Summer Fun

I received another lovely surprise in the post, a gorgeous summer vibe card from my dear friend Nan. She knows how much I love the beach and ice cream so her card is perfect – thanks so much!

My page was inspired by Nan’s fabulous card design with the pastel-shade colours, the beach and summer vibe, the words/text, and of course the ice cream (grin!).

I coloured the background using Spectrum Aqua markers by scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and then pressing the block or dripping the ink onto the page. I mopped up wet ink with a piece of kitchen towel so the colours merged into each other; the Spectrum Aqua colours I applied were Yellow, Sea Green, Topaz, Aquamarine, Orange, Crimson, Purple and Gold. My hubby says it looks like melted ice cream (grin!).

When dry I added lots of words related to summer which are rub-on transfers. I stamped the beach huts onto some mixed media paper using black Archival Ink and then coloured them with Uni Posca paint pens; the colours I used were Violet, Pink, Yellow, Light Blue, Red, Orange and Light Green. I fussy cut them out and stuck them to the page using a glue stick. The little tags were cut from white linen textured card stock using Tag Collection Framelits from Tim Holtz and edged using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

I added some little hearts to the tags which were cut from some different colours of Sizzix adhesive backed cardstock that was kindly sent to me by Nan, using a heart punch kindly gifted by CJ – thank you both! To finish, I added some black brads to the tags and then some ice-lolly/popsicle stickers.

With Nan’s amazing writing and adornments, my hubby instantly knew who the card was from when he saw the envelope on the door mat; he was all smiles when he told me something had arrived in the post (grin!). On opening it he noticed the ice cream van straight away, not surprising as he loves ice cream so much (double grin!). It’s so kind and thoughtful of Nan and very much appreciated – thanks very much!

Hoping 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.

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month; the hearts on my tiny tags were inspired by Alison’s journal pages – thank you!

I’m joining in the fun I do like to be beside the seaside challenge over at Country View Challenges with my summer beach vibe page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the #126 – Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

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

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Markers (Yellow, Sea Green, Topaz, Aquamarine, Orange, Crimson, Purple, Gold)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Summer Sentiments #ROY-505)
  • Daler-Rowney Mixed Media Paper
  • Hobbycraft Clear Stamp (Beach Huts 50254HC)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (Violet, Pink, Yellow, Light Blue, Red, Orange, Light Green)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Linen Textured Cardstock CR0240/GE)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pen (Black 199)
  • Heart punch – thanks CJ!
  • Sizzix adhesive backed cardstock – thanks Nan!
  • Home Bargains (Puffy Sticker Sheets – Sweet Like … 14227)

Welsh Poppy

Today I have another page celebrating the flowers found in my garden. This time we have the Welsh poppy which are flowering so beautifully at the moment (grin!).

I started by stamping the poppy heads from a Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set using black Versafine Ink. Then I added some white gesso to the background using a palette knife, leaving the gesso thick in places; I left it to dry overnight. Next I painted Sap Green, Hooker’s Green and Burnt Sienna Kuretake watercolour paints over the background by applying water to the page first and then painting on the colours and letting them blend together. I added more detail to the background including: the numbers using a stencil from Craft Sensations and Black Soot Distress Ink; the text which was stamped using a Script stamp from Kaisercraft and the same Black Soot ink; and also a Solar & Lunar stamp from Finnabair using Cottage Ivy Memento Ink.

The poppy heads are coloured and shaded using Yellow and Gold Spectrum Aqua markers and also Canary, Honeycomb and Lime Green Winsor & Newton Promarkers. Then I stamped the stems and leaves using the same Flower Garden stamp set and black Archival Ink. They are shaded using Olive Green and Forest Green Winsor & Newton Promarkers.

I added some Mini Squares using a stencil from Creative Expressions and some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. The “Welsh Poppy” wording was created using letter stickers from Kaisercraft and the huge bee was from a Field Notes Ephemera Pack by Tim Holtz which finished the page.

