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Flowers and Mice

Quick post today - the pictures were taken fast as got lost in the BAJ page I did this morning and I need to go get ready for work.

I had to make something this morning because there is a new theme at **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* and I just had to play.  The new theme is flowers - wow, I see a lot of  journal pages with flowers in my future.

Today's page took a lot of different directions.  I messed it up like 20 times and had to do something else to it to get it to work for me.  I messed up my Zentangle and had to cover a few spots, them got a blob or two of gesso where I didn't want it, etc. - journaling fast is not always easy!  I started the page with the prompt from the Teapot Tuesday challenge at which is to channel your inner Mary Delany (read the article - it is amazing - she is my hero). After I messed up my page, I saw the Mixed Media Challenge at Splitcoast stampers was to chalk it up - add some white paint over a vividly painted random background.  My background was not random, but I used it to fix the page to my liking.
I drew and watercolored the flowers.  Added in some zentangle to fill it in (that is when it went off track - lol).  Then added in a bit of music paper and some pieces from a card my sister, Sharon, made me.  Sponged around, splattered around, spilled some mica flakes accidently on it, then dry brushed some white gesso.

Psalm 81: 1 - Sing to God our strength.  Some wise words. The Psalm talks about how God would slay the enemies of the people if they would turn their hearts to Him and give up their wicked ways.  My sister sent me a card done in black with silver embossing - it said You have a beautiful heart (I tore off some of the words for this page).  She is the one with the beautiful heart.  She started out my best friend.  My father passed and her mother passed and then my mother and her father fell in love several years later (in their 70s).  They had a wonderful marriage and my mother was never happier.  She passed several years ago, but we will have Pop. He isn't feeling well and currently lives with my sister. So my best friend became my sister and God gave me a father (plus two brothers which I had always wanted).  It is a beautiful story.  God blessed me and my mother greatly with her and Pop.

Yesterday, on Thursday, I tried the Try it on Tuesday challenge which is to use black and white and one other color.  I picked brown (surprise).  I needed a card for the husband of one of my friends who just had a triple bypass (in the hospital all alone and she couldn't visit).  Wow that was difficult.  He is a home recovering and wanted to send him something.
I started with an old sheet music to King for a Day.  I did a layer of white gesso.  After it dried, I stamped this cute House Mouse image and colored it with colored pencils.  Next I stenciled on some manly words using and Andy Skinner Stencil.  I also took a rain drop stencil and inked it up, sprayed with water and slapped it down - you can kind of see it in the top left.


  1. Nancy I like the finished result. The little bit of zentangle makes a nice background for those gorgeous flowers. The whole page is a beautiful dreamy effect. Very cute card too. I'm glad you decided to join us at AJJ again (thanks) and hope to see more flowers soon. Happy May and Hugs-Erika

  2. I love the effect you have got behind those beautiful roses and the words are so apt. I always feel roses are difficult to replicate, especially in paint, and I am in awe of the brilliant ones you have done.
    Love the little house mouse too - cuter thsan cute!
    Hugs, Neet xx

  3. Your journal page sounds like a lot of work - but it came out beautifully! Love your sweet card too.

  4. Hi Nancy, your journal page turned out beautifully, even if you had some hiccups in between. And the card is soooooooo sweet, I so love those little mice. And thanks for joining us at TIOT, much appreciated. Enjoy your day, stay safe, hugs, Valerie

  5. I love that journal page, Nancy. You made it appear the roses are sitting on top of the bible. It is incredible and you are a fantastic artist. I'm really quite impressed. Thanks for this first May entry using Mia's theme at Art Journal Journey.

    That's a really lovely card, too. Seems just masculine enough to be unique. I like that.

  6. Nancy, those flowers are incredible. they would be amazing as a stamp, zentangle background included :)
    Great card, love those house mouse images.

  7. Your card is so Amazing Nancy !! I love it, it´s tender and cute, and this mice stamp is fabulous. I like very much the wonderful background you have created, and I´m sure your friend will adore your gorgeous card. Your flower page is fantastic too.
    Thank you very much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday, Have a very nice day and stay safe.
    Big hugs,

  8. What a gorgeous page for AJJ Challenge! Thank you so much for entering!
    And I love the card for your husband! Kisses!

  9. A beautiful page and cute card Nancy, I popped over and read the article, she certainly was an amazing lady - such a wonderful story.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  10. Nancy, I am blown away by your art journal 'Roses' work. JUST LOVELY!!! so many twists and turns but in the end a piece of Art, for sure! Your story is so beautiful, and I am so emotional these days, just made my eyes fill up with tears. Thanks for sharing something so personal and uplifting. HUGS, Teresa from Splitcoaststampers. ALSO, I think this card is amazing... again, so many ideas all one card and they work beautifully together. take good care

  11. I know I stopped by for your great journal page, but I forgot to thank you for Try It on Tuesday. Your little house mouse is such a great entry nancy. Hugs-Erika

  12. A beautiful journal page, the roses look so pretty and I like how you placed them on the page. Thank you for linking with Mia's theme at Art Journal Journey.
    The house mouse card is adorable, , thank you also for adding this to the latest Try it on Tuesdays theme.
    Stay safe,
    Yvonne xx

  13. I love your journal page and those mice are too cute-love that one too hugs

  14. So pretty! I always forget about zentangle. I like to do that too!

  15. A fabulous journal page Nancy, the roses look stunning and you wouldn't believe that you had messed up.
    That's a cute House Mouse card, I hope that your friends husband has a speedy recovery.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday,
    Avril x

  16. Stunning page Nancy, your roses are absolutely beautiful and what a sweet card, love that image!
    Hugs, Tammy


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