April Hare

As you may already know, we love to go out walking and so on a sunny April day we decided to explore the Glasson Dock area some more; this beautiful place is a haven for all sorts of wildlife and birds. This time we were lucky enough to see hares running across the fields and not having seen a hare in the wild before I thought I would capture this moment on my journal page.

I started by applying a thin wash of diluted Peacock Feathers Distress Ink with a paint brush; I did this by stamping the ink pad directly onto an acrylic block and then adding water. Next I stenciled some Twisted Citron Distress Ink through a leaf mask by Craft Sensations using a blending tool and stamped some dots using the same Twisted Citron ink and London Fog Memento Ink.  I stenciled blue circles by Dutch Doobadoo using the Peacock Feathers ink and blotted them with a baby wipe to remove and disperse some of the colour. I also added some fine splatters of the same Distress Inks and black acrylic paint using a paint brush. Then I applied the wording using rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel, which remind me of our walk. The large ink hare image is from a flyer by Emma Underwood and I painted the other two smaller hares myself using eight different colours of Distress Ink, a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen, which was a fun experiment.

This time we went on a circular walk through farmland and countryside and we were amazed to see hares running over the fields and meadows.

They didn’t stay still long enough for us to take photos and although we managed to get a couple of shots, they were out of focus. If you are interested, here are some fun facts about hares:

  • Hares are much larger than rabbits, with longer, black-tipped ears and more powerful hind legs.
  • Hares are herbivores, eating grass and other plants.
  • Hares are very shy and when in danger to protect themselves lie as still as a statue, tucked in close to the ground with their ears pressed flat along their backs.
  • Hares can run incredibly fast, up to 35 miles per hour, although this is usually saved to escape predators.
  • In March and April, hares can often be seen leaping about, chasing each other and sometimes having “boxing matches”. This is where two hares (usually a male and a female) stand up on their hind legs, face to face and box with each other. They do this because the female is not yet ready to mate or as a test of the male’s determination. This spring behaviour is where the expression “Mad as a March Hare” comes from.

We also saw some sweet lambs basking in the sunshine on our walk – aren’t they adorable!

As well as these cheeky guys looking out across one of the farm courtyards.

We had definitely walked up an appetite after 5.5 miles, so we went to our favourite café Lantern O’er Lune at Glasson Dock, which I have featured before in a previous post. As T Stands for Tuesday I’m joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth and the rest of the T Gang with our pot of green tea and panini with chips (fries). The panini is Cumberland sausage, Cheddar cheese and red onion chutney which is a lovely combination.

Their panini are always served with a side of coleslaw and the yummiest salad which contains water melon and strawberries – delicious!

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Ground Espresso, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserve)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Dutch Doobadoo Dutch Mask A5 (Geometric Tiles)
  • Woodware Francoise Collection stamp set (Flower Style Wood Set FRSWS003)
  • Flyer – Emma Underwood
  • Old book – The Fox & The Orchard
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY-506 Rub-on, Summer #ROY-505 Rub-on)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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42 thoughts on “April Hare

  1. Wonderful journal page, love the colourful hares. Your outing must have been lovely with the hares, lambs and cattle.I miss the rolling countryside here, Rhineland is very flaT! I often see rabbits here, but hares are quite rare. The food looks gorgeous, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Always love your pages. How do you paint with distress inks? Lovely results. View of the countrside is gorgeous. Your mail looks delicious. Do you use a phone or camera for pictures? Awesome results.

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    • Thanks so much! I was pleased with my experiment too and to paint with Distress Inks I apply the ink pad directly to an acrylic block then I pick up the ink from the block with a wet paintbrush and apply it to my page 🙂 . We had a lovely time on our walk and the meal was very welcome afterwards 🙂 . We both use cameras to take our pictures, I say we as my hubby takes photos too which I often use on my blog. Thanks again and Happy T Day! J 🙂

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  3. The hares you painted on your journal page look great , its a fabulous page. Super photos from your walk, its lovely to see the new born animals, spring for sure has arrived seeing them in the fields.
    Your food looked delicious and the salad has my mouth watering even though its nearly bed time.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks a lot Yvonne! I had fun painting the hares and improvised using Distress Inks 🙂 . It does seem that spring is well on it’s way, doesn’t it. Sweet dreams and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 🙂

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  4. I am about to pull my “hare” out!!!! Your lunch looked so delicious and that panini just sounds too good to be true. I want to go to that place and eat but how!!! Your salad looks so fresh and crisp and almost too good to eat. Now I have to admit, I would have to have a pint!
    This looks like the nicest place to visit and I really enjoyed your pictures. I love the art work by Miss Underwood almost as much as I love your journal creations.
    Sandy xx

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  5. I love this post Jo. It was fascinating to find out about the hares. You made such a fabulous page to represent your walk. And that is a gorgeous place to walk. I like the hares and why we say as mad as a march hare. And your sandwich looks good but even better looking is that salad. 🙂 You are making me hungry even though I just had dinner. 🙂 Hugs-Erika

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  6. oh what a fun day it must have been! and the journaling page is sensational!! love that hare, what a beautiful Picture!
    the Food also Looks like i would love to get. so fresh and spring like!
    have a great t-day and an awesome week!

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  7. Your hare art is so striking and I do like the little painted hares too. I love the background and these Distress colour names sound magical. Thanks for the information on hares, very interesting. We’ve seen a hare a few times, they are such wonderful creatures.
    Little lambs at this time of year are so adorable.
    Great post as always, Jo. You have such good outings and take us along too.

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    • It was fun to paint the little hares with the inks and find out more about the hares when we got home 🙂 . I’m so pleased you could join me today for our walk and see the sights! Have a wonderful week! J 🙂

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  8. I love your hare page Jo, and your background is beautiful! I’ve seen the occasional hare on my late afternoon walks, and also deer if I’m very lucky. I always feel it’s a special privilege to see wild animals.
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Alison xx

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  9. Beautiful art as always…I think you need to do MORE drawing! Your little hares turned out terrific, would like to see more.😃 The salad was so colorful and tempting and enjoyed all the animals…so sweet. Happy T Day!

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  10. Wonderful journal page, Jo! The hare by Emma Underwood is very striking and you did a great job painting the little hares in her style.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  11. Great page to celebrate seeing hares! I used to see them quite a lot when I lived in Lincolnshire- not so many these days though – they really are special aren’t they! I think I know where our next outing has to be now you have shown me that yummy looking food! Chrisx

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  12. I enjoyed your hare page and facts about hares. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in the wild. What pretty countryside and the lambs are very sweet. Your lunch looks amazing. I might have to try making that colorful and tasty salad this Summer.Happy T Day

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  13. Love the art today!!!!! Really great ♥ The photo of the cows really made me smile. ♥ Thanks for stopping by my page. I’m sure I have entertained more than one or two people as I stomp through the country roadsides with red rain boots carrying a big shopping tote , They probably think I’m some homeless ole lady or something like that. 🙂

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