Dragonflies and Stars

This page is inspired by two things; firstly by some very magical water reflections under a bridge on a recent day out in Garstang and secondly by the most wonderful quote by an unknown author on one of my friend’s posts – so thank you Kristah.

“May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon”

This page started with a background gone wrong, so I covered it in a thick layer of Pébéo white gesso and I rolled a clean brayer over the surface to create a textured effect. Once the gesso had dried, I scribbled Earl Grey and Caramel Faber-Castell gelatos over the top. Then I dipped my finger into some water and rubbed the gelato to smudge the colours. Next I dragged a Hickory Smoke Distress Ink pad over the page and also used a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and blended them both onto the page with my finger. I like the way the gelatos and ink bought out the texture that I had created previously with the brayer on the gesso. Then I vertically stamped the rows of dots by Craft Sensations using black Archival Ink and I used the same ink to stamp a circle/heart design by Sugarloaf Inc. and also a small script texture stamp by The Works.  I used a circle stencil to add modelling paste to the edges of the page using a palette knife and when it had dried I painted it with white acrylic paint so it stood out from the background better. Then I used an acrylic block and a paintbrush to add splatters of white and black acrylic paint. I added the white circles by drawing round a tube of tape using a white Uni Posca paint pen. For the dragonfly circles, I used a circle cutter to cut three circles from some pre-stamped paper (this is the paper I create whilst completing other journal pages as I always test my stamps before using them on my pages). On each circle I stamped a dragonfly by Eco Green Crafts using black Versafine Ink and applied black Papermania embossing powder over the top. Then I shook the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper and tapped the circles against the table to make sure I’ve removed any stray powder. Once the excess powder was safely returned to its container, I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. I used a black Faber-Castell big brush marker to draw black circle outlines and stuck the dragonfly circles over the top using a UHU Stic. Then I drew a dot border around the edges of these circles using the white Uni Posca paint pen again. I stamped the quote using black Archival Ink and I went over the wording with a black Uni Pin pen to make it stand out more. The stars are outline stickers which I coloured with a black Sharpie permanent marker. To finish, I coloured some paper flowers using a Red Violet Spectrum Aqua marker by liberally colouring the centre of the flower and then applying water with a paintbrush so the water spread the ink across the petals giving a shaded effect and once they had dried I stuck them to the page with Glossy Accents.

I’m pleased to be able to join Rosie who is hosting the “Circles” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Garstang is a lovely old market town in Lancashire, here you can see the view up the high street, and the gentleman in blue is sat under the Market Cross. The town is steeped in history and there has been a market here for over 200 years and we always enjoy looking around the weekly outdoor market stalls that wind their way up the high street.

We always go to The Royal Oak Hotel for lunch, which is a 17th century coaching inn situated opposite the Market Cross in the centre of the town. The pub is made up of several small rooms which are decorated in a traditional pub style with beamed ceilings, wood panelling and stained glass, along with china and brass adorning the walls. We sat in this little room off the bar which has a very cosy feel.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a beer called “Pint of Thrones” by Robinsons Brewery. It’s pictured with our usual choice of prawn sandwich with chips (shrimp sandwich with fries for my friends in the US) – so yummy!

After lunch we like to walk along the Lancaster Canal and also the River Wyre. We walked about 5 miles looking at the boats and scenery.  This white bridge is the Fylde Water Board Crossing and carries a water pipe across the canal which is so pretty and quite elaborate considering its rather mundane task (grin!).

There were quite a few boats along the canal as it was a hot sunny day. There were many narrow boats and we had just walked round a corner when we saw this one coming towards us – don’t worry though, it’s not going that fast, they are limited to 4 mph. I think my hubby secretly wants a narrow boat!

Then we made our way back along the canal approaching the Cathouse Bypass Bridge and I think dragonflies may well enjoy these reeds and iris.

We love the wonderful views and countryside in this area. At the Wrye Aqueduct, which is a bridge taking the canal over a river, we turned down some steps to continue our walk along the River Wrye. This aqueduct was first used in 1797 and is still going strong today!

