Tuesday, 17 February 2015

More nature inspired inky play

Thank you all for the amazing comments you left for me when I shared my first pages from my small art journal. If you missed the post this is the link here.

I am enjoying just playing with inks and paints when I have a spare minute. Making art for art's sake! Last week I spotted some more pretty spring flowers at the garden centre I visited with my parents.

Gorgeous hellebores
 witch hazel in flower
and these purple beauties, cyclamen. I loved the contrast of the green leaves...stunning colours from Mother Nature.
I was not too sure about the fairy statues, this one, in my opinion, seemed more suited to a graveyard!
but I thought the one below was rather sweet peeping out amongst the primroses.

This was perfect inspiration for my art journal pages. Brenda over at Bumblebees and butterflies  is suggesting we all link up our art pages just for fun and sharing creativity. I thought the purple and green of the cyclamen was gorgeous. I still love using fairies in my crafting (yes I have a very varied crafting style and I love fairies as much as grunge)I had also received my newest Tim Distress Ink, Cracked Pistachio
so I knew I needed to have a play with this new colour. It is gorgeous! I'm now waiting to order his Forgotten Coral when it comes out, his names are brilliant aren't they.
I first prepped my pages with some gesso and added some book pages and corrugated card for texture.

I pressed texture paste through my TH stencil and left it to dry. I also pressed some paste through my dot fade stencil

I made up my own distress spray using Seedless Preserves re-inker and added some squirts to my pages. Sorry this photo is really dark, the light is not good enough yet without my light box.

I added some more stencilling using archival ink through my wood grain stencil.

I blended on my new Cracked Pistachio DI...it's such a gorgeous retro green and complemented my purple so well. I also added some Pumice Stone DI ink which Tim recommended as a good colour combo.
I kept adding, swirling and dripping inks until I was happy with my papers. Then it was time to start thinking about my embellies.

I wanted to use my Lavinia fairy stamps so I added them using the tissue paper stamping technique. The little quote is very sweet.  I wanted to create a secret magical fairy glen in my journal so I also inked up lots of butterfly dies and punches. I added a touch of fairy magic bling with a lace Cheery Lynn border using purple glitter card,

Here are my finished pages aka my fairy glen ;0)

My Lavinia fairy is sprinkling some magical stars; I stamped the star ball under her fingers. I stood her on a die cut branch and included some other black die cuts as I felt they complemented the silhouette image.
Below you can see the Joy! butterfly die as well as a Joanna sheen ivy leaf. Most of the other leaves and flowers are all Cheery Lynn.
The large butterflies are Cheery Lynn, the small are Tim Holtz and an MS punch. The glitter card Cheery Lynn lace border gives a touch of fairy magic. I love the way the book pages are visible under the coloured textured stencilling.

and I added a shiny rhinestone to the centre of my Cheery Lynn flower. Lots of texture here.

and here is the sweet fairy in close up sprinkling some love
I would like to enter my journal pages into the following challenges;

Lavinia bright and beautiful
Simon Says stamp a piece of paradise I have enjoyed playing in my imaginary fairy paradise
Noor!design UK spring #3
That Craft Place film inspired my film is Disney's Fantasia
Pile it on butterflies
Not just cards anything goes
Country View drips and drops
Penny Black and More anything goes except a digi
Stamping sensations anything goes
Art with heart projects to love
Emerald Faeries all you need is love
Stamp and Create all you need is love
Party time Tuesday anything goes
Inspiration Journal love is in the air
Craft stamper Take it make it stencilling
Bunny Zoe for the girls
Top Tip Tuesday use rubber stamps only I have only used Lavinia rubber stamps in my pages. My Top tip for the challenge today is how to add rubber stamps to textured journal pages. If you try stamping directly parts of the  stamp will often will have no contact and be missing from the image. To solve this use archival ink and stamp the image on tissue paper. Roughly tear around the image, don't cut or you will just have harsh edges. You can then add the image by carefully spreading glue (I use matt medium) to the back and then apply the stamped image with a paintbrush smoothing it in place with a little more glue. It melts into the background like magic. I used this method for all the stamps I used in my pages above.

I have a very rare free Thursday this week so I hope to have a chance for some more inky play. We had a wonderful Sunday with Daisy and Co and even managed a walk by the sea. I hope to make a Moment of our day and also share some sunny photos at the end of the week...fingers crossed.

