Sunday, 4 February 2018

Nature Journal page 2

Hello friends, hope the month is going well for you so far. I have loved workig in my new Eileen Hull nature journal, and today I am sharing the next two pages. And thank you all so much for your encouraging comments on the first pages I showed.
This time I took the photos before actualling journalling on these pages, - hence the empty spaces.

I have always loved painting and drawing, and after years of having mainly used stamps, collage etc etc, it is great to combine my various paper crafting loves in a little journal like this.
Here in Scotland we are very much in the transition from winter into some more springlike days, and I love drawing branches that are just starting to show their buds. Pinecones are always a challenge, but I am quite happy with how this one turned out.
Here you can see some of the collage bits I used around the hand painted images.
For this page I took inspiration from a photo posted by Pamellia Johnson. I am sure most of you will be familiar with her wonderful work. She is not only the queen of shabby chic cards, but also posts the most amazing wildlife photos.
Pamellia, if you see this, I hope you don't mind I copied your wonderful starling photo....
The feather at the bottom was a very old stamp, that I thought could do with another work out.

You may just have noticed that this page is smaller than the one on the left, this is what I love about making your own journals, you can vary the size and kind of papers of the different pages, - I like the random effect of that.

Well, that's it for today, and like always, thank you for taking the time to drop in! I always really appeciate your visits!
xxxxx

29 comments:

Lucy said...

I was sure the pine cone was a stamp, but it is so much better as a drawing. I love your inspiring journal. It is lovely. Pamela's wildlife photos are absolutely amazing and you have done her a great honor with your starling. I will continue to follow your journal progress.

Kate said...

WOW! You are amazing. These pages are gorgeous.
Kate

My name is Erika. said...

Beautiful Astrid. I need to learn to draw birds better. I love the bird and the beautiful pine cone. This journal is going to be a beautiful book when finished. And thanks for telling me about Candlemas and the weather. I wonder if that was the inspiration for our Groundhog day here in the US? appy rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

froebelsternchen Susi said...

You are such a talent in each art discipline Astrid - amazing !
You should design stamps - they would be a big hit for sure!I love your wonderful nature pages ---- gorgeous!
Happy Sunday!
Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful journal pages, so well painted. Pamellia's photos are really wonderful, that's true. Have a good start in the week, hugs, Valerie

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

More beautiful studies, a real treasure to see Astrid. Thank you for sharing with us all. You are so talented.
Happy creative Sunday.. Tracey xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Your drawings are wonderful Astrid - such an amazing talent ! This really is a very special journal. Jennie x

brenda said...

Just popping in to look at your lovely creation and see what I'v missed and thank you for your kind visits, slowly trying to ease back into the swing of things.

B x

Dorthe said...

Astrid they are fabulous, your pages, so love both- You really captured the look of a pine cone perfectly, and the bird is so beautiful, too- You inspire me, this is gorgeous !!
Hugs, Dorthe

Mary W said...

This is such a lovely idea - using different ways to show nature. It would be great to get out some older things I have and copy your journal idea so that they all get some use. I think having my granddaughter practice her lettering my printing or writing descriptions under each would be a good way to produce a beautiful keepsake for me and then later for her. Just beautiful and inspirational!

Patty O'Malley said...

I am in love with these pages, Astrid! They are both so beautiful! I agree with you about Pamellia's work--she is amazing!

JeanFB said...

What a gorgeous journal! You are such a talented artist, Astrid! I had completely lost my mojo for a long time - I had gotten so immersed in rubber stamp art, and then just found that I no longer knew what I wanted to do. I had done a lot of drawing in my younger years, so I am quite rusty, and just having a journal full of my inadequate sketches was depressing. But you have totally inspired me! This type of thing is exactly what I need - to combine collage, drawing, and rubber stamping, all on the same pages. Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your journey and your journal! Can't wait to follow along on your future pages. These are so, so beautiful!

Lys Scrap said...

Fabulous! I love your journal, and the pinecone is amazing. Beautiful nest for your photos.

Sandy said...

Astrid you are such wonderful artist - your drawings and paintings are amazing. Your Pinecone is incredible!! Love this journal and I like the fact that you mix your own artwork with other elements. Looking forward to seeing more!!!
sandy xx

Barbara Rankin said...

Awesome.

Redanne said...

Oh my goodness Astrid, that pinecone is absolutely incredible, you have made it look so real, truly incredible! As for the blackbird, he is beautiful, just like Pamellia's wonderful photography, I think she would be thrilled to see this. You really are a wonderful artist Astrid! Hugs, Anne xx

Jeanne Kelly said...

Love this!

Rose918 said...

Astrid, you’re such an inspiration. I follow regularly, but seldom post, but your journals are so wonderful I just had to tell you how much I’m enjoying them and finding inspiration!

Anita Houston said...

I'm so enthralled, impressed, and amazed!!! Your hand drawn images are brilliant...love the pinecone and tiny branch. The collage elements really pull it all in. LOVE LOVE LOVE...you talented lady!

Sara Barker said...

Astrid, you have hidden talents...beautiful artwork combined with other elements. The pine cone is extremely life like, and you have painted the most beautiful starling! Big, BIG applause on these pages! Hugs!

Let's Art Journal said...

What pretty pages! Your paintings are amazing and look so beautiful with the collage bits and stamped feather 😁. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

Hazel Agnew said...

What a joy Astrid. Your pages are amazing. Loving the pinecone! Just stunning! Xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Astrid, you have really blown me away today!! First your amazing portrait, and now this!! I can't even begin to tell you how honoured I am to be even the smallest part of your inspiration! What a thrill to see one of mt photographs included in your artwork, and you captured the beauty of the Starling so wonderfully!! Thank you for the shout out, you really are so sweet. I love all the elements on this page, the pine cone is also amazing! You've put a huge smile on my face my friend, thank you so much! hugs :)

Jackie P Neal said...

I am absolutely in love with this journal and your pinecone is truly amazing Astrid!! What gorgeous artwork!
Jackie xo

Karen D. said...

how gorgeous...amazing detail! love the look of all the elements of interest.
:)Karen

Joi at RR said...

Oh how I love it when you paint Astrid. Your pinecone looks so real... it's really lovely. It's all just WONDERFUL. What a treat to see. Xj.

Margaret Mifsud said...

I am really loving this Nature Journal Astrid! Your drawings are gorgeous .. the pinecone is amazing!! Love, love, love this!! hugs xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Your Nature journal has the most beautiful artwork in it! The stamping and collage are lovely but it is your observational painting that really does star here! The starling is just like the one on Pamellia's blog! Chrisx

Aimeslee W. said...

More delish nature in a journal. So delicate and precious, xoxo

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