Jungle Paradise

When I saw the front cover of a free in-store advertising magazine I thought it would be perfect for some challenges, including the Flora and Fauna theme that I am hosting at Art Journal Journey (grin!).

I started by ripping the back page of the magazine into strips and sticking them vertically down the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. I used a Navy Spectrum Aqua marker to colour the white edges of the torn paper, shading the colour from light to dark to compliment the design. As I wanted more of a glossy finish to show off the bright colours, I covered the whole page with a thin layer of PVA glue. From the front cover and inside pages of the magazine, I fussy cut the monkey and leopard images, the circular image of the elephant, the leaf semi-circle and a circular leaf background; the monkey image is stuck on top of the leaf background using UHU Stic. I edged all the circular images with gold Glitterations stickers and stuck them onto the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish, I added the gold flowers and dots which are also Glitterations stickers.

When I created this page, the elephant reminded me of this cute little statue that we discovered in Chester (grin!).

It is situated near to Chester Cathedral, which is such a lovely place to visit.

The interior of the cathedral is spectacular as it has quite a varied history with the original church being built in a Romanesque or Norman style, and then subsequently rebuilt from around 1250 onward in the Gothic style which we discovered took around 275 years.

The alter looked amazing with its ornate carvings and gold leaf …

… and the windows were stunning with the sun streaming in through them.

Although this is not a Jungle Paradise you will find this garden paradise in a courtyard within the cathedral, it was such a wonderful surprise and a lovely place to sit and relax.

The new green leaves seem so vibrant this time of year and the central water feature was so beautiful too!

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Art Journal Journey as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

With the flower images in my background I’m pleased to join the challenge over at Moo Mania and More where their theme is Flowers.

I’m also joining Mixed Media World and their theme is Anything Goes…optional Pink.

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 (Navy)
  • Free In-Store Advertising Magazine from a home furnishing store.
  • Anita’s Glitterations (Frame Circles – Gold ANT8181028)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations (Gold Flowers ANT8181020)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Everbuild 501 Universal PVA Bond
  • The Range double-sided tape
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Happy Easter

As it is Easter this weekend I was inspired to create an art journal page to wish all of you who celebrate – a very Happy Easter!

I started by applying diluted Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to the page by stamping the pad onto an acrylic block and picking the ink up with a wet paintbrush. Then I sprinkled on some Leaf Green Colourfast Brusho powder and spritzed it with water to watch the colours burst onto the page. I used a stencil by Dutch Doobadoo Masks to add a dot design using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and a circle design using Mustard Seed Distress Ink. I also added Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using a star stencil from Creative Stencils and then stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink. Next I edged the page with the Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and a blending tool and splattered the whole page with white and black DecoArt acrylic paint. The eggs and flowers are made from felt and are stuck to the page using a UHU glue pen and glue dots. I drew lines on the page for the stems and then covered them with either strips of black gems or black border Glitterations stickers. I also added some little black flower stickers and the words “smile” and “fun” which are stickers from Sandylion Sticker Designs and stamped some leaves from Hampton Art using black Archival Ink. To finish, I fussy cut a “Happy Easter” banner which I recycled from an advertising leaflet, backed it with white card, edged it with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck it to the page using double-sided tape.

Continuing the Easter theme, here are some of the little chicks and eggs that are adorning my seasonal window (grin!)

There are about 24 chicks adorning the branches – aren’t they cute!

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

Over at Moo Mania and More the theme is Happy Easter so I’m pleased to join in the fun and wish you all a Happy Easter!

I’m pleased to be able to join the lovely Rosie from Rosie’s Bastelwelt who is hosting the Spring challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my colourful springtime Easter page.

I enjoyed using stamping and stencilling to create this page so I’m also happy to join the Stencils & Masks challenge over at The Artistic Stamper.

I’m also joining the Use a stencil and Three Mediums challenge over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge as I used stencils and at least three mediums which included Distress Inks, Brushos and Acrylic paints to create my Happy Easter page.

