Hotel Majestic

Today’s page reflects back on a time when the Hotel Majestic was one of the finest treasures in St. Anne’s on the Sea. Alas it has been demolished now, so I created a page in its memory!

To cover the background I collaged torn sewing pattern pieces onto the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once they had dried I applied black and gold Spectrum Aqua Marker ink by scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block, spritzing the block with water and pressing and dripping the ink over the page. I like the way the gold colour is more concentrated at the edges of the collaged paper emphasising the layers.  Next I stamped various stamps by Hampton Art using black Archival Ink; these included a palm tree, crowns, art deco borders and a postage mark which tie into the era and décor of the Hotel Majestic. The Majestic was also known for its music and grandeur so I added some washi tape music notes and black decorative tape, then I used gold size to adhere the gold leaf. I found an old picture of the Majestic in a local magazine and added a gold border, the hotel name and the dates that it stood in our town; which are all outline stickers. I used photo corners and double-sided foam tape to adhere it to the page. To finish I added gold chain and “style” outline stickers to the background and some gold sequins which are stuck down using Glossy Accents.

I really like the vintage art deco look of this page and I’m very pleased to join the lovely Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations again who is hosting the “Elegance & Grunge” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

The Majestic Hotel was originally called the Imperial Hydro which opened in 1910, you can still see the initials IH on the two brick archways which are the only parts remaining of the hotel. It was renamed the Majestic in 1920 and many stars appearing in Blackpool shows stayed there over the years.

I love this old photo of the Hotel Majestic, it looks such a grand and stunning building! If you look closely you can see the archways on the right hand side of the hotel, they look quite small in comparison to the building itself. The hotel was built between the pier and the town Square, it had 200 bedrooms, tennis courts and was the height of luxury. Here’s an interesting link on YouTube that shows the old brochure of the Hotel Majestic with photos and descriptions of the facilities and interior.

The hotel closed down in 1972 as the costs of modernising it made it unsustainable. Sadly, it was demolished in 1975 and replaced with these five storey flats. What a shame as it must have been an amazing place to stay during its heyday.

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, Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Hampton Art Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps (Graphic 45 – Tropical Travelogue ICO134 & ICO135, 7 Gypsies – Birdsong ICO151)
  • Style Sewing Pattern
  • Local Magazine
  • Gold Leaf
  • Hobbycraft Outline Stickers (Gold Harmony 934031001)
  • Magenta Style Outline Stickers (Daisy Gold)
  • Dovecraft Peel-off Stickers (Alphas Caps Gold DCPO-05)
  • Poundland Decorative Border Tape (Black)
  • Poundland Assorted Sequins
  • Annie Sloan Water Based Gold Size
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

New Year 2017

I created this journal page to welcome in the New Year and celebrate the year ahead.

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I added an abstract circle/heart stamp using Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink over the whole page, then diluted the same ink and smooshed it onto the page. To dilute this ink I applied the pad directly onto an acrylic block and the sprayed the ink with water. I used the same technique to smoosh Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink too. I then stamped the heart and the music sheet images using black Archival Ink and the abstract circle/heart stamp again using Paris Dusk Memento Ink. I used a UHU Stic to stick pieces of tissue paper with lovely gold stars on it; this was recycled from the packing of a Christmas present I received. I added gold outline stickers for the hearts detail and the wording and then some gold glittery circles and dots which are Glitterations stickers. The gold metal star-shaped embellishments are the tops from some broken Christmas baubles. Then to finish I adhered pieces of plasterboard/drywall tape and some small gold sequins.

We keep finding lots of the small gold sequins on the floor and we are not quite sure where they have come from! Anyhow, my hubby kindly picked them up from the floor and saved them for me to use on a journal page, so of course I had to use them right away.  The story behind the broken baubles happened on Boxing Day at 2am when we were woken up with a jump – our precious Christmas tree full of decorations which we have collected from all our holidays/vacations over the years had fallen off the sideboard. These items are very sentimental to us as we like to reminisce about our travels each year whilst putting up the tree. A lot of them are not particularly Christmassy in theme, but they look good displayed on the tree. Luckily it landed on the sofa, and although we did have some broken items, my clever hubby has managed to mend most of them. The only things we couldn’t put back together were a couple of the old glass baubles that we weren’t too worried about as we have a few of them left, so rather than waste them I thought I would recycle what I could, hence using some of the bauble tops for this page. I’m very pleased to be able to join Erica from BioArtGal who is hosting Art Journal Journey’s January theme “Tell me a Story”. My hubby spent time on Boxing day making a stand extension to stabilise and allow the tree to be clamped to the sideboard, to prevent it happening again and then I had fun dressing the tree (and reminiscing) again – so it all turned out well in the end.

cheers

Here we are welcoming in the New Year. We are looking forward to 2017 and have even started to schedule events, festivals, volunteering and celebrations on our calendar (diary). As you will probably guess I’m very excited by this as they provide the inspiration for my future journal pages. Wishing you all the best for 2017, may it bring you much love and happiness!

