Zie de maan schijnt door de bomen….. (See the moon shining through the trees)

I love the awesome art journal/mixed media projects made by Vicky Papaioannou,
you can check out her blog if you want, http://www.clips-n-cuts.com.
And after I got a Moleskin journal she used at that time from Sinterklaas I wanted to make the stunning page on her blog. The page was called Dear Santa (http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/2017/11/art-journal-dear-santa/). I got this Moleskin diary from Sinterklaas, so decided the first page I made in this diary would be one that would represent that. The page is from 2017 as well as the Sinterklaas present, health and other issues came in between but l still had in mind that I wanted to make that page
Sinterklaas is mainly a celebration for children, even though the adults are not forgotten either, and is celebrated on December 5th in the Netherlands. He’s a bit like Santa, he also brings presents at night, there are songs and special treats. The big difference is that Sinterklaas rides a horse on the roofs and comes from Spain.

Let’s get started.
I followed the video made by Vicky for the page, mainly because it was my first page in this book and with products I never used in this way.
Started by covering the whole page with black gesso, when the gesso was dry I added some crackle paint over it. I let this dry overnight. Afterwards I didn’t see a lot of crackles maybe I’d been too careful and didn’t apply enough or you don’t see them well because of the other dark colours on top. But it gave good texture on the page and that was enough for me.

I used different colours of blue paint to make the background, I didn’t make a milky way like Vicky because Sinterklaas is riding on the roof and not in the sky.
After I was happy with the sky I used some white gesso for the shine behind the moon and I made white splatters with acrylic paint.

I put the book aside to dry while I worked on my moon.
Using Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and some water to give the moon colour and to give the moon texture I used a stamp. I stuck the moon on the page with medium.

Time to make the elements for the page.
The Sinterklaas and his helpers where die cut from black cardstock as well as the trees.
I have several die sets for houses but none fit, they where too large or too small. Google was the solution,
I found a page with a border of Dutch houses that matched the page so well. I printed them a little larger and used them as guide to cut them from black cardstock. I glued some light yellow cardstock behind the windows.
I used Fossilized Amber to highlight all the elements on the side that faces the moon before I stuck them to my page.

Everything was drying on the page and in the meanwhile I printed the first four lines of a well-known Sinterklaas song that starts with See the Moon Shining Through the Trees. I printed yellow letters and a black background because when printing the yellow letters directly on black, the letters did not stand out enough. I also highlighted the strips I cut with Fossilized amber and then adhered them with 0.5 mm. foam tape to my page.

To finish the page I used a white gel pen to highlight the sides of every element even more and I put the date on the page.
This was so much fun to make, thank you so much Vicky for your inspiration.

Unfortunately the moon looks lighter on the pictures than it is in real life and when I compare the sky with my journal, than I have the same problem. Although I  made a bunch of photo’s on different times and different rooms, it didn’t matter, the moon and sky stayed lighter in every picture.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask

Used materials

Moleskine Art Sketchbook, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″) Plain/Blank, Scarlet Red.
Deco Art Media Gesso Black
Ranger Distress crackle paint
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic paint Cloudy Blue, Sail Boat Blue and Snow Cap
Ranger Dylusions Acrylic Paint After Midnight
White Gesso
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium Matte
A left over piece of off white cardstock
Circle die
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Viva Grunge Backgrounds stamp set