Friday, July 30, 2021



I'm back today with my final journal page for Butterfly's Summer Countryside theme.  We would like to thank Alison (Butterfly) for hosting this month at Art Journal Journey

I named this Summertime thinking it reminded me of a summer day in a meadow.

I thought of this quote by Charles Bowden when I created the page.

The scene was created by gluing a napkin to the background.

To provide a bit of wildflower feel,

I created these using a die cut that I turned into a stencil.

Unfortunately, the pen I used caused the 110 lb. cardstock to pill.  It does provide a bit of unusual and unexpected texture, though.
I began this page by brushing on two different colors Staz-on reinkers to which I added 91% isopropyl alcohol.  When dry, which took only a few seconds, I tore a single layer of a three-ply napkin apart.  I wish I had torn the other two sides, because I thought the image became a bit too static for my taste.

I colored one of the pieces of cardstock with a single color of Staz-on reinker and alcohol.  I cut it down to use as a mat for the Charles Bowden quote which is: 
Summertime is always the best of what might be.
Bleubeard and I are thrilled you visited today.  You still have another day to join us at Art Journal Journey with your own interpretation of Summer Countryside.  Hope to see you there.

14 thoughtful remarks:

Iris Flavia said...

I agree, summertime is the best - and sometimes such "accidents" are the crown :-)

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful page, Elizabeth, really like a wonderful summer day, my fave this week! Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

butterfly said...

Just magical... I think you've saved the best for last (though the deer in his hideaway comes close!). This makes me want to set off into the mountains. Love the texture and movement of the background, and how the stencilled flowers (clever with the die-cut offcuts) echo the angles in the photo. It's another quote that I almost used and then didn't... we've clearly been on the same word wavelength! Thanks so much for having me as the host at AJJ this month - it's been so much fun.
Alison x

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful, roll on Aussie summer.
Have a wonderful weekend...and hope you can get out and about. xx

CJ Kennedy said...

I wish I could get my meadow area to look like your journal page. Pretty.

nwilliams6 said...

Lovely background and picture, Elizabeth, and the words are perfect for it. I make so many mistakes when playing with pens and napkins that I have just said to myself it is the process - lol. Hope you have a great weekend! Hugz

Barbara said...

Not my favorite season especially since climate change has caused so much heat and heartache. Your page is beautiful, however, it reminds me of how I remember summers as a child. May we please get back to that kind of summer.

My name is Erika. said...

Summertime is the best of what might be for sure. I love the 3 flowers and that field of pretty blooms too. Even your blue background is the right color for a nice summer day. This is a great post to end the month. I saw lots of pretty fields of wildflowers in NY too. It's that time of year. Have a great end of the month. Hugs-Erika

DVArtist said...

Lovely art. I also agree, summer is the best time of year. Have a wonderful day.

Sandra Cox said...

Love it:) And like the texture you created.
YOU have a great one.

Meggymay said...

Its a beautiful page and a good idea to use the die cut as a stencil, I like how the texture adds to the piece. It may have been an accident with the paper etc but it worked so well on the page.
Yvonne xx

Divers and Sundry said...

That background is perfect!

craftytrog said...

A beautiful page with great texture. I love that pretty napkin and the stencilled flowers.

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous Summer scene! I love your beautiful blue sky too, hugs Chrisx