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 (Cracked Pistachio, Chipped Sapphire)
  • Memento Ink (Paris Dusk)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Sugarload Inc. Anita’s wood mounted stamps (26645, 26631)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Clear Magic Singles stamp (Sheet Music JGS111)
  • Gold star tissue paper
  • Dovecraft Peel-off Stickers (Family Gold CPO-17, Alpha Caps Gold DCPO-05)
  • Anita’s Glitterations (Circle Frames Gold ANT 8181028)
  • Craft Central Outline Stickers (Love – Gold)
  • Metal Christmas bauble tops
  • Gold Sequins
  • 151Adhesives Plasterboard & Drywall Tape
  • UHU Stic and Glue Pen

Welcome to Arundel!

We had such a fun time visiting family over the holiday season and we went to one of our favourite places, so I captured this on a journal page to share with you – Welcome to Arundel!

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I cut masking tape into strips and created a grid pattern on the background to depict the wonderful old-fashioned shop windows that we saw throughout the town. I then coloured the windows with Milled Lavender and Mustard Seed Distress Ink using a blending tool to make the windows glow with light. The Arundel Castle is such a majestic landmark and towers over the town, so I had to include it on my page, I drew and cut the battlements out of patterned paper from a Design Pad. Then I outlined them with a black Sharpie permanent marker and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic which I used for everything else too. The Christmas tree is cut out of the same paper and the baubles are created from Glitterations circle stickers and also images fussy cut from a Christmas card that I had kept to recycle. I like the way the gold glitter sparkles, it reminds me of the town as there were trees on every shop front with lights glowing and sparkling magically. The image of Arundel high street is from a leaflet and depicts Arundel in olden days, the edges are finished using Distress Ink and a blending tool. I also added the “Welcome to Arundel” wording from the leaflet, outlining it with a Glitterations circle sticker. Next I created the candles using strips of lace and the same stickers, the lace design was inspired by fellow crafters who had stalls in one of the old buildings we looked around. I also thought of Valerie when I saw them as she has a thing for candles and they tie into this month’s theme of ‘Light and Darkness’ over at Art Journal Journey. To finish I added extra sparkle using glitter glue to make the candles glow, gold glitter stickers and images from the same recycled Christmas card. I love how this page sparkles!

castle

Arundel is located in West Sussex and you get fantastic views of the Arundel Castle as it is located high on a hill and overlooks the surrounding area. It was built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel.  The castle and grounds are quite extensive, and look magnificent; one day we may venture inside I think the gardens alone would be quite inspirational and keep us busy for days!

river

The castle overlooks the River Arun, we had a beautiful walk along its banks with views over the South Downs, then through woodland and alongside the castle moat which lead us back to the town.

square

As you can see the town square hasn’t changed much from the picture I included on my journal page – well maybe the sheep and cows aren’t there anymore (tee hee!) and like the rest of the town it was wonderfully decorated for the festive season.

windows-and-trees

Here’s a great example of the old-fashioned windows and twinkling trees on the shop fronts, isn’t it magical!

high-st

The castle walls can even be seen up the high street, it is such an integral part of the town.

shops

There were lots of beautiful shops to explore and they are dog friendly too! The shops include antiques, craft, books, gift, flowers and fudge shops as well as the many art galleries and tea rooms. We had great fun browsing and window shopping after our lunch (more to come on that in one of my next posts).

Wishing you all the fun of the Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!

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 (Milled Lavender, Mustard Seed)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Urban Style CR0701/16PL2)
  • Recycled Christmas Card
  • Arundel Museum leaflet
  • Poundworld (Adhesive Lace Strips U-80935)
  • Anita’s Glitterations (Circle Frames – Gold ANT8181028)
  • UHU Stic
  • Wilko Low Tack Masking Tape