Great Opportunities

Over at Try it On Tuesday we have a masculine theme for the next two weeks called For the Boys. Maybe your creations could be for a baby boy, boys, teenagers, adults, sons, dads or grandfathers, if you need more inspiration please check out the fabulous creations from our Design Team.

I created a masculine page with an industrial look using some inks, stamps, stencils, design paper, stickers and recycled magazine images.

I started by building up layers of colour using Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks. I did this by applying the ink pads to an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the page then drying each colour with a heat gun before applying the next. I stamped some cogs from a Steampunk stamp set from Docrafts using Toffee Crunch Memento Ink and then a ruler and also a bingo card stamp from Tim Holtz using black Archival Ink. Then I stenciled some Geometric Tile squares around the edge of the page using a Dutch Doobadoo mask and black Archival Ink.  Next I fussy cut the lightbulbs, clocks and metal semicircle door from a couple of old magazines and, like all of the paper elements, edged them with black Faber-Castell marker and stuck them in place using a UHU Stic. The world map pieces are cut from a sheet of design paper by Kaisercraft and the “402” is a Salvage Sticker by Tim Holtz which I embellished with two brown brads. To finish, I added the wording using double-sided foam tape which reads “each day holds the possibility for great opportunities”.

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing a recent visit to Dahlia’s Kitchen which is a restaurant nearby, it’s attached to a garden centre so it was fun morning out (grin!).

As it was a hot sunny day we sat outside on their new patio near this beautiful water feature made from recycled metal, it looks a bit industrial like my page although I’m not sure what it is – any ideas?

I went with my sister who had a strawberry milkshake, I had my usual pot of green tea and we shared a huge piece of ginger and lemon cake which was delicious – Happy T Day!

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Try it on Tuesday, 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 be able to join the lovely Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the Inspired by … challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my masculine inspired page.

I’m also pleased to join the Written Word (add some text in some form) challenge over at Country View Challenges with the inspirational wording I added to my page.

As I enjoyed stenciling the black square design around the edge of this page, I’m also joining the lovely Astrid who is hosting A Vintage Journey this month where the challenge is Stencil It. My masculine inspired page fits their challenge focus with it’s Industrial and Mixed Media Style.

I’m also happy to join in the fun over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Anything But A Card challenge 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 (Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke)
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Toffee Crunch)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.3mm)
  • Dutch Doobadoo Dutch Mask Art A5 (Geometric Tiles)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Tim Holtz {Components} Collection (COM013 CAR)
  • Old Magazines
  • Kaisercraft Timeless Collection 12×12 Design Paper (Postmarks P853)
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Little Yellow Bicycle Cardstock Stickers (Fresh Verse PD-140)
  • Craft Sensations (Brads CRO550/A)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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Time at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library

Today my page is inspired by a trip to the “Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library” in Preston. The building is very majestic and ornate, it tells a wonderful story of a time gone by and you can learn about local history in the museum and look at wonderful works of art in the Gallery. We had a lovely time exploring and looking around so I captured it on a journal page to recall the memories.

To portray the old building I wanted to create a vintage page with a grunge background, so I started by applying white gesso to the page with an old gift card and leaving it to dry. Once dried, I added Black Soot Distress Ink by applying the ink pad to an acrylic block and picking up the ink with the gift card and scraping the ink across the page. I used the same technique to add Peeled Paint Distress Ink which I diluted with some water on the acrylic block to tone down the colour a little. Next I created a collage on the page, using a collection of papers from Vintage design pads by Craft Sensations, which reminded me of the museum, art gallery and library that we visited. These papers included some lined paper which I stamped with a Script stamp and an Alphabet stamp, both by Kaisercraft, using black Archival Ink and then I stuck them to the bottom left-hand side of the page using a UHU Stic. Like all of the papers, I edged them with a Desert Spectrum Aqua marker and a black Derwent Graphik marker to give them more definition. I also fussy cut different paper images and layered them on the top right-hand side of the page and on one of these papers I stamped a clock image from a Steampunk stamp set by Docrafts using black Archival Ink. I used the same clock stamp for the top paper which details an open book and photos, and I added a vintage clock die-cut shape to the centre of the stamped image using double-sided foam tape. The photo images remind me of the art gallery and also the grandeur of the building as well as the lamp posts that we saw at its entrance. I stamped black circles alongside the clock using a cap from a spray bottle and black Archival Ink, and then inserted the black button letters to spell out the word “Time” which along with the clock images reminds me of the pendulum clock situated in the central hall/atrium. I mounted these elements onto white card and stuck them to the page using double-sided foam tape. Next I stamped the words “Once upon a time” onto another piece of paper using black Archival Ink and an Alphabet stamp set by Papermania; this applies to the library books, the museum history and the artworks in the gallery. Then I mounted it on white card, fussy cut the page out and distressed the edges using scissors. I edged it with black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker as well as the Desert Spectrum Aqua marker and stuck it to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish, I added a pretty piece of antique looking ribbon and two vintage metal embellishments.

