A year in flowers – hyacinth (art journal)

Happy new year! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and that you will all enjoy a healthy, successful and creative 2019!

This is the first blog post of the year and I am starting a new feature, called “a year in flowers”. It’s a yearly art journal project where I will be sharing pages using flowers as the focal point. And I start with the gorgeous hyacinth!

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

I am working on my 6×6 disc bound journal. The page is heavy watercolor cardstock and I started by applying a couple of sprays on the background. I used Altenew metallic sprays in Soft Lilac and Oceans Waves. It’s the easiest way to create an interesting background and allow for many techniques later on. I also used the Elegant Swirls stencil to lift some of the ink for a ghost effect. To complete the background I used my other favorite techniques, which are splatters and stamping.

The flowers are stamped using the Build-A-Flower: Hyacinth( ALTN | SSS ) stap set, that has just been released. I used 3 different color combos to add some variation on my page.

I like to add motivational quotes on my pages and I will be doing that on this flower art journal too. Plus I came up with the idea of sticking down the dictionary definition of the flowers I use on the page. This yearly project is going to be so much fun. I hope by the end of the year I will have at least one page for each letter of the alphabet!

supplies

Below you can find a list with all the products used today on my “a year in flowers” project. Links to multiple online shops are available, just click the logo below each item. Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you.

Shop at Altenew and save 15% off on all Stencils and Ink Sprays now through 1/3/2019 at 11:59 pm EST. No code needed to enjoy this sale!

Joggles DISC BOUND WATERCOLOR 6X6…
[ SSS ]
Build-A-Flower: Hyacinth
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Elegant Swirls Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Soft Lilac Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
[ ALTN ]
Ocean Waves Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Cherry Blossom Oval Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Enchanted Garden Oval Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Shades of Purple Oval Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Tropical Forest Oval Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Concord & 9th SOPHISTICATED SCRIPT…
[ SSS ]
Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
[ SSS ]

21 Comments

  1. Marcie Lovett said:

    What a great idea, Vicky! This one is beautiful. There are so many flower stamps, I look forward to seeing all the pages you create.

    January 2, 2019
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  2. Teresa Doyle said:

    I learn so much by watching your videos Vicky, thanks for sharing both cards and art journal projects!

    January 2, 2019
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  3. Sue W. said:

    Beautiful art journal page! Great idea to create a year of flowers journal! I too love flowers and think this is a fabulous way to use my floral images.

    January 2, 2019
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  4. Mary W said:

    What a fun and educational project. I didn’t know that the ‘th’ in hyacinth was not voiced. Maybe I need to copy your idea and make this journal, also!

    January 2, 2019
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  5. Laura kopouchian said:

    Loved this new botanical dictionary!

    January 2, 2019
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  6. Debbie F. said:

    What a great idea!!! And a great way to start off the new year. I look forward to seeing your journal transform throughout the year!! Thank you for the tips and ideas. Love the idea of doing a botanical theme … or picking any theme for an art journal. Having a focus might help me get to working more on mine. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous, joyful, adventurous and creative New Year!

    January 2, 2019
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  7. Diana W said:

    What a wonderful idea ! I can’t wait to see all your flowers. This page is just beautiful. Happy New Year to one of my favorite artists.

    January 2, 2019
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  8. Maryann Sullivan said:

    Thank you Vicky, Love the idea of a flower journal. Looking forward to doing this with you.

    January 2, 2019
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  9. Barbara Schatzmann said:

    Beautiful! I like this idea and I am looking forward to more of them!!

    January 2, 2019
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  10. Barbara said:

    LOVE the idea of a Year in Flowers!!! Beautiful….. Can’t wait to see the next one.

    January 2, 2019
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  11. Lydia said:

    I always enjoy all your art journals. Thank you for the video, it inspires me to create something different then usual.

    January 2, 2019
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  12. Kathy P said:

    Such a wonderful idea, Vicky! I own quite a few build=a=flower sets, along with the regular flowers, and I agree that this is a great idea for showing them off! Thanks for the inspiration. Your page is beautiful!

    January 3, 2019
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  13. Loly Borda said:

    Oh how I love this Vicky! Such a clever idea, to have a whole journal full of flowers! TFS and thanks for the inspiration!

    January 3, 2019
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  14. Cecilia Sawyer said:

    Hi Vicky, love this idea for a little journal. How often are you doing a page in the Year of Flowers? Will it be daily or weekly?

    Thanks for the great inspiration
    Cecilia

    January 3, 2019
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  15. Cathy Lillie said:

    This is beautiful, Vicky! I love flowers, and early Spring flowers are some of my favorites. I can’t wait to see how your journal progresses throughout the year.

    January 3, 2019
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  16. Henriëtte said:

    Happy New Year Vicky for you and your loved ones.
    What a great page to start the year with. I love flowers and I love the idea to make a Art Journal with flowers. I think I have to have a good look at my stamps, let my brain playing with the idea and I hope to join you in my own way in A year of flowers.
    Thank you so much for showing.

    January 3, 2019
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  17. Beautiful page! I love flower stamps and have many of them too. I love this idea of a themed journal and can’t wait to see what else you do with it. Thanks for sharing your ideas and talent with us.

    January 6, 2019
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  18. Kathy Andrews said:

    Pretty card… I like the way you used corrugated backing and antiqued your definition. I also like the sparkly background and the colors you chose. Of course, I alway love your splashes (I’m a fan of splashes too). Thank you for sharing.

    January 7, 2019
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  19. Kathy Andrews said:

    OOPS… I said card out of habit… LOL. I should have said journaling page. Please excuse the oversight.

    January 7, 2019
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  20. Linda DesGroseilliers said:

    What a grand idea for the themed journal! I have a LOT of the Altenew flower stamps and dies and also make my own disc-bound journals, so I may have to “borrow” your idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

    January 12, 2019
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