Sunday, 18 September 2011

Take The Gentle Path

This Art Journal page is in my new bigger book.
Vintage paper background with a gel transfer over 
the top of an art nouveau pattern
(bargain Dover book with cd of images
bought from a charity shop this week for 50p!).
You can't really see the pattern, but it
added the colour palette that I wanted.
I added Lumiere metallic paint on the edges,
and the butterfly is from the pile of
old photos bought from a charity shop
(charity shops rock!).

I thought the quote by George Herbert
 (English poet 1593-1633)
was so sweet and so true.



~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love this page, and think that 'The Gentle Path' would be a great name for a blog too!

Kristin said...

Oooh, this is so special! I love the simplicity and elegance of both the page and the quote. Really beautiful. AND thank you for your sweet comment (Clear Gesso is the best!) xoxo

joy said...

Love, love, love! You certainly do find some great buys at your thrift shops, Joanna. You have done a wonderful job with this journal page.

Georgie Horn said...


Susan said...

Really nice! I always love your backgrounds!

Linda said...

What a lovely page!

Miss Iowa said...

Hi. (tee hee) This is a gorgeous journal page. Love that majestic butterfly against the vintage-looking background.

hensteeth said...

Text and imagery work perfectly together...just lovely.
Thank you for the review of Jane Eyre too...looking forward to seeing it.

Susan T said...

So lovely Mrs U. The quote should be a lifestyle philosophy. I like the idea of taking the gentle path, it sounds far less bumpy.

craftattack said...

Beautiful page, Jo. Love the colours. I very much miss the charity shops here, we have some, but few and Valerie

SusieJ said...

Simply beautiful Jo, both the quote and the butterfly.
Hugs xx
p.s. your charity shops are better than ours!

Ciara said...

I just found your blog, and love your work! I'll definitely be back. :-)

Ciara x

Sue said...

Hi Jo. Your journal page is beautiful. The quote is one to definitely take on board. The writing in the background is lovely and the whole thing is very subtle and lovely!
I still keep looking in and often think about you.
Best wishes
Sue Allan

missy k said...


Great page Jo.... the background colours are perfect. I LOVE the flowers. Doodled? Rub ons? Please tell!


ps Livi has been deposited!!! I cried! She has a lovely room with ensuite though.... and you can just about see the sea from her window!!!! and her flat mates seem really nice and she has fully stocked cupboards.... so hopefully she won't starve! *big sigh* I am going for a nice bubbly bath followed by Sunday night TV and a glass of red wine. It's been a busy week!!!

Sorry I should have emailed this rather than leave it in comments...

Love to you all


Jennie Louise said...

You have a gret talent, thats clear. very interesting work joanna.
jennie. x

Joanna said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!

The flowers are a sweet little rubber stamp (3 flowers which I repeated and then highlighted in white).


missy k said...

Thanks Jo for flower stamp info.... gorgeous!

Will email tomorrow!



Katie said...

you find the neatest papers...and you know I love your journal pages! I always think it's interesting how we all have a certain style- I think I could spot your pages in a line-up! hee! love em!xo

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Wonderful! Is the border stamped or a rub on?

Lenna Young Andrews said...

i really like this, Jo. Thank you for sharing it. xo lenna

Joanna said...

Hi Crafty Gal Linda - the edging is just an inked cardboard edge wiped down the sides, and then I dotted the black and white lines with gel pens.


Carin said...

Oooh, Jo, I ADORE this page! Pinning it as I write lol. Just beautiful!

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Oh, I adore this Jo! You certainly have a talent for turning charity finds into awesome pieces of art! x

Privet and Holly said...

Love that quote
and the page is
just beautiful!
xx Suzanne

trisha too said...

Charity shops DO rock!

Your journal page is lovely, and the quote is a delight.

I just noticed your bunny--we, and by we I mean my daughter, happens to have not one but two girl bunnies named Isaiah (that's the short story).

But they aren't allergic to hay--silly Clifford!

Margaret said...

Gorgeous! I love your background and your beautiful butterfly! the quote is just perfect.

I had to smile about your Dover find, I have an Art Nouveau book from them, which I don't think I've ever used! I bought it at a time when they were one of the few selling books and CD's of their images.