As we passed under the aqueduct, we saw the most amazing circular reflections on the ceiling. These are caused by a few drops of water from the canal above dripping down into the river below.

The background of my page reminds me of these walls and the wonderful circle reflections that we saw. The circles were so magical, it’s as if fairies were dancing on the water – just like Kristah’s quote!

We then followed the path alongside the River Wyre through the trees and back into town. We always have such a lovely time in Garstang, it’s a beautiful place!

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
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Red Violet)
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Earl Grey, Caramel)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199, Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CR0274/16R2)
  • Sugarloaf Inc. Anita’s wood mounted rubber stamp (26645)
  • The Works (Clear Stamps CR0274/TW3)
  • Eco Green Crafts Recycled Rubber Stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Creative Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Pre-stamped paper
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Mini Paper Flower Embellishments)
  • Outline Stickers (Gold Stars)
  • UHU Stic

Pretty mismatched china

With the glorious sunny weather last week we decided to go on one of our favourite circular walks from Scorton to Nicky Nook and back, with a visit to the Apple Store café. This page was inspired by our walk and the pretty mismatched china that we found at the café.

To start I sectioned the page in a starburst design to represent the sunny day and our circular walk, then I cut pieces of decoupage papers the same size as these sections and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. I used two different papers and alternated them, the pretty colourful butterflies represent the countryside and the lovely gardens we sat in at the café and the measurement paper depicts the miles we walked and the hills we climbed whilst on our walk. Next I drew black lines with a ruler and Sharpie Permanent Marker between each section and added some white gesso with my finger to soften some of the colours and designs. I stuck some black border stickers through each butterfly patterned section and some silver outline stickers along each black line outlining the shapes with a black Uni Pin marker. My mismatched tea spoons, teacups and saucers are rub-on transfers which I arranged around the page, I like the way some of the cups are hanging  from hooks along the black lines. To finish I added some shadows under the different images using a Slate Spectrum Aqua Marker and I stuck a pretty embellished teapot in the centre.

I’m pleased to be able to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth over at T Stands for Tuesday with my tea related page, as well as Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the “Elegance & Grunge” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

The walk was around 5.5 miles and this is the marker at the summit of Nicky Nook with the Red Rose of Lancashire painted on the side of it. In the distance you can just see where we had walked from, through woodlands and past a reservoir.

Nicky Nook is located in the Forest of Bowland and is 215m (705ft) above sea level. We live in an area that is known for being relatively flat and being by the sea we are just about at sea level,  so walking up this hill made a nice change and the views were breathtaking.

This is the view looking the other way, we were heading towards the lake on the left hand side which is where the café is located.

You may remember this walk and café from my post last year. The café is located in the Victorian glass houses of the grounds of Wyresdale Park.

This time we sat in the garden in the shade of the trees, because it was too hot to sit inside. I think everyone had the same idea as they were bringing the tables and chairs out from within.

This time we had a triple sausage sandwich, chips (fries) and a pot of green tea in the pretty mismatched china.

Here we are saying a big cheers to the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

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
  • Memento Ink (London Fog)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Slate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.3 mm)
  • Anita’s Sugarloaf Inc. (Retro Starburst 7146)
  • Viva Gade Decoupage Paper (Helsinki 25586)
  • Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Romantic Tea #PAR-244 Rub-on)
  • Sandylion Kelly Panacci Scrapbook Collection (Stitches & Borders KSC102)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Fanciful Floral Corners Silver ANT8101411)
  • Outline Stickers (Time – Silver 90493S)
  • Poundland (Handmade Embellishments)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

A very fine swan indeed!

On a warm sunny day whilst walking alongside the Lancaster Canal, my hubby captured a fantastic photo of a swan looking very regal whilst showing off his plumage; this swan definitely wasn’t an ugly duckling in fact “You’re a very fine swan indeed!” as the well-known song says.

