A very fine swan indeed!

On a warm sunny day whilst walking alongside the Lancaster Canal, my hubby captured a fantastic photo of a swan looking very regal whilst showing off his plumage; this swan definitely wasn’t an ugly duckling in fact “You’re a very fine swan indeed!” as the well-known song says.

The background is Yellow, Aquamarine and Slate Spectrum Aqua markers which I scribbled onto an acrylic block, spritzed with water and pressed onto the page. Then I used the same technique to add some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink over the top. Next I added a series of stamps using London Fog Memento Ink and a Hobbycraft silver pigment ink; these stamps included a Script stamp by Kaisercraft to represent the Ugly Duckling lyrics, a feather stamp by Craft Sensations to depict those beautiful feathers and two crown stamps as he looked very regal. Next I stamped the swan images by Urban Stamps using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and added torn pieces of a blue-green paper from a design pad using a UHU Stic. The swan is a print of the actual photo my hubby took which has been edited to give a vintage monochrome look and stuck to the page using the UHU Stic. Once the glue had dried I outlined the image and the papers with a black Uni Pin Marker and silver metallic paint. I added silver border outline stickers to the blue paper, as well as the small silver cross-like stickers, white diamante-centred flowers, colourful flower shaped stickers and purple rhinestone flowers across the whole page. I added a feather that I picked up alongside the canal on the day of our walk which I’m pretty sure is from a swan, and also some decorative diamante chain to hold it down. To finish I used the same decorative chain under each of the swans that I had stamped.

I’m pleased to be able to join Try it on Tuesday’s theme of “Feathered Friends” and Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the “Elegance & Grunge” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Here’s the original photo my hubby took of the swan, isn’t he magnificent! I can just imagine him singing (grin!):

“Not a quack, not a quack, not a waddle or a quack
But a glide and a whistle and a snowy white back
And a head so noble and high
Say who’s an ugly duckling?
Not I!”

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 (Yellow, Aquamarine, Slate)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Cracked Pistachio)
  • Memento Ink (London Fog, Rich Cocoa)
  • Hobbycraft Pigment Ink (Silver)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Poundland Metallic Paint (Silver)
  • Script Metallic Pen (Silver)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CRO274/16R1)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Docrafts Urban Stamps (12 Days of Christmas – Icons PMA907909)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Vintage Chic Creations CRO701/PL4)
  • Swan printed photo
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Timeless Borders ANT810117)
  • Fancy Stickers (Flowers & Butterflies 28965)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740, Decorative Diamante Chain 26254)
  • The Works Stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)
  • Feather
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic

Fred and Ginger

This page was inspired by my friend’s silver necklace which originally belonged to her mother; she calls it “Fred & Ginge”. I thought the outline of the dancers would be perfect as a centre piece for my journal page and it would be a lovely tribute to these iconic dance partners.

As my friend’s necklace is silver, I started by applying silver metallic acrylic paint to the page with a brayer and leaving it to dry. I then added black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker ink by applying it to an acrylic block, spritzing it with water and pressing it on. Next I stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink. For the roses I used a stencil by Craft Sensations and Liquitex red acrylic paint which I applied using a baby wipe. To shade the rose petals and add texture I then added some Black Soot Distress Ink to the roses using a blending tool and I stippled more red paint over the top using a paint brush. I removed the stencil and added further detail to the rose outlines using a black Uni Pin marker and a white gel pen. I also applied the same Black Soot ink using a blending tool to the grey areas of the page, where there were no roses, to darken the background and emphasis the metallic paint. I flicked some water over this ink and blotted it with a piece of kitchen towel to create light coloured splatters. Then I used a Shabby Harlequin stencil by Creative Expressions and the Black Soot ink as well as a Musicality stamp by Docrafts and black Archival Ink to add more detail to the background. I took a photo of my friend’s necklace, and printed a large image to use as a template to draw around onto music paper, which I cut out, edged with the black Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once the medium had dried I outlined the silhouettes using a black Uni Pin marker to add some shadow.  I added three silver music notes using silver brads and lots of different sized crystals to add a touch of glamour. The larger crystals were linked together on a wire thread so I cut them individually, created swirls with the wire, stuck them to the page using Glossy Accents and placed a smaller crystal on the end of the wire to give a neat finish.

I’m happy to be able to join Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations again who is hosting the “Elegance & Grunge” challenge over at Art Journal Journey and the  “Dancer” theme over at Moo-Mania & More – Challenge.

