Past Times

Loving all things Victorian, I was delighted to hear a familiar sound whilst gardening; it was a steam engine coming down the road. Luckily they don’t go too fast so we had time to grab our cameras and take some photos while it was passing our house. This magnificent sight inspired my steampunk page.

I started by colouring the edges of the page with Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using a blending tool, fading the colours as I reached the centre of the page. Then I stencilled cogs, keys and text by Viva Décor using the same inks and highlighted areas with Black Soot Distress Ink and a terracotta Spectrum Aqua marker. These colours and images remind me of the steam engine that we saw. I cut the world image and rulers from some vintage paper by Kaisercraft and I used some street map paper by American Crafts to illustrate where we had seen the steam engine. I aged all these papers with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and edged them with Black Soot Distress Ink using a blending tool and then I stuck them to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once the medium had dried I added colour and detail using a black Uni Pin marker and terracotta, tan and slate Spectrum Aqua markers. Next I stuck on the three Victorian tags, the very dapper looking gentleman, the top hat and the fountain pen/pocket watch, all of which I aged and edged in the same way as the world and map paper. I coloured three clocks which are outline stickers with a black Sharpie permanent marker and stuck them to the page. I added the keys which are rub-on transfers and then layered up lots of different items including: Salvage Stickers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crowded Attic collection, Bees that I had stamped using Archival Ink onto some of the Kaisercraft paper and rulers that I cut from the same sheet of paper. All these items are edged with a black Sharpie pen and once in place I added shadows using a Slate Spectrum Aqua marker by smudging the colour with my finger and a baby wipe to produce a grunge effect. I stencilled white cogs with modelling paste and when it had dried I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more. I added star outline stickers that I had coloured with the black Sharpie marker and some assorted buttons using Glossy Accents. I coloured and underlined the “Past Times” text with a black Uni Pin marker and applied Glossy Accents on top of this wording, the black stars, the metal button in the centre and around the holes of the tags to give a 3D glossy look.

I’m so pleased to be able to join Erica who is the guest designer for the “Steampunk” theme over at Try it on Tuesday and also Rosie who is hosting the “Circles” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Here’s the wonderful old steam engine as it passed by our house! The sight, sounds and smells were wonderful, reminding us of times gone by. Steampunk captures this era very well as it incorporates technology and designs inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery and is referred to as Victorian futurism. If you are interested here is some more information about steampunk:

  • Steampunk is a fictional style and is often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”. Neither of these style cares too much about historical accuracy, the purpose is to have fun, be creative and use your imagination and not to accurately re-enact a period of real history.
  • Technologies that were new or important to the Victorians, such as steam power, clockwork or electricity, are big themes in steampunk.
  • The first science-fiction novels by authors H. G. Wells and Jules Verne strongly influence steampunk and as such fictional machines are popular. If either of these authors wrote a science-fiction novel today, it would be considered steampunk.
  • The “punk” in steampunk comes from going against convention that sets something apart, which is borne from creativity, imagination and one’s individuality, be that style or gadgets.
  • Steampunk is thought to have originated from well-known science-fiction authors William Gibson and Bruce Sterling and/or writer K.W. Jeter.
  • Steampunk may also, though not necessarily, incorporate additional elements from other genres like fantasy, horror, goth, historical fiction, alternate history, or speculative fiction.

In the Victorian era, afternoon tea was also invented and became very popular; it is still popular nowadays although it is seen more as a special treat. So we decided to take advantage of the “Afternoon Tea – 2 for 1” offer whilst visiting a local Garden Centre which also has a wonderful craft shop (grin!). As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and sharing our afternoon tea, which includes our usual choice of green tea with a selection of sandwiches and cakes. There was so much food that we both only manage to eat the sandwiches and delicious scone with jam and cream.

We took all the other cakes home to enjoy another day; from the bottom left clockwise there is a Bakewell slice, Viennese Whirl, millionaire’s shortbread, Victoria sponge, tea loaf and in the middle is a chocolate brownie. As I don’t eat nuts I was served different cakes to my hubby and I have to say the millionaire’s shortbread tasted out of this world – yum!

In case you are interested, here’s the craft shop that we looked round after our afternoon tea. I did buy a few things, well, it would be rude not too with the sale items on offer and the 20% off voucher/coupon I had (double 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Terracotta, Tan, Slate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point marker (Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste (High Density)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Viva Décor Universal Stencil (Past Times 900270300)
  • American Crafts Paper Pad (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Kaisercraft Timeless Collection (Postmarks P853)
  • Outline Stickers (Timeless Silver 904935)
  • The Works (Victorian Style Embellishments)
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Home Collage #ROY533 Rub-on)
  • Assorted buttons
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
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The World’s Fastest Land Animal

Today my page is inspired by “Nature’s Wonders”, which is the theme hosted by Gill over at Art Journal Journey. The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, so I thought it was fitting to create a page in tribute to this gorgeous feline!

The World's Fastest Land Animal - Art Journal Page

I started by smooshing diluted Spectrum Aqua markers onto the page using an acrylic block. Using a homemade mask I stamped circles of animal print using black Archival Ink, then splattered the whole page with Liquitex black acrylic paint. I cut out circles of decoupage papers and stuck them on top of the animal print circles using a UHU Stic. Once the glue had dried I outlined the circles with black Uni Pin marker and I doodled different African style patterns around each circle. The images and script are from old encyclopaedias and I highlighted information relevant to the cheetah – if you look closely you may see a cheetah sitting under a tree in the shade while looking out over the grassland. The cheetahs are from a doodle book that I painted using diluted Aqua marker ink and then cut out using scissors. I stamped some cheetah facts and added a beautiful postage stamp. To finish I added rhinestones the same colour as the postage stamp to highlight the text and balance the colours.

stamp

This postage stamp is from my hubby’s childhood stamp collection, it features a cheetah and her cubs and is from Nigeria dating back to 1965.

When I told my hubby I was thinking of doing a cheetah page to join AJJ, a happy coincidence occurred! My hubby told me he had recently watched a video on the cheetahs running ability and comparing it to the Greyhound. Here’s the link if you want to have a look. You can see why cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animal with their rotary gallop and it’s amazing ability to increase its strides per minute, spectacular!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Yellow, Terracotta, Gold)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Ivory Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Hobbycraft clear stamp (A6 Animal Print Background 50350HC)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Vivi Gade decoupage paper (Skagen 25561)
  • Poundland DécoTime (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • North Parade Sudoku and Doodle (Animal Kingdom)
  • Dorling Kindersley Illustrated Family Encyclopaedia
  • Pear’s Cyclopaedia 2007-2008 Edition
  • Postage stamp
  • Poundland self-adhesive gems (504 Gems)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Love and Peace

As you may know, I volunteer to help clean my local beach as part of Love my Beach. Last week I made a happy discovery whilst we were collecting rubbish along the shoreline – two hearts, one a collection of pebbles in the shape of a heart and the other made from driftwood, both left behind by happy holidaymakers. They inspired my page; it was so nice to find them … they made me smile!

Love and Peace - Art Journal Page

I applied Liquitex acrylic paint to the page with a baby wipe, then used a homemade stamp and Archival Ink to add a grid texture and splattered black and white acrylic paint over the top. I drew a circle in the middle of the page to create a globe image and coloured it using a grey Faber-Castell big brush marker. A dots stencil and texture paste added the land detail onto the globe. On white paper I stenciled some text with Distress Ink and stamped hearts in two colours using Memento Ink, this formed the background for the sentiment lettering. Once stamped, I cut the letters out and arranged them to fit inside the globe and then stamped the authors name around the edge of the globe. Two wooden hearts which represent the hearts I found on the beach, rhinestone flowers, glittery dots and fabric tape finished the page. I think the quote is so special; imagine if love and compassion were at the forefront of people’s thoughts – the peace that would bring.

Hearts

I snapped the hearts I found on the beach with my phone, aren’t they just wonderful!

With my homemade globe of the World, I’m joining the Art Journal Journey MAPS challenge hosted by Mary C. Nasser.

Frappe

I regularly go to a local café with my mum and took a photo from our last visit so I could join the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday. Here’s my Chocolate frappé (ice, chocolate syrup and milk all blitzed in a blender), please note the cream and chocolate flake on top are optional and all my mum’s doing … it was so nice though! Happy T day!

I apologise for not posting as often or catching up with all my wonderful blogging friends of late, but my dad is very unwell in hospital and I need to spend extra time visiting and supporting my mum. I look forward to catching up with everyone when things improve.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Navy)
  • Colvin & Co acrylic paint (Titanium White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Memento Dye Ink (Love Letter, Angel Pink)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artists pen (Cold Grey 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste High Density
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • The Crafters Workshop 6×6 stencil (Mini Art Is TCW261s)
  • Hobbycraft clear stamp (A6 Heart Background)
  • Papermania 2 pack A-Z clear stamps (Leftover Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alpha Folk DCE907115)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall tape
  • Docrafts Glitterations (Dots – White ANT 8181041)
  • The Works stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)
  • The Works (3 Adhesive Heart Shapes)
  • The Works (Fabric Tape)
  • The Range glue stick
  • X-press It double-sided tape

And they Flew!

I wanted my finished page to link to this month’s maps theme over at Art Journal Journey so I decided to have fun and get my inspiration as I went along. I wanted to start off with some circles, so used maps and lovely turquoise paper which I think go nicely together.

And they FLEW Art Journal Page

I used various lids and tapes as templates to cut out the circles. When I laid them onto the page I loved the vibrancy of colours, and so created a complimentary green background using a blend of acrylic paints. I applied the paint with a baby wipe, which is a new technique for me, and one that I will be using again, as it was very easy to do and I love the results! I stamped a hessian (burlap) texture and some script over the page using Kaisercraft stamps and Memento inks, then I used a homemade stamp to add a mesh pattern effect with Archival ink. I enjoyed adding the black and white splatters with acrylic paint to finish the background.

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I fixed the circles to the page using a glue stick and gel matte medium, and doodled on and around them to add some detail. I then added some lines adapted from a poem by Christopher Logue and finished the page with a wooden dove. I think it turned out wonderful!

Poem

I heard Mary Portas recite this poem recently and it really resonated with me, I just fell in love with it. Sometimes we all need to take a leap of faith in our lives and not be afraid to go after our dreams, and then you get to know what it feels like to fly! I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I do.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Liquitex Artist Colour Acrylic (Christmas Green, Swedish Blue, Ivory Black)
  • Colvin & Co. acrylic paint (White Titanium)
  • Memento Dye Inks (Rich Cocoa, Pistachio, London Fog, Bahama Blue)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber- Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm & 0.5mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamps (Script CS752 and Texture-Hessian CS153)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case Alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stamp DCVW0030)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall Tape
  • The Works (Wooden Doves)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range glue stick
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Dorling Kindersley Illustrated Family Encyclopaedia

Leap Year

I took my inspiration for this page from 2016 being a leap year and I certainly didn’t want to wait for 4 years for another opportunity to come along!

Leap Year - Art Journal Page

This page was really fun to do, as I researched what a Leap Year really is. As you can see, I included these facts on my page. The background was created using Spectrum Aqua markers and a script stamp by Kaisercraft. I used Timeless Collection paper again by Kaisercraft and the calendar I bought discounted locally. I added my leap year facts using rub on transfers and meanings from my trusty dictionary. To finish I stenciled black stars using texture paste, added my stamped compass image and outlined elements using black and white fine line markers. I love the vintage feel (which is fast becoming my go-to style).

PragueThis is the astronomical clock in Prague, Czech Republic which I took whilst there on a winter break, Prague is so magical at Christmas time. The clock shows the current phase of the sun, moon, a calendar and which star sign we are in amongst other things. Not bad considering it dates back to 1410. While researching I discovered that the clock is stopped for one night to allow for the Leap Day.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Teal, Slate, Tan, Charcoal)
  • Winsor & Newton white gesso
  • Ranger texture paste
  • Liquitex Artist Color acrylic paint (Ivory Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script KACS752)
  • Kaisercraft Timeless Collection paper (Postmarks P853)
  • Letraset Transfer (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm RDC0251)
  • Winsor & Newton Matte Gel
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Hobbycraft double-sided sticky tape
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm & 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo pen (White)
  • The Works British Birds Calendar 2016
  • Oxford University Press pocket dictionary
  • Unknown brand star stencil