Spring Hare

This page was inspired by an image from a magazine of a hare sitting in a lush green meadow and from that sprang the idea of extending the scene so the meadow filled my page – I hope you like it!

As this page was created with spring in mind, I’m pleased to join the Hello Springtime challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey too. I’d like to thank all of you for your lovely comments and wonderful creations so far, I hope you are having fun getting creative with this theme as much as I am (grin!).

To start I coloured some white paper with inks to match the colours on the magazine image; first I applied Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Twisted Citron and Forest Moss Distress Ink to a blending mat, spritzed with water and pressed the matt onto the white paper to create a green mottled effect.

I repeated the process using Fozzilized Amber, Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw Distress Ink, then Old Paper, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and finally Elderberry Memento Ink, Milled Lavender and Seedless Grape Distress Ink. When the papers were dry, I used the green mottled effect paper to cover the background by ripping the paper on the diagonal and layering it onto the page so the white edges formed part of the design to look more like fabric; it is stuck down using a glue stick and Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I ripped the magazine image and stuck it on the left-hand side of the page.

Next I die cut some flowers using a Wildflower thinlet from Tim Holtz from the yellow and purple paper I had made. I intensified the colour of the yellow flowers using Fossilized Amber and then arranged them with foliage that I created using some brown string, embroidery silk thread and pieces of green and rusty-brown baby wipe that had been used to mop up inks and paints from previous projects. They are all stuck into place using Liquitex matte gel medium and once dry, I coloured the green pieces of baby wipe further with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink so they looked like blades of grass. I also added some white thread, die cut purple pieces and purple/blue used baby wipe to the top of the page to match the image design. To finish, I added the word “Spring” which is a rub-on transfer from Royal & Langnickel and then splattered the page with black and white DecoArt acrylic paints.

One springtime walk around Glasson Dock we were lucky enough to see hares in the fields; if you look very closely you can just see a hare in profile sitting on the bottom left-hand side of the picture.

The hares were fun to watch although they didn’t really stay still very long to get a good shot of them (grin!).


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Art Journal Journey, 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:

As my page captures nature at springtime, I’m joining the Close To Nature challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

I’m also happy to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Create A Scene challenge with my Spring Hare scene.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their theme Anything + optional twist of inked background with my inked background mixed media page.

As I used more than three mediums (inks, paints, paper, baby wipes, string, etc) to create my page, I’m also joining the Creative Artisite Challenge #47 – Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge over at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog.

I’m also pleased to join the Green & Gold challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday as I used these colours on my 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Twisted Citron, Forest Moss, Fozzilized Amber, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Old Paper, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Milled Lavender, Seedless Grape)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Elderberry)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Sizzix Thinkets Tim Holtz Alterations (Wildflowers 661190)
  • Recycled white paper
  • Old magazine
  • Recycled used baby wipes
  • Brown String
  • Embroidery Silk Houline Stranded (0369)
  • Recycled cotton thread
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring #ROY-506)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick

32 thoughts on “Spring Hare

  1. I so enjoyed the process you used to create this lovely page. The pictures of the hares on the down made me smile especially when I found the sitting hare. Enjoy your weekend.

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  2. Your process here is stunning Jo – so utterly beautiful! You collaged in such a great way !
    It looks like a big Mixed Media painting. You have such a feel for all!
    Beautiful impressions to show how you were inspired!
    Another wonderful piece added to your amazing theme at AJJ!
    Thank you for hosting in such an inspirational way and thank you very much for joining and supporting the !Close to Nature! theme at Moo Mania & More as well! Much appreciated!
    Happy happy weekend my friend!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  3. Really love this Jo! I am enjoying this challenge but time is limited as I have samples to prepare! Love the photos too, hares do look so beautiful – we just have rabbits digging up the grass at the caravan!!! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Chrisx

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  4. Your page is amazing! I love all the layers and textures and the different things you have used to create the foliage in the meadow. How wonderful that you have been able to see hares on your walks! Have a great weekend!

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  5. A gorgeous page Jo, you have captured the meadow scene so well. It looks a peaceful place where the hare can roam freely. Your inspiration photo looked great.
    Have a happy weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. I love your journal page hare, Jo. It looks so different from the bunnies that I used to see in my back yard. Sadly, they have found greener pastures, or at least I hope that’s the case. It’s a beautiful journal page and a lovely background, too. This says spring beautifully.

    Lovely photos of the field and the rabbit, too. Great job and a wonderful entry for Art Journal Journey, too.

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  7. You did a fabulous job blending the magazine hare photo in. I had to look to see if I could see the line because I really thought the whole page was from the magazine or that you had done it all yourself. What a great page! And lucky you to have so much green. We have more snow than we did in January, with more to come tomorrow morning. Spring will eventually show up. Smile. Hope you have some fun plans this weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  8. Jo this is such a lovely ode to Spring with it’s rich hues of green to create the backdrop for that magnificent Hare. Those eye’s seem to shine with happiness as I can almost see him hop, skip and jumping all day long withing that meadow. What a lovely journal page, so glad I managed to catch it albeit a little slower than that speedy Hare hee hee!!
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

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  9. How strange! I was looking up hares on the computer this morning and wondering where one might spot them in the UK. Apart from Scotland I got nowhere!
    Love this LO. I adore the background, gorgeous shades of green which are very spring-like and the addition of the TH flowers (have just got three set of these dies – could not resist any longer) but the hare on the left takes the picture to a different level. He is gorgeous. What beautiful colours are in his coat and they match up perfectly to the colours you made on your other papers. A truly inspired piece which shows how you have thought about the colours you are using in the composition by matching them to the focal point – the hare.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  10. A gorgeous journal layout and a super marriage of the image and background. A great sense of depth with the wonderful ink blends and lovely natural textures.
    Thank you for joining in with our March challenge “Anything Mixed Media Goes” at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

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