Be the star you are

 have always found this quote empowering so I thought I would create a page to share it with you for this month’s Art Journal Journey theme, which is “Poetry in Motion”, where you are asked to create a page inspired by a poem, quote or saying.

To tie into the quote, I masked off a large star shape and then I painted some distinctive vertical and horizontal lines using grey watercolour paint making sure that I kept the colour to the right-hand side of the page. Then I used a paintbrush to apply lots of fine splatters of the same grey and also some red watercolour paint; I concentrated the splatters on the bottom right-hand corner and fanned them out across the page like a star burst. Next I stamped an alphabet stamp by Kaisercraft and a star garland stamp by Craft Expressions using black Archival Ink and applied black and white acrylic paint splatters again. I used a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to outline the star and then I removed the masking tape. Next I used the star garland stamp and black Archival Ink again to continue some of the star strands over the white star. The individual letters for the quote are cut from an alphabet paper sheet by Creative Sensations, they are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic and I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I stuck gold outline stickers onto a sheet of paper from the same Design Pad by Creative Sensations, fussy cut them out and stuck them to the page with a UHU Stic along with some little gold star stickers.

I got the idea for the background splatters from some street art that we recently discovered in Blackpool . There are quite a few murals on the side of some buildings and we noticed that rather than leave one of the side walls plain the artist had painted the wall black, then masked it off in a geometrical design and applied lots of fine splatters of paint.

Here’s a close up view of the wonderful art that resulted when the masking tape had been removed – isn’t the texture amazing!

This is the main mural on the other side of the building, painted in 2015 it now looks a bit worn but the images and colours are fabulous.

This mural was on the building next door, I think this one was created as part of Blackpool’s “Sand, Sea & Spray 2016” urban art festival and the way the artist has created the light on the pretty ladies face and also the rain effect is stunning!

I do hope that you are inspired to get creative and join us for this month’s “Poetry in Motion” challenge over at Art Journal Journey! I’m looking forward to seeing 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:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (Payne’s Gray 465)
  • Rowney Georgian Water Colour (Crimson Alizarin 515)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Graphix Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Alphabet CS887)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/16R2)
  • Homemade wooden stamp block using plasterboard/drywall tape
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Soft Colours CRO730/R)
  • Outline Stickers (Stars Gold)
  • UHU Stic
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Urban Street Art

With new urban art pieces being installed along the Art Trail in St. Anne’s on the Sea, I thought I would join in and create my own piece. I know Lisca loves street art so I hope she enjoys this post and I would also like to thank Rike who was the first to introduce me to a technique using a straw which inspired part of my design. I’m also pleased to join the lovely Gill who is hosting the “Elegance and Grunge” theme over at Art Journal Journey.

I started by covering the page with Pébéo white gesso using a craft knife to create texture, then while the gesso was drying I added the blue circles by dipping a cardboard tube into Aquamarine water colour paint by Winsor & Newton and applying it to the page. Next came the technique inspired by Rike, I dripped a grey and a blue water colour paint on my page then blew the paint with a straw to create drip lines and starbursts, I really enjoyed doing this, it was great fun.  I repeated all of these techniques a couple more times to build up the paint layers and textures until I got the look I wanted. Then I added some paint splatters using the same water colour paints and a paintbrush. Using black Archival Ink I stamped a frame onto the page and the little girl with her balloon onto a piece of grey paper from a Design Pad, both the stamps and paper are by Craft Sensations. I backed the grey paper image with a piece of card, cut it to match the inside of the stamped frame, edged it with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck it onto the page using a UHU Stic. To finish I added motivational wording which are rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel.

The St Anne’s Back West Art Trail is a series of urban street art installations along a back street in St. Anne’s on the Sea and this week we had 4 new additions displayed. The aim for this year is have up to 20 similar art works on display all over the town and there is talk of an Urban Arts Festival too. The photo is of a 12ft x 12ft piece by specialist urban artists Hayley Garner and Joy Gilleard, known together as Nomad Clan; it pays homage to the town’s history as well as the children and dogs that enjoy this seaside town.

The local stores who have access to the back of their buildings in this street also have art installations – my favourite is the bright green arch of Apple Bikes which was stenciled onto the wall itself.