The background is Yellow, Aquamarine and Slate Spectrum Aqua markers which I scribbled onto an acrylic block, spritzed with water and pressed onto the page. Then I used the same technique to add some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink over the top. Next I added a series of stamps using London Fog Memento Ink and a Hobbycraft silver pigment ink; these stamps included a Script stamp by Kaisercraft to represent the Ugly Duckling lyrics, a feather stamp by Craft Sensations to depict those beautiful feathers and two crown stamps as he looked very regal. Next I stamped the swan images by Urban Stamps using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and added torn pieces of a blue-green paper from a design pad using a UHU Stic. The swan is a print of the actual photo my hubby took which has been edited to give a vintage monochrome look and stuck to the page using the UHU Stic. Once the glue had dried I outlined the image and the papers with a black Uni Pin Marker and silver metallic paint. I added silver border outline stickers to the blue paper, as well as the small silver cross-like stickers, white diamante-centred flowers, colourful flower shaped stickers and purple rhinestone flowers across the whole page. I added a feather that I picked up alongside the canal on the day of our walk which I’m pretty sure is from a swan, and also some decorative diamante chain to hold it down. To finish I used the same decorative chain under each of the swans that I had stamped.

I’m pleased to be able to join Try it on Tuesday’s theme of “Feathered Friends” and Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the “Elegance & Grunge” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Here’s the original photo my hubby took of the swan, isn’t he magnificent! I can just imagine him singing (grin!):

“Not a quack, not a quack, not a waddle or a quack
But a glide and a whistle and a snowy white back
And a head so noble and high
Say who’s an ugly duckling?
Not I!”

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 (Yellow, Aquamarine, Slate)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Cracked Pistachio)
  • Memento Ink (London Fog, Rich Cocoa)
  • Hobbycraft Pigment Ink (Silver)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Poundland Metallic Paint (Silver)
  • Script Metallic Pen (Silver)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CRO274/16R1)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Docrafts Urban Stamps (12 Days of Christmas – Icons PMA907909)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Vintage Chic Creations CRO701/PL4)
  • Swan printed photo
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Timeless Borders ANT810117)
  • Fancy Stickers (Flowers & Butterflies 28965)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740, Decorative Diamante Chain 26254)
  • The Works Stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)
  • Feather
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic

Robin

Whilst walking along the Lancashire Coastal Way at Cockerham Sands we were lucky enough to see robins along the hedgerows. As my friends and family will tell you, I love robins and so seeing them gave me a great excuse to create this page.

The background is covered with a script decoupage paper and is stuck down using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Next I ripped pieces of a blue decoupage paper and stuck them to the page, and then I layered another piece of the same blue paper on the top to give more depth and dimension. Next I added ripped pieces of a music note design paper by Craft Sensations and edged them with a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker, sticking them down with a UHU Stic. The music washi tape reminds me of the robin’s song that we heard on our walk and also matches the quote I used for my page. Next I used a stencil to create the leaves; I did this by using the same music note design paper, stamping a circular geometric shape using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink through the stencil onto it and outlining the edge of the leaf design with a Chocolate Spectrum Aqua marker. Then I removed the stencil, fussy cut the leaves and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. Once the glue had dried, I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen. The beautiful quote is a rub-on transfer by Royal & Langnickel. To finish the background I added splatters of black acrylic paint. The spade handle is fussy cut from a calendar and I coloured it with Spectrum Aqua markers and added more detail with the black Uni Pin marker. The stem of flowers is a chipboard embellishment which I stuck to the page using a UHU Stic.

To make the robin, I cut a robin shape from a piece of card and collaged leftover pieces of paper over the top to create the feather design, keeping the paper pieces in place using matte gel medium. I stuck the papers so they overhung the edges of the card and when the glue had dried I cut around the bird shape to give a clean finish. I used Spectrum Aqua Markers to add detail to the feathers and colour the robin’s legs. I then edged the robin with the grey Big Brush marker and coloured the eye using a black 3D Pearl Effect by Dovecraft and then Glossy Accents by Ranger. I also added a white dot to the top of the eye with the white gel pen. I love the way this robin turned out and this is a great way to use up all those little bits of papers you have leftover. Although it’s a bit fiddly arranging the papers, I think the result is beautiful.

