Falcon Travelers

Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

The theme for the month june over at Art journal journey is to reflect on the term “Home”. For me home is the place where my loved ones are, my 2 kids, husband and 4 cats. It’s a safe haven, a place of warmth and kindness.

My home used to be in Limburg, the Netherlands and it’s hills are never far from my thoughts. I even created “hills” in my garden to remind me of them in the middle of the flat fields I live in today. Although, I suppose, the dikes in the polder could be considered as some sort of hill.

Someday I may go back to Limburg, but for now I’m happy where I am. Pottering away in my garden and my little craft corner. My little hiding place.

I made this page on a background that was used for cleaning of stencils and left over paints.
I’m afraid I didn’t make any progress pics, but here are some close ups.

The picture of the girls was a print I had in my stash. She was sealed with a matt varnish. After that was dry I wet a little corner at the back of the picture to get the pinkish blue effect. The edges were then distressed with Peeled paint distress stain.

The background was treated with peeled paint, shabby shutters and vintage photo distress stains. After wich I sprinkled some water on it. I used water where I had cleaned my paint brushes in after I painted some blue paint onto my canvas.

The tag I had made a while back and never used for anything, felt right in it’s place here. I painted the little silver keys blue with acrylic paint and attached them to the tag with a copper ring.

I added a little roof from torn dictionary pages, also distressed with shabby shutters and peeled paint, and added a little filligree corner to the top, which was then painted with the same blue acrylic paint as the keys.

Added Washi tapes and splattered some black ink over the pages.

I also used another little frame that I never used. Stamped some edges and keys and the word Home and added a little journalling about what home means to me.

So there it is, my Home journal page. I had a lot of fun making this one. Just inking and distressing, glueing and stamping and generally, just having fun.

Here’s a little snapshot of my rather wild and green garden… but with shelter for the tomatoes. Maybe this is the reason for my love of green lately =).

Thank you for watching and I wish you all a wonderful sunny weekend.

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35 thoughts on “Home, a safe haven – art journal page

  1. Zeffy says:

    Lovely page I am mad for how good your stamped alphas look…..I think that the place that we grew up in will always old a special place in out hearts …..


  2. Love the blues and all the layers!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art


  3. Suzy says:

    Wonderful layers in your journal page, such depth. New follower. HPPF!


  4. how cool this looks! I have so many styles I like and this is definitely one of them. your garden is great! take care


  5. Such a wonderful tenderness to your page and I love the layering. Your garden looks positively calm compared to mine, lovely greens. Happy PPF


  6. Valerie-Jael says:

    Beautiful, love the colours, and your little garden! Valerie


  7. This is a wonderful spread Monique and it´s an amzing post at all!
    what a romantic garden!

    Thank you very much for beeing with us again over on Art Journal Journey and happy weekend!
    Always a great pleasure to visit your fab blog!
    xxx Susi


  8. Susan says:

    I am certain your lovely garden is an inspiration. Thank you so much for your detailing the layers in this beautiful page.


  9. Kim says:

    Beautiful journal page spread, love the addition of the keys. HPPF!


  10. Your journal pages are great, I loved hearing about you building your little hills to remind you of home, it is such a sweet thing to do.Glad you are happy in your new home. x


  11. Beautiful background with the texture of all the paints. Love the blues and the result of your fun. Your artwork is wonderful, Shirleyx


  12. Super moie pagina's Monique met hele mooie kleuren en details.
    Groetjes Janny


  13. Fabulous journal pages, love the depth of colour. Love how you have framed the images too and the keys are a lovely touch. Your garden looks stunning. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x


  14. Dawn says:

    What a beautiful page Monique, I adore the image you have used. I love the layers and stamping and the attachments finish the spread off perfectly, beautiful work.
    Thank-you so much for your sweet visit too, much appreciated.
    Hugs x


  15. Linda says:

    oh wow – your pages are filled with such wonderful layers and elements!! Happy PPF and AJED


  16. Love your Journal pages. Wonderful colors and shades, blue and green is a dreamteam ♥
    Happy PPF


  17. sheila 77 says:

    What beautiful blue pages for the theme, lovely stamping and painting and all the details. Thanks for explaining how you made it, that very much enhances the finished result.


  18. Eifelwicht says:

    A really lovely page, Monique! I love all the layers you created and the colours too.
    We always pass Limburg, when we go on our vacation to Zeeland. I will think of you, next time I'll pass it.
    Your garden is beautiful!


  19. Karin says:

    prachtige pagina's, mooi van kleur en er is veel op te zien!
    Fijn weekend! groetjes Karin


  20. Tracy says:

    I agree that home is where the loved ones are. My home used to be in England and is now in South Australia. It's good that we can be happy where we are 🙂
    Love the colours on your page – they go so well with the photo.


  21. Candy C says:

    Monique…Your work always fascinates me. I love the artsy quality you add in everything that you create. These pages are very cool. Love the stamping and all of the techniques and colored patterns you've used on the background. The stamped keys look almost dimensional! Love the vintage photograph, too! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. ❤ Candy


  22. Monique says:

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. They mean a lot to me.


  23. Giggles says:

    Wonderful journal page,great layers and color!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles


  24. Beautiful work! I love the colours and composition with so much texture, layers and lovely detail. This really is very special:)


  25. Anne Manda says:

    Beautiful! Love the lush texture and color and the mysterious, nostalgic feeling! ❤


  26. Fabulous page! Love all the stencilling and stamping and using such gorgeous colours too! Chrisx


  27. WOW! What beautiful pages! Love the bits of gold, and the face is just beautiful, as is your post description of times long ago. Love all the stenciling too! Gorgeous work!


  28. Ileana says:

    Beautiful, colorful, nostalgic. Lovely work.


  29. Dawn says:

    What wonderful pages. I love Art Journaling I am so happy you joined in with us over at Journal Journey's I really like how you start your background with ink that's left over and make that page become something special. It was nice to read about What Home means to you as well. Dxx


  30. sharon says:

    Beautiful pages loive the texture, a bit like our lives.


  31. Jeannette says:

    Amazing pages,wonderful colors and layers,i love it to much!!!
    The garden is beautiful, i love it to my garden,especially all the diffrent flowers and fragant.

    Greetings Jeannette


  32. amazing pages and your garden is lovely. Thanks for joining us at Color This Quote at Artists in Blogland. You Home themed spread is gorgeous.


  33. Monique says:

    Thank you all for your lovely comments.


  34. Such a lovely, rich spread – wonderful!


  35. sara caelen says:

    Prachtige pagina.xxxSara


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