Wednesday 16 March 2016

Seaside inspiration

We had the most delightful day on Saturday visiting Daisy and Co. The sun shone and we were able to get out for a coastal walk. For the first time we didn't take a buggy and Daisy was super trooper with her walking.
This is the marina at Hill Head.
 There were lots of ducks as well as sea birds there.
 Daisy was fascinated by them
and got the giggles.

 Daisy asked where the fish were and we told her they were swimming in the sea.  I think these birds might have a better idea - they certainly looked well fed ;0)
 I loved looking at all the textures of the rocks, beach and seaweed
and the way the rays from the sun hit the sea turning it to milky glass.
So many gorgeous textures everywhere.

We even stopped for a warm up drink
 and as we walked back we loved seeing these spring bulbs in flower
 and the sun setting into the sea. It was bliss.
On Sunday I was fired up with inspiration and decided to make a new art journal page combining several challenges which are running at the moment.
Over at the Craft Barn our dictionary letter for this fortnight has been R and also I was going for rock but then I thought about the seaweed and decided it would be R for reef and I would create an imaginary reef under the sea. I could put some fish in there to show Daisy.

Anything but cute are asking for bold colours and Frilly and Funkie are looking for trios and several are fairly open.
So this is what I got up to.

I decided to make a page in my art journal. I have decided that I much prefer to create a single art journal page rather than use the double spread.

I got out my Fresco paints and started added layers of blues to create my sea.
 I added some neutrals for the sea floor
 and started adding archival ink through various stencils for seaweed. I also added some texture paste.
 The only big fish stamp I have is this one, by Red Lead.  I embossed 3 and cut them out.
 I added crackle paste and paint for bubbles.

 I hid some Rubber Dance stamped seahorses in the seaweed
 and also die cut 3 Cheery Lynn ones.
So then it was time to put my piece together.

Here it is.
 Here is my dictionary definition of reef
 My fun 3 fat fish all embossed and coloured.
 I hid my seahorses amongst the greenery ;0), well there are shy creatures aren't they. I also really love this LOTV quote stamp and I think this sums things up at the moment as I embark on this new stage of my life. I finish work in 6 days.
 Spot the seahorses......
and one last close up.

I would like to link my art journal page up with the following fun challenges

The Craft Barn Dictionary challenge R  Mine is R for Reef
The Craft Barn fortnight challenge use circles for the background.
Anything but cute crazy for colour
Frilly and Funkie Let's make it a Trio I have used 3 stamped fish and 3 die cut seahorses
As you like it Favourite type of embossing Mine is heat , and I have used it for my fish.
Try it on Tuesdays 1/3 nature
Penny Black and More Feature a creature 3/3
That's Crafty 3/3 use stencils/masks
We love to Create 2/2 #6 anything goes mixed media
Happy little stampers mixed media water

Thanks for visiting, last weekend here certainly felt like spring. We even enjoyed a cup of tea in the garden on Sunday for the first time this year.

I'm back on Saturday as I am delighted to be the feature artist over at Anything but Cute...
It would be great if you can come back to see my crazy for colour piece.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. you've really let that inspiration flow Jane - your pages are fabulous - love them xx

  2. Fabulous underwater scene with so much detail!

  3. That's an amazing picture. I love the story and photos that lead up to your inspiration.

  4. A fabulous journal page. It looks a magical ocean scene with wonderful images, and the quote you added goes so well with the page you created. Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.

  5. Looks an idyllic family day Jane. What a great scene you have created, I feel I am looking into a fish tank.
    Julie x

  6. Well Jane, you made this one easy. I am here for both Try it on Tuesday AND the Craft Barn challenge (R). Not only did you dish up a wonderful journal entry, you also shared many lovely nature inspired photos of your weekend, too. The fish look like they have been well fed (as the birds on shore do, too), and the shy seahorses peeked out of the seaweed just enough for me to catch them dancing through the page. This is a beautiful entry.

  7. Gorgeous Jane, it reminds me of the Little Mermaid which I'm sure will be a big hit with Daisy, if not so already! Speaking of Daisy how cute are her little legs in those leggings!
    V x

  8. A stunning piece of all the details you've added.

  9. I loved seeing your photos - Daisy is doing well with her walking! Your journal page is a fabulous underwater scene - and a great entry to Try It On Tuesday! Thank you for joining us and for sharing your photos of your walk! Hugs, Chrisx

  10. Gorgeous card! I totally enjoyed seeing the seaside visit with Daisy.. you are giving her a lot of wonderful memories, my friend. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. I love your fabulous journal page, Jane, as well as the lovely day that inspired it! Thank you so much for sharing your creation with us at the Frilly and Funkie Blog!