Some storefronts are based on the street too, this pink building is a yoga studio, and features a bear looking out across the mountains.

This new installation of a whale by Nomad Clan is one of my favourites, isn’t it beautiful!

This abstract creation is by Catch-22 Art.

This warrior by Seca One Art looks like a futuristic avenger to me.

We also spotted this tribute to a local band on the bottom of a door.

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
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (Ultramarine, Payne’s Gray, Colbalt Blue)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CRO274/16R)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Travel Memories 154898)
  • Card
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Motivate #ROY-150 Rub-on)
  • Cardboard tube
  • Straw
  • UHU Stic

New Beginnings

Whilst walking to Cockerham Sands from Glasson Dock, I was excited to see my first butterflies of spring and also discover the ruins of Cockersand Abbey which dates back to 1100s. Both of which inspired my page “New Beginnings”.

This page started with a mop-up background created from leftover paint and gesso from other art journal pages; firstly a blue green acrylic paint was applied that had semi-dried to my acrylic block, I sprayed it with water and dragged the block horizontally and then vertically across the page from left to right, as you can see the colour is stronger on the left hand side as a result. Secondly some grey Winsor & Newton watercolour paint was applied using a babywipe, and then some blue watercolour paint which was already diluted on my acrylic block so I dripped it onto my page and then dragged the acrylic block over the top, and I added fine paint splatters too. Next came some left over white gesso which I applied to the page with a spatula. I thought the texture on this page would work well for my design, so I added a Rocks stamp by Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink and also secondary stamped the same stamp to add more depth and texture. This reminds me of the wall and stone ruins that we saw at the abbey. The black flowers and leaves are rub-on transfers by Kaisercraft which I clustered and layered together, I really like the worn look of these transfers. The butterflies and wording are also rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel and to finish I added the three rhinestone flowers.

As my page captures the abbey and the butterflies we discovered, I’m pleased to be able to join Hazel who is hosting the “Magical Mystery Tour” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Once at Cockerham Sands we decided to walk to Cockersand Abbey along the coastal path.  The abbey now lies in ruins with its walls and stones scattered across the site. We found out that originally a hospital was built here in 1180 for the sick and lepers and that this hospice was continued by the Premonstratensian White Canons who built their priory here in 1190. It was built on a clay “island” and its medieval name was “S. Maria de Marisco” or “Saint Mary of the Marsh”. As the priory thrived it gained the rank of abbey. Then came Henry VIII’s Reformation, and so in 1539 the abbey was dissolved and although it was sold to John Kitchen who then gave the land to his daughter when she married Robert Dalton, it has lied in ruins ever since.

The only building remaining is called Chapter House which for many years was used as a mausoleum for the Dalton family. We really enjoyed looking around the abbey ruins, it’s such a beautiful place with views out to sea.

These are the beautiful butterflies that we saw on our walk, the one sitting on a dandelion is a Small Tortoiseshell and the other basking in the sunshine is a Peacock butterfly. It seems that the seasons have changed and Spring is here!

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

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

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Christmas Green, Navy)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acylic (White)
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (Ultramarine, Payne’s Gray)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Rocks CS875)
  • Kaisercraft Rub-ons Lush Collection (Black & White RB867)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (LAN1236G) and Sentiments (Spring #ROY-506 RUB-ON)
  • The Works Stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)

Winter Art Fair

Last weekend I went to Lytham Hall where there was a Winter Art Fair being held. There were over 50 different arts and crafts stalls and I had a great time chatting to the stall holders about their work. Most of the artists were local to this area and some of the money raised goes to help with Lytham Hall’s restoration.

