Monday, January 19, 2015

Mixed Media Winter Scene

Hello everyone!! I hope you had a good weekend! It is Monday and time for a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week we are doing winter projects, very fitting for this month of the year.
When I made this page we had just gotten quite a lot of snow, and since I love to make wintery scenes, I let the snow outside the window inspire me to create a clear and cold winter's night in my journal. I started with a layer of gesso and continued with Dina Wakley's paints, using Sky and Lapis and a mixture of the two to make a graduated background.  
I used Hero Arts' lovely Forest stencil and smeared Ranger's Texture Paste through it. The stencil wasn't wide enough for my page. I let it dry, and added another two trees to the right. When all the paste was dry, the trees were painted white and I mixed up a grey to add shading. I also splattered the background with white paint and added some silver dots and silver to the trees with a Krylon Silver Leafing Pen.

The moon was also painted white and I added shine around it with more white, dry brushing it on for a subtle effect. A tiny bit of blue was also added to the moon, so that it didn't look like it was floating.

Before the paste dried after stencilling it, I added more paste at the base to create a snowy hill and extend the scene a little. The snow was painted white and given extra texture with blue paint and the silver marker. My son thought I needed to add some glitter too, and I decided to use Prima's Frosted Mica Flakes. I love the shine and imperfections of mica. 
Alison Bomber posted this quote in a beautiful blog post recently. I thought of that quote when I was busy making this page and it fit pretty well together with the feel of the scene. 
Here you can maybe see the shine of the mica a little better.
Join us in our celebration of winter this week, and it can be you who wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, drawn randomly.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!!
Stencil: Hero Arts: Forest
Paint: Ranger Dina Wakley: Lapis, Sky, White; Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Black Soot
Embellishments: Prima: Frosted Mica Flakes; Tim Holtz idea-ology: Seasonal Chit Chat stickers


  1. Brrr! I can feel the crisp cold night! Beautiful scene and that touch of mica is so cool... I had to read what you did because I couldn't tell and thought it was awesome!

  2. Stunning! Love the blue, the trees, the moon, the quote, all of it. I like there is no muddiness here, just that beautiful blue!

  3. Fantastic winter scene Anna-Karin, adore the texture and the atmosphere you have created. Wonderful piece. Tracy x

  4. Perfect winter pages, Anna-Karin! Love the rich blue color! Gorgeous scene! Hugs, Sandra

  5. This is a beautiful creation, the trees look wonderful against the blue background and the moon looks a little ghostly, just like a winter evening! Anne x

  6. Stunning page! Love all the texture and the mix of blues to represent the night sky! The quote is really cool too :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Lovely and evocative of those snowy nights! I love your trees! I hope your containers have arrived, or will soon - meanwhile I am impressed with your work without most of your supplies! Thank your son for the suggestion for snow - the mica flakes are stunning! xx Lynn

  8. I love the way you compose landscapes! Absolutely fantastic winter scene! BArbarayaya

  9. Wow it looks sbeautiful!
    Love the mica on it, great texture!
    Groetjes Karin

  10. Amazing!This wintry scene is perfect for that quote; I can almost feel the chill!

  11. Such a gorgeous winter scene, Anna-Karin. The colors and textures are stunning! :)

  12. Wow Anna-Karin! What a magnificent winter wonderland scene! Love all the texture!

  13. A masterpiece to be sure--would have been even without the Wyeth quote :) Beautiful work friend!

  14. Fabulous winter scene and I just love the beautiful colour palette and the texture you've incorporated into it! Those mica flakes are a wonderful touch and work so well! It's beautiful Anna-Karin!

  15. This piece has such a wonderful feeling of peace and serenity! I should've pulled this up on the computer screen when my day had a stressful moment! I also thought your use of mica flakes was genius!

  16. Amazing scene, thanks for the details!

  17. What a wonderful illustration of that amazing quote - I'm so happy it inspired you to play. This is just gorgeous, with the silvery birches and that shimmery mica, and of course the moon in the textural sky - wow!
    Alison xx


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