Hi everyone and happy Friday (13th)!  I am sitting here writing this and trying to kill some time waiting for my cat to come back in from the garden so I can take her back to the vet again.  She is still not well and has been very sick (multiple times) so we have to go back for further investigation.  You might wonder why I let her outside instead of taking her there ASAP but she needs to take care of some business outside before we travel in the car or it would not end well for any of us!  So now I have to wait for her to come back so we can head off and get her checked out.  Meanwhile, I have a journal spread I did last night, completely unplanned while I was thinking about other things and just looking at all the stuff that was lying around on top of all the flat surfaces that I really wished were clear.  In an attempt to clear some of it at least, I decided to bite the bullet and use a piece of something I’ve been saving for a while.  It was this piece of wrapping paper that came wrapped around a birthday gift from a friend a few years ago. She always finds the best paper!

I thought it would be perfect for the August challenge over on Art Journal Journey which this month is Type as it looks like an old newspaper. This month’s theme was chosen by this month’s host, the lovely Neet.  I carefully cut out a piece to cover my journal page and pasted it down.  Once it was dry, I thought, now what?

I really didn’t have any ideas until I spotted more leftover stuff and decided to try and incorporate them somehow. These are leftovers from a Life Book class from February I think.  It was Laly Mille’s class on Art Flow Journalling Cards, and I had some offcuts left over from cutting out the cards.  You can see my set of cards in this post if you’re interested. Once I decided to use these cards, I coloured the background to match them.

The page is coloured using Neocolour IIs and I was trying to match the colours on the cards even though they were painted with Daniel Smith watercolours, but I think I got a pretty good match from the Neos.

I edged the cards and the page with Vintage Photo archival, and then found some words  to add to each card.
After they were glued in place, I edged them with a black pencil and then glued the cards on to the page.

I added some random dots and splashes with a white paint pen to finish off the page.

So for the Type challenge I have the type from the “newspaper” gift wrap and then the type from the found poetry on the cards.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
watercolour paper, my usual journal, gel medium, wrapping paper, neocolor IIs, archival ink in vintage photo, found poetry, black pencil, white paint pen, leftover art flow cards,


Art Journal Journey – Type – August ChallengeArt Daily CafeRecycling – August Challenge – minty colours in the background and gift wrap collaged on pages

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Bleubeard and Elizabeth
August 13, 2021 4:35 pm

It’s amazing how inspiration can come from places you didn’t expect. I simply adore the beautiful journal page you created as a result of finding and using that tissue. I’ve never owned any Neos, but you used them beautifully, as you did the leftover cards. I am in awe of this great page you shared with us at Art Journal Journey using Neet’s theme.

Erika N
August 13, 2021 1:37 pm

I am loving that text printed tissue paper. It makes a wonderful background for your page! I like how you made it to match those ATC’s, and how you used them on the page. Hope Miss Kitty makes out well at the vert too. It is always scary when animals get sick because they can’t actually tell you, you just have to be a detective and go by their symptoms. Happy start to the weekend. hugs-Erika

Neet Hickson
August 13, 2021 11:22 am

First of all I think you have achieved a darned good match! Well done on matching the two mediums so well.
Again Elle, a lovely page, started off with that terrific paper (I need your friend LOL) (only joking but what a great friend to find wrapping paper like that) and coloured in so beautifully with your Neo’s. The two ards are lovelys and a great find from something you did earlier – the addition of the typed script finishes it off perfectly.
Another cracking page Elle.
Hugs, Neet xx
ps I do hope you get your little cat sorted out with the vet and that she can soon return to full health with no more tummy upsets. I know how worrying it is when your little one is poorly.

August 13, 2021 11:04 am

This is fabulous Elle! I love the inspiration for your page – it is super wrapping paper.
The colours are matched so well – I love neo – colours too! It’s a great entry for Neet’s theme at AJJ, Thank you! I hope your cat gets better soon, Hugs, Chrisx

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