Sunday, 18 March 2018

Nature Journal and a blog break

Hello friends and thanks for dropping by. Today I have another spread in my nature journal to share:
I keep hoping I can share more Spring like pages, but Spring still keeps us waiting here, so today another more wintry page to share, though I suppose the catkins are in a way little harbingers of spring.
We have had a lot of stormy weather and seagulls tend to come a bit more inland. There are a lot around where I live and I have tried to capture some in flight.

I love pussy willow and have several branches around our house, so here is one painted in watercolour.

I always like to decorate the empty corners of this journal with random collage elements, just to add a little more interest, on this spread I have used mostly washi tapes.
Once I had finished painting and drawing I did some stencilling across both pages to tie them together.
And that is pretty much it for today's page.
This will be the last time I am posting for quite a while as I am off to Australia on Wednesday with a stop over on the way. We will arrive on Saturday but there is no internet in the place we are staying...

I have a very few scheduled design team posts, but that will be it pretty much until I am back at the end of April. I will try and catch up whenever I can, but meanwhile wishing you all the best for the next few weeks and like always, thank you for your visits! They are always appreciated!


Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful journal pages as always. Have fun in Australia! Hugs, Valerie

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a gorgious page dear Astrid, I wish you a very nice and happy stay in Australië , life is an adventure so injoy it!!
Greetings, Maria

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I do love your nature post Astrid and will miss them when you are gone. Have a wonderful time with your family and I hope when you return we will have some inspirational weather for you to bring Spring Time to us all with your talent and every inspiring works of art.
Safe Journey & Take Care..
Warmest regards Tracey xx

Rita said...

What great talent you have Astrid. Those pages are so beautiful and the seagulls are wonderfully painted. Glad we got to spend some time together last week. Enjoy your trip and Safe Journey too. Hugs Rita xxxx

Maryann Laursen said...

Absolut stunning work as always Astrid. I LOVE your painting, it looks soooo alive and the colors are amazing. You are always such an inbspiration.
Have a wonderful time with your precious girls Down Under and just enjoy it and don´t even think of us, we´ll be here, when you get back, so just have fun.

Shirlee Fassell said...

Beautiful journal! Safe travels down under.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Such beautiful pages! Enjoy your family time! Wishing you a safe and pleasant journey! Chrisx

My name is Erika. said...

You are a talented sketcher as those seagulls attest. This is a really gorgeous page Astrid. I hope you have a fantastic journey and spend some wonderful time with those cute granddaughters. Hugs--Erika

froebelsternchen said...

Wonderful pages Astrid - amazing! Enjoy Australia and the family!
oxo Susi

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful pages once again, Astrid! Have a wonderful and safe trip!

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, I`m sure you are very exited to see your family again- enjoy your weeks and safe journeys to you.
I love your spread, also this time :-) - I really also love seagulls , and I think you captured them perfectly - here they also fly over my house, as we, are not far from the sea , and I always stop to admire them, when seeing them !
See you soon again, soon- xoxo and a travel hug !!

Redanne said...

I always enjoy your nature paintings, those seagulls are stunning and I love the catkins, they are beautiful.

I hope you have a wonderful trip, you certainly won't miss the cold and snow - David had to clear the snow from the back door this morning so he could get out to feed the birds.... wishing for Spring... Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous journal spread.
Enjoy your visit to Australia, I think you will be looking forward to seeing your family again.
Yvonne xx

Helen Wallace said...

Your seagulls look right at home on your delicate background, so deftly sketched are they. Beautiful delicate work which makes me long for a stroll along the beach. Bon Voyage Astrid, enjoy your time with family.

Kate Yetter said...

The pussy willows are my favorite! I love how your stenciled the background. It looks like the birds are flying out of it. Have a fun time in Australia!

mamablitger said...

Astrid this is a fabulous journal spread. You added seagulls which I find are such fascinating birds. They are true survivors ! Thank you for sharing your lovely art.
I wanted to wish you a lovely trip to Australia. I hope you’ll enjoy it every moment. Take care and have a safe trip.
Hugs from Monica

chrissie said...

Very beautiful pages Astrid and just right for this time of year.

Have a wonderful time-will be thinking of you

Love Chrissie xx

Annie said...

Fantastic drawings/painting Astrid and the seagulls look fantastic but I do love the catkins...a real favourite of mine too xx Have the most wonderful time with family in Australia and a very safe journey xxx

Catch up when you get back xx Still knitting socks...totally addicted xx

Huge hugs
Annie xxx

Let's Art Journal said...

Enjoy your travels dear Astrid! I bet you are so looking forward to seeing your family and I'm looking forward to hearing all about it on your return 😁. Just think when you return, Spring should be here too! Your pages are beautiful, I love your paintings we get a lot of seagulls here by the sea and you have captured the delicate the pussy willow beautifully! Happy travels! J 😊 x

Pamellia said...

Wow, I am completely blown away by this page Astrid! Your seagulls look so real!!! I just love the softness to this, the pussy willows and subtle background designs, how delightful! Makes me long for spring. Still haven't brought myself to pick up my camera, but I did take a walk to the lake the other day to check out the gazillion seagulls that were making a ruckus. lol. Well I hope you have a great week my friend, sending hugs :)

SewPaperPaint said...

These pages are incredibly beautiful and tranquil Astrid. I wish you a wonderful holiday! Hugs, Autumn

Jackie PN said...

Such beautiful pages to leave us off with Astrid! I love pussywillows as well- I think i need to plant some!
Have a wonderful vacation and we will see you when you return! be safe! xo

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