I have always loved musicals and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were both incredible dancers who had natural style and grace. If you are interested, here are some fun facts:

  • Between 1933 and 1949, Astaire and Rogers appeared in 10 films together.
  • Their first screen pairing occurred in 1933 in the musical film “Flying Down to Rio”.
  • “The Barkleys of Broadway” (1949) was their only film shot in Technicolor; it was their last film and was shot after a 10 year hiatus.
  • The pair had an on-screen chemistry so magical that Rogers became Astaire’s most famous dance partner.
  • Their films followed a set formula where Astaire specified how many minutes could elapse between the beginning of the film and its first musical number, as well as how many minutes of comedy, romance, and drama there should be between dance numbers.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I think cocktails would be an appropriate drink for this famous duo and when “stepping out with my baby” for my birthday we enjoyed a few cocktails with our friends! Maybe you would like an Apple Caipirinha or Cosmopolitan or a bottle of Italian beer or a glass of Prosecco. I’m inviting the T Gang to join us and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

Or a Mint Julep (to make this cocktail muddle 2 parts Bourbon whiskey, 12 mint leaves and ½ dash Gomme syrup with crushed ice and top with soda) or a Citrus Rum Cooler (1½ parts Havana Club Rum, ¼ part Cointreau/orange liqueur and 4 parts orange juice shaken with ice and poured into a glass).

Or even a Big Easy (1½ parts Southern Comfort, ¼ Cointreau/orange liqueur and 2 parts orange juice shaken with ice, strained into a glass over ice and topped up with Ginger Beer). Of course if you prefer soft drinks, tea and coffee are available too. By the way all these cocktails were actually half price so we got to try a few different ones between us – cheers!

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:

  • Poundland Metallic Paint (Silver)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Cadmium Red Medium Hue/Red Lacquer)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.3mm & 0.5mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Docrafts Papermania Creative Essentials A5 Clear Stamp Set (Musicality DCE907112)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Shabby Harlequin CEMSHARL)
  • Music of All Nations Sheet Music
  • The Works (Musical Note Charms)
  • The Works (Jewel Stickers)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasions (Decorative Chain 26253, Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Small silver brads
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Bloom where you are planted

In May we always start planning our bedding plants for the pots and containers in our garden. I’m always excited to visit the plant nursery to select our plants and then plant them up, and we really enjoy watching the flowers bloom over the summer months, hence my page “Bloom where you are planted”.

To start the earthy background I applied Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch and Tea Dye ink from Distress Ink pads directly to the page, and then added water using a paint brush so the ink mixed and blended together. I stamped a Sketchy stamp by Kaisercraft using Potter’s Clay Memento Ink and black Archival Ink. Once the inks had dried I first painted Parchment acrylic paint and then white gesso using my finger to push some of the brighter colours back. Next I added some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, again by blotting the ink pad onto the page and adding water with a paintbrush and I stenciled a honeycomb pattern by Craft Sensations using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. Then I splattered and dripped grey and black Faber-Castell Big Brush markers; I did this by scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block, adding water and then dripping it onto the page. I also used Sanguine and Dark Sepia Big Brush markers to edge the page, smearing the ink with my finger and then I stamped the Sketchy stamp again using the Dark Sepia marker. To create the list of plants that we had bought at the plant nursery, I used a sheet from my “To do list” pad and then I stamped the plant names using black Archival Ink and added the ticks (check-marks) using a black UniPin marker. Next I distressed the edges using a pair of scissors, edged it and splattered it with the grey Big Brush Marker and stuck it to the page using a UHU Stic and washi tape at the corners. I added the rub-on transfer flower pot images and also the sentiment which I think links nicely with the theme. I also added the other wording which signifies that we start planting our bedding plants in May, ready to enjoy them flowering during June, July and August. To finish I added some paper flower embellishments in various colours that match the colours we have chosen for our containers this year.

As I created a grungy feel to my page I’m joining Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the “Elegance & Grunge” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

We decided to try a new plant nursery that was recommended to us and we were amazed by the large plant selection on offer, the quality of the plants and the very reasonable prices. The nursery sold both annuals and perennials but as there were three huge greenhouses of annuals alone, we only looked round these to make our selections for our containers and pots. The plants were fantastic and we will definitely be going back again to look around some more.

On our way back home from the plant nursery we passed a little village called Great Eccleston that has the most wonderful bakery, so we called in, well it would be rude not too (grin!).

