Falling Snowflakes

With the sleet and snow we had last weekend, which is rare as we live by the sea, I was inspired to create this journal page to remember the falling snowflakes that we saw!

I started by stamping a Script stamp from Kaisercraft and a Serpentine Background stamp from Art Impressions onto the page using black Archival Ink. Then I covered the page with a small amount of sea green and blue acrylic paints and also some white gesso using my finger. While the gesso was drying, I chose three decoupage papers which I folded a number of times to make them thicker so I could die cut them using my Big Shot and a trio of snowflake dies from Tonic Studios. They were quite fiddly to separate as the decoupage paper is so thin and delicate; it was well worth it though as I love the way they look layered on the page using Liquitex Matter Gel Medium to stick them down. Next I added some red border rub-on transfers from Docrafts Papermania and then I stamped the quote onto white tissue paper using the black Archival Ink. The quote is stuck onto the page using a UHU Stic and is by Aristotle, it reads:

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold”.

The pretty Winter Time lady is a sticker from Graphic 45 which I thought matched the quote perfectly. For the birds, I stamped a Winter Woodland stamp onto white tissue paper twice using black Archival Ink and then I covered them with black Papermania embossing powder. As you can see I reversed one of the images, which you can do when using tissue paper as the ink goes straight through to the other side; you need to act quickly though when covering it with the embossing powder. I shook off the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper although I wasn’t to worried about stray powder or coverage as I wanted to depict snowfall obscuring the visibility of the branch and birds by using the stray powder. I heated the stamped images with a heat gun, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long as the embossing powder melts very quickly on tissue paper. Next I ripped around the edges of the embossed images and stuck them down using a UHU Stic. I also sprinkled a little of the black embossing powder directly onto the page to enhance the snowfall effect. To finish, I applied some white DecoArt acrylic paint along the tree branches using a paintbrush, then to the snowflakes using my finger and finally to the whole page by using the paintbrush again to add white paint splatters.

 Although we had sleet and snow, it was too wet for it to settle. The temperatures have been colder though so I’ve taken my Prague hat out of storage to keep me warm on our walks. This is the first UK winter I have been able to wear it, as normally it’s just not cold enough (grin!).

Here’s my hat on one snowy evening in Prague a few years ago (double grin!).

Both these snowy photos were taken in winter time in The Old Town Square where you find the most amazing Christmas Markets. The imposing church in the background is called the Týn Church or Church of Our Lady before Týn, which is a gothic church dating back to 14th century, isn’t it beautiful (grin!).

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to be able to join the lovely Erika N, also known as BioArtGal, who is hosting the New Year, New Adventures challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my snowy adventure!

As I layered lots of die cut snowflakes on top of stamps and paint, then layered the quote and bird images that I stamped onto tissue paper I’m so happy to join the Layer It Up challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything Goes challenge.

I enjoyed using all the different stamps to create my page so I’m pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at The Artistic Stamper.

As I used some new crafting goodies (snowflakes dies, Rub-On Transfers and Graphic 45 Stickers) and techniques (die cutting decoupage paper) to create my Falling Snowflake page, I’m also joining the Ring in the New challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Swedish Blue, Christmas Green)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black PMA4021006)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • Winter Woodland Stamp Set – free with Craft Beautiful Magazine (Dec 2017)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • Poundworld DécoTime (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • White tissue paper
  • Docrafts Papermania Rub-on Borders (First Noel PMA822103)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic

56 thoughts on “Falling Snowflakes

  1. First of all, I love your prague hat. I could use one of those with all the cold temperatures we have had this winter. 🙂 And I also love your page. You must be excited to get a little snow since you usually don’t get it. A little snow is always fun. It’s just when it doesn’t stop which is when it loses that joy. I think it’s a great quote and I do like the silhouette birds. That looks very wintery. Thanks for linking up to AJJ Jo. I appreciate all your pages so far this month. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much! We had sleet and snow nearly all day Sunday and it was fun to watch the big snowflakes falling, it’s a shame it didn’t settle though …lol 😉. You chose a great theme for this month too! Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

