Monday, 5 March 2018

Rabbit in the snow

Hello friends. As almost all of you will know, the UK was hit by the so called Beast from the East, - icy blasts and piles of snow. It was this wintry weather that inspired this latest couple of pages in my nature journal.
On the left, my attempt and wintry thistles
And on the right a rabbit in the snow, wearing its wintry coat...

To tie the two pages together, I used some background stamping, stencilling and washi tapes, like usual in this journal.

I tried to choose washi tapes that had a wintry feel to them, so mostly monochrome in colour.

I found that when you take close up photos of your work, you suddenly notice things you had not seen before, some are good, others not so good. Here I am happy with the way the eye has a 3D look, while the inside of the ear and fur could have done with more careful painting. Ah well, you always learn more, that's what this journey is all about.
Because the cover of this journal was made with the Eileen Hull journal die, it's great that I can slip it out from underneath the elastic when I am working on it, and then when I am done, I can slip it back like you can see above.

Well, that's it, I can't wait for this weather to stop and some sunshine to return, meanwhile, stay warm and cosy and thanks for your visit like always!


Rita said...

What wonderful journal pages Astrid. Love the beautiful thistles and the little rabbit in the snow. What a talent you have. Hugs Rita xxx

My name is Erika. said...

The crackle background stamp has a new use. It gives a winter feel, like crackley ice and snow. I love the rabbit in the snow, and the thistle. Your whole page feels chilly and like winter. I hope your beast from the east goes back to the east and spring arrives ASAP. Happy new week-Erika

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful pages, love all the details. We've been having the same bad weather in all of Europe, but since yesterday it is better. Hugs, Valerie

Meggymay said...

Its a gorgeous journal spread, i really love your sweet rabbit drawing.
The thaw is promised for us today, I hope its on its way to you as well.
Yvonne xx

brenda said...

As always a super inspirational creation and loving the bunny, thank you for sharing.

B x

Annie said...

wow!!!! amazing art here Astrid and I love the rabbit in the snow but the wintry thistles are wonderful !!! Love them x

Like you I am hoping for some warmer weather soon. We have been lucky on the west coast that we did not have as much snow but it was bitter cold xx

Hugs Annie x

Let's Art Journal said...

Wonderful drawings and you captured the wintery scenes beautifully! Your little bunnies eye is full of character and I love the colour of the washes you used on the backgrounds too 😁. The snow didn't last too long here although with Storm Emma we had very strong winds over the weekend which increased the chill factor - brrrr! Stay warm and have a happy new week! J 😊

Redanne said...

A beautiful journal page Astrid, I just love how you did the thistles and the rabbit is so lovely, you have captured the eye wonderfully well.

Our snow has nearly all gone, thank goodness! Hugs, Anne xx

Helen Wallace said...

Beautifully muted pages to reflect the weather in the Northern Hemisphere. I love both the motifs you've used to illustrate your pages and I'm in awe of your drawing ability. Inspirational, as always. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kate said...

The soft edges on your winter thistle is so lovely! And I love your bunny!! Beautiful watercolors as always.This journal is turning out so beautifully. I look forward to seeing each page.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Another gorgeous journal spread Astrid! Your drawings and painting are so lovely .. you captured the thistle and rabbit so beautifully .. and I adore the muted earthy tones! Absolutely stunning and so inspirational!! We've been really lucky and had some really lovely days down here but we are now heading into some more warmer weather which I am not looking forward to! I hope your weather warms up really soon, it looks absolutely horrendous. Keep warm my friend and have a great day! hugs xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Astrid, to me these pages are a total delight. Just the right blend of nostalgia, wonderful sketching and mark making. I adore your little book. What an absolute treasure it is. Xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Love these pages and that sweet bunny!

Mrs.B said...

Lovely wintery journal pages and your drawings look wonderful.
Hope your weather improves, although by the forecast you are in for more snow at the weekend, hope they're wrong - can't wait for spring.
Avril xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful pages Astrid, I love the rabbit. We normally have snow for 2 - 3 months in the winter and we enjoy it. But now that it's March I'm ready for spring, it will take a few more weeks at least. Take care, Shirleyx

Anita Houston said...

Oh THAT RABBIT...LOVE him!!! You really should design your own draw so well. Gorgeous pages.

Jackie P Neal said...

Those thistles are absolutely Gorgeous!!
You are so funny about seeing details, I thought the ear looked fine, very natural! Your watercolors always inspire me to try my hand, I just have to do it! ")
Jackie xx

Jackie P Neal said...

ps...hoping your bad weather doesn't hang around long- personally, I have had enough winter!

Sandy said...

Ahhhh ..... So beautifully created!
Sandy xx

Dorthe said...

Astrid, I so love your new pages (too). The rabbit is beautifully painted, a lovely little creature, with such beautiful eye. and you mastered to really made him live in a snowy ,icy place.
Your thistles are wonderful, as well and the washi tape really add to the wintry feeling .
Another masterly done spread in your gorgeous journal, dear.
Hugs, Dorthe

pearshapedcrafting said...

Your journal spread looks wonderful! Your rabbit looks very alert!Hope you are clear of snow by now! Chrisxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wonderful pages dear Astrid!

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