The Harris building dates back to 1893 and was built in an imposing neo-classical design. The main feature of the front of the building is the pediment which houses a sculpture representing “The School of Athens” and a number of griffins guarding the lamp of learning on the apex. Beneath the pediment is the inscription “To Literature, Arts and Science” which reflects the purpose of the building.

Rather than have a set of front steps leading directly into the building from what was the busy Market Square there are two entrances on either side of the building which lead to a covered entrance with beautiful lamp posts.

The main feature of the interior is the impressive central hall which rises through four storeys over 120 feet to the lantern tower.  The mosaic floors and columns also reflect classical influences from Ancient Greece and Egypt. As part of the design there are plaster copies of Classical and Renaissance sculpture to illustrate the “whole range and history of the world’s greatest achievements in art” and a number of these classical friezes can be found throughout the central atrium along with a 19th-century copy of the Baptistery doors from Florence.

The museum has a permanent history gallery called “Discover Preston” and features collections including archaeology, ethnography and local history. The museum houses the “Poulton Elk” which is very well-known around here as it was found under a bungalow in the 1970s! The skeleton is intact and has an arrowhead embedded in its leg, and as it is over 13,500 years old it’s the earliest evidence of people living in the Northwest of England. I was excited to see it, although I know this animal as a Moose from visiting America, apparently we call them Elk over here in the UK which surprised me (grin!).

The staircase is magnificent too, here is the view from the Gallery area with the beautiful Greek and Assyrian friezes, soft pink walls, amazing artwork, marble, sculptures and mosaic floors.

The gallery houses a number of contemporary and classical artworks as well as photographs.

This is the view from the Art Gallery floor down to the Museum floor and the Central Hall.  You can just make out the Foucault pendulum on the lower floor on the right-hand side of the picture. It hangs in the central foyer, through all the floors, over a butterfly-shaped plate marked with the hours of the day. As a result of the rotation of the Earth, this functions as a decorative and reasonably-accurate clock. It’s a spectacular view and was certainly a long way down (grin!).

As usual I also had fun creating a page that incorporates a number of blog challenges too; which I always enjoy as they are a fantastic source of inspiration.

I’m pleased to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way who is hosting the “Colour in my World” challenge over at Art Journal Journey because at the library we were greeted with neutral and soft colours like you can find on my page.

Over at Try it on Tuesday their theme is “Time or Clocks” so I’m pleased to be able to join in their fun as I added references to both of them onto my page.

I’m also joining the “Anything Mixed Media Goes” challenge over at Mixed Media World with my library inspired page.

As I added the metal embellishments, I’m pleased to join “Heavy Metal” challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

I’m also entering my vintage inspired page in the “Vintage” Challenge over at The Mixed Media Challenge.