I’m also joining the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday challenge as I used a fun inking technique layering the different Distress Inks using stencils and a blending tool to create my colourful Easter art journal page.

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 (Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Colours (Leaf Green)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Dutch Doobadoo Dutch Mask Art A5 (Geometric Tiles)
  • Creative Stencils Craft Essentials (MAOB0004 – Stars)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Script CS752)
  • Hampton Art Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Surf & Turf ICO226
  • Advertising leaflet
  • White card
  • Poundland (Design Gems 175751)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations Stickers (Black Border ANT8181015)
  • Sandylion Sticker Designs Kelly Panacci (Stitches & Borders KSCB102)
  • Aldi (Easter Collection Bonnet Accessories 25099751)
  • Home Bargains (Decorative Sticks 38352)
  • Wilko (Sticky Dots)
  • UHU Glue Pen
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

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

Friends

I enjoyed creating this page and would like to dedicate it to three of my best friends who are going through hard times at the moment.

Having only the quote in mind, I sought inspiration for my page from some great blog challenges that I wanted to join. I always find that these challenges really capture my imagination and I have such a fun time incorporating them all into my design, and this page was no exception (grin!).

I started by colouring the background with Faber-Castell Gelatos; I did this by scribbling Bubble Gum, Orange Soda and Lemon gelatos onto my page and then smudging them with my finger. These bright colours make me happy as they remind me of some flowers that were bought for me recently so they are perfect for Yvonne‘s theme of “Colour in my World” over at Art Journal Journey. I kept the gelatos thick for the next technique, where I used a baby wipe through two different stencils to remove some of the gelato colour.

I like the way the bubbles and crosses are twinkling over the page and to enhance this look I added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to each bubble, which was inspired by Monday’s “Shimmer and Shine” challenge over at Simon Says Stamp. Next I stamped the heart and circle design by Sugarloaf Inc. using black Archival Ink, I love this stamp it’s one of my favourites. Then I added more shiny elements in the form of Designer Vinyls by Craftime which have a black high gloss finish and detail intricate designs of friends at play. These images were inspired by the “My Friend” theme over at Try it on Tuesday and works perfectly with the quote. I printed the word “Friends” from my computer, fussy cut the letters out, coloured them black with a Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. They are outlined with Dovecraft black Pearl Effects and more shimmer was added to the centre of each letter using the Wink of Stella glitter brush. Then I used an alphabet stamp set from Docrafts with black Archival Ink, to stamp the rest of the quote, which reads:

“Friends fill your life with joy, your soul with sunshine and your heart with love”.

I added more shimmer and shine using some pretty glitter butterflies from Poundland and also some glossy hearts and flowers from the same Designer Vinyl set. Then I stamped a border by Hampton Art around the edge of the page using the black Archival Ink and added the neon orange border over the top which is from a pack of 3D Border Glitterations by Docrafts Papermania; I really like the glitter effect and their transparency as you can still see the stamped border beneath them. To finish, I added a black Glitterations border on the inner edge of the orange border to frame the page with a sparkly black line too.

Here are the beautiful flowers that coloured my world, they were a gift from a family member who stayed with us recently, I chose similar colours for my page as they make me so happy when I see them – aren’t they stunning!

I love creating my art journal pages using mixed media so I’m also pleased to join the “Anything Mixed Media Goes” challenge over at Mixed Media World.

I also really enjoyed incorporating some of my favourite stamps for the background, border and quote on my page, and taking inspiration from Majo who used quotes on her artwork over at Craft Stamper, I thought it would be fun to join their “Anything Goes” Stamping Challenge!