If you are interested you can see the other pages that were inspired by two of my spring flowering plants in my garden here:

Like my page there are two shades of Welsh poppies in our garden, here are the golden orange ones …

… and these are the yellow ones, aren’t they beautiful (grin!).

Hoping that you are staying safe and well! x

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Mia from Craftartista over at Art Journal Journey and her Flowers challenge this month with my Welsh Poppy page.

I’m so happy to be able to join the #119 – Picture Inpiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the green and yellow colour palette, poppy flowers and Mini Squares scattering the background. Thanks so much for my win too, how exciting!

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their We’re All A-Buzz challenge as I added a huge bee on my page.

I’m also joining the Oh, Man! challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the masculine styled background of my page.

Don’t forget that you still have time to join our Beautiful Blooms Challenge this month over at A Vintage Journey; my art journal page would be perfect for this challenge and I hope you will join in the fun too – it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Tim Holtz Collection Sampers Anonymous (Flower Garden CMS215)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint set (Sap Green No:53, Hokker’s Green No:52, Burnt Sienna No:46)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Art 154892)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Script CS752)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot, Rusty Hinge)
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Clear Stamp (Solar & Lunar 966997)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Yellow, Gold)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarker (Canary Y367, Honeycomb C547, Lime Green G178, Olive Green Y724, Forest Green G356)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencils (Mini Squares CEMSSQUARE)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Mix & Match – Alpha SS252)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Ephemera Pack (Field Notes #TH94051)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots

Tulips

It’s a new month so we are launching our May challenge over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is:

Anything Mixed Media Goes.

I was inspired by the beautiful tulips in my garden and had fun playing around with mixed media to create this Tulip art journal page. I hope you’ll join in the fun too; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by ripping and fussy cutting a tulip napkin and then I stuck the pieces into place using a glue stick. I painted around the napkin pieces with Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint and while the paint was still wet I added some Vivid Green Liquitex acrylic paint using a palette knife so it matched the napkin background. When the paint was dry, I stamped a Script stamp from Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink and also a crackle texture stamp from BoBunny using Pistachio Memento Ink over the painted areas.

Then I added some Ranger Texture Paste using a heart stencil that I created with a Falling Hearts Thinlet set from Tim Holtz and when dry, the hearts were coloured using Red Violet, Crimson and Magenta Spectrum Aqua markers. Next I added the “Tulips” wording using letter stickers from Kaisercraft and also a pretty blue butterfly from an Ephemera Pack by Tim Holtz.

To finish, I added some shadow to the tulips with a Charcoal grey Derwent Inktense pencil and then emphasised the tulip petals using a black Uni Pin marker and white Uniball gel pen.

I hope that you are inspired to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge! For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too.

This year the tulips in our garden have been beautiful.

I love all the colours and structure that they have added to our flower border.

We plan to add more tulip bulbs every year; we planted these striped tulips a few years ago …

… and these gorgeous purple tulips are the ones that we planted in November last year (grin!).

Hoping that you all stay safe and keep well! x

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Mia from Craftartista over at Art Journal Journey and her Flowers challenge this month with the Interlocking Circles on this page.

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Not A Card challenge with my art journal page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my tulip page.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge too.

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

  • Tulip Napkin
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Vivid Lime Green)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Script CS752)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • BoBunny Stamp (Rough It Up 12105155)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Pistachio)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Falling Hearts 664415)
  • Ranger Texture paste
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Red Violet, Crimson, Magenta)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Mix & Match – Alpha SS252)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Ephemera Pack (Field Notes #TH94051)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil (Charcoal Grey 2100)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)

Believe in the magic of new beginnings

Every year I create a page to capture my goals for the coming year, so here’s my 2020 page – Believe in the magic of new beginnings.

As it was the first time that I have used Paperbabe Stamps alphabet stamp set, I’m joining the Something New challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey, I hope to see you there (grin!).

