The Planets

Whilst out and about on our tandem we discovered some stone mosaic planets in one of our local parks. They were so pretty and unexpected that I thought I would create a space themed page after seeing them.

I started by creating a template of the Earth from white card by drawing the different sections and cutting them out. Using this template I then cut different papers to form the sections choosing designs that linked to the space theme; these included star constellations, space craft, dot shaped numbers, map grids and a denim dark blue to depict the sky at night. I had them sat on my cutting mat and I liked the pattern behind them so much, that I created the mat design on my page as the background. I did this by drawing black lines using a ruler and a Uni Pin marker and stamping lines of a dot and a dash border by Hampton Art using black Archival Ink. Next I edged the Earth sections using a black Sharpie Permanent Marker, stuck them to the page using double-sided tape and outlined the Earth shape using the black Uni Pin marker. To finish I added five space postage stamps from Equatorial Guinea using double-sided foam tape, these large designs are so colourful they really make the page.

As my page includes numerous circles including the shape of the Earth, the small dot border stamp and those contained within the different design papers, I’m pleased to join Rosie who is hosting the “Circles” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

These are the wonderful planets that we saw at the park.

They form part of the play area so that children can learn all about the Solar System.

Me and my hubby saw them on one of our longer tandem rides when we headed up Blackpool prom and although our tandem isn’t quite space travel it sure is fun (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:

  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Design Inc. Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps (Borders ICO160, Thankful ICO162)
  • American Crafts Paper Pad (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Craft paper pack
  • White card
  • Postage Stamps from  my hubby’s childhood collection (Equatorial Guinea)
  • X-press It double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Flying Carpet

I’m joining in the fun over at Art Journal Journey with my Flying Carpet page to tie into Hazel’s theme of “Magical Mystery Tour”. With a flying carpet you would be able to instantly fly wherever your heart desires.

I started by mixing acrylic paints to produce a turquoise blue and applied it to the page with a baby wipe. To push the colour back I also applied a thin coat of white gesso. I ripped strips of two different shades of blue-green decoupage paper and stuck them to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to create clouds. Once the gel medium had dried I outlined the decoupage pieces with a black Uni Pin fine line marker.  The buildings and palm trees are fussy cut from a children’s book, stuck to the page using a UHU Stic and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker. Next I added sequins to the sky sticking them to the page individually with Ranger Glossy Accents. The flying carpet and rule card are from the same book and are edged with a black Faber-Castell marker and then stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish I added a piece of self-adhesive fabric border along the left hand side of the page.

It’s also important not to forget the rules when flying your carpet … tee hee!

The buildings on my page remind me of what is known locally as “The White Church” not far from where we live. This beautiful church dates back to 1912 and was built in a Byzantine style. Its glazed white tiles make it a very distinctive and well-known landmark on the Fylde coast.

We only planned to take photos of the outside of the church for this post because like so many churches nowadays it is not open all the time. Whilst we were taking the photos, we met one of the church elders who very kindly invited us inside and showed us around the church.

We had never been inside before and I found myself mesmerised by its beauty and tranquil ambiance.

The way it is designed maximises the light with large stained glass style windows on all four walls.

The windows feature historical events which have been hand painted onto the glass; if you stop and stare you can see all the wonderful details. It is a stunning building!

It must be a magical place because if you look closely at the sky you can see quite a few flying carpets trails … tee hee! So I’m interested to know, if you had a flying carpet where would you travel to?

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 Colour Acrylic (Swedish Blue, Christmas Green)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Book purchased from a Charity Shop called A Guide to Wizards of the World
  • Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • Poundland (Assorted Sequins)
  • The Range (Adhesive Border Strips CR0517)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Tolkien Trail

Recently we walked the J. R. R. Tolkien Trail in the Ribble Valley in the glorious sunshine. It’s a 6.5 mile walk around the area that the famous author stayed in whilst writing Lord of the Rings. Some of the names from his book are based on places in the vicinity. It’s a lovely area with beautiful views across stunning countryside and alongside rivers. This page is inspired by all the wonderful sights and sounds that we encountered along the way!