There is lots of choice here with home baked breads, cakes, pies and a delicatessen counter. Needless to say we stocked up on quite a few treats.

The breads are amazing, especially the Spelt and Honey bread! As you can see by the empty shelves, their bread is really popular and it was only mid-morning. I like that the staff wear a traditional straw boater and a modern apron.

Their cakes are delicious too, so we bought a cream filled meringue for me and a black forest gateau for my hubby. The portions were huge (that’s a normal tea plate they are served on) so we only ate half each which meant we had two days of treats – yum! We enjoyed them at home with of usual cup of green tea and as T stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang – Happy T Day my friends!

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
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch, Tea Dye, Mowed Lawn)
  • Memento Ink (Potter’s Clay, Rich Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199, Cold Grey IV 233, Sanguine 188 B, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Sketchy CS878)
  • Dovecraft Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • “Things to do … People to see” pad
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Summer #ROY-505 Rub-on, Spring #ROY506 Rub-on, Spring is coming #CUR-666 Rub-on)
  • The Works Washi Tape (Enjoy the Ride)
  • Poundland (Accessories Pack 60911)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic

Lilacs

With the lilacs in full bloom I’m reminded of friends, which makes me smile! They seem to be flowering earlier this year and many gardens around here have them. They remind me of one of my friends in particular who lives in Maine, America and just loves lilacs!

To start, around the edges of the page I applied Potter’s Clay Memento Ink by dabbing the ink pad directly onto my page. Then I used a small brayer by Ranger to apply Liquitex Parchment acrylic paint and then white DecoArt acrylic paint; I didn’t wait for the paint to dry between applications as I wanted to play around and create some texture. Once dry, I stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft using London Fog and Potter’s Clay Memento Ink. Then I stenciled a Shabby Harlequin pattern by Creative Expressions using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. To create the lilacs, I stamped the images with a stamp designed by Tina Higgins using coloured Memento Inks then overlaid the image again with black Archival Ink. I added more colour to the petals, stem and leaves using Spectrum Aqua markers and a white Uniball gel pen. I found an old and crumpled airmail envelope in my hubby’s stamp collection that he had kindly given to me for my art journaling, which I tore, edged with Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. This reminded me of my friend in Maine because although we often Skype we like to send each other cards and notelets in the post throughout the year too.  To continue the postage theme, I stamped some postage marks and small script on the page using black Archival Ink and found a blank white postcard in my craft stash and added the sentiment which is a rub-on transfer by Royal & Langnickel. I thought this sentiment was so appropriate considering that the lilacs remind me of my friend. I tore the edges of the postcard, stained it with Distress Inks using a blending tool and edged it with the Sanguine marker. Then I added a United States postage stamp and stuck the postcard over the envelope using double-sided tape and a green paperclip; I like the grungy feel this created. I edged the page with the Sanguine marker using my finger to smudge the ink and to finish I added two butterfly stickers and the “lilac” wording.

I’m really pleased to be able to join Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations again who is hosting the “Elegance & Grunge” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

There are some wonderful displays of lilacs around our neighbourhood.

These are the deep purple lilacs that inspired my page, aren’t they just gorgeous and they have a lovely sweet fragrance too!

This lilac is so pretty with its paler delicate blossoms. If you are interested, here are some fun facts about lilacs:

  • Lilacs belong to the olive family, Oleaceae.
  • There are more than 1,000 varieties of lilac bushes and trees.
  • Lilacs only flower for about three to six weeks in the spring.
  • In the language of flowers, purple lilacs are the symbol of first love.
  • Purple lilacs are most fragrant on a warm sunny day.
  • The flowers are good for cutting and attractive to butterflies.
  • Lilac blossoms are edible (I didn’t know this – did you?).

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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Memento Ink (Potter’s Clay, London Fog, Lilac Posies, Grape Jelly, Pistachio, Rich Cocoa)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso, Tea Dye)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Red Violet, Magenta, Purple, Wildflower, Moss, Bud Green, Chocolate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Docrafts Papermanina Tina Higgins wooden stamp (Lilac PMA9061108)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencils (Shabby Harlequin CEMSHARL)
  • The Works (Clear Stamps CR0274/TW3)
  • Airmail envelope
  • Lion Brand Postcard
  • Postage Stamp (United States)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY506 Rub-on)
  • Home Bargains (Beautiful Butterflies 22742)
  • Green paperclip
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided tape

April Hare

As you may already know, we love to go out walking and so on a sunny April day we decided to explore the Glasson Dock area some more; this beautiful place is a haven for all sorts of wildlife and birds. This time we were lucky enough to see hares running across the fields and not having seen a hare in the wild before I thought I would capture this moment on my journal page.

