“Always wear your invisible crown” is such a powerful message; to me it means to maintain self confidence, believe in yourself and be aware of your own self worth. I also like the idea of wearing an invisible crown (grin!) … a symbolic meaning of strength, courage, and respect.
I included this wording on today’s grungy page with some other related positive affirmations – I hope you like it!
I started by covering the page with strips of decoupage papers using a glue stick and Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I applied some Pébéo white gesso and Bright Aqua Green Liquitex acrylic paint over the top using a brayer. When dry, I stencilled some Picked Raspberry Distress Ink onto the page using a Shabby Harlequin stencil from Creative Expressions. I used black Archival Ink to stamp the birds and keys using a Craft Sensations stamp set and the birdcages, crowns and “always wear your invisible crown” wording using a Kaisercraft stamp set. Then I splattered the whole page with black DecoArt and white acrylic paint. The words, filigree diamond shapes and pink flowers were stickers from Kaisercraft which I edged using a black Faber-Castell marker before sticking them in place. To finish, I added a black oval frame to emphasis the central stamped wording.
With summer on its way, I’ve been making raspberry gin again and as T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my gin (and Sprite) with the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!
If you are interested, here’s the recipe:
- 400 g (14oz) Raspberries – or any fruit of your choice, maybe pineapple, blueberry, peach, strawberry, rhubarb
- 300g (10oz) Granulated Sugar – you can vary this depending on your taste
- 750 mll (25 US fl oz) Gin – a cheap brand such as supermarket own brand as these are not too flavoured
Add them all to a Kilner Jar (or similar). You need to ensure the sugar dissolves so make sure you shake the jar throughout the first day, it dissolves pretty quickly. Then put it in a dark place for 4 weeks, I tend to shake the jar every other day to muddle the fruit. It’s tempting to eat the fruit afterwards, perhaps on ice-cream, however, I tried it and it was far too potent! So I ended up forcing it through a sieve to add more flavour to the gin. One last tip – don’t be tempted to do half a recipe like I did as when you start drinking it you’ll find it goes pretty fast (grin!).
Hope that you’re all staying safe and well! x
Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.
Here is a list of the materials that were used to create this art journal page:
- Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
- Pritt Stick
- Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
- Pébéo White Gesso
- Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Bright Aqua Green)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry)
- Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Shabby Harlequin)
- Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/19A)
- Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Oh So Lovely CS2111)
- DecoArt Crafter’s Arcylic (Black)
- Art Discount Acrylic Paint (White)
- Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fly Free SS289)
- Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Black 199)
- The Works (Frame Stickers)
I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:
Art Journal Journey which is being hosted by the lovely Elle from Empire of the Cat this month and her Language theme with the empowering meaning behind the quote I added to my page.
Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #144 – Anything Goes with my art journal page.
LTSCB#145 – Anything Goes over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my empowering Invisible Crown page.
Stecnil It challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the stencilling on my page.
Don’t forget that you still have another week to join our Make it Feminine challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too!