I started by smooshing Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto the page by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block and pressing the block onto the page. While the ink was still wet I used a couple of Sheena Douglas texture stamps to move the colour around. To create some depth to the background, I applied some white gesso with my finger to the page and then stamped the texture stamps again using Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink. Next I tore pieces of green decoupage paper and stuck them onto the page using matte gel medium. The pretty girl and fox were cut from the decoupage paper packaging. I created the plaque for the wording using a Tim Holtz Pocket card; it is stamped using an alphabet stamp set from Paperbabe Stamps and edged with the decoupage paper. I coloured the wording using an Orange Spectrum Aqua Marker, white gel pen and Sanguine Faber-castell Big Brush marker. It is mounted onto the page using two photo corners so it can be removed.

On the reverse side of the plaque I stamped the wording using the Paperbabe Stamps alphabet set and coloured it using the Sanguine marker. Then I edged the top and bottom of the plaque using some of the decoupage paper. Now all I need to do is add my goals for the year (grin!).

Whilst out walking we noticed that the snowdrops are out already which seems a bit early to me; snowdrops are celebrated as a sign of spring so it seems that mother nature may be making plans for new beginnings too (double grin!).

Challenges

I’m pleased to be able to join the #111 – Picture Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the colour palette and circular patterns in the background on my journal page.

I’m also joining the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their Anything Goes + optional twist of Paper Piecing with my 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 (Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo)
  • Sheena by Sheena Douglas Create a Flower Rubber Stamp (Funky Textures 2)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Santoro Decoupage Papers (SNDEC039)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Paperbabe Stamps stamp set (Fun Alphabet Outline)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Orange)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
  • Photo Corners

Be your own kind of beautiful

Today I was inspired by a seahorse mosaic that you can find in St. Anne’s on the Sea where I live; I always love seeing artwork when I’m out and about and this dancing seahorse is one of my favourites!

I started by covering the page with Salty Ocean Distress Ink by stamping the ink pad directly onto a blending mat, spritzing with water and pressing the mat onto the paper a number of times to build up splashes of ink to depict seawater.

Then I applied Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain through a circular stencil from Inkylicious and also blotted the stencil onto the page to mop up the excess Stain. Next I used a mosaic dot stamp using both Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink; firstly through the circle stencil to add more details to the large circles that I stencilled and then to the rest of the background so it looked like bubbles of water. I outlined each of the stencilled circles by stamping white acrylic paint using a plastic tube and then smudged the white gesso over the circle. When the paint was dry I coloured it with the Platinum Planet ink using my finger. I added more bubbles by stamping some dot stamps from Paperbabe Stamps using Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and then I splattered the page with some white acrylic paint which finished the background. The foliage is tissue paper which I die cut using Tim Holtz thinlets and my Big Shot machine which I then stuck to the page using Liquitex matte gel medium; I wasn’t to careful how I stuck them down as I wanted them to look like they were floating and moving in the water.

My dancing seahorse is fussy cut from a colouring book and coloured using Gold, Yellow, Sunset and Amber Spectrum Aqua markers to match the seahorse colours of the mosaic. Then I used a blending tool to blot Rusty Hinge Distress Ink onto the seahorse to add texture and give it more of a 3D look. It is stuck in place using matte gel medium, detailed using some black Derwent Graphik markers and a white Uniball pen for its eye. The words “Be your own beautiful self” are cut from a 3×4” card by Kaisercraft, stuck in place and outlined with a black marker pen. To finish, I added some silver and blue sequins to the background to add some sparkle.

This is the pretty seahorse mosaic and the words say “Golden sun rise on our sands moonlight pass us by. As seahorse dance among the waves. Our sandgrown spirit flies”. I particularly like the words as it mentions being “sandgrown” which applies only to the Flyde coast area where I live and literally means someone born by the seaside; I happen to be a Sandgrown’un too (grin!).

This is the other beautiful mosaic, this time of a pretty mermaid and the verse reads “We dream fondly of seas. Her waves lap softly on our shore. While mermaids songs drift onwards. Our peace to breathe once more”.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

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:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika aka BioArtGal and her Polka-Dots, Stripes, Plaids and Patterns challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my circle patterns on my background.