I’m also pleased to join Gill who is hosting the “Elegance and Grunge” theme over at Art Journal Journey.

We walked along part of the Lancashire Coastal Way towards Cockerham Sands, which is close to Cockersand Abbey.

We saw this robin on our walk, he was sitting on a post and looking at us over his shoulder.

He lives in a beautiful spot at Cockerham Sands overlooking the estuary of the River Lune leading to Glasson Dock.

On the beach front there are quite a few farms and we saw this anchor sitting in one of their gardens.

Doesn’t this rusty buoy look fabulous looking out at that wonderful view!

Here’s a close up especially for Elizabeth as I know she loves all things rusty.

Talking of Elizabeth, as T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing the green tea we had after our walk and saying a big hello to the T Gang!

We went to the Lantern O’er Lune café again and if you’re good you can have something from the Naughty Board (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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Crimson, Burgundy, Spice, Fawn, Chocolate, Charcoal, Slate)
  • Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm & 0.5mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Docrafts Papermania Mini Cards & Stamp Set (Capsule Geometric Krafts PMA105308)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Design papers – leftovers
  • White card
  • Trimcraft (Decoupage papers SCDEC064)
  • Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • RSPB Calender – old
  • Hobbycraft Decorative Tape (Assorted Black & White 5971471007)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY506 Rub-on)
  • Craft Sensations (Chipboard Embellishments 154887)
  • Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects (Brights – Black)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic

April Hare

As you may already know, we love to go out walking and so on a sunny April day we decided to explore the Glasson Dock area some more; this beautiful place is a haven for all sorts of wildlife and birds. This time we were lucky enough to see hares running across the fields and not having seen a hare in the wild before I thought I would capture this moment on my journal page.

I started by applying a thin wash of diluted Peacock Feathers Distress Ink with a paint brush; I did this by stamping the ink pad directly onto an acrylic block and then adding water. Next I stenciled some Twisted Citron Distress Ink through a leaf mask by Craft Sensations using a blending tool and stamped some dots using the same Twisted Citron ink and London Fog Memento Ink.  I stenciled blue circles by Dutch Doobadoo using the Peacock Feathers ink and blotted them with a baby wipe to remove and disperse some of the colour. I also added some fine splatters of the same Distress Inks and black acrylic paint using a paint brush. Then I applied the wording using rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel, which remind me of our walk. The large ink hare image is from a flyer by Emma Underwood and I painted the other two smaller hares myself using eight different colours of Distress Ink, a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen, which was a fun experiment.

This time we went on a circular walk through farmland and countryside and we were amazed to see hares running over the fields and meadows.

They didn’t stay still long enough for us to take photos and although we managed to get a couple of shots, they were out of focus. If you are interested, here are some fun facts about hares:

  • Hares are much larger than rabbits, with longer, black-tipped ears and more powerful hind legs.
  • Hares are herbivores, eating grass and other plants.
  • Hares are very shy and when in danger to protect themselves lie as still as a statue, tucked in close to the ground with their ears pressed flat along their backs.
  • Hares can run incredibly fast, up to 35 miles per hour, although this is usually saved to escape predators.
  • In March and April, hares can often be seen leaping about, chasing each other and sometimes having “boxing matches”. This is where two hares (usually a male and a female) stand up on their hind legs, face to face and box with each other. They do this because the female is not yet ready to mate or as a test of the male’s determination. This spring behaviour is where the expression “Mad as a March Hare” comes from.

We also saw some sweet lambs basking in the sunshine on our walk – aren’t they adorable!

As well as these cheeky guys looking out across one of the farm courtyards.

