to soften the black and give a worn and grungy look.
Next I applied more colour using Topaz and Fawn Spectrum Aqua markers, by scribbling them on an acrylic block, holding the block over the page and spritzing with water so droplets of ink pooled onto the page, creating some rusty stains to continue the grunge look. When dry I splattered black and also white DecoArt acylic paint over the whole page using a paintbrush. To make the tags, I used some design paper which I cut into a tag shape and punched a whole in the top of each of one. They are edged with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using a blending tool and also a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I chose different bits of travel and tropical designed paper that were left over from other journal pages and edged them with the black Faber-Castell marker smudging the ink with my finger. They are layered onto the tags along with some light pink coloured mesh ribbon. I kept the pink colour on two of the tags and I also coloured some of this pink ribbon using the Moss Spectrum Aqua marker on one of the tags and then Spice Spectrum Aqua marker for the other two. The ribbon is stuck onto the tag using a Zig Memory System glue pen and the papers are stuck down using a UHU Stic. I stuck a Gabon postage stamp featuring wild tropical flowers onto each tag using double-sided foam tape and also numbered the tags using outline stickers which I had coloured black using a Sharpie marker. I tied a piece of black paper twine to each of the tags and then stuck them in place using double-sided foam tape which finished the page.
To continue the African tropical flower theme, here is a beautiful Calla lily (Zantedeschia) which is brightening our dining room table with its beautiful white dotted leaves and colourful flowers (grin!).
If you are interested here are some fun facts about this lily:
- They are also known as the pig lily, trumpet lily or arum lily.
- The name calla lily is derived from a Greek word meaning beauty.
- Because the calla lily blossoms in late spring, they have come to represent rebirth and youth.
- Although an outdoor plant by nature, this plant can also be kept as an indoor plant too.
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:
- Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
- Pébéo Modeling Paste
- Craf-T Products Luster Rub-ons (Midnight Sparkle)
- Pébéo White Gesso
- Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Spice, Moss, Topaz, Fawn)
- DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy)
- Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
- Sharpie Permanent Marker (Black)
- Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
- Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art A5 (Vintage)
- Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Moroccan)
- First Edition Deco Maché Decoupage Papers (FEDEC196)
- The Works 12×12 Paper Stack (Vintage Experience CRO239/TW6)
- Design papers – leftovers
- Postage stamps from hubby’s childhood stamp collection (Gabon 1961 set of 5 stamps featuring Wild Tropical Flowers)
- Mesh ribbon recycled from flower bouquet
- Outline Stickers (Time Silver 904935)
- Wilko (Paper Twine)
- Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
- UHU Stic
- Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
- The Range double-sided foam tape