Pretty Snowdrops

The snowdrops flowering in our garden always make me think of spring so in order to remember one of the first flowers of the year and also the beautiful displays we have seen at Lytham Hall of late, I was inspired to create this snowdrop art journal page.

I started this page by covering it with squares of decoupage paper using Liquitex matte gel medium. Once dry I edged the squares with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and smudged it with my finger. Then I stamped some postage marks and text using black Archival Ink and covered the whole page with green paint that I had mixed from Liquitex Christmas Green acrylic paint with some black and white DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic paints. Once the paint was dry I rubbed and removed some of the paint using a baby wipe to give the page a worn look and then covered the whole page with PVA Glue to brighten the green colour and give it a glossy finish. Next I added some Pébéo white gesso with my finger and stencilled a doily image by Craft Sensations using a Bud Green Spectrum Aqua marker. I stamped a doily image using white DecoArt acrylic paint by applying the paint to the stamp using a brayer making sure that I washed the stamp immediately afterwards so the paint did not ruin the stamp by drying onto it. Then I splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush. With the background complete, I added a white lace border on the left hand side of the page which is an outline sticker, a pretty circular bird sticker from Docrafts and some black button letters which spell out the word “Snowdrop”. I die cut some brown paper which I recycled from a notebook using a Spellbinders die set and my Big Shot die cutting machine and arranged them onto the page with: a white doily by Dovecraft which is stuck down using a UHU Stic; a snowdrop image that I fussy cut from an old book of garden flowers and stuck into place using a Zig Memory System glue pen; text from the same book about snowdrops which I mounted on white and black card using double-sided tape; and finally a “S” alphabet letter sticker again mounted on white and black card.

If you are interested, here’s a close up of the text I included on my page.

This is one of the small clumps of snowdrops in our back garden before the snow came this week (grin!).

We went to see the snowdrop displays again at Lytham Hall this year, which have now almost finished and although they didn’t seem to be as bountiful this year the displays were still very beautiful. Here I am on a cold sunny day last week amongst the pretty snowdrops. I’m well wrapped up against the cold, do you like my new winter hat with its two bobbles or pom poms (grin!).

You may remember the amazing displays of snowdrops at Lytham Hall that I posted last year, so if you would like to see more of these pretty snowdrops please take a look my post here.

I so enjoyed reading the different stories associated with how the snowdrop flower came to be that I thought I would share a couple of them with you:

  • Garden of Eden: When Eve was cast out of the Garden of Eden, continuous snow covered the earth leaving it cold and barren. The angel, who appeared to comfort Eve, caught a snowflake and breathed upon it. The snowflake fluttered to the earth and gave birth to the snowdrop which later came to symbolize hope and rebirth.
  • German Legend: With the creation of snow, God tasked it with visiting the flowers of the earth to gather colours. Seeing that the gentle snowdrop was a kind and generous soul, the snow agreed to allow the snowdrop to bloom first every spring in exchange for her colour. So white snowdrops can be seen flowering amongst the snow each spring.

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 join the lovely Rosie from Rosie’s Bastelwelt who is hosting the Spring challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my snowdrop page!

Over at Moo Mania and More the theme is Think of Spring so I’m pleased to join this challenge too!

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their In My Garden challenge with this snowdrop art journal page.

I’m also joining the Use a stencil and Three Mediums challenge over at The Mixed Media Challenge as I used a doily stencil and at least three mediums which included Spectrum Aqua marker, acrylic paints and Memento Ink to create my page.

I’m also pleased to be able to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my art journal page.

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:

  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Christmas Green)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Cottage Green)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Bud Green)
  • Prima Marketing Clear Stamps (Rossi Belle 587499)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Script CS752)
  • Dovecraft Curiosity Corner Clear Stamps (A5 Lace & Doile DCCS009)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Spellbinders Die Set (Unknown)
  • Viva Gade Decoupage Paper (Skagen 25561)
  • Trimcraft (Decoupage Papers SCDEC064)
  • Recycled brown paper from old notebook
  • Oxford Book of Garden Flowers
  • White card
  • Dovecraft Paper Doilies (Painted Blooms DCDLS010)
  • Docrafts Papermania Label Stickers (Botanicals PMA157234)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Delicate Lace Borders ANT8101510)
  • Home Bargains (Love Letters 22738)
  • PSX Designs for Creativity Stickers (Florentine Alphabet Green SR6042)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Everbuild 501 Universal PVA Bond
  • UHU Stic
  • Docraft Stick It! double-sided tape

50 thoughts on “Pretty Snowdrops

  1. This is so pretty Jo and I enjoyed reading the stories associated with the Snowdrop. The snowdrops in our garden are covered by at least 8″ of snow – wonder what they will look like after the thaw.
    Stay safe and warm,
    Avril xx

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  2. Oh my gosh – those snow drops at Lytham Hall are just as wonderful as your unique page is!
    I love your beautiful , soft and spring inspired page – terrific!
    Thank you so much for linking to AJJ so quick! This is such a beautiful post and I love the neat photo of you in the middle of those wonderful snowdrops!
    Happy rest of the week dear Jo!
    I am always thrilled about your special posts! Gorgeous!
    oxo Susi

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  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous page Jo, so beautifully put together and such a wonderful rmeinder that Spring is on the way! The snowdrops in our garden are hidden by more than a foot of snow at the moment, luckily they are quite hardy….

