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.
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