Winter Fun

Yesterday, March 21, our spring started but the weather didn’t seem to get the notification.
So in the hope the cold weather will disappear I will say goodbye to it by posting my winter art journal page.

Before playing in my art journal I die cut a bunch of snowflakes in different sizes.
I also die cut all my pieces for the rest of the layout. I die cut most of them multiple times from different colours so I could give them some dimension and interest by adding them together with glue and where needed foam tape. The icicle rim I cut out of TH frosted sheets and the words I cut out 4 times each.

I used white gesso all over my pages, on some places more than other places, to add texture. When the pages were dry I used the negatives from my snowflake die cuts as a stencil for adding some Distress Micro Glaze in different places. This was an experiment, I never tried it before.
I wanted to get several layers on my background without making it all bulky or too much in the foreground.
I glued some snowflakes to the background as well.

After that had dried overnight I dabbed carefully with a towel on the places I put the micro glaze on, I didn’t want to smear out the snowflakes. I played with some Distress inks by putting reinker in a minimister and added water to it, then sprayed them on to the page. The ink coloured the white snowflakes I glued to the page but didn’t colour the snowflakes I stencilled with micro glaze, just as I hoped. When this was dry, I added ink with my blending brush so I got a slight variation of blue on the background.

After I put all of the die cut pieces together I placed them on my page to see where I wanted to put them and where I could glue some white snowflakes. Before I adhered everything I made my snowy hill and a little snow pile for the snowman. I pushed the snowman, skis, ski poles and the sled into the still wet snow, so it looks like they are actually in it and adhered them on at the same time with foam tape for dimension.
All the other pieces I adhered to the page with foam tape as well, aside from the words, icicle rim and the white snowflakes, they are glued.

I had so much fun creating this page that I had in my head for so long and finally took the time to make.
I hope you like it too.

The used materials are under the images and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass – Speckled Egg and Stormy Sky
Ranger Minimister
Tim Holtz Blending Brushes
Distress Micro Glaze
Varies colours of cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Sheets THTH937153
Varies Marianne Design Snowflake dies, different in shape and size
The following  Marianne Design Dies
CR1252 Ski’s and Snowflake
LR0247 Figure Skates
CR1255 Tiny’s Mittens
CR1257 Tiny’s Sled
LR0246 Snowman
LR0392 Snowy Icicles
Amy Design die Skates  ADD10003
Joy Crafts Die Winter 6002/2033 – The word Fun I draw myself with help of the negative of the word Winter. Cut multiple layers with the Scan & Cut.
Red/White yarn
Aleene’s Glitter Snow

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,
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 ( 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