Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Hot July brings cooling rain...

At last we had some welcome rain yesterday which my garden lapped up, especially my lawn which was starting to look more like hay than grass. I have some new summer bedding I have tried this year and some very different colours too. I have never liked begonia...until I saw some new varieties at the nursery. What is there not to love about this variety..
 so unlike the old ones I remember from my childhood. The flowers are more like flouncy roses.

 I also bought a dahlia in  a gorgeous "Fruit salad" colour (does anyone else remember those retro sweets?)
and how vibrant my gazania are this year. These are such sweet flowers as they close up at night. 

As I water them I often say "night night" to them 😅
I had a free day on Monday and I used the inspiration of
 my flowers to create a new "month poem" page  for my art journal. The July lines read;

"Hot July brings cooling showers,
apricots and gillyflowers"

 I needed to include a gillyflower, which I looked up, and is either stock or carnations (dianthus) and eventually I found a lovely Nicecrane image on my computer (sadly long ceased trading) which had roses and carnations included.
I chose my "fruit salad" distress oxides and blended on the colour. I tore out my image to distress the edges.
 I wanted it to  rain on my page so first of all I dripped down some water...I loved this effect.
 I added some butterfly stencilling using my STAMPlorations stencil
 I also found a carnation in my Tim Holtz flower stamp set and added some stamping using my Oxides.

 I then really made it rain by adding stamped raindrops using my favourite Ryn stamp.

Here is the background completed.
So then it was time to add my image and words.
Here is my completed art journal page.
and a few close ups of the background

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

The Craft Barn months challenge July there are 2 gilliflowers (dianthus/carnation) in my vintage image
Frilly and Funkie In the good old summertime
That's Crafty 3/3 anything goes
Artistic Inspirations 1/3 anything goes/summer colours
Simon says stamp Mondays distress it
We love to create 1/2 anything creative/mixed media
Designs by Ryn July

The sunshine is forecast to return tomorrow, this has been a great summer so far. Long may this weather continue. Thanks for stopping by today and for your kind comments.  I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to my newest followers. Thanks so much for joining me on my creative journey.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Oh yes I remember fruit salads....four for 1d if I remember correctly, a thrupenny bit got you a quite a bag of fruit salads and black jacks!! :)
    You art journal page is definitely the colour of fruit salads and those raindrops are the only kind I like!!
    I must admit I'm not a fan of begonias or dahlias but those begonias really are like roses.
    Lots of sunshine here today, hope all's well with you,
    V x

  2. very nice. Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog.
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  3. Your card is wonderful.. I love the water drops. I adore those big begonias, we've had them here for years. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Your garden flowers are looking wonderful Jane. Lovely journal page.
    Julie x

  5. Fabulous photos and super delightful journal page, just glorious colours and images. So lovely to see you the other day and have time to catch up. Huge hugs xxx

  6. Hi Jane,

    Love your new AJ page!
    Like you, I used not to be a big fan of Begonias and I don't ever remember seeing the large blooms as a child. The ones I have had almost always seem to catch some disease...


  7. Begonias are beautiful, I like the fruit salad memory, I used to get a mixed bag with black jacks too xx

  8. Wow! I love the drips and the raindrops. A really refreshing page. xxx

  9. Beautiful Card - I remember Fruit Salad too, last time I had some was in a goody bag last year! Thank you for joining the Craft Barn Month Challenge xx

  10. I love love love love this project! The raindrops are fantastic over your stunning backrgound!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - we hope to see you again next week! Zoey

  11. Hey Jane. Both your page and garden look lovely! I can definitely see how your flowers inspired your art. Great colours! I find nature's form, pattern and colour combinations to be endlessly inspiring :) Thanks for sharing with me!

  12. Oh my goodness! The flowers in your garden are gorgeous! I love the way you made it "rain" on your project! Thanks for joining the fun at the Frilly and Funkie "In the Good Old Summertime" Challenge!

  13. you have a blessed garden.great take on the inspiration from those beauties.
    Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspiration Challenge Blog.
    Shylaa DT@AICB

  14. You've really captured the beauty of bright summer flowers and those oh so present UK showers in your journal here Jane. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  15. Love the colours on your page. Your garden flowers are gorgeous.

  16. A lovely hot background, fits perfectly with the verse.


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