Snowdrop Season

On Valentine’s Day we went to see the snowdrops at Lytham Hall. It was a beautiful sunny day and we thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely walk through the very impressive displays of snowdrops. I created this page to remember their beauty.

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The background is Spectrum Aqua Markers, I scribbled the ink on an acrylic block, and then I spritzed it with water and pressed it or dripped it onto my page. The colours I used portray the yellow sunshine, blue sky, the lush green foliage and the rusty-brown leaves that surrounded the snowdrops. To add texture I splattered the page with black acrylic paint, stamped a homemade grid stamp using black Archival Ink and a small texture stamp using a Moss Aqua marker. I also added a fine outline of swirls using a Swoosh Mica Mask by Creative Expressions, a white Uniball gel pen and the Moss and Olive Aqua markers. As the snowdrops were flowering under the trees, I stamped a tree image using black Archival Ink and then I added more branches to them using a Derwent Graphik marker. The words are rub-on transfers which I thought were poignant to the page; to me the snowdrops seem to “aspire” to display their beauty and be something I could only “dream” of. Lastly they reminded me of a poem by William Wordsworth where he writes about having “faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes”.

If you are interested in the poem, it’s called “Lines Written in Early Spring”; it was published in 1798 and yet it seems as pertinent today as it did then.

I cut the snowdrop pictures and information from an old magazine and a Lytham Hall Events Guide. They are mounted on silver corrugated card which I edged with a silver metallic pen and stuck to the page using double-sided tape.

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The snowdrops are made from this silver daisy shaped outline sticker; I cut the flower in half to produce snowdrop shapes and secured them to the page. I then outlined the image with a Derwent Graphik marker to give more definition and coloured the petals using white gesso. The leaves, stems and little dot on the petals are coloured green using the Moss Aqua marker. To finish I covered the petals in Ranger Glossy Accents to give them dimension and a lovely glow; I think they look a bit like stained glass.

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I thought you might like to join me on our walk to see the beautiful snowdrops. These little clumps of snowdrops greeted us when we entered the grounds of Lytham Hall by the side entrance. You may remember Lytham Hall from my Winter Art Fair post.2-opening-photo

As we turned the corner, the snowdrops literally carpeted the woodland floor, sitting in the dappled shade in all their white splendour!

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Then we entered the walled garden, where the flower beds were brimming with snowdrops too.

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At the front of the house it looked like it had been snowing with the drifts of snowdrops glistening in the sunshine. As my hubby and me both enjoy photography, we were interested in the frames that had been put up around the walk. They indicate where a good shot can be taken and of course you can use them to frame your subject too.

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Following the woodland path we stopped to take in more pretty views . The snowdrops look so dainty with their white and green bell-shaped blooms.

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I hope you enjoyed the walk as much as we did – I was amazed, there were snowdrops everywhere and the displays were stunning!

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As a special Valentine’s treat and to continue the white theme, we went to our local bakery and bought two of the biggest Vanilla Slices I have ever seen! To give you an idea of their size, that’s a standard tea plate they are sitting on. These are filled with a lemony custard and when we got home we enjoyed them (very much) with a mug of green tea – they were so delicious! As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing my treat with the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint (Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Moss, Lime, Olive, Aquamarine, Terracotta)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Script metallic pen (Silver)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (white)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Swoosh)
  • The Works Clear Stamps (CRO274/TW3)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (P-1398)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall tape
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-On Sentiments (Motivate Sentiments #ROY-510 Rub-on)
  • Magenta Style Outline Stickers (Assorted Peel-off)
  • Poundland (Corrugated Card 173117-GE16)
  • White tissue paper and card
  • Fun Cut Scissors
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Glide double-sided foam tape
  • X-Press It double-sided tape
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46 thoughts on “Snowdrop Season

  1. What a great page depicting your snow drops visit Jo. So many -and how beautiful are those fields of them!! My neighbor’s yard must have some popping up so I must go have a look …
    what a decadent dessert and stop for tea. Nobody has desserts like in Europe. Happy T day !