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
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot, Peeled Paint)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Desert)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm & 0.8mm)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752, Alphabet CS887)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z stamp set (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Authentic Vintage CRO730/R, Travel Memories 154898, Classic Vintage CRO707/TW7, Vintage Romance 154897)
  • White card
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Vintage Die Cut Shapes)
  • Poundworld Décotime (Vintage Metal Stickers 54748)
  • Poundworld Craft Corner (Adhesive Ribbon U-80933)
  • Home Bargains Love Letters (Self-Adhesive Button Letters 22738)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

 

Smartie Time

One of the earliest memories from school is ‘Smartie Time’ and it always brings a smile to my face. This was when I was in Infants School so I must have been 5 or 6 years old. Smartie Time took place every Friday and each pupil in the class received a little cup of Smarties (here in the UK they are sugar-coated chocolate confectionery – similar to M&M’s) and the teacher would take us through the letters that we had learned during the week. Smarties are synonymous with letters of the alphabet due to the packaging having letters on it, so I suppose they linked in well to our learning at school. You could be called a Smartie if you remembered them all too. I’m very pleased to be able to join this month’s theme of “Back to School” being hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth over at Art Journal Journey – thanks for the inspiration!

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I covered the background with a thin layer of white acrylic using a baby wipe and then stamped blocks of the alphabet using Memento ink. To do this I formed the wood mounted letter stamps into a block pattern and held them in place with elastic bands before inking and stamping them. Smarties always came in a box at school rather than the usual tubes so I created a box shape out of Smarties packaging and some blue paper. I fussy cut the word Smartie and added letter stickers to another piece of blue paper for the word “Time”, then I used double-sided foam tape to stick them all onto the box. I stuck on additional sweet images using a UHU Stic and edged the box with a Navy Spectrum Aqua Marker and secured it to the page using double-sided foam tape. Next I stamped the slogan “Only Smarties have the answer” using Archival Ink, and added the balloon images and flowers which are stickers and were chosen to match the colours of the sweets themselves. The letters and numbers are gel stickers which I arranged in a wave like pattern on the page. The hexagonal shapes which detail a letter and question are from the top of the new Smarties packaging – you will find the answers to the questions somewhere on the page too (Clue – the answers are always on the packaging somewhere). I like that it turned out so colourful and fun!

Here are the questions if you can’t read them (and the answers are detailed below too):

  • What K do you boil water in?
  • What N is a short sleep?
  • What G is a place to keep cars?

smarties

To create this page I bought some Smarties to use the packaging, well it might have actually been for the chocolate too! Needless to say we enjoyed eating them whilst I completed my page! A number of things have changed about Smarties over the years, they used to come in a cylinder-shaped tube which had a plastic disc lid. After the Smarties were all gone it made a neat toy as you could “karate-chop” the tube to fire the lid across the room – I loved the popping sound of the plastic lid and seeing how far it went! Smarties no longer come in this packaging and the colours have changed too – there are now blue Smarties which I never had at school. If you want to learn more about Smarties and their history, which actually date back to 1937, here’s a link.

(The answers to the questions are – Kettle, Nap, Garage).

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:

  • Colvin & Co Artist Acrylic (White Titanium)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Range Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Navy)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Dovecraft lower case alphabet stamps (WDW Alpha Stamp DCVW0030)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE907115)
  • Leon (X-large Colour Paper Pad)
  • Home Bargains (Mini Gel Stickers 30287)
  • Wilko stickers (Flower Embellishments)
  • Home Bargains wall stickers (Fairy Door 34356)
  • Hobbycraft Laser Stickers (Letters 5681871002)
  • UHU Stic
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (The Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Nestlé Smarties packaging

School Days

I recently discovered a piece of my school scarf that I had stored in a drawer along with a number of other keepsakes from my school days, so I decided to create this page. I’m pleased to be able to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth who is co-hosting this month’s theme of “Back to School” over at Art Journal Journey.