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I started by applying Winsor & Newton grey watercolour paint with a baby wipe, blending the colour so it was darker round the edges of the page. I toned this colour down by applying a thin layer of white gesso. Next I stamped grey snowflakes using London Fog Memento Ink all around the edge of the page to create a border in keeping with the winter theme. I used the same stamp to add small snowflakes intermittently around the border using blue Memento Ink. I then created a collage with the business cards that I had collected from the stall holders and a picture of Lytham Hall which I cut from a leaflet, sticking them to the page using a UHU Stic. I outlined them with a black fine line Uni Pin marker and then added the snowflakes which are stickers to enhance the winter feel. As the fair was busy I wanted to capture this by creating lots of things to look at on the page. I picked up a flyer advertising the fair, so I used this on the page too, along with “Hopeful and Glorious” who are the people running the fair. They are fussy cut, outlined with a black Sharpie and a Uni Pin marker then stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. I also added some shimmer and shine to them using a Wink of Stella shimmer pen and glitter glue so they looked like the snowflakes had settled on them. To finish I added the blue glossy gel sticker dots and stars. I think this page captures the Winter Fair’s magic!

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I particularly liked these 4 stalls, firstly a ceramic artist who makes fine porcelain and uses lace to pattern her items.

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Secondly, an artist who uses a typewriter to create images – check out the video on her site, it’s an amazing way to create art!

laser-cut

Thirdly, a lady who makes laser cut wooden pictures of our town.

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And finally, this lady creates beautiful art pieces from fabrics on which she has printed her own photos, so each piece has a wonderful back story.

I was glad to be able to help support Lytham Hall, which was built in the 1750’s and was the home of the Clifton Family, on whose land our whole town was built. The building and remaining grounds fell into neglect and has now been bought for the benefit of the town and is slowly being restored.

I am also delighted to be able to share our lovely day out with everyone over at Art Journal Journey for this month’s theme “No face, no wings, no leaves but COLLAGE”.  

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:

  • Winsor & Newton Cotmann Watercolour (Payne’s Gray)
  • Memento Ink (London Fog, Bahama Blue)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point marker (Black)
  • Clear Impressions stamp set (Woodland Christmas)
  • Home Bargains Season’s Greetings (Wall Stickers 16221)
  • Home Bargains stickers (Mini Gel Stickers 30287)
  • Business cards, leaflets and flyer
  • Zig Memory System Wink of Stella Brush (GL. Clear 999)
  • The Range glitter glue (3D Glue Pen GLT 4321000)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range Double-sided foam tape

BOO!

This page was inspired by all the questions and interest I had in my last post about Pumpkin Beer. As you can see these guys are having lots of fun in the pumpkin patch!

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I applied a very thin layer of light red Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour paint with a baby wipe and then sprinkled Colourcraft Brusho Crystals powder over the top. I used three colours of the Brusho powders, dark brown, orange and yellow, and spritzed them with water, and then I watched the magic as the colours exploded on the page. These Brusho powders are amazing; there are so many different effects you can create with them. Once dried I stamped leaf images using Archival Ink, then re-stamped them off-centre using Distress Inks to give them a ghostly appearance. I added the ghosts which are rub-on transfers I bought in the sale at a local craft store. To finish I applied Faber-Castell Big Brush marker ink using an old plastic gift card and Uni Pin black marker to the edges of the page and some gold gem stones. This was a really fun page to create and makes me smile when I see the – BOO!

beer-glass

Thanks so much for all your interest in our pumpkin beer, we make beer throughout the year and pumpkin is one of our favourites. It’s subtly spiced and amber in colour with an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 5.2%. To answer some of your questions, it takes around 6 hours to make and 6 weeks until it is ready. This time we made 40 UK pints (that’s 50 US pints) and it will be ready in a couple of weeks, although it does improve with a little ageing – if it lasts that long! In the meantime I did manage to find a photo from last year, as you can see I always coat the rim of the glass it is served in with sugar and cinnamon – yum! Our inspiration for this beer comes from our holiday visits to America as pumpkin beer is readily available in the fall, unlike here in the UK. That’s why we get so excited when pumpkins are available in our stores as we can start to make our own pumpkin beer.

pumpkin-cityOne of the reasons we enjoyed our American holiday so much was the many pumpkins on display at farmers markets, farm stalls and just around town. It’s always such a lovely time of year to visit!

displayWith this month’s theme “Indian Summer – Golden October – Autumn”, I’m delighted to be able to join Valerie over at Art Journal Journey.

I’m also pleased to join the Halloween Party challenge over at Moo-Mania.