Tolkien Trail - Art Journal Page

Firstly I smooshed Spectrum Aqua Markers to create a wash of colour for the different scenes, this was either a blue sky or the green vegetation background. Starting at the top left corner and working clockwise around the page I started to create my scenes. I stamped the tree image and then stamped some green leaves using Memento and Distress Inks, then painted the trunk and branches using Aqua markers. I doodled leaf outlines and drew a little bird in the branches, adding music notes cut from washi tape to depict birdsong. The Garden Pavillion image was fussy cut from a map of the walk, which like all the other collage elements is stuck to the page with a UHU Stic and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker once the glue had dried. The dappled leaves are stamped using various shades of green Distress Inks and a yellow Aqua marker. Moving on to the bee, this is a sticker and the background is stamped with a hexagonal pattern to mimic honeycombs. The flowers are cut out from a napkin and I doodled on top of them with black marker and white gel pen. The Cromwell Bridge image is from the map, the background of pebbles was created using a polystyrene homemade stamp and a mixture of Memento and Distress Inks. The two little birds were stamped using Archival Ink, I extended the branch and stamped the leaves too. The farmhouse and grasshopper are rub-on transfers and to create the lines of drying grass in the field, I used washi tape as a mask and added Distress Ink over the top with a blending tool.

details

The rusty iron cogs are a stencil design that I cut out from some leftover rusty metal sheet that I had made using cardboard, modelling paste and acrylic paints from another project. (I’m particularly proud of the results from this technique). The leaves behind the cogs are from napkins. I stamped the flurry of butterflies using Archival Ink and then added green foam flowers and the pretty paper daisies. At the centre of my page is the map of the trail we followed and I stamped a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien himself, I think it is very apt for this walk.

We took many photos on our walk and as you will see they give an indication of some of the sights that inspired my page.

Hills

Starting at Hurst Green we walked through farmland into Stoneyhurst College, I loved this kissing gate and the college was very majestic with its wonderful views of Pendle Hill.

College

Stoneyhurst College was founded in 1593 and famous students include Charles Carroll (a signatory on the US Declaration of Independence) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author of Sherlock Holmes)

woods

Then we moved into woodland, the leaves were stunning in the dappled light. I thought we might have run into a few more hobbits than we did or even Gollum under one of the bridges. There was an abundance of grasses and pretty flowers as we made our way up the hill towards the river walk.

Cromwell Bridge

As we walked alongside the river, we came to Cromwell’s Bridge, which was supposedly used by Cromwell’s army in 1648 on their way to the Battle of Preston, although the crossing dates all the way back to 1331 AD.

Views

Along the riverside path, the landscape opened up to large open fields and the farmers were harvesting the hay, cutting it down into neat lines. We entered a few farms and noticed old rusty machinery which appeared long forgotten.

stones

We stopped to relax, watch the river flow by and skim some stones, you can just see a stone in mid-flight by the water splash as it was sent skimming along the water’s surface. There were beautiful butterflies alongside the river by the aqueduct as we made our way back to the village that we started from.

With all of “Nature’s Wonders” we saw in the glorious lush green countryside, I’m pleased to join Art Journal Journey.

food collage

As a reward, we stopped off at The Apricot Meringue tea room in Clitheroe – we needed our pot of Green tea, sandwich and chips! We even had dessert to share, my hubby’s choice this time was a Black Forest Brownie Sundae – it was very yummy!

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T-Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Aquamarine, Moss, Yellow, Chocolate)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Pine Needles, Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters)
  • Memento Dye Ink (londong Fog, Pistachio, Rich Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (AI – P1398)
  • BoBunny stamp (Falling Leaves 12105154)
  • Docrafts Papermania clear stamps (Capsule Geometric Mono 3pcs)
  • Dovecraft clear stamp (DCC5014)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Design Inc. cling mounted rubber stamps (Thankful ICO162)
  • Docrafts Papermania mini clear stamp (Everyday Assortment PMA907003)
  • Homemade polystyrene stamp
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Viva Décor universal stencil (Past Times 9002 703 00)
  • Poundland (Fairy Stickers)
  • Royal and Langnickel rub-on transfers (Home Collage #ROY533 Rub-on, Insect Collection #TIP-1484 Rub-on)
  • Wilko (Flower Embellishments)
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • Hobbycraft Made with Love (Sun Daisy x12 White 41417)
  • Caspari Napkins
  • Tolkien Trail map
  • Scrap of homemade rusty metal cardboard
  • UHU Stic

The World’s Fastest Land Animal

Today my page is inspired by “Nature’s Wonders”, which is the theme hosted by Gill over at Art Journal Journey. The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, so I thought it was fitting to create a page in tribute to this gorgeous feline!

The World's Fastest Land Animal - Art Journal Page

I started by smooshing diluted Spectrum Aqua markers onto the page using an acrylic block. Using a homemade mask I stamped circles of animal print using black Archival Ink, then splattered the whole page with Liquitex black acrylic paint. I cut out circles of decoupage papers and stuck them on top of the animal print circles using a UHU Stic. Once the glue had dried I outlined the circles with black Uni Pin marker and I doodled different African style patterns around each circle. The images and script are from old encyclopaedias and I highlighted information relevant to the cheetah – if you look closely you may see a cheetah sitting under a tree in the shade while looking out over the grassland. The cheetahs are from a doodle book that I painted using diluted Aqua marker ink and then cut out using scissors. I stamped some cheetah facts and added a beautiful postage stamp. To finish I added rhinestones the same colour as the postage stamp to highlight the text and balance the colours.

stamp

This postage stamp is from my hubby’s childhood stamp collection, it features a cheetah and her cubs and is from Nigeria dating back to 1965.

When I told my hubby I was thinking of doing a cheetah page to join AJJ, a happy coincidence occurred! My hubby told me he had recently watched a video on the cheetahs running ability and comparing it to the Greyhound. Here’s the link if you want to have a look. You can see why cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animal with their rotary gallop and it’s amazing ability to increase its strides per minute, spectacular!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Yellow, Terracotta, Gold)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Ivory Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Hobbycraft clear stamp (A6 Animal Print Background 50350HC)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Vivi Gade decoupage paper (Skagen 25561)
  • Poundland DécoTime (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • North Parade Sudoku and Doodle (Animal Kingdom)
  • Dorling Kindersley Illustrated Family Encyclopaedia
  • Pear’s Cyclopaedia 2007-2008 Edition
  • Postage stamp
  • Poundland self-adhesive gems (504 Gems)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Love and Peace

As you may know, I volunteer to help clean my local beach as part of Love my Beach. Last week I made a happy discovery whilst we were collecting rubbish along the shoreline – two hearts, one a collection of pebbles in the shape of a heart and the other made from driftwood, both left behind by happy holidaymakers. They inspired my page; it was so nice to find them … they made me smile!

Love and Peace - Art Journal Page

I applied Liquitex acrylic paint to the page with a baby wipe, then used a homemade stamp and Archival Ink to add a grid texture and splattered black and white acrylic paint over the top. I drew a circle in the middle of the page to create a globe image and coloured it using a grey Faber-Castell big brush marker. A dots stencil and texture paste added the land detail onto the globe. On white paper I stenciled some text with Distress Ink and stamped hearts in two colours using Memento Ink, this formed the background for the sentiment lettering. Once stamped, I cut the letters out and arranged them to fit inside the globe and then stamped the authors name around the edge of the globe. Two wooden hearts which represent the hearts I found on the beach, rhinestone flowers, glittery dots and fabric tape finished the page. I think the quote is so special; imagine if love and compassion were at the forefront of people’s thoughts – the peace that would bring.

Hearts

I snapped the hearts I found on the beach with my phone, aren’t they just wonderful!

With my homemade globe of the World, I’m joining the Art Journal Journey MAPS challenge hosted by Mary C. Nasser.

Frappe

I regularly go to a local café with my mum and took a photo from our last visit so I could join the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday. Here’s my Chocolate frappé (ice, chocolate syrup and milk all blitzed in a blender), please note the cream and chocolate flake on top are optional and all my mum’s doing … it was so nice though! Happy T day!

