Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You

When I started this page I didn’t have any real direction, so I asked my hubby to choose the media and some random colours for my background. He chose a set of brightly coloured Distress Inks; I’m not surprised that he chose these colours as he always prefers vibrant, bright ones. His choice linked perfectly with a saying that always makes me smile “Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You”, so I created this page to link to this month’s theme “Poetry in Motion” over at Art Journal Journey.

I started by stencilling a piece of white card and also the page with modelling paste using a Viva Décor Universal Stencil called Past Times. The paste is mixed with black acrylic paint to turn it black and was left over from a greeting card that I made. Once you add paint to modelling paste it becomes wetter and takes longer to dry, so I left it overnight to dry out completely. Next I took Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks that my hubby had chosen and applied patches of colour to the page using a blending tool keeping the colour in vertical stripes. I also applied the ink pads directly to an acrylic block, spritzed the block with water and pressed it onto the page allowing the different colours to blend where the stripes joined.  Using the block again, I dripped diluted inks onto the page, so they pooled and ran down between the modelling paste when the page was tilted to create channels of colour. I fussy cut the cogs that I had stencilled on the white card and then applied the same Distress Inks, they are stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape to add more dimension. The words are stamped using black Archival Ink on craft tags, which I coloured with the same Distress Inks using a blending tool as well as diluting the ink with water and flicking it onto the tags using a paintbrush. To finish, I added gemstones to the cog centres.

Of late I have been thinking of our Annual International Kite Festival which is normally held on our local beach in August, but this year it’s been scheduled for September instead because of the tides (being a beach event this festival is completely tide dependent and so they choose dates when there is a low tide). As always I’m looking forward to the festival and this colourful and happy page reminds me of the festival’s Samba Sunday and in particular this dancer, who we saw last year – doesn’t she look fabulous!

Here’s the Samba procession as it winds it way down the promenade to the beach and pier. It is fun to watch the dancers, listen to the music and follow the parade; aren’t the costumes amazing!

The band is wonderful and the music is very uplifting. If you are interested, here are some fun facts about samba:

  • Samba music is carnival rhythms which originate in Brazil.
  • The Samba dance is lively, rhythmical and full of energy.
  • The music is played with different instruments, this includes: Bass drums (known as surdo drums) which are used to keep a steady beat; Snare drums; A whistle called an apito which is used by the band leader to begin and end sections of music; as well as other types of un-tuned percussion and different bells.
  • The musicians move along with the dancers. As such most samba drums are made of very light material so that they can be carried through the streets for hours on end.
  • The music is very loud, which is similar to other drumming bands, so it attracts listeners.

I think the Samba dancers and band also encompass the words “Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You”.

I would just like to offer a special thank you for all the lovely supportive comments I have received, and for the wonderful pages that have already been linked to the “Poetry in Motion” theme over at Art Journal Journey! If you want to join in the fun too then all you need to do is link a page that you have created which has been inspired by your favourite poem, quote or saying. I look forward to seeing 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:

  • Pébéo Modeling Paste High Density
  • Liquitex Artist Colour Acrylic (Ivory Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Viva Décor Universal Stencil (Past Times 9002 703 00)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE907115)
  • The Works (Assorted Craft Tags)
  • Poundland (504 Gems)
  • White card stock
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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Let’s go fly a kite

This year’s St Anne’s Kite Festival was the best yet with more kites than ever! We really enjoyed our weekend so I was inspired to create this page.

Lets go fly a kite - art journal page

I started by gluing strips of different coloured tissue paper to a piece of white cardboard with matte gel medium, letting the tissue cascade over the edges to form tails for the kites that I created. For the background I painted cloud shaped patches of white gesso using my finger, then with a paint brush added diluted grey Memento Ink, blue Colourfast Brusho Crystal powders and Distress Inks to create a cloud effect. I stamped the kite image across the page in diagonal lines using Memento Ink. I also applied word transfers diagonally and fussy cut some bunting out of a magazine to join the words together so they look like they are floating in the clouds. The butterflies are outline transfer stickers which I coloured black using my Sharpie marker. I then cut images from the card which I had covered in tissue paper to create my kites. I outlined them with a black Big Brush marker, used stickers for the strings and flower detail, and then stuck them all to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish I stamped the verse with black Archival Ink and underlined it with dots so it stood out more.

FotoJet Collage 1

Here’s some of my inspiration for the kites I created for my page. Even though most of the kites are the size of a bus, we liked the smaller birds kite in the picture, which we actually thought were real birds until we got closer as they moved independently to each other.

Picnic 1

We had a wonderful day at the Kite Festival and set up camp on the beach to view the kites, listen to the live bands and watch the world go by! We had a delicious picnic of hummus, Naan bread pieces and crudities followed by ham and smoked cheese sandwiches with crisps (chips to my American friends), and our dessert was homemade Victoria Sponge filled with fresh cream and homemade jam and of course all washed down with ice cold home brewed beer. A good time was had by all! As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth and wishing you all a Happy T day!

I think these images may appeal to some members of the T Gang, please let me know which are your favourites.

Kite 2 a

Birds, bees and dragonflies!
Kites 2 b

The ladybirds (ladybugs) and cows are tethered to the ground and look like they are moving as they bob around in the breeze.

Kites 2 c

There’s just so much to see!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Salty Ocean)
  • Colourfast Brusho Colour Crystals (Turquoise)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.5mm)
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point (Black)
  • Docrafts Papermania wooden stamp (Nostalgia by John Byers – Kite PMA9061309)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE907115)
  • Docrafts Craft Planet Metallic Waterfall Stickers (Beach CPT6771205)
  • Sandylion Kelly Panacci Scrapbook Collection (Stitches & Borders KSCB102)
  • Hobbycraft Outline Stickers (Silver Mixed Butterfly 5933961000)
  • Wilko A5 Stickers
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Tissue paper (Assorted Colours)
  • White cardboard
  • Magazine