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 Brusho Crystals (Dark Brown, Orange, Yellow)
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours (Light Red)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Sanguine 188 B, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • BoBunny stamps (Falling Leaves #12105154)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Bats, Cats & Ghosts #EDW355 Rub-on)
  • Poundland (504 Gems)

Every Leaf is a Flower

I find Autumn is so inspiring with all its different shades of gold, orange, red, brown and yellow. I love this season and I’m pleased to be able to join Valerie’s “Indian Summer – Autumn – Golden October” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

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To start I stippled areas of white gesso over the page using a paint brush. I then added apricot and parchment Liquitex acrylic paint using a palette knife and added some grey watercolour paint, blending all of these paints together using a baby wipe. I stamped leaf images with Royal & Langnickel stamps using Faber-Castell Big Brush marker ink, and then flicked some of their sanguine ink which I had diluted with water onto the page. Next I tore three strips of decoupage paper and stuck it to the page using a UHU Stic. The image of the beautiful lady is the packaging from the decoupage paper and I arranged the image so it looks like she is leaning back onto a wall or pillar. I stamped the quote onto tissue paper using Archival Ink and stuck it to the page using a UHU Stic, when the glue had dried I coloured it with a Spectrum Aqua Marker and outlined it with diluted Big Brush marker ink using a paint brush. I added the flower embellishments using a Zig Memory glue pen to her hair and cascading down the page with the leaves.

wreath

I love flower arranging and in my hall we display a different homemade wreath every season. I never tire of seeing these beautiful autumn leaves.

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

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

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Apricot, Parchment)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Sanguine 188 B, Cold Grey IV 233, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Range Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Slate)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice stamps (Pressed Leaves MIN-CCS102)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Santora Decoupage Paper (SNDEC044)
  • Poundland flowers (Accessories Pack)
  • White tissue paper
  • UHU Stic
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (The Dual Action Glue Pen)

 

Happiness

There are lots of things that make me happy and today “happiness is tea and cake”. Happiness is also joining the T Gang, as T stands for Tuesday, to chat and catch up on what everyone’s been up too – Happy T Day!

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I started by blending three colours of Winsor & Newton watercolour paint to create a pink/purple hue and applied it to the page using a baby wipe. Then I stamped a doily image using Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, which gave a lovely richness to the page. The little rose outlines are a stamp from Royal & Langnickel which I stamped using Memento Ink. I added the paper doilies at the edges of the page using a UHU Stic and embellished them using lace trim and buttons. The teapot, teacup and saucer and cakes are rub-on transfers, which I enhanced using Spectrum Aqua markers and a Uni Pin marker. Lastly I stamped the words using Archival Ink and coloured them using Spectrum Aqua markers, choosing colours to compliment the transfer images.

cakes

My hubby kindly treated me to an Iced Vanilla Custard Slice, which is two layers of puff pastry filled with a single layer of creamy thick vanilla custard and covered with icing – these ones had a beautiful yellow feathered icing pattern on the top. It’s a real teatime indulgence and so yummy – they have to be one of my all time favourites!stamps

Last week our local craft store had a new stock of discounted stamps, which of course I had to buy and put to use straight away in this journal page. Actually I used only two of the ones I purchased and as you can see I have quite a few more to add to my collection. Now I have a bit of a dilemma – how do I store and catalogue my stamps?  I like things organised so my goal is to know which stamps I have and how to locate them easily – please can you help me with any tips and share your experience of how to do this. Any suggestions are very welcome and gratefully received – thank you!

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:

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour (Crimson 515, Payne’s Gray 465, Ultramarine 663)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Seedless Preserves)
  • Memento Dye Ink (Lulu Lavender)
  • Range Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Red Violet, Gold, Slate)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Papermania block mounted crafting Rubber stamp (Doily PMA 1029)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice stamps (Ornate Scrollwork MIN-CCS123)
  • Docrafts Papermania 4×4 clear stamps (Bellissima – Alphas PMA907212)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE907115)
  • Dovecraft Floral Muse (Paper Doilies DCDLS004)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Romantic Tea #PAR-244 Rub-on)
  • Lace trim
  • Buttons
  • UHU Stic
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (The Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents