Deep in the forest

What is deep in the forest? Is it a scary, spooky places? Or is it a magical wonder world? Well in my fantasy it is definitely a magical world of all kinds of wild animals and creatures, and as my heart always went for winged things, this time couldn’t be others as well.

Take flight… into the great unknown… deep in the forest! That’s my imagination.

And it all began with a simple layer of gelli printed tissue paper on my spread:

Then I added some scrap left-overs and a piece of net, and blended all together with gesso.

I applied a layer of molding paste mixed with acrylics, through a forest stencil:

And then I used graphite texture paste to apply my first layer of winged creatures, some small birds. The ephemera and the text is from 7 dots studio.

And to add some more mystical creatures I used soft gel mixed with art sugar through Finnabair’s butterfly stencil. When it dried I added some shadows with charcoal.

And tadaah I took flight into the unknown deep in the forest:

I am sharing my spread with my friends at Art journal journey october’s prompt.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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41 Responses to Deep in the forest

  1. sheila 77 says:

    This is really good, I liked it the minute I saw it and read your introduction, then watched how you made it and this enhanced my view of the finished piece, it’s fascinating.
    I especially like the winged creatures, the birds and butterflies.

  2. wandahentges says:

    This is wonderful, Ruth!!

  3. zksmith says:

    I’d like to get into the forest of imagination, Ruth! What a great project!

  4. mtmeade3 says:

    Ruth it’s just gorgeous! I’m so glad you shared!
    Big Hugs!

  5. kampysgirl says:

    love love love this page Ruth! Your textures are full of yumminess! well done! xo

  6. Vicky says:

    Really awesome and you have so many materials I want to come and play lol

  7. Wow Ruth! I love all this yummy texture! I want to go into that forest because I know if it’s “your” forest, it would be full of wonderful magical creatures! Love it! Blessings!

  8. This is just AMAZING Ruth!
    Thanks a lot for sharing it with us over at

  9. Susan Carol says:

    Ruth, you are the queen of texture! I love this page and all the different elements in it. I particularly love your winged creatures. You’ve inspired me to go with a lot more texture in my own pages – thank you!

  10. Pallavi says:

    Great page,.I love the forest and the graphite paste.Wonderful texture too.The butterflies look so nice!

  11. Sabine says:

    Amazing artwork!
    Dear Greetings

  12. massofhair says:

    Another one of your Magical pages, full of interest, layers & textures Ruth not forgetting your wonderful choice of colours!

    Stunning ArT:-) xxx

  13. mrsbeez says:

    Is it the colours..the textures…the images…the butterflies…or the words that I like best here?? Too tough to call – I love it all and art sugar? That’s a new one and sounds like something I should have, tell me more 🙂

    • lerusho says:

      Lisette, it’s Finnabair’s new mixed media line, when I saw those glitters and glass beads and art sugar with their blink-blink I said first no way, that’s not for me, I am the shabby distress guy. But then I saw her tutorials, where she is mixing all kinds of mediums with her art ingredients and then I said what the heck, it doesn’t need to blink, I can try to make them shine differently. And I am not really the measuring dude either, when I am cooking, I can’t follow instruction like ‘use 10 oz of blabla”… I use my eyes, so I took a bit of soft gel and a bit of this art sugar (white) and just mixed them in a small pot, then a palette knife and tadaah! Never say never my friend 😉

  14. Wow this is just stunning all that scrumptious texture – thank you so much for taking us through the process

    Hilda x

  15. sparkledaysstudio says:

    The texture is amazing, what a wonderful piece for this theme. xox

  16. shilpa says:

    Ohh my !! Gorgeous page with AJJ forest theme. Great texture again Ruth!!

  17. Hi Ruth!
    Beautiful 💖 I love all details on your work!
    XO Sandra

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  19. makes me want to rub my fingers over it to feel the texture…love it

  20. Manu says:

    What a great meeting place is Art Journal Journey. This way I was able to find you and your marvellous art, dear Ruth! Your entry is just my allyway. I love the textures you created on your spread and all those little details, in material or meaning.
    Thanks so much for sharing this inspirative piece!
    Greets from Manu

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