Mountain Scene

Over at Try it on Tuesday our new challenge for the next two weeks is Create a Scene.

There are many options for this challenge so I decided to create a summer mountain scene. As I was creating the scene I knew I had to use my favourite Merry Moose Thinlet set – such fun (grin!).

Everything on this page is coloured using Kuretake Watercolour paints even the die cut Thinlets. To start I painted the gorgeous purple mountains using Colbalt Violet and a little Ultramarine watercolour paint. When dry, I painted the meadow foreground using Sap Green and Hooker’s Green paint, layering the colours to add texture. I also transferred some of the wet green paint using a piece of kitchen towel to blend the colours together at the base of the mountains.

The trees are from the Merry Moose Thinlet set by Tim Holtz and were cut from linen textured cardstock like all of the die cut Thinlets on this page. I coloured the cardstock using a mixture of Burnt Sienna and Black paint for the trunks and added some more detail with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. The tree foliage was a mixture of Sap Green and Hooker’s Green. I cut out a circle of linen cardstock for the sun and coloured it using Yellow Ochre and Cadmium Scarlet paints, when dry I painted Lemon Yellow over the top and edged it first with a Cold Grey and then a White Faber-Castell marker. The sky was painted using Ultramarine Pale paint and I gradually built up the clouds by letting each paint layer dry before adding the next to ensure the clouds got darker as I added each layer.

For the shrubs at the base of the trees, I used a Funky Florals Thinlet set from Tim Holtz and coloured them first using Sap Green allowing it to dry and then adding dots of Burnt Sienna and Cadmium Scarlet paints. The moose was from the same Merry Moose Thinlet set and I coloured him using Burnt Sienna and Black paint, I also used Yellow Ochre for his antlers. To finish, I added three Small Talk stickers from Tim Holtz, they read “life was meant to be a great adventure”, “live everyday with intention” and “always take the scenic route”; they are edged with a Unipin pen.

I hope that you are inspired to join us too, for more inspiration my Design Teamies have created some amazing scenes for you over at Try it on Tuesday, so please pop over and take a look (grin!).

The mountains on this page reminded me of the purple mountains that you find in Wales, this is due to the purple slate that is found and was mined in the area. Of course the only moose that you’ll find there is the Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog in North Wales. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing our moose pint glasses that we often use at home to serve our home brewed beer in. They are a lovely reminder of the Purple Moose Brewery that we have visited on a few occasions, these were mementos from their Brewery Tour that we took on my birthday some years ago – Happy T day everyone!

Hoping that you are all staying safe and well! x

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m also happy to be able to join the #121 – Sketch challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page design; the bottom panel is depicted by the green foreground and the logo by the moose.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Summer Fun challenge with my summer mountain scene.

With my moose walking through a summery meadow at the base of the mountains, I’m pleased to join in the Summer Fields challenge over at Country View Challenges too.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint set (Colbalt Violet No:139, Ultramarine No:64, Sap Green No:53, Hooker’s Green No:52, Burnt Sienna No:46, Black No:20, Cadmium Scarlet No:31, Yellow Ochre No:44, Lemon Yellow No:40, Ultramarine Pale No:61 )
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Merry Moose 663103, Funky Florals #1 662700)
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CRO240/GE
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Zig Memory 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • UniPin Fine Line Marker Pen (Black 0.05mm)

35 thoughts on “Mountain Scene

  1. You created a beautiful and lively scene, well done. Love the happy moose. And the moose glasses are fun, too – I have cats, cows and birds on glasses, but no moose! Happy T Day, have a great week, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Your scene is fab, Jo. Love the mountains – gorgeous colour – and the meadow and those trees are brilliant! It’s a perfect scene. Bold and uncluttered. Love it.
    Cath x

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  3. Oh Jo this is such a delightful scene! I completely love it! You should definitely do more of these because you are awesome at it! And so clever in using your dies, too. Wonderful! Hope you have a wonderful week, too! XOX

