Tuesday, 21 June 2016


I decided to play along with some monthly challenges, so last week I got to work in my art journal, getting inky and messy along the way.

There were a few stages to these pages, so stay with me and I'll attempt to do quick step by step photos to show how I got to the finished pages.

Months ago I tried blopping a tea bag onto my pages and once they had finally dried out (note to self, squeeze out the tea bags a bit more) I was left with random beige areas.  So last week I opened my journal to these pages and started adding colour, firstly with turquoise paint through a mini bricks stencil and a feather stencil.

Once that had dried, I applied Distress Crackle Paint [clear rock candy] and waited for it to crackle. I then wiped Silks [emperor's gold and pretty peridot] over the crackles for added effect.

With another stencil, I added random flowers using Viva Modellier Creme [mother of pearl].

Finally I added random butterflies and circles using Viva Facetten-Lack - Croco Crackling Colour [metallic silber] and with bubble wrap added some more background.

A few bits of washi tape were added under the angel and bird, both of which were coloured using Gelly Roll pens, so they were grounded.  They were then fussy cut and popped onto dimensionals.

The chipboard letters were coated in Viva Ferro [graphite] and once dried, a light touch of Silks [bolivian blue] was used to highlight them.

Carabelle Studio - Woman & Bird
Carabell Studio - An Angel to Love
Tim Holtz - Simple Sayings

Craft Stamper - Let's Get Inky
Creative Carte Blanche - Winged Things
More Than Words - Imagine and Get Messy

Happy Crafting!


  1. Great art journalling Helen. WTG. Thanks for playing along with us at More Than Words.

  2. Fabulous journal page. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  3. Hello Helen! I love that you just waited to finish your journal pages after blopping the tea bags on them until something really struck you. I do that all the time! Sometimes we just need some inspiration! Your journal pages turned out very cool. Love the teal (my favorite color) and white thing you've got going on in the background. The texture is wonderful and I really love your winged angel with "Imagine". Thanks for sharing your art with us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  4. Great art journaling! You achieved an interesting effect with the tea bag, paints, stencils and crackle paints! Your angel is lovely! Thank you for joining the June Challenge of the Country View Challenges blog!

  5. Fab journaling, love all the textures. Cara x

  6. Wonderful journal spread! Love the fact you used tea bags first. Your step by step photos are very helpful to understand how you came up with the final lovely pages. Your angel is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this project with us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  7. Great Mixed Media page, it looks like you had some fun making it! I love the textures, especially on the Imagine letters and of course the crackle... Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month.

  8. Love all the texture and colours on your pages!! Thank you for getting messy with us this month at More Than Words!

  9. Beautiful page Helen ! I really enjoyed looking at your step by step messy process, you did a great background !! Thank you so much for joining us at More than Words !!

  10. Beautiful journal pages! Love all that texture and angels are my favorite things in this world! All the best from MTW! :)

  11. Very beautiful! I love your journal page! Thank you so much for playing with us at MTW!

  12. What a fun and meaningful journal spread! Love that you chose an angel! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  13. So very dreamy, Helen! Your colors and the ethereal quality is stunning. The word "imagine" makes such a bold statement against this background. Thanks very much for sharing this with us at Creative Carte Blanche!


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