    Lovely photo of you again in those beautiful gardens, and of course thanks for adding this to our challenge at MMM.
    Stay warm and cosy! xxx

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  4. Jo, I agree with Susi that your posts are so special. You take such great care to assemble (if that is the right word) your lovely collages, and I always enjoy the little “lessons” you sometimes give on the current subject. Your photograph of your own snowdrops is so clear. It’s a terrific hat too!

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    • Thanks Sheila, you and Susi are very kind! I’m so pleased you enjoy the information too as I always enjoy learning and doing a bit of research to share on my posts gives me the perfect excuse …lol 😁. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

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    • Thanks so much! I’m always amazed by the snowdrops at Lytham Hall, there are just so many of them and they look so pretty and graceful in the dappled shade 😁. I hope you are keeping well, have a wonderful day and weekend! J 😊 x

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    • Thank you! I seemed to think there were more snowdrops last year especially on the woodland walk, my friend has subsequently told me that some of them were removed from that area and replanted elsewhere on the grounds so mystery solved 😁. They are so beautiful, aren’t they! Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

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  5. It is a gorgeous page Jo, you have created an amazing background for this page dedicated to the Snowdrop. I wonder what will remain of our garden’s snowdrops when the snow clears.
    The photos you shared were lovely and I enjoyed reading the snowdrop facts you added.
    Your new winter hat looks cosy and warm, you sure need to wear it in these cold temperatures.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks so much! I did actually start the background for another page and then creativity took over and it turned into a snowdrop page …lol 😉. My winter hat is all lined so it’s very warm and ideal for the cold weather we are having currently 😁. Stay warm and have a good weekend too! J 😊

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  6. Such a pretty page. I especially love the lace doily and cutouts on the card. Your page would make a lovely greeting card. Your hat made me smile. I thought it was a teddy bear hat with the pom poms as ears. I wanted one as I love bears. You look quite fetching in your hat amidst the snowdrops. I had never heard the legends of the snowdrops so that was fun, too.

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  7. Oh to see flowers! Those snowdrops are gorgeous! You really showed their beauty in your page also. Good thing they are hardly plants though as I hear your weather isn’t exactly spring right now. Stay warm! Hugs- Erika

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    • Thanks very much Erika! They are such beautiful plants and seemed to have flowered earlier than usual this year. Yes the weather here is so cold at the moment, all our snow is more or less gone but we have very strong and cold easterly winds here so we plan to stay in today 😉. Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊 x

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  8. It is a fantastic spring page with these beautiful Snowdrops and the other cute details, like lace and a little bird! The description makes the page perfect!
    Your photos of the Snowdrops are amazing – so many at one place, I have never seen in real life!
    Thank you too for some interesting infos about this flower!
    Your new winter hat with its two bobbles is outstanding 🙂 and surely very warm!
    Wish you a happy weekend! Rike xx

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    • Thanks very much dear Rike! The page just seem to flow together with the lace and little bird …lol 😉. It’s a spectacular sight to see the ground covered in so many snowdrops and always makes me smile too. Wishing you a happy weekend too! J 😊

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  9. Hello my friend with lovely ears on the hat – I forgot to say ♥♥♥♥ Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE !♥♥♥ Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend – we got a new load of snow-
    so I just can adore your page again to get into spring mood!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thank you! So nice of you to pop by again, it’s always a pleasure to chat with you 😁. All our snow is more or less gone and we now have very strong easterly winds which are so very cold! So we are staying inside today in the warmth 😁. Stay warm too and wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend dear Susi! J 😊

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  10. Wow! I have never seen such an abundance of snow drops! So pretty! Love the close up, legend, and your cute pom pom hat! Hopefully my snow drops survive the intense wind and rain out there. Fences and trees down all around us, snow drops might be close enough to ground to make it. My barbeque grill blew over, too heavy to lift! We are battening down the hatches. Wild weather, hope you managed to stay warm and dry! Xo

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  11. What a wonderful page Jo! We usually go up to Acorn Bank to see the Snowdrops but have had to change our plans! I love the way you made the background! Apart from going over to the main block for our Scrabble games this evening we have stayed out of the cold winds today! Have a great weekend! Hugs,Chrisxx

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  12. Wow – you certainly have captured Spring – what a stunning Spring page Jo – so fresh and beautiful!
    Lovely photo of you among the the Snowdrops with your cool hat , bet that was much needed with cold weather brrr.
    As ever, this is a great post full of lovely details and interesting things – thank you x
    Our melt started yesterday so hoping things will now get back to normal again next week.
    If you’re snowed in still – stay warm and safe.
    Happy Sunday.. Gill xx

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    • Thanks so much Gill! It’s a great hat and fleece lined so very warm too. Our snow didn’t last too long and we found not enough to build a snowman so a very hilarious friendly snowball fight ensued between my and hubby …lol 😉. I was always picked last in rounders as I cant throw, so needless to say I didn’t win …lol 😀. We did go for a walk too with our friends and their dog who enjoys eating and rolling in the snow 😁. It was Storm Emma that was worst with very strong winds which added to the chill factor so we decided to stay indoors. I didn’t get a lot of sleep due to the winds which isn’t good as I don’t really function to well without my sleep …lol 😉. I hope you had a lovely weekend, stay warm and wishing you a wonderful new week! J 😊

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