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  2. Oh so beautiful is your fantastic page dear Jo! This super soft layering you use is terrific! And this hat fits you so well – just lovely! Prague is so beautiful – I love it as well – a charming city.
    Prague is just 180 kms far from our home, so we visited it already five times. It’s beautiful at all seasons I can tell you! Thank you very much for another utterly beautiful entry for AJJ – I could study this page forever and enjoy every inch of it – you are such a talented Mixed Media artist!
    Happy weekend !
    oxo Susi

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  3. A Fabulous page Jo, that little strip on he side is a wonderful addition popping against the beautiful snowy background! I have been to Prague several times over the years, one of my all time favourite cities, – greata photos and what a beauty of a hat! Happy weekend! xxx

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    • Many thanks! Yes, we live right by the sea and I think because of our location, being in a flat part of the country and surrounded on three sides by hills and mountains (Lake District, Pennines and Welsh Mountains) we miss out on the snow as it falls in those places before it gets to us. Although the winds can be very very cold – brrrr! …lol 😉. Enjoy your weekend too! J 😊

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  4. Though I’m happy you celebrated snowflakes, I’ve had quite enough of seeing them. Unlike Aristotle, I can do without snow. If I want to see know, I can look at pictures. =^,.^= Your Prague hat looks very warm, and you look quite fetching in it. I could have used a hat like that when our temps dipped into the minus 20s. Stay warm and have good weekend.

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  5. I love the icy background on your AJ page Jo, and you look very cute in your Prague hat! I could have done with something like that in the house last week! Lol! Thank goodness we have our new boiler in now 🙂
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    Alison xox

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    • Lol… yes I think I would have been wearing it too, although it has two strings with pom poms on the end which may have dangled into inks or paints when crafting …lol 😉. So glad your new boiler is all installed and you are now warm and cosy 😁. Wishing you a wonderful weekend too! J 😊 x

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  6. Your snowy page is very nice dear Jo. I like the turquoise snowflakes and the birds on the branches, also the sweet Lady on the small image. Your fur hat looks very good to you.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs
    Sabine

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  7. This is so pretty, and what a fabulous quote Jo. I also have serious hat envy now lol. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Country View Crafts, and have a fun weekend. Sue xx

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  8. I love everything about this beautiful snowy page, The snowflakes are a super colour and the quote is lovely.
    It’s a very cosy looking hat Jo, perfect for our colder days. The photos of your visit to Prague were lovely, the square looks like it could be a setting for a Fairy tale.
    Have a good weekend
    Yvonne xx

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  9. I can’t believe how late I am visiting. Seems EVERYONE posted the one day I was gone.

    Your snowflakes are so lovely and delicate, just like real snowflakes. It looks like they actually melted right into the page. This is a fabulous journal page and it’s a perfect addition for Art Journal Journey.

    I LOVE your Prague hat and you look SO good in it, too!

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  10. I admire your beautiful “Falling Snowflakes” page because of that wonderful soft blue-green!
    Your Prague hat is outstanding! You look like a snow princess 🙂 – walking through falling snow. Beautiful photos!
    Wish you more snow to go out with this hat once more!
    Rike x

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  11. This is such special art at this time of year. Isn’t it nice to have some snow and ice at last. I do like the bird and twig silhouettes and the turquoise snowflakes on the icy page.
    I’m especially glad I didn’t miss seeing your large cosy hat.

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  12. Jo, this is an especially pretty page to me – I can almost feel the snowflakes falling. I love that you chose Aristotle to quote – I studied him in college and I’m thinking that seeing snowflakes up close was just as much of a treat for him as for you! And for me, for that matter, as I live near Houston, Texas, lol. xoxo

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    • Thanks so much! I’ve always loved this quote and it seemed very fitting for this page 😁. Wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊
      p.s. I visited your blog a number of times to see your amazing creations but can’t seem to leave comments as I am not subscribed to Google +, I love you art and I was wondering if there are any other ways to comment beside Google + ? Thanks J x

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      • Oh, thank you for telling me that, Jo. I know I have some commenters who are not on G+ and they subscribe to my blog via email (form is up top on right), and they have no problems that way. Maybe try that? I’m just jazzed to know you visited!!!! ❤ xoxoxo

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