Enjoy your week,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Really super work Jane and so pleased you shared it with us at Stamping Sensation and Penny Black and More challenges, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  2. Beautiful journal pages, and I love the gorgeous shade of green you have added. The tip for stamping on a textured ground is a really good one! Wishing you a happy week, and enjoy your next inky play!
    Helen xox

  3. Fantastic mixed media creation, love it. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again.
    ~ Denise DT ~

  4. Holy cow Jane...drop dead gorgeous!! What a magical page full of so many wondrous details and dreamy colours! I have just been transported to a Disney movie and I think I want to stay there! Fantastical! hugs :)

  5. Purple and green are lovely together, Mother Nature does know what she's doing! Of course you know what you're doing too, your little fairy is so pretty and what a great stamping tip!
    Have a lovely evening my friend,
    V x

  6. Another beautiful art journal page, Jane! Love the nature inspired colour scheme, taken from those beautiful cyclamen! I can't wait to get some colour back into my garden (when I've built my raised beds that is!) - it's looking very bare after my brutal strip back last year, but I hope it wil be worth the thought and effort in the end! I'm with you on the statues, me and hubby have a thing for rusty metal and old engineering pieces rather than something that befits a stately mansion (if only I had one of those!) Have a fabulous week and hope you get your inky Thursday! Hugs, Lisa x

  7. Oh Jane, I would love to wander through a plant nursery there! I wonder how many different plants you have than we have here? Your card is gorgeous, as always. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Your tip is fantastic Jane and your art journal spread is simply gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday. Lisa DT

  9. Oh My Jane! When you let the Garden Fairies inspire you, the result is always MAGICAL!
    Thank You~

  10. This is just gorgeous... Love the color combo, texture and silhouette stamping. Perfect touch were those butterflies...

  11. Your journal pages are absolutely gorgeous Jane! Thanks so much for participating in our Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge.I am now your newest follower and would love it if you visited my Make Time To Craft Blog and became a follower too.

  12. Beautiful journal page . Love all the details and the colours. Thank you for joining us this week at Not Just Cards Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  13. Just catching up with your last 3 posts---so creative as usual! Also thanks for the reminder that Spring will eventually come around to my corner of the world too.

  14. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Party Time Tuesdays. Good Luck and come back and see us soon! Lori - on behalf of Party Time Tuesdays DT.

  15. Stunning journal page Jane with such a magical feel. Love all your texture, layers and chosen colours. So pretty.
    Julie x

  16. Ooh so pretty! Love the colours and textures you have in this piece, a beautiful fairy glen!! Thank you very much for sharing with us at Lavinia Stamps, good luck! Wendy (DT) xx

  17. Love how you get your inspiration, fabulous pages. xxx

  18. Beautifully designed pages !

  19. Just gorgeous, love all the detailing.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black & More this month.
    Lynn x

  20. Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge.

  21. Beautiful photos and such a gorgeous journal page! Love the colours you used and all the textures and elements.

  22. I forgot to say: Thank you so much for sharing a piece of paradise with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  23. Gorgeous journal pages ...... the new Distress colours are fast becoming my favourites too!! Thanks for joining in with the TIMI challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

  24. Fantastic journal pages! Love the beautiful details and colors! It is like from a fairytale! Brilliant!
    Branka xxx

  25. Fabulous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  26. Gorgeous work Jane.....Good Luck in the Lavinia Challenge and thank you for entering.......Marianne Lavinia DT xxx

  27. Oh my word this is just stunning!! thanks for sharing how you did it too - really amazing work (as usual!) Many thanks for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  28. very lovely layout pages, love the colors you used ^.^ Thanks so much for joining in with us at Art With Heart !

  29. This is just divine Jane! I love everything about it, a real work of art building into a beautiful story.
    Thank you for entering the Lavinia stamps challenge, good luck.
    Karen (DT) xx

  30. Absolutely fabulous....thank you for sharing it with us at Lavinia Stamps.
    Barbara xx

  31. Gorgeous work, I loved the mixed media. Thanks for joining us at Noor!DesignUK.
    Tracy x

  32. What a magical page and an AWESOME tip for the stamping on textured backgrounds ... will try it.

  33. Your colour combination is stunning, I'm afraid to say my first experiments with the cracked pistachio are not good, I don't like it at the moment, but that may change. I love all the texture and layers that have come together beautifully and the black fairy just pops out. Brilliant journal pages my friend.
    Thanks for sharing your amazing art at a visual journey.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  34. Love your garden centre photos - those hellebores! - and the fairy garden you've created on the pages is just lovely. Such pretty colours and wonderful layer, with that fabulous fairy taking centre stage. Thanks so much for playing along with your Drips and Drops at Country View Challenges.
    Alison xx


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