I started by applying a thin wash of diluted Peacock Feathers Distress Ink with a paint brush; I did this by stamping the ink pad directly onto an acrylic block and then adding water. Next I stenciled some Twisted Citron Distress Ink through a leaf mask by Craft Sensations using a blending tool and stamped some dots using the same Twisted Citron ink and London Fog Memento Ink.  I stenciled blue circles by Dutch Doobadoo using the Peacock Feathers ink and blotted them with a baby wipe to remove and disperse some of the colour. I also added some fine splatters of the same Distress Inks and black acrylic paint using a paint brush. Then I applied the wording using rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel, which remind me of our walk. The large ink hare image is from a flyer by Emma Underwood and I painted the other two smaller hares myself using eight different colours of Distress Ink, a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen, which was a fun experiment.

This time we went on a circular walk through farmland and countryside and we were amazed to see hares running over the fields and meadows.

They didn’t stay still long enough for us to take photos and although we managed to get a couple of shots, they were out of focus. If you are interested, here are some fun facts about hares:

  • Hares are much larger than rabbits, with longer, black-tipped ears and more powerful hind legs.
  • Hares are herbivores, eating grass and other plants.
  • Hares are very shy and when in danger to protect themselves lie as still as a statue, tucked in close to the ground with their ears pressed flat along their backs.
  • Hares can run incredibly fast, up to 35 miles per hour, although this is usually saved to escape predators.
  • In March and April, hares can often be seen leaping about, chasing each other and sometimes having “boxing matches”. This is where two hares (usually a male and a female) stand up on their hind legs, face to face and box with each other. They do this because the female is not yet ready to mate or as a test of the male’s determination. This spring behaviour is where the expression “Mad as a March Hare” comes from.

We also saw some sweet lambs basking in the sunshine on our walk – aren’t they adorable!

As well as these cheeky guys looking out across one of the farm courtyards.

We had definitely walked up an appetite after 5.5 miles, so we went to our favourite café Lantern O’er Lune at Glasson Dock, which I have featured before in a previous post. As T Stands for Tuesday I’m joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth and the rest of the T Gang with our pot of green tea and panini with chips (fries). The panini is Cumberland sausage, Cheddar cheese and red onion chutney which is a lovely combination.

Their panini are always served with a side of coleslaw and the yummiest salad which contains water melon and strawberries – delicious!

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 (Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Ground Espresso, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserve)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Dutch Doobadoo Dutch Mask A5 (Geometric Tiles)
  • Woodware Francoise Collection stamp set (Flower Style Wood Set FRSWS003)
  • Flyer – Emma Underwood
  • Old book – The Fox & The Orchard
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY-506 Rub-on, Summer #ROY-505 Rub-on)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

By Air, By Land And Sea

I am so honoured and excited to have been asked to join Try it on Tuesday as a Guest Designer for their fabulous theme of “Transport”.

My art journal page is inspired by all different types of transport that you can use when travelling “By Air, By Land And Sea”.

I started by stamping two ticket images by Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamps and a “travel” and a “destination” word stamp by Royal & Langnickel using black Archival Ink across the background of the page. I stained the page with Tea Dye, Crushed Corduroy and Black Soot Distress Inks using a blending tool, concentrating the colour around the edge of the page. I dripped water onto the page and blotted it with a piece of kitchen towel which removed some of the ink and then I added some fine splatters of the black acrylic paint; I like the worn vintage look these created. I tore the edges of a map paper from an American Crafts Paper Pad and edged it with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen which I then stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. To tie into the transport theme, I added a series of transport and postage mark stamps using the same black Archival Ink, these included a plane, a train, a car and a ship. I added some wooden arrow and star embellishments and created some wood effect wording. I did this by firstly adding black alphabet rub-on transfers, then I scratched the surface of the transfers with a craft knife and stained the paper I had exposed with a Fawn Spectrum Aqua marker. I scratch the letter surfaces some more and then I painted the letters with white gesso using a very fine paint brush. Once the gesso had dried I coloured the letters with the same Aqua marker a couple of times. To finish the page, I found some beautiful and colourful postage stamps from my hubby’s childhood collection featuring a plane, a helicopter, trains, a baggage truck, a car, a truck, a bus and a coach. These postage stamps are from Romania and I stuck them to the page using double-sided foam tape.

