I Have Fins, Do You?Mixed Media Journal Layout

Pretend Fins

I have always loved swimming, in fact that was one of my favorite activities of summer as a child. When I was in elementary school, my family joined a swim club for the summer. Almost everyday, my Mom would drive my brother and I to the pool for the day. Now that I am a Mommy, I realize just how much time my Mom took out of her weekly schedule so that we could swim and compete.
The one thing I will always hate about the water is the panic that overwhelms one when you run out of air while still underwater. Or when someone thinks it is funny to drown you so they hold you down or sit on top of you. That happened many times growing up. Did I mention I have an older brother?

That summer, along with swimming everyday, I went to swim meets as part of the swim team. I even won a few ribbons. As I look back, I remember the water and how magical it can be, whether in a small swimming pool or in the vast ocean. It is so peaceful underneath, with all the noise drowned out and the sparkles and ripples left behind by the suns rays. Who wouldn’t want fins?

Creating The Layout

I hope you are not tired of mermaids yet, as I have a few more layouts to share in my Mermaid Art Journal.

For this layout, I sprayed the background with Lindy’s Stamp Gang. I used Lindy’s for the background as well as for painting the shells. The colors used were Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold, Red Hot Poker Orange, Crow’s Nest Copper. After spraying, I stenciled the Art Deco Flower Medallion stencil by StencilGirl with gesso and added a bit of doodling to highlight the image. The fish and a few shells are PaperArsy stamps and some of the shells are by Mary Engelbriet. I stamped the background with a grunge stamp.

Happy Tea day to all you ladies over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard. I am sharing a pot of my favorite tea that I make up every morning.


Challenges Entered:

Monday Simon Says: Inspired by a Story (The Little Mermaid-Hand Christian Anderson)

That’s Crafty!: Going Round In Circles

Craft Stamper: April Take It, Make It

26 thoughts on “I Have Fins, Do You?Mixed Media Journal Layout”

  • Another gorgeous journal spread, love everything about it. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie.
    P.S you’re in the top 5 at more mixed media

  • Drowning games don’t sound like much fun, and I never had that done to me. I always enjoyed a chance to swim and play in the water. We would pretend to have fins and to be mermaids. Fond memories 🙂 Happy T Tuesday

  • I love swimming too and fins would be a great idea …lol 😉. Your pages are magical with the pretty mermaid and textures, and I’d love to try a cup of your tea – Happy T Day! J 😊

  • Your mermaid is so cute. I’m working on a piece with a mermaid for my grand-niece when she decides to arrive (she’s 6 days past her due date). I love the shell with your mermaid and now you’ve given me an idea.

  • This is a magical journal spread and your mermaid looks so sweet. It was a lovely post to read.
    Happy T day wishes Kate.
    Yvonne xx

  • Happy T Day Kate. I particularly love your latest journal page. Maybe because I love the ocean so much. Hope life is good and potty training has been a continuing success. Hugs-Erika

  • I had planned to be here sooner, but my keyboard had other plans. I love your mermaid and her fins. For three years during the summer in high school, I was a lifeguard. So I know the fun you can have in the pool (no ocean near my land locked state) and the dangers children can get into when one bullies another in the pool. Seems you survived and even won medals to prove it, too.
    Your journal spread is fascinating. It sparkles and shines and looks wonderful with the addition of the copper. It’s a genuinely beautiful spread.
    I was also thrilled you joined us for T this Tuesday, too. I’ve never heard of that tea, but it looks like it might taste wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    BTW, yes, I think black tea will work best. My advices is if you want mottled fabric, scrunch it before adding it to the hot tea. If you want evenly dyed fabric, wet the fabric first, then add it to the tea and continue cooking the entire thing (minus the tea bags or leaves) for at least 10 to 20 minutes. I prefer mottled, but you may want yours dyed evenly. Hope that helps.

  • Love….your ArtJournal page Kate… I liked the water more as a kid…Less self conscious then i guess about wearing a bathing suit an such.. In the summer i practically lived at the beach thanks to two wonderful grandparents.. I do miss the ocean……. Happy Belated T day! Hugs! deb

  • Oh Kate, we have so much in common! I’m a fish too! 🙂 I’m wondering if your kids are learning to swim and how often they get to splash around. Mine are little fishes and we have family and friends with pools and hope hope hope to get our own pool this year or next. Fingers and toes crossed! In fact, I am urging my younger daughter to get lifeguard certified. We have a lake nearby with a sandy beach and a high dive – how cool! Anyway, I am crazy over your lavish spread and great use of these images. Beautifully crafted my friend. Big hugs, Autumn

  • truly beautiful mermaid page! love the colors and combination of textures…I am not a swimmer, but the idea of magical mermaids is quite entrancing…happy T day quite late!

  • Gorgeous mermaid page, Kate. Don’t stop the mermaids! I love “em. I loved to swim as a child. An aunt and my mother would alternate driving us cousins to the community pool and leave us there for hours. No drowning games allowed! There were lots of life guards and they frequently threw trouble-makers out. I know it took them time to drive us there, but I like to think my mom enjoyed the break from 3 or 4 of her 6 kids;-)
    Happy T-day! Hugs, EIleen

  • Wow!!!! Love the journal page!!!! I used to love goung to the pool as a kid too. When I got into junior high my parents bought us season passes to the pool and my sister and I went about every day. We had so much fun!!!
    I took my kids when they were younger too.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so late gettting around this week.
    Happy Very Late Tuesday!!!

  • Wonderful page! I loved going to the pool too. Love all the texture and drips….Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week 🙂

  • I won’t tire of the mermaids – such a fantastic spread again and I love how you described your experiences at swimming as a child – so well written! You are also a poet not just a Mixed Media artist!
    Happy very belated T-Day !
    oxo Susi

  • What an amazing double page spread, a real celebration of your love of mermaids and memories of your childhood. Swimming is such a tranquil activity and a wonderful way to get lost in thought. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us over at That’s Crafty & Good Luck in the Going Round In Circles Blog Challenge.
    Tracey DT

  • What a scrumptious spread!
    Ewe! I know just what you were talking about when it comes to older brothers and swimming- stinkers!
    Your pages delight me!
    Jackie xo

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