Hi everyone, hope your week has been good and you have something fun planned for your weekend!  I am just about to go and rearrange some furniture and supplies so that could be considered fun or maybe the fun happens afterwards lol.  First though, I wanted to share this art journal page that I just finished.

This month, Country View Challenges are celebrating their 100th challenge and so the challenge this month is to feature the number 100 somewhere on your project and also to be inspired by one of the DT projects.  What a fun challenge!

Today I have my third entry to this challenge and it’s an art journal page which was inspired by the general colour of the background, the little girl paper doll sitting on the top of the 100, and the flowers used by Evelyn on her sketchbook cover.

I chose this one because I liked the paper doll sitting on the big 100, and I thought the colour would be a bit of a challenge for me as it looked quite dark and reddish and that’s not my usual colour choice. I don’t have the same products so I started off with this Quin Rose acrylic from Amsterdam.

Then I started laying paint to get the darker colour using Burnt Umber acrylic ink and began stencilling over the top of it using a small handmade stencil.

I continued to add layers of stencilling using Paperartsy Blood Orange and Candy Floss chalk paints. The photo below show my old cardboard stencil and a jar lid I was using as a palette, plus the paints I was using.  It’s all high tech around here lol.

Here’s a closer look at some of the texture…

I used the leftover Candy Floss paint and the edge of my stencil to make more marks over the background.

I found these Prima flowers in my stash and the packet also contained this lovely butterfly with a metal body and two layers of wings, which are open for the photo but will lie flat when the journal is closed, so no worries about crushing it.

I used the idea of the paper doll sitting on top of the big 100 but for mine, I stacked 2 x 100 on top of each other to make them taller, using the Shadow Numbers die from Tim Holtz, and added two paper dolls, one old, one young.

Thinking about 100 made me think of age, which is why I added the old gentleman, and so I used this Tim Holtz sticker to add to my page, with the answer to the question below it LOL.  This 100 uses the other part of the Shadow Number die, so it cuts two sets of numbers at once, very handy!

A few finishing touches using a white pen and a stabilo, and the page was finished and now safely inside my journal…

Hope you enjoyed the journey!  Let me know what you think in the comments.  As always, thanks for reading!


watercolour paper, my usual journal, Quin Rose acrylic, Paperartsy Blood Orange, Candy Floss Fresco paint, Burnt Umber acrylic ink, White acrylic ink, Tim Holtz sticker & paper dolls, Sizzix Alphanumeric Shadow Numbers die, white acrylic, Prima flowers & butterfly, white pen, white card scraps, Pitt artist pen, glue, homemade stencil, stabilo all,


Country View Challenges – 100 Challenges – Congratulations on 100 challenges!  I was inspired by DT make by Corrie (postcard)
Creative Artiste – Challenge #72
Art Journal Journey – Butterflies – June Challenge – I added a Prima butterfly to flit above the flowers


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18 thoughts on “Old Enough To Know Better

  1. Rachel Fisher says:

    so cool! I adore what you have done! Thanks for joining our challenge at Countryview Crafts! Hugs rachel x

  2. Tracey says:

    Really lovely layers Elle, each time I see pages embellished it always reminds me of something else that’s hidden away in the cupboard of unforgottens. Your chosen words really made me smile, works so well with those paper dolls.
    Thanks so much for sharing @ Creative Artiste, best wishes in the challenge.
    Tracey (DT) xx

  3. Evelyn Walter says:

    Fabulous page dear Elle! I am happy, that I inspired you to this make =)
    Thank you so much for joining our 100 challenge at Country View Challenges. Good luck!
    Evelyn xx

  4. Meggymay says:

    A wonderful page Elle, so many lovely and details to see. Thank you for linking to Mia’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

  5. Andree says:

    A gorgeous page in a wonderful rich colour. Lovely background depth with the use of the stencil and pretty floral textures.
    Thank you for joining in with our June challenge “Anything Mixed Media Goes” at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  6. Mia says:

    Another great page, Elle. I love the girl on the 100 and the SUPER background. Thank you for joining again my challenge at AJJ. Kisses!

  7. Bleubeard and Elizabeth says:

    How charming. Your background makes me want to run my hands over it and those flowers and butterfly are superb and positioned nicely, too. I really like how you treated the 100s. Added height and the paper dolls balanced nicely against the beautiful flowers and butterfly. Thanks for another great entry at Art Journal Journey using Mia’s theme, dear Elle.

  8. Neet Hickson says:

    Thanks Elle, I certainly enjoyed the journey. First of all I love the colours you used to create the page – did you use that piece of embossed card to make the patterns? It certainly has lots of texture to it. You can’t go wrong with Prima flowers, I used to buy lots when I visited America and still have quite a collection (some given by Prima at cha) which I just take out, admire and put back. One day I will use them.
    I think your idea of using the TH Petite Dolls is fabulous, especially how you have incorporated them with the numbers 100. They look so good linked together like that.
    A great page
    Hugs, Neet xx

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Hi Neet, yes I used the cardboard stencil to make the patterns. It’s been going for a couple of years now and seems to be holding up well lol. Thanks for your comment, have a great weekend!

  9. Elke says:

    Wonderful journal page! Great the background and the individual details and words!
    Have a happy weekend, hugs, Elke

  10. Erika N says:

    This is a great page and I love how you tied in the 100. I’ve been trying to figure out how to tie in a 100. You certainly did this with flying colors. Fun page. And I am glad you added the butterfly to share with us at AJJ also. Thanks for joining Mia’s challenge. Have a great weekend Elle. Hugs-Erika

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