As any of these modes of transport can take you on a “Magical Mystery Tour”, I’m also pleased to join Hazel again at Art Journal Journey.

We enjoy travelling by air, by land and sea! Having travelled to Prague a number of times we found they have a great public transport network which includes trains, buses and trams. We had lots of fun exploring the city by tram.

The river and bridges are beautiful and you can experience the city by boat if you wish. In this photo you can also see two of the most famous and amazing landmarks in Prague – Charles Bridge which is a historic bridge dating back to 1357 that crosses the Vltava River and also high on the hill in the old part of town is St. Vitus Cathedral.

We didn’t see many bikes though, only this cyclist who ventured out in the snow. I really don’t think this mode of transport would be very enjoyable because of the cobbled streets and tram tracks (grin!).

On one of our visits we even saw this gold SUV – now that’s really travelling in style!

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)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Fawn)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamps (All Aboard – Tags PMA907178 )
  • The Works (Clear Stamps CR0274/TW3)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice Stamps (Traveler MIN-CCS103)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies Vintage Collection cling mounted rubber stamps (Bird Song ICO151)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (Taxis I3108)
  • American Crafts DIY Shop Collection (366665)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Helvetica ¾ inch #ROY-804 Rub-on)
  • The Works (Wooden Decorations)
  • Postage stamps – Romania
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

I believe I can fly

Recently we discovered a new tea and coffee house called The Blackbird, it is a lovely setting with pretty birdcages hanging from the ceiling, quotes and sayings adorning the walls, along with different merchandise made by local crafters decorating the room. The place was so uplifting that I created this page adding the words “I believe I can fly”.

I started by stenciling Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Black Soot Distress Inks through a Dutch Mask by Dutch Doobadoo using a blending tool, outlining some of the shapes with a black Uni Pin fine line marker to give more definition and interest. To tie into the blackbird theme and birdcages that we saw in the café, I fussy cut the bird and also the birdcages from a gift bag that someone had given me. I then stenciled the fussy cut birdcages using the same background mask and Distress Inks so when they were stuck to the page it looked like you could see through them. I also added some gold acrylic paint to the cages so they were a slightly different tone to the background. I coloured the bird and birdcage details with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and the same black Uni Pin to make them stand out more. They are stuck to the page using Matte Gel Medium and the birdcages are hanging from border stickers by Sandylion. The flowers are felt pads which I fussy cut to create the different pieces and adhered using a UHU Glue Pen. I stamped black dots using black Archival Ink and then I stuck a flower rhinestone in the middle of each one. As there were quotes and sayings around the cafe,  I thought I would add one to my page as well. The wording is rub-on transfers, except “FLY” which is stamped using the same Archival Ink and an alphabet stamp set from Papermania. I added some word border stickers from the same set by Sandylion, these remind me of the time we had at the café. To finish I added shadows around some of the elements using a Slate Spectrum Aqua marker.

My page includes a quote so I am just in time to join Try it on Tuesday again for their challenge “Add a Quote” and as we went on a “Magical Mystery Tour” and discovered this new café, I’m also pleased to be able to join Hazel over at Art Journal Journey.

The Blackbird tea and coffee house is in Ansdell, not that far from where we live. It’s located in a parade of shops and the building used to be an old bank.

The inside of the café is so welcoming, I loved reading all the sayings on the wall art and looking at the beautiful birdcages.

They also have lovely craft pieces for sale that have been made locally, my favourite were these gorgeous Birdies especially Hector (top shelf second from the right). I’ve been looking online and it looks like I can buy the materials to make my very own Hector (grin!). Which little Birdie do you like best?

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m joining the T Gang with my pot of green tea, chicken and sweetcorn sandwich and the most amazing salted caramel cake ever – yum!

There were other delicious looking cakes to choose from …

… as well as this selection of teas and coffees to suit all tastes.

Wishing you all 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Black Soot)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Poundland Metallic Acrylic Paint (Gold)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Slate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Dutch Doobadoo A5 Vintage Mask (Dutch Mask)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z clear stamp set (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Paper gift bag
  • Letraset Transfer (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm RDC0251)
  • Sandylion Kelly Panacci Scrapbook Collection (Stickers & Borders KSCB102)
  • Poundland Felt Pads (Black)
  • UHU Glue Pen
  • Winsor & Newton Matt Gel Medium