Hello friends, and Happy Tuesday!

I was just letting Miss P out this morning and look what was waiting for me outside…

I could almost see the whole rainbow from the back garden, and after all the rain we had yesterday, the sun had just come out and there was that lovely patch of blue sky right in the centre.  I had to quickly run back inside and grab my camera before it disappeared.

today’s journal page . . .

Today’s journal page was inspired by a couple of things but the fact that it is a journal page was completely by accident as this was supposed to be a tag lol.

I thought for a change I would make a tag (after all those journal pages last month!) and so I was flipping through an old Tesco magazine and found this Nescafe promo, which are actually tear-out postcards!  I was going to fit the cups and IT’S TIME FOR A CATCH-UP on to my tag except I was going to put ONLINE after the catch-up words, because that is the only way I am catching-up with people at the moment!  The TIME element was for Try it on Tuesday where the current challenge is TIME, and the coffee cups were of course for T Stands For...  So that was all settled until I also found a watch face in a magazine, another time element, and couldn’t fit it all on my tag!

So then I started playing around with the idea of making a page instead.  The size of the page meant I could use the extra elements that I had but then also I would need extra elements to fill up the page!  I was only going to use one of the coffee postcards but ended up using words from three of them,

My messy background was made using tea and coffee splattered all over the background but then it wasn’t as dark as I wanted it to be so I added some Walnut Stain Distress reinker too.  It was all starting to look much too dark, so I added some Snowflake Fresco Chalk paint splatters and some Liquitex Gold acrylic ink splatters.

I added some book pages, this is from an Ian Rankin, Inspector Rebus book and I found a page where Rebus went to an ice cream parlour and various drinks were mentioned, which I have underlined in pencil.  If you are not familiar with these books, Ian Rankin is a Scottish crime fiction author, and his creation, John Rebus, is a police detective based in Edinburgh. He is one of my favourite authors and I do have this book in my collection, but this particular well used copy I found in a charity shop for 10p so I’m sure he won’t mind me ripping it up.

I did some journalling on the background just using a pencil in the asemic style so it can’t be read.  My white splattery background started to look like snow falling, and then I found this page in the book where it talks about the current weather – sleet, snow and a stabbing wind – I have experienced that kind of weather in Edinburgh where it can be bitterly cold in winter.  I underlined the lines about the weather.  This of course made me think of the current theme over on Art Journal Journey which is All kinds of Weather, and was chosen by this month’s lovely host, Chris from PearShapedCrafting.

I used a black pencil and a black stabilo-all pencil around the edges of the elements on the page, and then as a final touch, added some of these washi stickers and coloured them up a bit with Pitt artist pens to make them more wintery.  I am entering this journal page into a few challenges, all of which can be found listed below.

t stands for tuesday . . .

T stands for tea and coffee splattered background and these cups of very black-looking coffee.  I also want to say thanks for all the comments on my Cat Cross Stitch Cushion last week, you were all very kind.

Also I fixed up Miss Lily’s portrait yesterday too.  You may have seen it last week in the Halloween Cat post, where I mentioned I felt like she was too blue.   Here’s the thing, people will tell you that the way to paint black fur is to add other colours, usually blues, greys, mauve etc and that is probably true in the most part, but when I did that, it didn’t look like her at all because she has no blue.  She has brown undertones.  When I first got her and her brother Mr G, they were little brown kittens, I thought they were some kind of exotic breed, as they didn’t look black at all, but it was just because they were so young and it hadn’t developed yet.  So yesterday I decided to go by what I could see, and worked on her portrait some more, adding more black and importantly, some brown, and fixed up her mouth and I am much happier with it now.  🙂  It has now been sprayed with pastel fixative so there’s no going back lol.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, magazine, book pages, coffee, tea, Walnut Stain Distress reinker, Paperartsy Snowflake Fresco Chalk paint, Liquitex Gold acrylic ink, graphite pencil, black pencil, stablio all pencil, Pitt artist pens, washi stickers, matte medium,


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November 7, 2021 8:36 pm

Great journal page

thanks for joining us at Try it on Tuesday challenge


Helen A Hollinger
November 6, 2021 11:57 am

LOVE your art journal spread.. the background is amazing as is all your coffee references! LOVE it! Thanks for joining us at Try it on Tuesday!

Carola Bartz
November 4, 2021 4:56 pm

What a beautiful art journal page! It is so warm and – inviting. Thanks for mentioning Ian Rankin, I looked at his first Inspector Rebus book and it looks good to me. I’m a sucker for British mysteries. I love the picture of your cat. The little black cat that visits me every day has brown undertones as well, reddish-brown actually, and absolutely no blue. He looks gorgeous in the sun.

Erika N
November 3, 2021 12:01 pm

Thanks for joining us at Try It on Tuesday also Elle!

November 3, 2021 10:18 am

 A fabulous photo of the rainbow.
The Journal page is fantastic and imaginatively presented with your cat!!!
Have a happy November, hugs, Elke

Nancy Williams
November 3, 2021 9:43 am

Elle, your cat is beautifully done. Wow,

Wow, on the journal pages too. I love the mix of the coffee pictures and sayings with the book pages. And the background is fabulous. VERY cool an VERY fun pages!!!

Happy T-day!

November 3, 2021 9:25 am

Funny how one thing leads to another isn’t ? This is such a fabulous page – coffee, of course – the time element and especially the Wintery feel to this page, although I will be looking out on any walks down narrow lanes. Thanks so much for sharing this at both Try It On Tuesday and for my theme at AJJ.

Iris Flavia
November 3, 2021 5:43 am

A great start to the day!
Oh, great idea with the background. Miss Lily came out great!
Happy belated T-Day 🙂

Sharon Madson
Sharon Madson
November 3, 2021 1:35 am

Fabulous journal page. Thanks for sharing. Happy T Day.

November 2, 2021 9:24 pm

Coffee tag love it. Nice kitty too.

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