Winter magic

First of all I would like to say thank you to all of you for the support. It is incredibly heartwarming to know that I have so many artist friends out there, whom think in the same way. As I promised sharing and inspiring is not stopping, it slowed down for the weekend, but with a good reason, as my small one is celebrating his 12th birthday. It is me and my son, so it means a lot of being together time. I promise I will be back with full power from monday. In the meanwhile a still made for you an art journal page: winter magic.

Every season has its magic, winter as well. It might be the extremely soft warm hats, scarfs or gloves, the colours, the darkness, where a bit of a candle light shines through mystically and many more. Here first I wanted to have some warm earth colour, you know that different tints of brown. I had an piece of kitchen towel, that I used to clean up some bister after colouring lace, so I peeled it to layers and created some more layers in my altered book.

I used soft gel to stick my layers on top of each other and I added some colour to my book pages with distress inks (antique linen, brushed corduroy) plus with pan pastel (burnt sienna, burnt sienna shade).

I loved the layers and the textures, I wanted to have some paint texture as well, so I had a gelli print left over in my drawer and I used my Stampotique Alphabities (#6010) stamps with espresso truffle to stamp on them the word winter. I cut every letter apart, distressed the edges and played with them on the spread. At the edges of the spread I felt like adding some more stamping with France’s design cube (#10012). Every time I pull my drawer of Stampotique stamps somehow it jumps into my hand (France, can you make a next cube please with some other patterns as well?). As it is an altered book so I love adding my journaling on scrap or tag. So it happened. I used a heart shaped tag that I distressed and stamped on it with France’s splattered mug (#10017).

There you may see that my journaling is inside the heart:

The other side I put my image. I used Daniel’s Winter stamp (#6053), some scrap collage, an lace and of course my favourite altered found objects.

I am sharing my journal spread with Stampotique originals anything goes week 1. Have a fantastic weekend and magical days of the winter!


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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32 Responses to Winter magic

  1. kampysgirl says:

    Happy 12th to your big guy!!! almost a teen- whoa- hang in there Momma!!xo

  2. windinn says:

    What a lovely spread – that stamp made me immediately think of your 12-year old and all the magic that implies! And Ruth, you’re not getting older, you’re getting wonderfully, beautifully, creatively much more interesting every year.

  3. Thanks for sharing, Ruth! Love all the Browns you used, and the pop of green really stands out. Hoppy burfday to your young man…mine is today! Sagittarius born are special…

    • lerusho says:

      Vicki, by a 12 year old it’s not a one day event, so we were beginning on Friday and still busy, a whole weekend fun, but I am happy that he still hangs with me πŸ™‚

  4. Lisette says:

    I hope you both had a great day on St Nicholas day! Now, I have been hankering after this “winter” stamp and she’s always, always out of stock 😦 Love all the book page layers and the colours.

  5. zksmith says:

    Love what you did with the book pages, Ruth! You’ve given me some ideas! Happy birthday to your little one!

  6. dannylion says:

    wowowowow You never cease to amaze me with your talent! Love love love this!

  7. dutchstamptramp says:

    This is so beautiful! Love the whole idea! Thanks for joining the Stampotique DC

  8. massofhair says:

    Beautiful pages Ruth, belated birthday greetings to your Son:-) xxx

  9. Kay Wallace says:

    I just love “Anything Goes” challenges when we are free to just let loose and let a bit of magic happen. And, magic happened here, Ruth! Love your “layered” and very textured book journal spread. I don’t have that stamp and so wish that I did! Thanks so much for participating in the December Stampotique Designers’ Challenge!

  10. Julie S says:

    This is really striking. I love seeing your process and all the delish texture and layers.

  11. i love the added little pages in the book

  12. kaz says:

    Fabulous! What a great idea with the pages! Thanks for joining us again at Stampotique.

  13. Γ–zge B. says:

    I am always surprised how you use the sepia/ brown hues so wonderfully. I guess brown is the only color i could not make peace with. Whenever i use it, it becomes so muddy and i try to cover it. Perhaps i should dilute it or start with using small doses on my pages. I know the key to your art is layers and patience πŸ™‚ Someday i will learn πŸ™‚ Lovely page as usual.

    • lerusho says:

      Thanks, by the way I would rather begin with burnt sienna or more sepia colours, they are red browns and then you don’t see them muddy any more πŸ™‚

  14. Susan Carol says:

    Ruth, you are on a roll and it seems that last week’s upset has unleeshed a storm of super creativity! Love all the flaps and elements.

  15. *Arwen* says:

    I ❀ "Winter" and I ❀ your project!
    Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge πŸ™‚

    I wish you a Happy New Year!

    xx Arwen

  16. Gez says:

    Amazing & so beautiful β™₯
    Thank you for joining the Stampotique Designers Challenge. Gez

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