I apologise for not posting as often or catching up with all my wonderful blogging friends of late, but my dad is very unwell in hospital and I need to spend extra time visiting and supporting my mum. I look forward to catching up with everyone when things improve.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Navy)
  • Colvin & Co acrylic paint (Titanium White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Memento Dye Ink (Love Letter, Angel Pink)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artists pen (Cold Grey 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste High Density
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • The Crafters Workshop 6×6 stencil (Mini Art Is TCW261s)
  • Hobbycraft clear stamp (A6 Heart Background)
  • Papermania 2 pack A-Z clear stamps (Leftover Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alpha Folk DCE907115)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall tape
  • Docrafts Glitterations (Dots – White ANT 8181041)
  • The Works stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)
  • The Works (3 Adhesive Heart Shapes)
  • The Works (Fabric Tape)
  • The Range glue stick
  • X-press It double-sided tape

The Apple Store

After an enjoyable hike to the top of Nicky Nook, in the Forest of Bowland, we stopped by The Apple Store Café to regain our strength. We had such a wonderful day I decided to capture it in my journal.

The Apple Store - Art Journal page

The background was inspired by some ironwork I had seen in the village and café. To replicate the look I used a doile stamp with Memento Ink and a fretwork stencil with Distress Ink, along with a diluted Spectrum Aqua Marker which I applied using an acrylic block. The advertising leaflet from the Apple Store had a vintage image of apples sat on a table and made a wonderful addition to the page. I added the map from our hike and highlighted areas to show the loop we walked and where the café is situated. As the café is set in a restored glass house I used some potted plant stickers which I fussy cut and added black doodle lines to blend them into the page. I just love, love, love this page; it has really captured the mood and magic of our wonderful day! I’m so pleased to be able to link my page to this month’s Maps theme over at Art Journal Journey.

Village

Scorton is a really picturesque old style village and the starting point for our hike.

countryside

We passed through some of the most beautiful countryside and farmland, woodlands, across streams and alongside lakes on our way to the summit.

views

From the summit of Nicky Nook there are spectacular views over Lancashire’s coastal plain including the Fylde Coast (where we live), Morecombe Bay and the Lakeland fells. It was so worth the visit!

Cafe

The Apple Store Café is situated in the grounds of Wyresdale Park, it is very charming and full of character with its mismatched crockery, old wooden tables and chairs and metal lattice pathways which is part of the original Victorian glass house flooring.

Food

We had a pot of green tea and the biggest prawn sandwich imaginable accompanied by side order of chips. As you can see the sandwich was so big it obscured the tea so I’ve added a separate picture so I can join the T-Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday, wishing you all a Happy T Day! We had such a fabulous day! We will definitely be exploring this area again and visiting the café very soon!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Markers (Terracotta, Charcoal, Lime)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Dutch Doobadoo stencil (DDBO Dutch Mask Art A5 Vintage)
  • Dovecraft Curiosity Corner clear stamps (A5 Lace and Doile DCCS009)
  • Penny Black 2007 Stickeroos (Painted Vases #10-191)
  • Map and leaflet
  • The Range glue pen and glue stick

 

Hot Air Balloons

I came across these lovely Hot Air Balloon images at my local craft shop, and they inspired my page. You’ll notice there is map detail on the balloon image background, and as this month’s theme over at Art Journal Journey is Maps, I’m so glad to be able to link to that challenge. My husband pointed out to me that the British flags on the balloon designs are all upside down. This is a fairly common mistake to make with the Union Jack.Out and About - Art Journal Page

I started off the background by drawing curves using a plate as a template with a Uni Pin fine line marker, then splattering and smooshing diluted Distress Ink onto the page. I filled in the curves that I had created with an Alphabet stamp from Kaisercraft and Archival Ink, it took a bit of time to complete this as I had to mask the curves out to make sure the stamp stayed between the curve lines. It was great fun though and I love how it turned out. I have wanted to use the star tissue paper for a while now, it came from a birthday present, so I tore off pieces and saw them melt into the page when I used Patty’s top tip of using a glue stick to stick them down – thanks Patty! I fussy cut some of the balloon and compass images and stuck them to the page using the glue stick, then gave them a bold black outline using my Uni Pin marker so they stood out more. To finish I added a couple of sentiments and outlined them.

Balloon

It’s a funny coincidence that I have just bought this lovely glass balloon while we were exploring a nearby village shop. I saw it and just fell in love with it!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Sooty Black, Tea Dye)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artists pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Script metallic pen (Gold)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Alphabet
  • Kanban Paper craft toppers (Timeless Moments PCT1882)
  • Little Yellow Bicycle card stock stickers (PD-140)
  • Star tissue paper
  • The Range glue stick