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:

  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Bubble Gum, Orange Soda, Lemon)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Zig Memory System Wink of Stella Brush (GL Clear 999)
  • Dovecraft Pearl Effects (Brights – Black DCBS92PD)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Point Marker (Black 0.3mm)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Anita’s Sugarloaf Inc. wood mounted rubber stamp (26645)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Alpha Folk DCE907115)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Inc. cling mounted rubber stamps (Borders ICO160)
  • “Friends” computer printout
  • Craftime Designer Vinyls (B/W Boy & Girl PBDV02)
  • Poundland (Mini Glitter Embellishments 59409)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations 3D Borders (Neon Orange PMA818103)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations (Black Borders ANT8181015)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic
  • UHU Glue Pen

Aspire

Today I’m sharing another page inspired by my trip to Blackpool Central Library, and this time I have taken another one of the fabulous stained glass windows that depicts the word “Aspire” as my inspiration. My design includes the arrows and words that can be found etched into the window design, as well as the meaning of the word “aspire” which was cleverly defined through the images that can be seen on the window.

I started by stamping a cog image from a Steampunk stamp set by Docrafts using black Archival Ink to create clusters of cogs. I then used the same ink to stamp a series of arrow stamps by Hampton Art; this replicates the arrows pointing upwards that were etched on the window panes. I also added diagonal stripes to the largest arrows that I had stamped using a black Uni Pin marker to further match the etched glass design. Next I painted diluted Fawn and Topaz Spectrum Aqua markers onto the page, by scribbling the ink onto an acrylic block, spritzing it liberally with water and then applying it to the page with a paint brush. I gradually built up the colour so that it was more concentrated around the edges of the page. I like the way the clean finish of the background mimics the transparency of the glass window.

To give a metal look to the cogs that I had stamped, I coloured them with Fawn, Topaz, Desert and Chestnut Spectrum Aqua Markers. Then I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the cog and arrow images that I had stamped to give them some dimension so that they appear like glass shining from the page. Whilst the Glossy Accents was drying I created this card to depict the word Aspire and the meaning of it that can be derived from the window itself. I used a card by Docrafts Papermania which I cut to size and coloured the dark blue elements of the pattern black using black Sharpie and Uni Pin markers. I took an old dictionary and cut the page containing the word ‘aspire’ and glued it to the front of the card and also to the inside using a UHU Stic. Then I covered both pieces of dictionary text with a thin layer of gesso, aged it with Tea Dye Distress Ink using a blending tool and distressed the edges using the Fawn and Chestnut Spectrum Aqua Markers smudging the ink with my finger to give a vintage look. I stamped the word “ASPIRE” onto the front using a Docrafts alphabet stamp set and black Archival Ink.

Then I also added the definition from the Collins dictionary onto the inside of the card using an alphabet stamp set by Dovecraft and the same black ink. To finish the card I added some pretty coloured rub-on transfers by Kaisercraft to the front and inside of the card which reminded me of stained glass window designs, and then I stuck it to the page using double-sided tape. I also added the hot air balloons which are also rub-on transfers and the saying “Up, up and away” to symbolise the word “Up” that was etched on the glass and also the space rocket lifting off on the window design. To compliment the images I had stamped and to accentuate the illusion of upwards movement, I added black lines of Glitterations stickers and copper gemstone borders to draw the eye upwards. To finish, I embellished some of the stamped cogs with bronze gemstones to add more sparkle and edged the page with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

As you may have discovered in my two previous posts, which you can find here and here, this library dates back to 1911. In 2011 to mark the centenary the interior was refurbished and eight new stained glass windows were installed. Here is the beautiful “Aspire” window which inspired my latest page.

Having used these beautiful natural colours as well as different mixed media on my page, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way for her “Colour in my World” challenge over at Art Journal Journey and the “Anything Mixed Media Goes” challenge over at Mixed Media World.

With the metal cogs and copper gems, I’m also pleased to join the “Metal” theme over at Country View Challenge.

I’m pleased that the clean finish and simplicity of my design also fits the “Clean and Simple” challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I really like the steampunk feel that I created too, so I’m joining in the fun over at SanDee and amelie’s Steampunk Challenges with their “Anything Goes – Steampunk/Industrial” theme.

I enjoyed using all the different stamps to create this page, so I’m also pleased to be able to join the September Challenge of “Anything Goes: (must include stamping)” over at Craft Stamper.