We had definitely walked up an appetite after 5.5 miles, so we went to our favourite café Lantern O’er Lune at Glasson Dock, which I have featured before in a previous post. As T Stands for Tuesday I’m joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth and the rest of the T Gang with our pot of green tea and panini with chips (fries). The panini is Cumberland sausage, Cheddar cheese and red onion chutney which is a lovely combination.

Their panini are always served with a side of coleslaw and the yummiest salad which contains water melon and strawberries – delicious!

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 (Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Ground Espresso, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserve)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Dutch Doobadoo Dutch Mask A5 (Geometric Tiles)
  • Woodware Francoise Collection stamp set (Flower Style Wood Set FRSWS003)
  • Flyer – Emma Underwood
  • Old book – The Fox & The Orchard
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY-506 Rub-on, Summer #ROY-505 Rub-on)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Life is like a tea cup

It was a beautiful sunny day on Friday so we decided to we walk into town and run some errands, we also stopped by Alices Tea Room where we saw a pottery teacup sign saying “Life is like a teacup, to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends”. This reminded me of our T Day get together over at T Stands for Tuesday so I created this page!

I wanted to experiment and create a background that looked like old cracked plaster work, so I started by sketching some crack marks on my page and then covered the page with white gesso using a palette knife. Next I used Spectrum Aqua markers to add some colour by scribbling the ink on an acrylic block and applying them with a baby wipe, I also dragged the acrylic block across the page so the ink added texture. I then emphasised the crack marks I had sketched by painting diluted Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker ink over them and adding fine detail using a black Uni Pin marker and a white gel pen. I fussy cut a teacup image and stuck it to the page using a UHU Stic, then I painted the image using Derwent Inktense pencils to emphasis the colours, patterns and textures. I covered the rose buds on the image with silk ones which I cut in half to reduce their thickness and adhered using Glossy Accents. I added paper twine to a tag, distressed the edges and stuck it down using double-sided foam tape. The torn papers are from a paper pack from my local craft shop, which I edged with the Cold Grey Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Then I added more fine detail to the image and torn paper edges using a black Uni Pin marker and white gel pen. Next I adorned the page with some adhesive fabric patterned with little roses which I cut out and also some lace outline stickers and leaf border stickers. To finish I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper using Archival Ink and attached it to the page using Matte Gel Medium.

As my inspiration was the sign I saw whilst “Out and About”, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way again over at Art Journal Journey.

We were delighted to visit Alices Tea Room again. Here is the pretty little teacup sign we saw on one of the dressers in the Tea Room.

We sat in another part of Alices this time and had a lovely view of the toadstools and flowers adorning the window.

There is so much thought and detail gone into the interior design – there are stairs on the ceiling and chairs as lights, upside down electric plug sockets and even the door fittings are back to front!

We were kindly bought a voucher for afternoon tea as a gift, which we decided to use as it was such a sunshiny day. There was a delicious selection of sandwiches, crisps (chips) and salad.

We also had the yummy scones which we topped with cream, strawberry jam and fresh strawberries. The mismatched tea service caught my eye too with the beautiful gold patterned plate and the tiny roses on the saucer.

It was all accompanied by a pot or two of green tea, don’t you just love the table – “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!” Luckily this isn’t true for my weekly catch up with Elizabeth and Bluebeard over at T Stands for Tuesday, where you share a drink and chat to the T Gang – wishing you all a Happy T Day!

Although the top tier of cakes was very tempting especially with the fondant icing “Eat me” on top, we were full up and so we took them all home to enjoy the next day.  What a wonderful time we had, hope you enjoyed it too!

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
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers (Lime, Olive, Moss, Slate)
  • Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils (Shiraz 0600, Fushia 0700, Field Green 1500, Leaf Green 1600, Mustard 1700, Willow 1900)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Craft pack of patterned papers
  • Teacup image
  • White tissue paper
  • The Range (Craft Tags CRO740 PO/21200)
  • Wilko (Paper Twine)
  • Poundworld (Adhesive Pattern Fabric U-80945)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Delicate Lace Borders – white ANT8101510)
  • PSX Design Stickers (Florentine Alphabet Green SR6042)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • X-Press It double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Our Coastal Birds

We feel very blessed to live 2-3 minutes walk from the beach and once a week we meet up with one of our good friends to walk along the shoreline, she is a keen photographer and specialises in bird and wildlife photography. We have seen many coastal birds on our walks over the winter months so I thought I would share some of them with you.