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The background started with Distress Inks, which I applied to an acrylic block and spritzed with water then dripped onto the page and smooshed with a baby wipe. I found an old ink pen in my school pencil case, which hasn’t been used for many, many years. I dipped it into some water then flicked it onto the page to see if there was any life left in it – I love the colour of the ink and the splatters it created! I used Letraset transfers to add the title and letters, some of the letters are not complete, which I like as it gives it an old worn feel. I added a strip of decoupage paper down the centre of the page which depicts different ruler images and still thinking of the theme, I choose the “School” definition from my dictionary which is again from my school days. Next I added 3 clock toppers to depict time, I found time went really slowly when I was at school – did you? These were all stuck in place with a UHU Stic and I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker. The attendance certificate is a vintage sticker from Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection. To finish I used Velcro to attach the piece of my school scarf, which has a white name tag that my mum sewed on all those years ago, and I also pinned my “Captain” badge onto it. I love that I have used so many elements from my school days to create this page!

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I was “Captain” of my class for a year and green was our assigned class colour; it was nice to be chosen to oversee my class and I remember being so happy to purchase my badge from the school shop.  This is where we used to collect our yearly school photo too, I always enjoyed school as you can tell from my photo above! I loved the colours and design of my school scarf and I only kept a piece of it because it’s made of wool and I would never wear it because I find it so itchy against my skin. I’m so pleased I created this page to display the scarf and badges rather than have them sitting in a drawer – I think they look fab!

school-items

Here are some items from my school days. My well loved and worn Hymn book which now sits on my bookcase, I remember using it every day at school assembly – I just loved to sing! My Recipe book which contains recipes from my cookery lessons at school such as scones and apple pie as well as a chart which converts degrees Fahrenheit to Centigrade – I still use this book today! My trusty Dictionary, I’ve never been very good at spelling and I remember taking it with me on my first day of Secondary School. I now use my dictionary for my Art Journaling and it has adorned many of my pages. And finally my favourite pencil case which is a bit faded now and was such a beautiful rich navy blue and green tartan. It is still in use today and amongst all the other pens, three fountain pens from my school days are safely stored. All these items bring back such happy memories!

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 (Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot)
  • Waterman Fountain Pen and Ink
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Letraset Transfer (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm RDC0251)
  • Vivi Gade Decoupage Paper (Helsinki 25586)
  • Oxford University Press 1978 pocket dictionary
  • The Works (12 Paper Toppers)
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • UHU Stic
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Velcro (Black Self-Adhesive)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • School scarf and badge

Tea Time

When we are at home we always have elevenses, which means it’s time for green tea and a homemade cake. My page today is inspired by this, as well as the T Stands For Tuesday blog challenge hosted by Bleubeard & Elizabeth. A big hello to all of the T-Gang! I apologise for the lateness in my post – Tuesday just didn’t work out as I planned! Hope you like this page.

Tea Time - Art Journal Page

I stenciled cog wheels using white gesso and let it dry completely, I then dripped and dabbed diluted Faber-Castell Big Brush markers over the page, gradually building up the layers of colour. To define the wheels more I doodled around them with a fine line Uni Pin marker. Liquitex Matte Gel Medium was used to fix the pieces of torn decoupage paper and I added white gesso using my finger to blend it into the background more. I covered some cardboard alphabet stickers with copper leaf using Gold Size and stuck any remaining copper leaf randomly onto the page. Next I started creating the steam rising up my page using transfers, gem stones and clock stickers which I coloured black (you may notice the steam has lifted the numbers of the clock faces as they are swirling up the page). The three teabags, which I dried and emptied, are stuck down using UHU Stic. I stamped words onto them using Archival Ink, added star stickers and a stitch effect around the outside using a black marker. I used some cup images from a leaflet, which I distressed with inks and a baby wipe. I finished by outlining the images and words with a black marker.

Elevenses

Here’s a photo of our elevenses, Gunpowder Green tea and homemade carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting – yummy!

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
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pens (Black 199, Dark Sepia 175 B, Sanguine 188 B, Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point marker (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm, 0.2mm and 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Ranger Dine Wakley Media stencil (Wheels MDS45588)
  • Dovecraft upper case Alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCV0050)
  • Outline Stickers (Time Silver 904935)
  • Letraset Transfer (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm RDC0251)
  • Santora (Decoupage Papers SNDE C043)
  • The Range (Shaped Gem Stickers)
  • Copper leaf
  • Annie Sloan Water Based Gold Size
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Teabags
  • Leaflet