Saturday 24 January 2015

Chinese Garden Journal Page

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope it has been kind to you so far! It was nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the holidays; relaxing, reading, listening to various pod casts, going to the movies and then picked up the pace with a jam-packed weekend in Sydney.

If you are visiting Sydney, I can highly recommend the State Library. It has a couple of great exhibitions on at the moment, including the illustrator Lynley Dodds works of 59 original drawings from her popular children's books the Hairy Maclary series, the Schnitzel Von Krumm series, Slinky Malinki and Scarface Claw. I love the humour she incorporates into her delightful characters and stories.

One of my favourite places to visit when I am in Sydney is the Kinokuniya Bookstore, a place you could get lost in for hours! And directly opposite you can hop on the sushi train at Sushi Hotaru Restaurant.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Sydney's Darling Harbour. We took the light rail there. It is well worth a visit, this amazing walled garden has everything from waterfalls, lakes, pavilions, exotic plants, koi fish, birds and the odd lizard or two! The charming Teahouse is the perfect place to have your tea or lunch while taking in the tranquil scenery. As a memento of our time there, I thought I would do a inspired journal page and show you some of our photos from that day.

  Chinese Friendship Garden

  The Teahouse

I hadn't worked in this particular art journal for a long time, I quickly realised the reason why - the paper! A bit disappointing when it clearly states the journal is meant for mixed media. Next time a couple of coats of gesso on the back to make it more durable might do the trick.

Even with the limitations of the paper I love the way this page turned out. I wanted to include the rich vibrant oriental colours, which I feel add some drama and mystery. Lots of layers of collage papers, acrylic paint, watersoluble crayons, ink, copic markers and coloured pencil were used on this journal artwork.

There are a couple of exhibitions showing that I would like to attend before they finish, but more about that in another post.

Have a great weekend!

Until next time, Happy Creating!


  1. It is just beautiful. The photos of the Japanese garden were inspiring. I saw your post on Life Book Cafe and it sparked my curiosity. It was worth the trip. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

    1. Thank you Barb! Yes we were there just over a week ago on a pretty hot day but plenty of gorgeous pavilions and resting spots to take it all in.

      So nice of you to take the time to stop by. x

  2. Utterly astounding and beyond stunning... my breath was taken away when I saw this on the Facebook page. I'm so happy to have found you and your amazing art!! I am following and am off to look at your Etsy shop while I'm here!!

    1. Thank you so much for those wonderful comments! I am happy to hear you like it. I was filled with lots of inspiration after visiting the Chinese Friendship Garden. I am just glad I managed to get some of that down in my art journal :)