The background textures and colours represent the sand, sea and pebbles of our shoreline. First, I applied Sea Green and Desert Spectrum Aqua Markers to an acrylic block, spritzed the ink with water and pressed it onto the page. I then stamped a Sketchy stamp by Kaisercraft using Tea Dye Distress Ink and a Serpentine Background stamp using Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. Then I repeated the same process by applying Hickory Smoke and Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink to an acrylic block, spritzing it with water and dripping the ink or pressing the block onto the page. I stenciled dots using a Creative Expressions Mask and the Hickory Smoke ink with a blending tool. Next I secondary stamped (in order to give a lighter image) a compass stamp from the Steampunk stamp set by Docrafts, a feather stamp by Craft Sensations  and a binoculars stamp by Royal & Langnickel using Jet Black Archival Ink. This is to represent the North West coastline, the fact that some of the birds migrate to our shores, the feathers you find on the beach and the binoculars we use to see the birds up close. The bird images are fussy cut from an old AA travel book and show some of the different birds we have seen on our walks; they are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. I also cut the Oyster Catcher image and information from the same book, as well as the blue paper square which I stamped with the names of some other birds that we have seen and also decorated it with a tag stamp using Archival Ink, and the same compass and feather stamps using the Hickory Smoke ink and the Desert Aqua marker. Both these pieces are stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. I stamped the words “discover” and “explore” using Archival Ink and then I used rub-on transfers for the rest of the wording. To finish I added three pretty white and blue seashell beads using Glossy Accents to adhere them.

As we are “Out and About” exploring the shoreline and watching the birds, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

Our walks along the beach are made even more magical by the wide variety of birds that we see. Here’s a view from the top of one of the many sand dunes, it shows the area of the beach and mudflats where we see many of the birds, especially when the tide is coming in.

We always have fun spotting the different birds especially those that over-winter here or stop to feed during their migration. Here I am all wrapped up at the foot of the dunes, looking for birds because I am normally allocated chief bird spotter and given the binoculars. We often see what is known as a LBJ (little brown job) which we think is a sparrow but turns out to be a Linnet or a Reed Bunting or even a special visitor to our shores – a Wheatear. My hubby and our friend are the photographers as they have the zoom lenses needed to capture the flying birds and those on the shoreline. As you will see from the following photos they have captured some wonderful birds on our walks. I’d like to say a special thank you to both of them for contributing their fabulous photos to my blog today!

This Turnstone was watching us and waiting to resume feeding on the muddy shoreline, it is well suited to our coast as although we have sandy beaches there are pebbles and stony areas too.

It was amazing to see the Curlews for the first time this year, aren’t they magnificent! I was surprised about how big they are, until my friend told me they are one of the biggest wading birds in Europe. They also have a very distinct call which gives them their name.

The Little Egrets have joined our shoreline over the winter months, they take refuge in the mud flats at low tide and tend to disappear at high tide. They are so elegant and as you can see look spectacular when in flight.

The Oyster Catchers stay along our shoreline all year round and are very noisy birds. They come closer to shore as the tide comes in and here they are on the mud flats at high tide. They are so beautiful with their black and white plumage and red beak and legs.

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 (Sea Green, Desert)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Blueprint Sketch)
  • Ranger Archival (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist Pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Sketchy CS878)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice Stamps (Journey MIN-CCS104)
  • Papermania Urban Stamps (All Aboard – Tags PMA907178)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/16R1)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essstials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Creative Expressions That Touch of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • Discover Britain AA Book
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Summer #ROY505 Rub-on)
  • The Works (Seashore Beads)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape