Winter Blues

Over at Try it on Tuesday our challenge for the next 2 weeks is Winter Blues, where we are asking you to use the colour blue.

This was the perfect challenge for me as blue happens to be my favourite colour (grin!). I hope you like my wintry blue journal page and are inspired to join us; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by colouring the background using After Midnight Dylusions Spray Ink and Speckled Egg Distress Ink. When dry, I covered the page with Pébéo clear gesso; this stopped the inks reactivating and bleeding into the next layers of media that I added. Next I splattered the page with white acrylic paint and left it to dry. For the snowflakes, I die cut them using a Paper Snowflakes Thinlits set by Tim Holtz from some blue and white mottled paper from Craft Sensations. They were arranged around the edges of the page using Liquitex matte gel medium.

The pretty winter scene of the hares was a recycled Christmas card and the quote was from a Kaisercraft sticker sheet. I thought the quote was perfect to combat those winter blues; it’s by Ralph Waldo Emerson and reads “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year”.

For more inspiration please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and take a look you at the amazing Winter Blues creations from my Design Teamies too (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my new Assam Tea. This is a loose leaf tea and has a delicately rich and malty flavour – Happy T Day!

Hope that you’re all staying safe and well!

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

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

  • Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray (After Midnight)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Speckled Egg)
  • Pébéo Clear Gesso
  • Art Discount Acrylic Paint (White)
  • Craft Sensations (Creative Paper Collection CR0458/GE)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits (Paper Snowflakes Mini 661599)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Recycled Christmas Card
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Wandering Ivy SS352)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika from BioArtGal over at Art Journal Journey and her Favourite Things challenge this month as I blue is my favourite colour.

I’m so pleased to join the Squares Challenge at Country View Challenges with the square Christmas card on my page.

I’m happy to join The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog and their Put A Good Word In challenge with the uplifting quote that I used on my page.

I’m also joining the Layer It Up challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the snowflakes, image and quote that I layered on my page.

I’m pleased to join the LTSCB #141 – Anything Goes challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with my blue wintry page too.

36 thoughts on “Winter Blues

  1. A beautiful card Jo. You’ve created a fabulous background and I love the image that you’ve used. Thank you for asking me to join you as GD this month, it’s always a pleasure to join you all at TIOT. Sandra x

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  2. I love that blue too Jo. And the bunnies hopping across the snow is a super image to add also. Your page sure feels like a wonderful winter day. Thanks for sharing your favorite color with us at AJJ also. Much appreciated. This page works perfect for both challenges. And nice heart cup for T too. I have put my few heart decorations out. Hearts are a favorite shape of mine also. Hope all is well and you have a great T day. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Blue is indeed a calming color. The way our eye is designed makes blue a perfect background, because it looks further away, and so it’s a favorite with many people.

    be safe… mae at

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  4. I love this page Jo, especially the colour! 🙂 Great quote and a beautiful picture too! A good use of the Christmas card.
    That’s a gorgeous mug, Elizabeth will love seeing that! Assam is one of my favourite teas.
    Hope you’re having a lovely week,
    Alison xx

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  5. I’m once again running behind, but I sure love this beautiful wintry scene you created for us. I love that you recycled art and used those hares I love so much better than the “bunnies” we seem to use in the states. Thanks, too for sharing this beauty with us at Art Journal Journey.

    Your heartfelt blue cup of tea sounds wonderful. I also prefer loose leaf to tea bags, but I don’t drink as much as you obviously do. Thanks for sharing this tea and your lovely journal page with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  6. That is a perfectly beautiful winter blues journal page Jo!! I love the recycled card of the hares frolicking in the winter- what a great stamp scene that would make;)
    Enjoy your tea, and happy T day!

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  7. Hi Jo, hope you and yours are well. How resourceful to recycle a card illustration, it’s wonderful and your quote is perfect. Anything Emerson! A gorgeous background as usual and an interesting tea — malty? Hmm. Have a good week! XOX

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  8. Jo, I love your colors and that fun image of the rabbits, but the words grabbed me. They are something to live by for sure and they look fab on your winter blue page full of gorgeous snowflakes. That tea sounds fabulous. I need to try it. I am addicted to Tazo Glazed Lemon Loaf dessert tea right now :). Hugz

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  9. There you go recycling again, and I’m so grateful for it! I love the bunny card, and you have given it pride of place with that GORGEOUS wintry background! I love blue, too! Your ‘good words’ by Emerson make this perfect for our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog!

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  10. I don’t think I have a favourite colour but i do have a tendency to lean towards blues when colouring is called for in a project so this was right up my street. What a gorgeous mix of colours you used to achieve this and thanks for the tip about the clear Gesso. I have some ‘clear’ but had no idea why I had bought it and doubt it was for this reason but now I can use it and usefully too.
    Those are gorgeous snowflakes, so delicate and the picture of the hares is absolutely beautiful. I know someone who would love this page, I save any hare pictures I get for her. It really is a beautiful picture and this is a beautiful page.
    Hugs, Neet xx
    ps I keep meaning to say I love the necklace you are wearing in your photo – it is a lovely photo too, what a gorgeous smile you have on it.

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