I’m also happy to join in the Under the Sea challenge over at Country View Challenges with my seahorse art journal page.

I’m joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my dancing seahorse too.

I’m pleased to be able to join in the fun over at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog for their Anything Mixed Media Goes with my mixed media art journal page which included inks, paints, papers and sequins.

Don’t forget that you still have until over a week to join our Hot, Hot, Hot! Challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too, maybe you can use hot colours like those I used for my seahorse; it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters, Rusty Hinge)
  • Inkylicious Stencil (Sun & Moons)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Cracked Pistachio)
  • Docrafts Papermania Mini Cards & Stamp Set (Capsule Geometric Krafts PMA105308)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink (Platinum Planet)
  • Paperbabe Stamps Stamp Set (Birthday Wishes)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz (Garden Greens 661206, Wildflower Stems #2 664164)
  • Recycled dark and light green tissue paper
  • Animal Kingdom Suduko & Doodle Book
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Gold, Yellow, Sunset, Amber)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm, 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft 3×4” Cards (Life’s Treasures CM108)
  • Poundland (Assorted Sequins)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

In my garden there is …

Our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday for the next two weeks is In my garden there is …

I created a page full of flowers, insects and happy sentiments which remind me of my garden so far this year and over at Try it on Tuesday there is more inspiration to be found in the amazing creations from my Design Teamies! We hope that you will join us too!

I started by creating blocks of papers to collage on the background of my page using matte gel medium; they were free with a magazine which featured stamps and papers from “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”. They have a lovely cottage garden look and feel, with pretty flower, foliage, bird, bee and butterfly designs, which I thought depicted my garden beautifully. Once the gel medium was dry, I scribbled Coconut and Kiwi Faber-Castell Gelatos along the edges of the papers and smudged the colour with my finger. Then I used a foxglove stamp, which was also free with the magazine, using black Archival Ink and then coloured them using Red Violet, Blossom, Sunflower and Bud Green Spectrum Aqua markers. I fussy cut an oval image of a bird in its nest as we have had so many young birds visiting our garden this year and added some Graphic 45 stickers which read “Love”, “Smile”, “Dream” and “Bloom where you are planted”; they are all outlined with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Then to finish, I added a pretty yellow 3D butterfly.

We have had many flowers blooming in our garden and the foxgloves looked particularly beautiful earlier this year!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a pot of tea that we had with our friends in the gardens at Lytham Hall – Happy T day!

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Gill  from gibbyfrogettcraftations  and her Anything with Eyes challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the birds and insects I included on my page; sorry I haven’t joined your fabulous theme as much as I would have liked too this month!

I’m also joining the Butterflies challenge over at Moo Mania & More with all the butterflies on my 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:

  • The Country Dairy of an Edwardian Lady design Papers and Stamps – free with Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Coconut, Kiwi)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Red Violet, Blossom, Sunflower, Bud Green)
  • Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers (Seasons Decorative Stickers 4501629)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Home Bargains You & Me … (Beautiful Butterflies)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick

Sun, Sand, Surf

We love living by the sea and feel very blessed that our house is only 2-3 minutes walk from the beach, so today’s page is inspired by the Sun, Sand and Surf (grin!).

I started by adding Pébéo modelling paste using a Fossil stencil and then to represent the colours of the sun, sand and sea, I applied Yellow, Fawn and Aquamarine Spectrum Aqua Markers by scribbling them onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block or dripping the ink onto the page. Then I fussy cut the compass, anchor and lighthouse from some design paper and glued them in place, like all of the paper elements, using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once dry I outlined them using black Derwent Graphik markers to add more definition and make them stand out from the background more. Next I die cut the letters using a Docrafts die set and my Big Shot machine using design paper by American Crafts and I outlined them using the same Derwent Graphik markers again. I also used the American Crafts Design Paper to frame the postage stamp which I choose as it matched the page colours beautifully; it’s from my hubby’s childhood postage stamp collection that he kindly gifted to me for my art journaling (grin!). I stamped some little bubbles from a stamp set by Paperbabe Stamps using Teal Zeal Memento Ink. To finish, I added some compass stickers and two strips of blue ribbon to the top and bottom of the page.

