Tuesday, 19 May 2015

T is for …..I'd like to be….

…well if I'm honest, certainly not under the sea and not in a grey northern suburb of Manchester either! I would like to go back to Wiltshire though - the WOYWW crop was fabulous and in a beautiful setting (the crop part 1 is here)
I am going to show you what I started at the crop though!
I love taking part in challenges and there are a few that I always like to enter!
Art Journal Journey has a fab topic this month - 'The Sea'
and Country View Challenges is 'Simply Scenic'…...
so I set to with a gessoed page and made an under water scene using the four shades of PA Fresco paints I took with me - Snowflake, Baltic Blue, Glass Blue and Toad Hall.

I used a book page to draw some random leaves, the fish were Crafty Individuals and Inkadinkadoo.
I used various pens to draw lines, bubbles and a circle stencil for the larger bubble shapes.
When we got home last night I added some texture by using Grunge paste through the edge of a Dylusions stencil and some shimmer with Mica paints - dripped on and allowed to run.

The little fishy bubbles were made with my uni-ball pen

I am entering in the above mentioned challenges.

I am also joining my lovely blog friend Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T stands for Tuesday
The night we arrived we went for a lovely meal at a pub recommended by the owner of the B and B
The Cricketers Arms at Tangley

The food was excellent (so good we went back on the Saturday night too!)
Can you tell that hubby is getting used to my taking photos?
Mine was a small(!) portion of Fish and Chips, hubby had Duck Cassoulet.
Then…..and this is why we went back
THE most delicious cheesecake I have ever had (and believe me I've had a few!!)
My choice of drink - a diet coke, lemon, no ice!
The owner and staff were very friendly and there was a lovely atmosphere on both occasions!

Linking to T stands for Tuesday. I will be around to see what you are drinking later!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Craftymoose Crafts said...

Great page! I love how the fish and seahorse stand a tiny bit off the page--so much more realistic! The background is really creative! Looks like a lovely restaurant--I like fish and chips, something that is very hard to find made well here.Happy T day!

Valerie-Jael said...

Woderful journal page, thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

Halle said...

I love your under the sea entry for AJJ. What a neat little pub.
Happy T day!

sirkkis said...

I like the soft, vibrant colours you 've painted the background. The seahorse is adorable. A fine page, indeed, Chris.
Thanks for your great meal photos.
Hugs xx

Divers and Sundry said...

I can tell I'd love that pub: attractive inside and out, with the world's best cheesecake, how can you go wrong? :) Happy T Tuesday!

Linda Kunsman said...

Brilliant journal page! Looks like a really lovely holiday and the pub is so lovely. I could eat your fish and chips right now:) Happy T day!

~*~Patty S said...

Your fish and chips sure look yummy and that's a mighty fine looking dessert too Chris!
Your under the sea page is fabulous.
I tried my hand at an undersea scene for a friend's altered book recently.
Your bubbles were something I wanted to add to my pages...Well done you!!!
Happy T Day

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, wow, wow, Chris. What a gorgeous place, and a lovely meal. I would join you for fish and chips, too. Of course the fish went well with the sea you drew and stamped for the challenge. It is lovely. you did a fabulous job with the images AND the bubbles. Way to go.

Thanks for sharing your dining experience AND the cheese cake with us for T this Tuesday, dear. Hubby looks happy, too!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a fantastic page .. love the texture you achieved with the grunge paste and book paper!

Oh what yummie food! great!
Happy T-Day and thank you very much for another fantastic Sea page for Art Journal Journey Chris!

Dianne said...

You had me with your wonderful Sea Scape...but the finish with the cheesecake looks amazing! The Cricketeers Arms is certainly scenic and charming (we don't see these types of buildings in the U.S.!) thanks for sharing...happy T day!

Krisha said...

LOVE your journal pages!!
Dinner looks great.......but THAT cheesecake got my full attention.....LOL
Happy T-day

Helen said...

Having sat next to you while you made this page, I can testify it looks much better IRL even than here. The stencilled drops of grunge past make great bubbles! Yum to that cheesecake, no wonder you went back, so would I have done!

Julia Dunnit said...

I second Helen's comments, it's a beautiful page of texture and interest. Glad you enjoyed the Cricketers, it seems like the middle of nowhere, but actually is only about en minutes from our nearest metropolis!

see you there! said...

Your underwater page is great, I absolutely love the colors. Very interesting. Your meal looks good and a good slice of cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts.


TwinkleToes2day said...

Your sea page is fantastic Chris! I love the text paper leaves and the seahorse is adorable. Your dessert looks mmmmmm mm! I too have a taste for desserts/puddings and would order that first were I brave enough, lol Happy T Day :o))

catherine said...

Fabulous sea pages Chris. So glad you enjoyed your stay away
x catherine

Rita said...

Oh, gosh! That all looks delicious!! Especially the cheesecake!!
Love your painting! Really sweet with charm. Happy T-Day! :)

Sue said...

This is fab Chris, stamping onto bookpages is one of my favourite effects. Your pub meal looks lovely - I'm a bit of a cheesecake fan myself! Thank you so much for joining in with our scenic challenge at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

sheila 77 said...

Your Sea painting is lovely, I like the way the fish are swimming about in the tall sea grasses.
I like your header too, very arty.

Margik said...

Love your fabulous page and the fantastic fish and sea horse! The colours are fabulous too. Oh, yessss... the cheesecake looks really delicious!
Hugs, Mar

Georgie C said...

Gorgeous underwater scene Chris, another stunning page - you are on such an incredible art journal roll right now... Can't wait to see more xx

Meggymay said...

A fantastic journal page Chris with all those super fish. Lovely photos from your break, the food looks delicious.
Yvonne xx

My name is Erika. said...

Your food looks yummy. And I love your journal page. Looks like a view into an aquarium! Very relaxing to look at.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful journal page Chris, I love underwater scenes! Your seahorse is wonderful! I'm on a diet so I quickly zipped past all the pictures of your food, sorry. lol hugs :)

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Journal page and the food ... all looks so wonderful!

butterfly said...

Love the painty layers you've used to create your underwater background - just beautiful - and the texty seaweed and all those bubbles really appeal to me. Lovely photos of your holiday feast (and yes, the expression on your husband's face did make me smile - I'm far less polite when people want photos!).
Alison xx