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  2. I’ve never seen snow drops in person before, but several T friends have shown them on their blogs. They seem to be quite popular in Europe, but the climate must be wrong for the midwest U.S. I was in awe of this week’s journal entry that showcased those beautiful snowdrops, and of course, the photos that followed. As always, I often wonder if your art is inspired by your trips, or your trips inspired by your art. This latest entry is fabulous.

    I’ve also never seen vanilla slices before, but these look absolutely mouth watering. Just amazing. They certainly go well with your tea, too.

    Thanks for sharing your trip to see the snow drops, your lovely snow drop journal page, and your vanilla slices and green tea with us for T this Tuesday.

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  3. Wow-that is a lot of snowdrops. We don’t get them here-as it is usually so late when the snow finally melts. And even if they can pop up through the snow , they aren’t that tall of a plant! 🙂 Those vanilla slices look like something I’d enjoy. Yum. Perfect for a little pick me up after an afternoon walk and so many pretty blooms. Happy T Day Jo. hugs-Erika

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  4. I really enjoyed the walk very beautiful-I loved that idea with the frame for a photo-pretty clever. and love what you made too.I am new joining in-nice to visit with you

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  5. a great homage to this wonderful flower. i also spied the first ones on sunday. they are such an important sign for me that spring is about to come. (though currently the days are Grey and rainy.)
    have a beautiful t-day and a great week!

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  6. A beautiful springtime page, I love snowdrops and luckily have many in my garden. However I would have loved seeing the magical carpet of these lovely flowers, that you are sharing in your wonderful photos today. It looks a great place to visit.
    I can imagine you enjoying your yummy cakse when you got back home, they look delicious
    Happy T Day
    Yvonne xx

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  7. I always enjoy your Journal pages! What a nice way to remember things.. The snowdrops are amazing…I don’t think i’ve ever seen so many in one place before..And the idea of the frames is awesome… Happy happy T day!! Hugs! deb

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  8. Beautiful background on your journal page, Jo. You really captured early spring with those colors and a light touch. The field of snowdrops is absolutely wonderful. Your daisies turned into snowdrops are perfect and they do have a stained glass look. Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  9. your snowdrop page is so fresh. It’s giving me Spring fever. How clever of you to make snowdrops from a daisy stamp. I really enjoyed the walk. I have never seen so many snowdrops .My parents had a very small clump by a hedge. They were pretty much invisible as they were usually buried under a few feet of snow. The vanilla slices look delicious and so pretty on those dishes. the edges remind me of stained glass by Frank Lloyd Wright. Happy T Day!

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    • I’ve never seen so many snowdrops before either, they were amazing! The dishes were a wedding present and they are just over 28 years old now, it’s called Marrakesh by Denby and I can see why the edges would remind you of that beautiful stained glass :-). Thanks so much and Happy T Day! J 🙂

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    • Thanks very much Chris! It’s definitely worth the visit just to see the stunning snowdrop displays and there is a lovely cafe at Lytham Hall too that is very popular with locals and visitors, we often go there in the summer with friends :-). Happy T Day! J 🙂

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  10. Oh my goodness, your artwork is stunning! So clever the way you modified the flower to make the snowdrop, and love the spritzy background. Beautiful snowdrop photos too…Gives me hope for Spring! Happy T Day!

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  11. What a lovely page! Thank you for taking me on the walk with you. Asolutely amazing all those snowdrops! Spring is coming!
    Your vanilla slices look very yummy. I love vanilla slices but find them difficult to eat decently, so I never eat them in public…..
    Happy T-day,
    Lisca

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    • Your comments really made me smile! You are quite right, they are not the easiest thing to eat and I wouldn’t attempt to eat them in public either … lol :-). Thanks so much Lisca and wishing you a very Happy T Day this Wednesday! J 🙂

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