We often walk or take a tandem ride along the beach front; even in the height of summer on our particular beach, as you can see in the background, there is plenty of space for everyone (the tide often goes out 3km / 1.8miles) …

… and even when the tide is in the views are still stunning, I always pinch myself as I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful place (grin!).

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Chris from pearshapedcrafting and her We’re all/going challenge over at Art Journal Journey as we’re all going to the beach.

I’m joining the Summer Holidays challenge over at Moo Mania & More my beach art journal page.

I’m joining in the Life On The Ocean Waves challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my Sun, Sand, Surf page.

I’m pleased to be able to join Creative Artiste Challenge Blog for their #51 Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge with all the mixed media I used to create this art journal page.

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

  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencil (Fossil)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Yellow, Fawn, Aquamarine)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Vintage Travels CRO378/18R)
  • Docrafts X-Cut A5 Die Set (Folk Alphabet XCU03286)
  • American Crafts Papers (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm & 0.1mm)
  • Postage Stamp (St. Vincent 1975) from Hubby’s childhood collection
  • Paperbabe Stamps stamp set (Oriental Zen)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Teal Zeal)
  • Poundland Fun Stickers (Sailor SKU136785)
  • Poundworld (Adhesive Ribbon U-80933)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Tissue Paper at A Vintage Journey

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and I had lots of fun art journaling for Astrid’s fabulous Tissue Paper challenge.

Here’s what we would like you to do this month:
“As the title suggests, use tissue paper. There are many different ways you can incorporate tissue paper into your project – create texture by scrunching it up, stain it, paint it, wax it, stamp on it, emboss on it. You could use cheap tissue from the supermarket, recycle gift wrapping tissue, or even use old dressmaking patterns. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk”.

Inspired by a beautiful display of flowers in my garden, I used a couple of new techniques with tissue paper to create the background as well as all the foliage and flowers on this page – I hope you like it!

For my tissue paper background, I started by stamping Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire, Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks onto a blending mat, spritzing with water.

I pressed the tissue paper onto the blending mat and spritzed with more water to disperse the colour. Then I lifted the tissue paper off the blending mat and dried it with my heat gun.

Next I scrunched the tissue paper into a ball, unravelled it so it still retained most of the creases, stuck it onto my art journal page using a UHU Stic and trimmed off the excess tissue to fit the page. Then I brushed a Watermark stamp pad over the raised creases on the page, applied silver embossing powder and heated it using a heat gun; this was a fun new technique for me.

I love the veins of silver that resulted. I chose the silver as it depicts the backdrop of silver-leafed plants that are in the flower bed in my garden.

Next I selected tissue papers from my craft stash, I was actually surprised by how many different coloured tissue papers I had as they are all recycled from gift wrapping (grin!). I cut the green and beige tissue paper into strips to create some of the foliage and also layered some tissue papers 5 pieces thick and die cut it using Wildflower Stems Tim Holtz thinlets and my Big Shot machine to create more foliage and flowers for my page.

I gradually built up the foliage first by layering the strips of light green, dark green and beige tissue paper and the cream die cut tissue paper pieces onto the page using matte gel medium. When the gel medium was dry I outlined the strips with a black fine line marker and then coloured them using Sea Green, Evergreen and Dessert Spectrum Aqua markers. For the cream pieces I outlined them with a white gel pen and shaded them using a Cold Grey Big Brush marker.

To create my pink flowers, I used a flower die cut and turned it upside down so they were the same shape as the ones in my garden. To create different looking flowers and a 3D effect, I also cut the die cut flower shape into individual petals so that I could build up the layers on each flower.

