We really enjoy hiking in the countryside. Not only is it a good form of exercise but it’s a great way to explore new places, enjoy beautiful scenery and make wonderful discoveries! My page today is inspired by a line of swallows sitting on a telegraph wire in a farmyard which we discovered on a recent countryside walk.
The background is painted with watercolour paint in blues and yellows, and then covered in a thick layer of white gesso. I had some left over alphabet transfers so added these in random patches over the page, I like the way the letters have only partially transferred. The little birds sitting on the line is washi tape, which I tore along the edges so there were no straight borders making it blend into the background more. The music sheet is taken from a song called “The Swallows Return” which inspired the title for this page. I tore pieces of music sheet and stuck them to the page with Liquitex matte gel medium then doodled along the edges. The white mesh is plasterboard/drywall tape, which I cut into strips and distressed to get an uneven finish. The title of the page and the post marks are stamped using black Archival Ink, I also added some coloured post marks, cut from decoupage paper, which represent travel and distance. I stuck pieces of black decorative tape around the edge of the page and I think they look a bit like wrought iron. The swallows are fussy cut from a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) leaflet which I collected from the local bird sanctuary and also card topper images, which are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. I added more detail to the large swallow image using a red Derwent Inktense ink pencil, a navy Spectrum Aqua marker and a black Uni Pin marker. As swallows travel back to South Africa from the UK, I added a South African stamp to finish.
To me, swallows signify summer and it is not surprising that we discovered them as we were deep in the heart of open countryside, alongside a river where they like to feed. We were also walking through a farmyard and were surrounded by agricultural buildings where they often nest. Swallows migrate during daylight covering about 200 miles (320 km) each day and from the UK their return journey South takes about six weeks. They travel down through western France and eastern Spain into Morocco, before crossing the Sahara Desert and the Congo rainforest – finally reaching South Africa and Namibia.
With this month’s theme being “Nature’s Wonders”, I’m very happy to join Gill over at Art Journal Journey again.
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Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:
- Pébéo White Gesso
- Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours (Cobalt Blue Hue, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue)
- Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Navy)
- Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils (Poppy Red 0400)
- Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
- Hampton Arts 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong IC0151)
- The Works clear stamps (CR0274/TW3)
- Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE 907115)
- Letraset Transfer (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm RDC0251)
- Hobbycraft Decorative Tape (Assorted Black and White 5971481007)
- Poundland (Decorative Border Tape 15111867)
- 151 Adhesives Plasterboard/Drywall tape
- First Edition Deco Maché Decoupage Paper (D/M Postage FEDEC060)
- Hunkydory Eastern Promise Luxury Card Collection (Eastern Promise)
- Music paper
- RSPB information leaflet
- Postage stamp (from my Hubby’s childhood collection)
- UHU Stic