30 June 2021

Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters - The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome. Laura is hosting the latest challenge over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and she's called it 'Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters'; "Your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by this quote and it must have a time piece like a clock, pocket watch or photo of a time piece."

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and three additional outstanding entries will receive Top 3 Badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

We are heading back to Paris for this one with another of my journal spreads, inspired by a family holiday to that wonderful city. Thinking back it was particularly special sharing time with them in a city that I'd first visited many years earlier.

The clock requirement for this challenge made the choice of building to depict easy; I remember seeing the large gilded clock at the front of the Musee D'Orsay, a former railway station that now houses an impressive collection of gorgeous art and fabulous sculptures. In fact I added a photo of that very clock onto a small fabric page adjacent to the sketched page.

As is the case with many of my architectural drawings this is a representation taken from photos rather than a detailed depiction. Having previously experimented with drawing directly onto journal pages this time my sketch was done on tea stained paper that had gesso applied in patches. The gesso is great for causing a reaction with later layers of watercolour paint and charcoal pencil. I then cut around the drawing before adding it to the final journal page.

By including the drawing as a separate layer I was able to add various collage elements underneath; gel plate printed tissue and text from a French book about architecture were glued in place with soft gel medium as were scraps of lace.

To add some colour and pattern I used the Dina Wakley Media stencils 'Marks' and 'Bumps', one with 'Ruby' Acrylic Paint and the other with texture paste; the bumps very much echoed the distinctive arches at the front of the museum and the Ruby marks added a flash of colour and contrast. In the bottom corner is one of the metal embellishments Linda sells in the store, altered with some Prima Art Alchemy Matte Wax in 'Faded Denim'.

Thinking back on those happy memories I recall getting to see so much breath-taking art up close and in particular some of Monet's paintings. Often it is when you see these works of art in person that you can truly appreciate their skill and artistry; his use of the colour white to depict the beauty and iridescence of snow so realistically is something I think back to often. Returning to my humble journal page, Dina's words from the 'Ledger Girls' stamp set summed up many of the feelings and recollections of the visit. I also stamped some of the figures from the same set to represent the people visiting the museum.

So that's my take on the 'Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters' theme. For even more inspiration the rest of the Design Team have come up with their own projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE.

For now, thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

Products used to create these journal pages are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.


  1. Jenny, this is such a thoughtful journal page with all the representations of the art museum you visited while in Paris. I love how your artful page was inspired by that gilded clock--what an amazing piece that is! And how clever to include the people visiting the museum; such an important part of the memory! Wonderful texture and colors on this page--you always amaze me!

  2. AMAZING!! I love this page of my favourite museum. My favourite is the polar bear sculpture, they move him round so always fun to find him. I am also inspired by the Rene MacIntosh furniture.
    Thanks for a lovely page bringing back very happy memories. Have you been to Orangerie? X

  3. Thank you! I'm so glad you like the page and am so pleased it's brought back all those wonderful memories. I loved seeing the Art Nouveau exhibition when we were there including some incredible jewelled pieces. And the Orangerie is one of my most favourite places in Paris - the tranquillity of those Waterlilies on such huge curved walls makes you breathe out slowly in what can be such a busy and exhausting city x

  4. Wonderful journal layout! The building is just amazing and I love all of the mixed media details. Fantastic!


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