The yellow centres are created using rolled up tissue paper which I cut into small pieces using scissors and stuck in place like all these tissue elements using matte gel medium, when dry I added more detail using a black fine line marker and white gel pen. I also built up layers of the die cut green tissue paper for their stems and leaves and once the gel medium was dry, I outlined everything using a black fine line marker and added more detail to the leaves with this marker too. As the flowers in my garden are so bold and beautiful, I added the words “Live your life out loud” which is a Kaisercraft sticker edged with the Cold Grey Big Brush marker; this finished the page.

As some of you may be aware we replanted our flower beds last year, so we have lots of new flowers in our garden. These bright pink Tanacetum Coccineum flowers have grown beautifully this year and are definitely a favourite of mine so I wanted to capture their beauty on my art journal page (grin!).

Here’s a view of the flowers with the silver-leafed plants in the background which inspired the silver embossing powder background of my page (double grin!).

There’s lots more inspiration at A Vintage Journey, so please pop over to see the amazing creations made by my fellow Creative Guides.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Halle of Halle’s Hobbies and her Words to live by challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the words that I included on my page.

Over at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday, their challenge is Summer Vibes! So I’m joining this challenge too my summery flowered art journal page.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers)
  • Recycled tissue paper (White, Light Green, Dark Green, Beige, Cream, Pink, Yellow)
  • Tsukineko Versamark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Silver)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations (Wildflower Stems #2 661808)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Sea Green, Evergreen, Dessert)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Kaiercraft Sticker Sheet (Fly Free SS289)
  • UHU Stic
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Ranger Heat Gun

Books

My art journal page was inspired by books, things with wings and some of my favourite quotes about books. I had in mind creating an aged and old look design for this page and also had fun trying out some old and new techniques too!

I started by using one of my favoured techniques to create the wood grain effect background by sprinkling Sandstone, Terracotta, Yellow Ochre and Dark Brown Colourcraft Brusho powders onto the page and applying Liquitex matte gel medium over the top using a paintbrush. The gel medium was watered-down so it was easier to apply and I ensured that I dragged the paintbrush horizontally across the page to create the wood grain; I left it to dry overnight. The book spines are fussy cut from wallpaper and are stuck into place using the matte gel medium. All the book spines were white originally so I coloured them with Cold Grey, Dark Sepia and Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush Markers, smudging the ink with my finger, to give them an old and worn look. Then I added detail to the spines and outlined them using a black Uni Pin marker and a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to add shadows around and under the books. The butterflies and moths are Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers and the three white blocks of wording are Small Talk Stickers, both from the Tim Holtz idea-ology collection. I chose wording that I thought related to books, they read “be amazed”, “live, create, tell the story” and “stay curious”.

I had fun making the small booklet, a first for me (grin!). I cut some old diary pages to size, stamped script on them using a Kaisercraft stamp and black Archival Ink, aged them around the edges using Old Paper Distress Ink and a blending tool, folded the paper in half and then bound them together using thick thread down the centre. I stuck a cover on the front of the booklet which was fussy cut from a Kaisercraft glossy paper, it reads “Once upon a time…”. The booklet is stuck onto the page using double sided tape.

I stuck two of the inside pages together to make them more sturdy so I could add some of my favourite book quotes along with some embellishments. The quotes are stamped using an alphabet stamp from Dovecraft and black Archival Ink and I coloured the letters using Fawn, Boulder and Topaz Spectrum Aqua markers. The first quote reads “Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be” and I added an Anthology die cut shape from Kaisercraft which reads “ Today’s Story”.

The second quote is by Neil Gaiman and reads “A book is a dream you hold in your hand”. I used the same Kaisercraft glossy paper to fussy cut the word “dream” which I folded so that the booklet closes, and stuck in place using a UHU Stic.

The third quote reads “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” and I added a little butterfly to the bottom right-hand corner.

This page reminds me of Blackpool Central Library, which I have featured before in a previous post, that dates back to 1911 and was built in the Edwardian Baroque style.

The entrance is spectacular with the staircases running either side of the domed roof.

It is such a beautiful airy space and …

… the butterflies and “Once upon a time…” on my page remind me of two of the amazing stained glass windows that can be found in the library too (grin!).

