Hi Friends!

Happy Tuesday!  Before we get started, apologies for the recaptcha but I was getting hammered by spam so it had to be switched on.  It is only on for guests though, so if you use Blogger or Facebook (and soon to be WordPress) to comment then it won’t affect you at all.

I am trying to get this post finished while I can still see the screen.  I am already near my limit and my vision is blurry.  I am also trying to decide whether today is the day that I take the kitties for vaccinations (Mr G and Miss Lily are both due this month) or whether to wait till later in the week.  Do I feel up to chasing them around the house which results in stress all round? That is the question.  I’ll let you know later.  Meanwhile, for T this week, I give you my cup of decaf coffee and an empty bag of liquorice which I planned to put to use in my journal.  This is probably my favourite brand of liquorice, too bad it was all gone before I remembered to take the photo.

Today’s Art . . .

Today’s art is a journal page Neet’s theme this month on Art Journal Journey – In Gear. This one was inspired by a packet of Licorice or Liquorice, both spellings are in use!  In this case, we are using the original spelling!  Every time I looked at the moustache on the packet it made me think of old Victorian gentlemen, and that formed the idea for my page, but in the end I fancied a cat with a moustache (or maybe that should be a mouse-tache). [Erika called it a meowstache so you can take your pick.]

The packaging has a Victorian, old fashioned sweet shop vibe to me, so I wanted to keep it all in view.  I sketched the cat where I wanted him to be, and then covered the background with a collage of book pages and the liquorice sweet bag.  I cut out the moustache and saved it to put on the cat one he was finished.

The background is painted with Paperartsy Fresco Cheesecake paint and then I did some stencilling over the top with more Fresco in grey (Koala) using one of their stencils too.

Then I used a Tim Holtz cogs and gears stencil and some metallic paint which hopefully you can see shining in the photo below.

All the little black and white plastic cogs, gears, and circles, are more pieces cut from my old plastic videotape boxes as also seen in this post.

As per usual Miss Lily the Artist Kitty was keeping me company and giving me suggestions.
I added some journalling on the page – perhaps Henry’s Ode to liquorice – and then also wrote the “meow’s” inside the thought bubbles (also made from the plastic videotape boxes).

Miss Lily decided to “help” me finish off the page by chewing on the corner of it.  She likes a distressed look lol.

Better?  She thinks so.

Just look at that little face.  Also if you look closely she is giving me her attention but not her full attention – check out her right ear.  She hears her brother approaching to spoil her fun so she had an ear trained on the sounds that only she can hear.

Well that’s my time up, I need to go rest my eyes and do something else that doesn’t involve reading anything.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading and Happy Journalling!


my journal, liquorice sweet bag, stencils – TH and PA, PA paint, pitt pens, posca pens, glue, lumiere metallic paint, plastic videotape boxes, TH/sizzix dies,


Art Journal Journey In Gear
T Stands For – coffee and liquorice
Creative ArtisteChallenge #98 – sweet packet, book paper, two stencils, Fresco chalk paint, metallic acrylic paint, Pitt artist pens, videotape box plastic, white pen, Poscas


15 Awesome Comments (btw comment moderation is on)
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October 22, 2023 2:38 pm

A super journal page, it’s reminiscent of a Victorian advertisement. Lots of fabulous details and an awesome gentleman cat. Thank you for joining in with our October challenge “Anything Mixed Media Goes” at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

October 12, 2023 8:01 pm

Oh wow! That moustache really is the perfect addition to Sir Henry! I love all the cogs and those thought bubbles. Miss Lily obviously made some good suggestions! Another fantastic page for Neet’s AJJ theme, hugs, Chrisx

October 11, 2023 2:50 pm

Your page is wonderful, and I love the way you used the mousestache ?from the packaging. The cat you drew looks like a proper Victorian gent. I also love the font used for Henry Goode’s. Miss Lily really knows how to enhance a project. Nibbles on the corner of the page are purrfect. Happy T Day

Jo - Let's Art Journal
October 11, 2023 1:38 pm

Oh my, this is just purr-fect! I love the cat with the moustache and the way you incorporated the liquorice packaging 🙂 . Liquorice is one of my favourites too. Take care and happy wishes! Hugs, Jo x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
October 11, 2023 12:32 am

This is a wonderful entry. I love how you used the mustache, the cog stencils, and the actual cogs cut from even more recycled packaging. You have got to be the queen of recycling and I thought that was MY title. At least until I met you. Thanks for this incredible entry for Neet’s theme at AJJ.

LOVE your kitty mug with the fish skeletons. It’s wonderful and perfect for T this Tuesday, too.

Carola Bartz
October 10, 2023 10:22 pm

I like that journal page very much! Do you know that in Germany there is a brand that sells licorice in a cat shape? It’s called Katjes – I’m sure you would like it. Since I don’t eat licorice, I have no idea whether it is good or not – my husband claims that Haribo is better.

October 10, 2023 9:53 pm

What do I think? I think this is fantastic! What a brilliant idea and what a brilliant page Elle. You have certainly made a terrific page for my theme oer at AJJ. I love the cat with his ‘tache (as which beginning I cannot choose, both brilliant) he really is a perfect Victorian Gentlecat.
Love the title, love all the cogs and wheels/gears, the writing, the background (great colours) th thought bubbles – everything!
Thank yo so much for coming up with such a great piece for my theme at AJJ.
Hope the cats are ok having their jabs, I had mine today .
Hugs, Neet xx

October 10, 2023 6:22 pm

First of all I love licorice and this art is brilliant. Have a nice day today.

October 10, 2023 4:32 pm

Your journal page is wonderful, thanks for the smile. Love the kitty with moustache, great! Please rest your eyes, don’t overdo things. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Iris Flavia
October 10, 2023 12:46 pm

Love your work – and licorice, and Miss Lily is supercute. Have a nice T-Day x

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