Winter Woodland

On one of our walks we discovered a woodland of silver birch, these trees look so striking at winter time and we were surprised by how many that we saw. It was such an amazing sight that I created a page to remember them (grin!).

I started by painting a wash of Salty Ocean Distress Ink by applying the ink pad to an acrylic block, adding lots of water and applying it with a large paintbrush. While the page was still wet I added some more Salty Ocean ink using the paintbrush to build up layers of colour and then I also added some Pine Needles and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to the bottom of the page for the foreground. Then I added some drops and splatters by pressing the Salty Ocean ink that was on the acrylic block onto the page. Next I cut out some tree trunks from a design paper from Docrafts Papermania and the two deer are fussy cut from an old calendar. I varied the height and widths of the trees and placed one of the deer behind the front row of trees to give perspective, they are all stuck down using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once the gel medium was dry, I added layers of Pébéo white gesso and black DecoArt acrylic paint to the tree trunks using an old gift card; I dried each layer of paint with a heat gun before I added the next. I then stuck the other deer into place using the Liquitex matte gel medium and splattered the whole page with white DecoArt acrylic paint and also diluted grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker using a paintbrush. While the paint dried, I die cut some berry branches using my Big Shot and Sizzix thinlets by Tim Holtz. They are stuck in place using a Zig Memory System glue pen and I added silver Ranger Stickles to each berry. Next I used a black Derwent Graphik marker and white Pentel gel pen to add more detail to the trees and deer. To emphasis the snow fall I added some pretty blue and lavender coloured dots which are stickers and added more white splatters using the white DecoArt acrylic paint. I also painted some snow around the base of the trees and then to finish, I stamped “Winter Woodland” on the left hand side of the page using an alphabet stamp set by Dovecraft and black Archival Ink.

Here are the silver birch trees, don’t they look stunning! We saw them on the same walk at a nature reserve, which I featured in a previous post, when we visiting family in the South of England.

If you are interested here are some fun silver birch tree facts from the UK:

  • Traditionally, the tree was used to make maypoles and to start the fires to celebrate Beltane, the festival of new beginnings where they danced around the maypole to ensure healthy and abundant crops.
  • The silver birch was also a highly protective influence, especially on Midsummer’s Eve when its boughs were hung over doors to guard off evil and bring good luck.
  • In olden days its leaves were brewed into a tea and used to treat infection and stimulate a healthy vitality.
  • Early man stitched the bark together to make food vessels and canoes for hunting.
  • The silver birch is treasured for its silver-white bark and is seen in many gardens where it is especially loved by the bees and birds.


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 Rike from rike’s art, who is hosting the Animals A-Z challenge over at Art Journal Journey, as I used artistic licence and added some deer to my page (grin!).

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my Winter Woodland art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything But Cute challenge, as the deer image looks more realistic than cute to me.

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 (Salty Ocean, Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.3mm)
  • Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip pen (White)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Sizzix Thinlets by Tim Holtz (Garden Greens 661206)
  • Docrafts Papermania A4 Ultimate Die Cut & Paper Pack (Festive Fauna PMA160949)
  • Old Calendar
  • The Works 12×12 Paperstack (Vintage Experience)
  • Stickers – Unknown (124017)
  • Ranger Stickles (Silver)
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

44 thoughts on “Winter Woodland

  1. Beautiful page Jo – looks like a lot of cutting out too – well done!
    Love your photo – silver birches are lovely – would have loved one or two in our garden but sadly its far too small and so I have to make do with one I see over the garden fence instead which seems to attract goldfinches often for some reason.
    Have a lovely weekend……… Gill xx

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  2. This is really pretty. I love birch trees and for some reason they make the best backgrounds-especially for winter scenery. I don’t know exactly why that is except they have great color and they line up which so many trees do not have. And smart to add the deer. It makes a great winter page. have a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  3. So cleverly thought and worked out dear Jo – a sophisticated piece and I love the colours and
    collaged images – wonderful! Birch trees are so lovely – I got in love with Klimt’s birch tree paintings as I was a teenie. I am happy to see this wonderful piece linked to Rike’s collection !
    Happy weekend my friend! Hope you have a fun one!

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  4. Beautiful art, as always, Jo, made with such care and attention to detail. You’ve created such a cold snowy scene, very atmospheric. That’s clever how one deer is hiding behind the tree.
    Have a great weekend and week ahead, I think it is going to be a cold one here.

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    • Thank you! It was fun creating the silver birch trees 😁. Enjoy your week! J 😊
      p.s. even though I signed up to email I still cannot leave any comments without being on Google+. I just wanted you to know that your recent makes are beautiful! J x


  5. The photos you took of the Birch trees are beautiful, I can see how you were inspired when you saw them. Our neighbour has Silver Birch in the garden so I am lucky to be able to see them every day.
    The page is fabulous, the fussy cutting of the deer and tree trunks looks amazing, I loved the winter colours you used as well.
    Have a happy weekend Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Really beautiful page capturing the trees in their winter beauty. The birches are lovely trees, but sadly in my area they don’t hold up to Winter storms. One of my favorite beverages is Birch Beer, a soda that taste a bit like Root Beer. I also have a Birch essential oil, but it smells like Wintergreen.

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  7. I love how you draw on your own experiences then turn them into great art journal pages. Your silver birch photos and information are fascinating, and I adored how you created your latest journal page. Those birches turned out great and I simply adore the deer. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful art journal page with us at Art Journal Journey. It’s a fabulous first entry for Rike’s theme.

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  8. Your winter woodland page is gorgeous! It is fantastic how you build layer over layer and at the end you have a wonderful 3D effect! The deer looks like coming out of the picture in the next second! I love this icy blue fitting perfect to the silver birch trees in winterland and your photos of this amazing wood!
    I enjoyed also your fun silver birch tree facts from the UK!
    Thank you so much for linking this beautiful entry to Art Journal Journey!
    Rike xx

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  9. Beautiful scene, Jo, the paint on the trees works well as do the deers in front of them. It could be real… Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month. xx

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  10. Those trees are gorgeous and you bring them to life. How you perfectly capture that scene! We don’t have them here and always used a metal pole for a May Pole and oak for the seasonal fires 🙂 I’ve heard they are invasive in some areas here, but how beautiful they are!

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  11. Hello again dear Jo!
    What a very nice image, I love it much. Your birch trees on the nice turqouise speckled background look very real and the two deers make it perfect. Dreamful nice!
    Since yesterday we have got a little bit snow and today it was sunny and frosty. I was swimming with my daughter in a thermal baths and enjoyed the sunshine in a warm outdoor pool. So wonderful to feel sunshine on my skin. Thank you for your dear comment my creative friend.
    My painted flowers help me now to enjoy the days during the cold time of the year.
    Hope you are fine. Wish you a nice rest of the week.
    Big Hugs

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    • Thanks very much dear Sabine, you are very kind! It was fun to use a bit of artistic licence with the deer and snow …lol 😉. You are very welcome, your spring flower painting is a beauty! Wishing you a wonderful new week my friend! J 😊 x


    • Thanks very much! I enjoyed creating this page, it reminded me of all those amazing silver birch trees we saw on our walk 😁. I enjoyed creating this page to join your theme at Country View Challenges too, it was harder then I thought not to include anything cute …lol 😁. Wishing you a Happy February! J 😊


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