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika from the blog BioArtGal  and her In the Sky/In the Air challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the butterflies and moths that I included on this page.

Over at A Vintage Journey, the theme is Book It! and I’m very pleased to be able to join this challenge too with my Book inspired art journal page, I had so much fun creating the book spines and small book for this Mixed Media style art journal page.

With the butterflies and moths I added to the page, this is also a reminder that you still have until next Tuesday to join our Things with Wings Challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be lovely to see 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:

  • Colourcraft Brushos (Sandstone, Terracotta, Yellow Ochre, Dark Brown)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Dark Sepia 175 B, Sanguine 188 B, Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Old Paper)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers (Fawn, Boulder, Topaz)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Recycled paper from diary
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Kaisercraft Collectables (Anthology CT938)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fly Free SS289)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

Joy

As my weekend and week so far has been filled with joy, I created this art journal page to celebrate – I hope you like it!

Also I’m so excited that my Guest Designer post has been posted today over at Country View Challenges so if you are looking for my Opposites inspired page you can find it on my blog here, thank you!

I started by adding Turquoise and Gold Spectrum aqua marker to the background by scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the paper. Then I stamped a Joy Background stamp from Great Impressions using a Slate Spectrum aqua marker over the whole page. Next I stamped the large blue flowers using a foam flower stamp and Bahama Blue Memento Ink and some heart outlines using Angel Pink Memento Ink and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. The flamingos and flowers, which are from Hampton Art, are stamped onto some bright pink and white dots paper which was recycled from a paper bag that my birthday present came in. I fussy cut them and stuck them in place using the matte gel medium; for some of the flowers I reversed the paper bag to give a lighter contrasting tone. I also used the paper bag to punch out pink dots and hearts; they are all stuck into place using Liquitex matte gel medium. I added the pink, yellow and blue foam spotted flowers and some rub-on transfer flowers from Royal & Langnickel. Then used a black Uni Pin marker to add more detail to the dots, hearts and flowers. I added some pieces of pink and white washi tape and the pink glittery hearts, and then to finish I splattered the page with a pink Uni Posca paint pen and black DecoArt acrylic paint.

As it was a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK we’ve been having fun with friends, walking, enjoying birthday treats and touring Lancashire. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing some beer that we had this weekend. Firstly, here we are visiting Cross Bay Brewing Company Brew House in Morecambe, where they have both Real and Craft Ales on offer.

This beer is their Two-Four beer which is a brown ale made with maple and pecans – delicious!

We also visited The Three Mariners which is located by the river in Lancaster.

Here I had Honey Ale by Fat Cat Brewery in Norwich, I thought Bleubeard and Elizabeth might like the cat on this hand pump clip (grin!) …

… and it tasted very yummy too! Cheers and wishing you a Happy T day!

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:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika from the blog BioArtGal  and her In the Sky/In the Air challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my blue sky and sunshine coloured page, it feels like ” joy is in the air” .

I’m joining the One Word challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my “Joy” art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Happy Birthday challenge as my art journal page captures birthday joy – wishing you a Happy 10th Birthday!

I’m pleased to join the Flowers/Garden challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with all the flowers that I included on my art journal page too.

I’m happy to join Creative Artiste Challenge Blog and their their Creative Artiste’s #49th Challenge: Anything Mixed Media Goes with my mixed media art journal page (which included markers, ink, washi tape, stickers, paper etc).

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 (Aquamarine, Gold, Slate)
  • Memento Ink (Bahama Blue, Angel Pink)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (Pink)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
  • Hallmark Cards Clear Stamps
  • Blue Foam Flower Stamp
  • Recycled Paper Bag (pink with white dots)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch Accent (Hearts Slider 830E)
  • Wilko Paper Punch
  • Wilko Foam Stickers (Flower Embellishments)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Fab Flowers #ROY1400)
  • Michael’s (Washi Tape)
  • The Works (Glitter Heart Stickers)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)