Hello friends!

Hope you are having a creative week.  More people came to visit our heating system today to pay their respects, try to repair it.  Sadly it may not be possible and so we are having yet another cold day without heating and I am dressed an old timey Arctic explorer and drinking endless cups of tea!  Today I made a page for Valerie’s theme over on Art Journal Journey using some warm jewel-like colours which at least made me think of warmer places than here.

today’s art . . .

Today’s art is this art journal page that I made today before my fingers snapped off due to cold ha ha. They were so cold in fact that I dropped the lens cap off my camera and didn’t even notice it wasn’t still in my hand, you can see it below.

The quote is from the book of the same name by Aldous Huxley (1954).  I enjoy a bit of Huxley from time to time so I pulled this book off the shelf and flicked through it to find this quote that is probably one of his more famous quotes.  Have you read any Huxley?  This book is a work of non-fiction based around his experience of taking mind-altering substances.  Perhaps his most famous book is Brave New World, written in 1932, a work of fiction and probably seemed like Science Fiction at the time, but now, not so much!

Underneath all of this is some secret journalling I did today regarding the current heating situation inside the house and how it makes me feel (short version – not good).  I used a Distress Marker to write it and then painted over it with some Frosty Fresco acrylic.  Then I did some stencilling on top of that with Captain Peacock and a compass stencil.  On top of that I did some stamping using Spanish Mulberry and Cerise paint, so I’d say my venting is well and truly hidden now lol.

Since my quote is about the doors of perception and Valerie’s theme is about doors, I needed a door. I had an idea to combine these two stamps to make an interactive door that can open to reveal the secret world on the other side.  I coloured the stamps with my trusty Pitt pens.

Here are the doors opening…

And here they are fully open… luckily I remembered to paint the inside of the doors before I glued everything together.  They are painted with the same Captain Peacock paint as was used for the stencilling, and then I sponged some gold on top.  Then the whole door was given a coat of gold watered down a little and used as a glaze.

I added some of my favourite gold splatters to the page before writing out my quote with a Blackliner pen.

Oh there is some gold edging around the page, just using up the leftover gold paint, and then I remembered to stamp the date in the bottom right corner.  And that’s the finished page.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade junk journal, watercolour paper, Stazon ink, Paperartsy stamps HP1902, HP1601, Fresco paint see photo for colours + Gold, Gwen Lafleur Compass stencil (stencilgirl) and stamp EGL20, secret journalling in Stormy Sky Distress Marker, Pitt artist brush pens, Blackliner pen,


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December 27, 2021 3:17 pm

What a clever thing to do! Lobe the colours and the quote too, Hugs, Chrisx

December 21, 2021 8:34 am

A wonderful creative page! Unfortunately I’m sick so I couldn’t comment that often I wish you a Merry Christmas, hugs, Elke

Nancy Williams
December 19, 2021 12:39 pm

Very thought-provoking words, and I love how you did your door and the inside!

Hope your heating situation resolves soon!


Erika N
December 16, 2021 11:22 pm

And I forgot to say, thanks for sharing this page with us at AJJ.

Erika N
December 16, 2021 11:13 pm

Sorry to hear the heating system has ended its life. I hope they can do something quickly. I am loving today’s page. The colors are beautiful and nice door too. I haven’t read any Huxley, but you did use a great quote. I hope you get some warmth soon. Hugs-Erika

Alison Hall
December 16, 2021 5:29 pm

A wonderful page Elle! I’ve never heard of Aldous Huxley, so no I haven’t read any of his books. That’s a great quote though.

Valerie -Jael
December 15, 2021 7:17 pm

Wow, Elle, you have made this old lady very happy with your wonderful, interactive page, absolutely fantastic. I love hiding journaling under my pages. If people find them some time in the future they might wonder about the bad language….WTF! Thanks again for this fabulous pagd! Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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