May AJ Page-Start a New Beginning

Hello friends!  I feel like the time keeps moving whether or not I do!  At the last minute before getting something done, I finally started this page! Once I got going, it was fun to just play around to see what happens!

It’s time for the monthly Art Journal Page collaboration with my crafty friend, Carol (from Crafty-Stamper)! We get creative trying to use up our never-ending stash piles along with a prompt for each month.  I know she will have some wonderful inspiration to share, so please check out her blog too! Here’s my AJ page with the “SMASH OUR STASH” May prompt of “FLOWERS”.

I noticed looking back on my AJ pages that I rarely use flowers on them unless it’s already apart of some papers that I’m using.  So this was a good challenge for me and it was fun to pull out these Tim Holtz “Flower Garden” stamps and dies from my collection to use for this one.

For the background:  I started with my 9″x6″ pre-punched holes of Canson 140# cold press watercolor and used a brick stencil and model paste.  I covered the entire page with some linen and umber paints mixed together.  I dabbed a bit of orange and spritzed it with water for a rust look.  I then went over that with a dry brush effect with some light ivory paint to bring out the texture of the brick pattern.

The flowers and stems were stamped over a watercolor Bristol that I previously made and splattered with chocolate paint.  I also covered the die cut flowers with shimmer spray. (Not sure if you can catch that in the photo.)  All of the stems were glued, and the flowers were glued with some being popped with foam tape.  I covered the bottom area over the stems with grit paste and then went over it with brown paint to give the appearance of dirt.

I took a Dylusions stamp and white heat embossed it over chocolate cardstock for the sentiment, hand cut it and popped up with foam tape at the top of the page.  I added a butterfly from a Tim Holtz ephemera pack.


Hope you’ve enjoyed my AJ page today!  Thanks for dropping in and checking it out!


  1. Art Journal Journey – Flowers
  2. Creative Artiste – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  3. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Watercolor (I watercolored the flowers/stems)
  4. Arty Divas – Anything Goes

23 thoughts on “May AJ Page-Start a New Beginning

  1. I’m just loving how you created that bricked background with all the texture and colors so beautifully blended. The flowers springing from the earth are beautiful and that sentiment is perfect to go along with your artwork on this page. Nice job Vicki, wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend!


  2. Hi Vicki, thanks so muc h for joining us at AJJ with your fabuous floral page, I’m sure Aimeslee will love it. The brick wall is fabulous. I live in an old, walled town, and i love to see the flowers growing in front of the bricks, and sometimes even growing on the wall. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie


  3. Beautiful page Vicki. Love the brick background and the flowers are just beautiful. Enjoy your weekend.
    xxx Margreet


  4. Gorgeous page Vicki, I love the brick background, great texture along with the flowers and butterfly and I love the quote, very inspiring..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  5. I love how you and Carol work on that never ending stash. This page is beautiful Vicki. The brick wall makes a great background so the flowers really pop. And it really looks like you added some soil to the bottom of your page. This page works great for Aimeslee’s challenge. Thank you. You can’t go wrong with flowers, can you? Have a lovely rest of your weekend. hugs-Erika (And thanks for visiting my blog too.)


  6. What a beautiful page and love the flowers you created. You are right you seldom use flowers on your journal pages. So…are you using up your stash???

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Shirley! 🙂 The answer is YES! I’ve had this flower stamp set for a while and this is my first time using these larger blooms from the set. the paste, paints, grit paste, watercolor, the butterfly ephemera, and sentiment are ALL older things from my stash..the paste has been all used up on this project and I need a new jar now! LOL This is why it’s great to make these AJ pages and have fun experimenting!


  7. Such a great page. The background/brick caught my eye immediately. Wonderful texture and color. The flowers are perfect along with the ground. I enjoy seeing these pages – a different feel from your other creations.


  8. Hi Vicki! I am so happy to see you and Carol have included AJJ in your playing this month! Love that background and those flowers are so delicate. Totally on point saying too! Thanks so much for linking this up at AJJ and happy new week to you, xoxo


  9. lovely art journal page. The flowers are stunning. Love the colour combo and texture. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT


  10. I love that background. The brick wall looks SO realistic. Your use of various colors were perfect. The flowers are really clever and well done, and I am totally in love with how you created that sentiment. This is a fabulous entry for Aimeslee’s theme at Art Journal Journey.


  11. I really enjoyed this journal page! The brick work is fabulous and looks so awesome. The flowers are so pretty and love how you had them in the dirt. I have made a couple junk journals and really enjoy it. I need to post my first one, I still take it down and look through it….



  12. Fabulous page, Vicki. That wall is full of texture and is a great color. The flowers are beautiful (love the color too), but the words grab me. They are so encouraging and perfect for this page. Wonderful and very creative art journaling. Hugz


  13. Absolutely gorgeous and everything as usual comes together to create such a cohesive page! Very inspiring…I’m always amazed at what you think to do that makes your stuff unique. This is one of my favorites that you have created…I checked out Carol and liked what she had done as well. Smiles, Kathy


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