Sweet Winter Season

It’s been very cold and frosty this week, we even had a light sprinkling of snow, so I thought I’d create a page to capture the pretty frozen landscape.

I started by covering the centre of the page with Pébéo white gesso and then I added some Silver Metallic acrylic paint around the edges, gradually blending the gesso and acrylic into each other where they met. Next I arranged some images, wording, flowers and leaves from a Sweet Winter Season decoupage book and die cut some branches using Garden Greens Thinlets by Tim Holtz from some pink and brown paper using my Big Shot machine. They are all layered and arranged onto the page using double-sided tape or a Zig glue pen. I also die cut some snowflakes from grey/pink paper using two different die sets and stuck them onto the background along with silver snowflake relief stickers. I used some of the smaller snowflake relief stickers to decorate a few of the decoupage pieces, then to finish I added some tiny clear gemstones to add a bit of extra sparkle.

With it being so cold out, our bird feeder has been working overtime. We have had an array of birds visiting including a pair of Coal Tits; they have a distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of their neck with beautiful creamy peachy coloured breast-feathers.

Coal Tits look similar to this Chickadee that we saw in the US when we visited last year. I have included a squirrel on my page but luckily we don’t have them raiding our bird feeder, unlike our friends in America who get chipmunks as well as red and grey squirrels on their feeders.

This little guy with his pretty grey and brown feathers is a Dunnock and reminds me of the little bird on my page; we see him in our garden on a daily basis feeding underneath our bird feeders.

Of course I wanted to also show you our resident Robin, although this isn’t the best of photos he still looks so sweet (grin!).

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my wintry art journal page.

I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge too.

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
  • Poundland Metallic Acrylic Paint (Silver)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush marker (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations (Garden Greens 661206)
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • The Works Cutting Dies (Snowflake Garland)
  • The Works 3D Decoupage Book (Sweet Winter Season)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Changing Seasons CRO701/16PL1)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Endless Love CRO206/A)
  • Crelando Relief Stickers (IAN289011)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 double-sided tape
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20 thoughts on “Sweet Winter Season

  1. Your page really sparkles. I just have one thought. Let it snow at your house. I’m tired of snow and cold at mine. 😀 I loved seeing the birds at your feeders. The coal tit does look a lot like a chickadee. The Dunnock reminds me of our snowbirds. They are a dark grey or black and are ground feeders, too. Your robin is very sweet. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the American Robin as that is our first sign of Spring. Enjoy your day!

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  2. Your snowy journal page is beautiful, yet makes me feel cold. I am in awe of the entire entry, and was so impressed with how you blended the gesso to the paint. Your little squirrel is adorable, but you can keep him, since mine likes to get in my bird feeders here.

    I especially like your robin, since he is SO, SO different from those in the states. Great snowy page, dear Jo.

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  3. What a wonderful page dear Jo! It sparkles so beautifully! Absolutely stunning!
    And the photos are gorgeous!!! Good to hear that all is fixed now – can imagine that it was bad in that cold days! Have a great start into the new week ahead my friend!
    Big hugs Susi

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  4. Gorgeous page, I love looking at winter scenes, especially when I am warm indoors…. We even had some sun today, which was great. Beautiful colours on your page, and love the birds at your feeder. My peanut nets are very popular with the local bird population here, and recently a mouse was helping herself, too! Enjoy your evening, hugs, Valerie

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  5. I really love your beautiful page today Jo and you’ve captured the wintry weather perfectly.
    We had 5 mins of snow on Friday – and I almost missed seing that as it was there and gone 🙂
    Loved seeing all your bird photos too – I love watching our Dunnocks but they often get ‘beat up’ by the Robin who usually wants to chase them off or have a ‘punch up’ with them 🙂 Having said that ‘he’ has being doing the same with sparrows last week as well ha ha

    Sorry to hear about the burst pipe – and glad to hear its been fixed and you now have your heating again – I hope you weren’t with that for too long.
    Wishing you a better week… keep warm and safe
    Gill xx

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  6. It is a beautiful winters page, you caught the look of the frosty days we have been having so well. Your page sparkles and all the pieces look lovely.
    It was good to see the photos you shared of the garden birds. they do need the extra feed during these cold months of the year.
    I’me pleased you got your burst water pipe sorted, what a time of year for that to happen.
    Hope this will be a better week for you.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. I love how you have used those pinks on your winter page Jo, a great contrast from the traditional blue working well with those frosty edges and snowflakes. Tis like a window into Winter with nature framed and the warmth of spring looming around the corner.
    It’s lovely to see the birds feeding well, they sure do get hungry this time of year, the Dunnock made me smile feeding from the ground scraps or is she hoping to find a worm amongst that frozen ground hee hee!!
    Thank you for sharing over at PBS Jo, your support is very much appreciated.
    Big Hugs & creative wishes for a super week ahead.
    Tracey xx

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  8. The pink works so well on a winter piece Jo. I would never have thought to use pink. It is a really beautiful page today. And it is interesting how much the coal tits look similar to chickadees. I looked them up and they are not that closely related, but you can’t tell by looking at them. I don’t know what is going on but my feeders haven’t had a lot of birds lately. Maybe my neighbors have better food. But I sure have had squirrels. Chipmunks are finally hibernating. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

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  9. Another stunning spread, Jo. So pretty, with such a magical feel. The circles bring to mind tree slices. You have a real gift of being able to position images really well.
    Coal tits are amongst my favourite birds – in the top three, lol. They are so tiny and their call is so special. In another life (and house) I fed the birds and got to know all my visitors really well, which led to some amazing experiences with them and visits into the actual house! I spent hours with a camera, trying to capture their zest for life and many an hour in local nature reserves, birdwatching. I’m so pleased you are enjoying them.
    Have a great week!

    Cath x

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  10. I don’t usually think of pink for winter scenes, but this is lovely.

    I’m impressed with your photos. My phone just isn’t up to the job 😉 Our Chickadee was exactly what I was thinking when I saw that first photo. Your robins are such different birds than ours. I always enjoy seeing photos of the birds.

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  11. From: Stringing Buttons
    Jo, just want to say how much I LOVE your wintry page! It’s stunning! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I’m glad my bad hair day doll made you smile, but I picture you smiling all the time. Your smile is beautiful and infectious! I’m not on WordPress so can’t comment on your posts, but I do thank you for faithfully following my blog!
    Hugs…Barbara

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  12. Oh my ! You always amaze me with your fabulous mixed media works, Jo ! Your mixed media works are not only sophiscated but also beautiful ! Love how you created frosty look using silver, white and pink colors which turned out very lovely and elegant winter color palette ! The various sizes of snowflakes complete the lovely frosty scene. Love your works which are always inspiring.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Marge

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  13. That´s a wonderful Art journal page Jo !! I love it, the images are amazing, the little squirrel is so tender, love the so beautiful and fabulous background you have created!! Great !
    Thanks so much for sharing with us these so lovely photographs of the little birds, they are adorable !!
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, big hugs, Caty

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