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)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Fawn, Topaz, Desert, Chestnut)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Hampton Art Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125, Alpha Trad DCE907116)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Docrafts Papermania Mini Cards & Stamp Set (Capsule Geometric Krafts PMA105308)
  • The Oxford Pocket Dictionary
  • Docrafts Glitterations (Black Borders ANT8181015)
  • Kaisercraft Rub-ons (Up, Up & Away collection RB870, Lush Collection RB868)
  • Docrafts Forever Friends Opulent (Adhesive Dome Borders FFS351111)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic
  • X-Press It double-sided tape

Freedom

Last week we went to the Blackpool Central Library which dates back to 1911 and was built in the Edwardian Baroque style. I was so inspired by the wonderful architecture and the fabulous interior that I have a few pages that I want to create. This is my first page and is inspired by one of the stunning stained glass window designs that can be found in the library.

Inspired by the window colours and design, I added Gold, Kingfisher and Aquamarine Spectrum Aqua Markers to the page by applying them onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and then pressing the block onto the page. I also dripped the ink from the acrylic block onto the page too. I love the intensity of the colours and how they have layered and merged together. Next I added splatters of black acrylic paint using a paintbrush. Then using black Versafine Ink and an alphabet stamp set by Papermania I stamped the word “Freedom”, which is detailed on the window and is stamped in the same shape as the window design. I applied black Papermania embossing powder over the top of the ink and then shook the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper tapping the page against the table to remove any stray powder; I didn’t take too much care in removing the embossing powder as it adds to the grunge look. Once the excess powder was safely returned to its container, I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the letters, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. I like the way the letters stand out from the background as it looks a bit like the lead of the stained glass. To replicate some of the detail found at the top of the window, I used the same alphabet stamp set to add random black embossed letters to the top and bottom edges of the page using the same technique.  I also secondary stamped some of these letters using the black Versafine ink and then stamped them again using the Spectrum Aqua markers to create a layered look. As a butterfly was part of the window design, I stamped a Vintage-Cherish butterfly image and also a doily stamp, both by Kaisercraft, using the black Versafine Ink. Then I used Glitterations outline stickers to add the black lines and blue gems to add some sparkle which reminds me of the light shining through the glass. For the butterfly, I fussy cut the image from a doodle book, changing the shape slightly. Then I coloured in the zentangle patterns using yellow, light blue, black and white Uni Posca paint pens and stuck it to the page using double-sided tape in the centre and double-sided foam tape to raise the wings and create a 3D effect.

The beautiful colours on my page link to Yvonne from Meggy’s Way‘s theme of “Colour in my World” over at Art Journal Journey.

And the vintage look links to the “Vintage” theme over at The Mixed Media Challenge.

My page also matches the combination of colourful yellow and peacock feather images from the moodboard over at Mixed Media World so I’m joining in their “Anything Mixed Media Goes with Moodboard ” challenge.

As I created this page using lots of stamp images, I’m also linking to the “Stamp It” theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

The Central Library in Blackpool is quite an imposing building being constructed of Accrington red brick with stone dressings and beautiful columns on each side of the doorway. You can see the words “Central Public Library” carved above the doorway and at the very top there is an octagonal leaded dome.

The interior was renovated in 2011 marking the centenary of the building and this included installing some beautiful stained glass windows. This is window that inspired the ink splatters, “freedom”, letters and butterflies on my page design.

It was such a beautiful place that provided me with so much inspiration that I plan to create a few more journal pages which I’ll be sharing with you along with some photos of the interior next week so watch this space.

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 (Gold, Kinngfisher, Aquamarine)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black PMA4021006)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Vintage-Cherish CS831, Doily CS297)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z Clear Stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • North Parade Publishing Ltd (Suduko & Doodles Animal Kingdom)
  • Docrafts Glitterations (Black Borders ANT8181015)
  • Home Bargains (Gem Jewels 63283)
  • X-Press It double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape