Thursday, 8 September 2016

O is for......

Hello I'm here today with my next dictionary letter in my art journal which is O. I managed to get some crafty time in my studio whilst looking after dear Bear, who went home yesterday.
We so enjoyed our walks and on Tuesday I spotted this in on the ground....Bear was proud to show it off.
I wondered if there was a ripe conker inside, as it is still a few weeks early.

 I was not disappointed as it revealed this little beauty to put on my window sill

 I can never been bored finding my first conker treasure of the season and I immediately sent a Wattsapp to the family ;0)
Bear then guarded me in my studio as I set too making my O page....................

I thumbed through my dictionary looking for something to do with autumn and conkers and hit upon O for OCTOBER..of course. I could make a really golden autumnal page to represent the month. I found a lovely little poem on the Internet to use;

The wind is rising, and
the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,now
for October eves!

Humbert Wolfe

I haven't used my acrylics for a while so out they came and I used them to create a swirling background just like wind and leaves in my poem

I have an ancient leaf stamp which I brayered paints onto and stamped around the edges.

I have recently bought the new Tim Holtz mini leaf stencil and I used Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing pasted through it.

I LOVE this paste, it has such a gorgeous sheen

I die cut some birds on branches and trees (which I didn't use in the end) and altered them with paints adding texture with crackle paints.

I also made lots of leaves and coloured them with distress inks and then crackled them for texture.

I added some stamping with my Bronte script (Mark must bring this wonderful script's discontinued at present) and the winter tree Visible Image stamps. I just used the branches of the tree around the edge of my page.
I let everything dry over night and then it was time to assemble my page.
and here is my final piece.
The dictionary definition is tucked under the branch.

The sheen on the gold embossing paste is gorgeous but very tricky to show in my photos...

 and one last close up.

I would like to  enter my art journal pages into the following challenges;

The Craft Barn dictionary challenge O mine is for October
Pixie's Snippets playground #245 I used lots of snippets to create my distress ink leaves
STAMPlorations stencil mixed media September 

Frilly and Funkie things with wings
The Artistic Stamper 2/3 Monochromatic
                                           The Emerald faeries 2/3 monchromatic
                                                             Everybody Art leaves
                          Happy little stampers mixed media use distress inks. I used Distress                                                    Inks to create my leaves before crackling them.
                                              Stamps and stencils the colours of autumn
    Uniko Inspired by a song mine is Calfornia Dreamin by the Mamma and the Papa's have a listen on YouTube, it will make you hum along!

Funnily enough summer has returned again here for a few more days and my garden hit 28c yesterday afternoon. Perhaps we still have a few more summer evenings to enjoy before the winds do rise and take the leaves off the trees. I'm off to celebrate my best friend's birthday over lunch today, enjoy your day too. Thanks for visiting and sending you sunshine if you don't have any.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Stunning creation and perfect for October. I love conkers too, they are so tactile.

  2. Wow Jane! What a wonderful depiction of Autumn - beautiful work!


    Di xx

  3. That page puts me in an autumn mood for sure! Time to get out my pumpkins and fall leaf wreath! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Jane this is blooming gorgeous!! I love this time of year anyways, it's my favourite season, and you've captured it beautifully here. Fabulous inspirational art, thank you for sharing lovely lady Karen xx

    1. Forgot to say that's a wonderful corker of a conker too x

  5. oh so beautiful Jane - I love this layering stencil and I adore the quote you have used - wonderful. I wish you would enter this little beauty into my stamps and stencils challenge this month!!!! Big hugs rachel xx

  6. As you know I don't let go of summer easily assuming we actually get one but the one thing I do love about autumn are the colours, you have captured them beautifully in your piece Jane!
    I'm sure you miss that gorgeous boy now he has gone home...I don't expect Billy does though! :)
    V x

  7. Stunning Autumn art journalling, so creative! Thanks for sharing at Uniko.

  8. Beautiful work on this one - love that leaf background stamp and a great mix of autumnal colours.

  9. Beautiful Jane - this is my new all time favorite!! Gorgeous work!!
    I will miss Bear when he leaves to back to his home. He really is a delightful dog. How does Daisy do with him?
    I don't know what a "Conker" is!!!!
    Sandy xx

  10. wowsers, love it, leaves are a favorite of mine
    thanks for joining us at HLS Mixed Media
    Barb Housner (DT)

  11. I'm here from Craft Barn and this is lovely.

  12. Great mixed media card - so many elements. Bear looks great, very handsome and I know what you mean about glossy conkers! X

  13. Fabulous October spread, Jane - the glow of the leaves, and those great textured branches - it all looks lovely against your swirling painty background. Lovely to see the sheen on your conker too - first of many, I'm guessing!
    Alison x

  14. Wow you really have caught the autumnal bug my friend, this is beautiful displaying all the wonderful images and colours of the season. Hope you are having a great weekend. xxx

  15. A stunning page with so much depth and detail. It's made me realise Autumn is really here xx

  16. love all that texture - especially the crackle - thanks for sharing your beautiful fall project at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

  17. I do get the impression of swirling leaves on the autumn breeze! Gorgeous page full of texture and interest Jane!

  18. What a fabulous page that screams Autumn to me! I love all the texture and layers you created and the colours are spot on.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers, and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  19. Hi I just happened across your blog by chance and am so enchanted with your beautiful page for October - I have never seen anything like it to be honest! is there a tutorial or a book that you know of that would help a curious beginner to 'have a go'? I will be back to admire your lovely creations more... Betty

  20. A beautiful autumnal page.
    xxx Hazel.

  21. I just love the colours of Autumn and you've captured them so beautifully on this page.

  22. What a beautiful sentiment and the leaves and branches match it exactly. Lovely journal pages I can feel the cold brisk fall air that it inspires. Thanks for playing in the "Things with Wings" challenge with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge.

  23. Stunning Autumnal creation. Thanks so much for joining in on the Uniko Challenge & my apologies for commenting SO late. Hugs Bev x

  24. Gorgeous card and I love the verse. thanks for entering it in the Alpha/Dictionary Challenge and good luck! xx

  25. You have captured the colours of autumn perfectly on your page.

  26. What a gorgeous autumn layout ! I love the way you have framed the sentiment with those fabulous leaves and twigs. Thankyou for sharing your lovely work with us over at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

  27. Amazing fall project Jane. I love the maples leaves, just so beautiful. Love reading your story in the beginning. Glad you joined STAMPlorations September Mixed Media Challenge and see you next time.
    Hugs and smiles,
    STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
    Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

  28. love the colours and the layout, very interesting, love the little poem too....thanx for playing with us @ Happy Little Stampers.

  29. so glad I got to take another look Jane - sorry for missing the challenge first time around - beautiful - thanks so much for joining my challenge at stamps and stencils this month! Hugs rachel x

  30. beautiful project! Thanks for playing along with us at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge this month!!! :)

  31. Love the background you've created with fresco paints and the gorgeous leaves and die cut branches, you've altered them beautifully to give a lovely rustic effect. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x


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