  12. A fabulous underwater page Jane and beautifully put together from the experiences of your day. Love all the photos.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  13. I am always so inspired by your beautiful art journal pages, Jane! This one is simply stunning! What a magical underwater scene you've created! Love it! Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DTxx

  14. Love all the attention to detail in your page, as well as the vibrant colours and textures.

  15. A beautiful ocean inspired creation Jane, you have incorporated so many pretty colours and all blend together seamlessly.

    Many thanks for sharing another lovely piece of artwork with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  16. Can almost smell that fresh air! Lovely piece yet again xx

  17. Beautiful artwork with lots of movement by the fishes

    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  18. Such a lovely seaside trip and your artwork inspired by it is wonderful, Jane! Love the effects you created, all the layers and textures really capture the subject so well! And I also loved seeing the picture of Daisy giggling too :)
    Helen xox

  19. Wow, what a great post Jane. I am loving all your seaside photos and Daisy has such a great smile, looks like a beautiful area! Your underwater page in just incredible, probably my favourite ever! I love the bubbles and those amazing fish. Your layers of seaweed and plants are amazing! What a glorious page, makes me want to go for a swim!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Let's Make it a Trio' challenge and for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Crazy For Colour' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  20. HI Jane,

    You were inspired for sure!
    Love your post with the walk and lovely pictures first and then WOOZER, your Ocean artwork!
    The colors, the layers, the quote, I love it all! A real work of art!!


  21. Where do I start (always love seeing cute little Daisy) Your journal page is out of this world and under the sea fantastic. Is that a dictionary page? So many great ideas you had for your ocean make.
    I always love your pictures - a real treat for me to visit - I could not go to Hill Head without your help!! Now I ask you - who wouldn't want to spend the day with Little Miss Daisy Jane!!
    Sandy xx

  22. I'm like Sandy...where do I begin?! Impressive journal page! I love the big fish and the especially the one that swims around letting all the other fish know the meaning of the word reef. Love your great photos you shared too. I don't get to the ocean very often and your photos make me think it's time for a little trip to the seaside.

  23. Such a lovely time with little she is growing up Jane! Your journal page is a work of art and I do love the wording you have chosen x
    Hope you're having a lovely week,
    Susan x

  24. Lovely textures and patterns. It really feels like a busy reef x

  25. Your underwater scene is gorgeous Jane! I love the pink corals and the crackled bubbles look amazing. It is a very restful scene, wonderful colours too! I enjoyed seeing your seaside photos too.

    Thanks so much for joining in our Crazy for Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! I look forward to seeing your project at the weekend too. Anne DT xx

  26. I enjoyed your seaside post. My daughter and I were at the coast a week ago Thurs. Since I'd planned to be off for a vacation day from work, one never knows what the weather will be like then. The day prior, there was a big storm on the coast with high winds and waves and rain. But our day out was so nice and sunny and we got some good photos and had a grand time on the beach. Got chased by the tide coming in quite a few times but always managed to beat it to higher ground! Even got sunset photos! I enjoy the coast a lot and liked it there in England when I lived there years ago. Your card/stamps/cut outs and quote is lovely. Thanks for sharing your art work! Cheers to you and I raise to you my cup of tea! Miss Daisy is adorable! Hugs!

    Thank you for joining us at
    Try it on Tuesdays !

  28. Love all your texture. What a beautiful piece- and love the photos too! :)

  29. Hello Jane,

    What a lovely seaside visit you had, and wonderful to see Daisy enjoying it all! And oh your creations, you certainly found fantastic inspiration there, love your art journal with fish!

    Happy weekend soon, dear friend!


  30. An amazing piece and certain to hold a special place in your heart after your family excursion. How wonderful!

  31. Beautiful and arty rendition of a sea bed! I love the coral and the seahorse, great variegated colours that makes them look more real.

  32. Another stunning piece Jane and lovely photo's too.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts 'Feature a creature' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  33. Wow what a beautiful underwater scene! I love all the stencils and shapes. Great photos of your day out too! xx

  34. I have no words for this ... well, I do ..... outstanding! I love seaside things and you have captured this underwater world so well. Love the photos too.

  35. Wow, this is so beautiful. You pictured the underwater theme perfectly. :)

  36. A wonderful underwater page full of interesting details.
    Thanks for sharing at TioT

  37. Wow, amazing page and great step by steps, thank you for entering The Craft Barn's Challenge.
    Jane x

  38. What a wonderful day you had which inspired a beautiful journal page! Love the hidden sea-horses and the fun fish! Thanks for playing along with the Frilly and Funkie "Let's make it a trio" Challenge!

  39. Great fun and very inspiring! great job! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
    hugs Samantha :0)

  40. Wow stunning artwork Jane, love this project! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics too. Thanks so much for joining us at We Love 2 Create this time
    Claire xx

  41. Fabulous page with so much detail.

  42. Wow, what a fabulous page! such lovely textures and colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers and I hope you join us again soon.


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