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  4. The stylized purple mountains are really neat — and I like the moose cartoon. I’m always expecting real mountains to look like that: just pop up from the grass. But they don’t. Except maybe a little bit the Grand Tetons.

    be well… mae at

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  5. This is outstanding Jo. Making a scene is your thing. (Artwise at least-smile). I love how you created detail in the meadow and those tree die cuts really that tall? And nice pint glasses too. I am now curious if there are any moose in Scotland or do you have to go the Scandinavia to see them? I’ve never heard of them in Scotland so maybe not. Anyhow, hope it’s a great T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much Erika! You always notice the detail and you are right, the tree die cuts weren’t that tall so I extended them …lol 😉. We don’t have moose here in Scotland in fact moose (which were called Elk here) became extinct in the UK in the Bronze Age. I believe there are moose in Scandinavia though. Wishing you a wonderful week and a very Happy T Day! Take care! Hugs Jo x


  6. Jo this is a fantastic mountain scene and I love how you used the die cut images especially those tall trees.
    The Purple Moose Brewery sounds good , they must brew a good beer to get your recommendation. Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. I love your moose scene, Jo. Your watercolor work is very good. That’s cool that you have moose glasses. The Merry Moose thinlit always reminds me of the cartoon series, “Rocky the Flying Squirrel” with his goofy moose companion, Bullwinkle.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen xx

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  8. ha ha- I love how you segged into the Purple Moose Brewery:):):) Your page is just super-love your purple mountains and scene you created with that fun moose sizzix die set! Happy T Day!

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  9. That page is just too fun. That moose makes me smile. I don’t care for beer, but I bet lots of cold beverages would taste good in the moose mugs. Happy T Day. Enjoy your day!

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  10. My apologies for visiting so late. My internet went out last night and didn’t come back on until a few minutes ago. It often happens when it rains, but it’s been so dry here, I didn’t realize it would be a problem.

    You used those watercolors brilliantly, Jo. The mountains look like purple mountains here in the states, too. These are really lovely and that moose is always fun to see frolicking in your journal pages.

    Nice way to introduce the Moose glasses in order to share them with T this Tuesday. Thanks for sharing your lovely art and your glasses with us for T this Tuesday.


  11. I’m so impressed with you water colour skills. The whole scene is beautiful, and the colours so pretty. And the happy moose is fun to see.
    The beer sounds interesting. Just seeing the intriguing name of Purple Moose would entice me to try their beer.
    Happy T-Day,

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      • Yes, definitely getting warmer as the week goes on Jo. Just got back from our early morning walk, t-shirt weather at 6am now! Our beer is brewing, first of many batches. Another week and we’ll be testing it out 😄 Hugs, Alixx

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  12. A fabulous scene Jo, the colours are so vibrant and lively, perfect for the merry moose skipping along. Love the glasses and what a fabulous name for a brewery, also a great keepsake of your visit there.
    Have a great day, Avril xx

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  13. This really is a fabulous scene – had me singing All Things Bright and Beautiful…even though there is that moose galloping through this scene!! He probably does think he looks beautiful!
    Love your moose glasses! Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

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  14. Wowwwww I looove this page Jo !! It´s so so happy and funny, great purple colour for the mountains. Wonderful moose looks really very happy there, love the quote. Hope your spent a very nice T-day, and I wish you a happy Thursday,
    Big hugss,

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  15. I love this… the moose die cut is super fun. I picked one up on an online sale. I can’t wait to get it. Every time I see my Christmas card I smile. My Jane Austen one is looking on from the other side of the bureau, pretty and thoughtful.😘

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  16. great summer scene Jo – remids me of a visit to yellowstone park I did many moons ago where I got to see a real moose in the wild! thankyou for entering the challenge at Countryview Challenges this month and good luck in the draw! Hugs Rachel xx

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  17. Now here’s a beautiful summer field! I love your watercoloured mountain and the floral die -cut gives the right texture of a rough altitude meadow. The moose is fab too, a super page Jo! Thanks for sharing with us at Country View Challenges!

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