Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Birds Will Eventually Fly North

Hi everyone.  Tonight I have a spread from my nature journal. It's a spring themed page so I will link it up to Rosie's spring challenge at Art Journal Journey
Spring is usually when the birds fly north and return, although this year I haven't yet seen any summer birds back. Not surprising with all the snow. We've  gotten dumped on today, and it's been  dark and dreary and the snow has been flying in every which direction.
It's been  just a nasty day.
As I write this Tuesday evening we have at least 16 inches of new snow (around 40 cm) and it suppose to snow  all night.
I can't even look at it!

So my top photo is a slightly lightened view of my page. I have these flying geese rubber stamps and I used those, but since they are black on the darker blue they are hard to see in the photograph.  Below is the page actual color.

I painted the sky blue and then added the clouds, the watercolor crayon light blue edge, the black doodle and then the stamped images along with the sticker letters and the wooden feather.
And I doodled in the compass points on the two left hand corners. You can see those better here.
And since I was home on a snow day, I had a long play in the studio. I am going to join in to a couple of other challenges today.
Here's a new one for me. I'm going to join Daniela Rogall at her Think Monday, Think ATC. This week the challenge is all about chairs.
And I pulled out my little bin of spring/Easter stamps and had a lot of fun playing with them.
Here's one of the pieces I made. 

I am linking up to Tag Tuesday and their Spring/Easter challenge. And since there's a Mama chick and her little babies, I am linking up to the Mum's the Word challenge at Try It on Tuesday.
I had a lot of fun playing today-anything not to have to look at the snow coming down.
Hope everyone had a sunny and more spring like Tuesday than me.
Thanks for stopping by.


Aimeslee Winans said...

Love your makes, Erika. Hope it warms up for you, xoxo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I take that you will have another snow day on Wednesday, too. So glad you checked in. You have made some clever and adorable art while taking a snow day. I really like the birds flying in for spring. This is a very, very clever piece of art. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

Please stay safe and let us know that all is well today. I worry about you, CJ, Corinne, and Linda. You all live in that corridor of horror right now. BTW, it's supposed to be close to 70 F here tomorrow and not a drop of moisture in sight. All 105 counties have been declared national disasters due to lack of moisture.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, you made a lot of great art. Love the journal pages, what a lovely idea with the compass points, too. The ATC is pretty, too, and I LOVE the beautiful spring tag - thanks so much for joining us at TIOT and Tag Tuesday with this one. Those little chicks are soooo sweet. Sorry your weather is still so bad. We've been promised another cold spell and snow from Friday, too. Stay warm, keep crafting! Hugs, Valerie

Rike said...

Your page is wonderful with all these flying birds and the extra feather! And your little compass!
Yes, we too have bad weather, grey and rainy and cold. My forsythia is not blooming yet, I used an old photo (digital photo of my old paper photo) for my last blogpost :)
Your chair ATC is beautiful, I like the shape of the chair, this pink and yellow color and the cool textures!
This happy spring tag is all over lovely - and let us hope for spring to come finally!
Wish you a happy day! Hugs-Rike

Daniela Rogall said...

Relax :-) Wonderful and inviting, thanks for joining!
See you

Astrid Maclean said...

Well, you certainly made the best use of this snow day, and wow, that sounds like one enourous pile of snow....
Love your page and other projects, that little Spring tag is probably my favourite, but love the other projects too, that chair reminds me of van Gogh's famous chair. I think ATCs are making a come back, I see them pop up everywhere at the moment....

Hope Spring will soon arrive in your part of the world, but at least you have Sakura to look forward to in Japan...

Gibby Frogett said...

3 fabulous pieces - you have been busy Erika. The Geese stamps are really nice, love the colour on that spread and shape of the pages..
Your chair is cool - not sure what is drawn/painted and what collaged? but I love it.
Wow 16 inches of snow! - wondering did you get the extra snow on top of that and do you ever get use to having to cope with the extreme weather you get?
Keep warm and snug and safe.
Gill xx

froebelsternchen said...

Oh wow - Erika you used that nasty day in a wonderful way in your studio! I am really thrilled about the fabulous blues on your amazing page - even compasses sketched! Perfection! You know how much your pages are appreciated at the Art Journal Journey collection!♥ THANK YOU!!!
This chair on the ATC is just AMAZING! A little Mixed Media gem! And not to forget this lovely >Happy Spring < tag! I love those delicate patterns and the little row of spring chickens!
No snow here till now - it was raining the half day but it isn't cold at all. Hope they are wrong with the anticipated winter come back----
oxo Susi

froebelsternchen said...

And Erika I forgot to mention how much apprecited your tag is at Try It On Tuesday ! ♥♥♥

Jeanie said...

There are plusses to a snow day, aren't there? But 16 inches? Yikes. Don't you wonder when you will see solid ground again? Well, you are keeping yourself MOST well occupied! I'm rather fond of the blue birds in flight!

Anonymous said...

I'm sitting and relaxing looking at your beautiful journal pages. Redwings on my feeder, so they are returned, just buried under this two foot dump of snow... as I said to Elizabeth, so much for planting peas....stay cozy with the furry kids. xox

CJ Kennedy said...

I would love to see the Summer birds. Poor Winter birds can't even get at the feeder there's so much snow. 18 inches yesterday on top of the 15 inches last week. Uncle! Glad you were able to have a fun art day. Love the Spring chickens tag. Do you have another snow day today?

Let's Art Journal said...

What a wonderful post and it looks like you had lots of creative fun! I love your journal page with the beautiful rich blue sky and geese, and your spring tag is beautiful 😁. Mama chick and her little babies are so cute and perfect for our theme at Try it on Tuesday, thanks so much for joining us! J 😊 x

Divers and Sundry said...

I was sitting here thinking how cold I am, and then I read your post lol!

I'm particularly taken with your Happy Spring tag with that chicken and her baby chicks. I hope spring comes to your weather the way it has come to your art :)

Dortesjs said...

awww love your easter hen great post today again...

craftytrog said...

I love the bird page with the scallop edge, and your abstract page is fabulous! Cute tag too!
Happy Wednesday,
Alison xx

Meggymay said...

I love the rich blue colours of the sky in your journal spread , the stamp of the geese looks great, they are such graceful birds.
A fantastic ATC and tag as well.
Thank you Erika,I am so pleased you added Mama hen and her chicks to our Try it on Tuesdays theme.
I hope it has stopped snowing , it must be real deep now outside your home.
Yvonne xx

Michele said...

i love all you've made, with a special fondness for the happy spring tag! xo

Rosie said...

Wonderful artwork, Erika.

Thank you for sharing it at ART JOURNAL JOURNEY and also at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

Have a nice weekend

Joan said...

Oh, I think all of your makes are wonderful!! I love the soft colors on the Spring tag and what a cool ATC!!

Mrs.B said...

Hope your snow doesn't last too long, but on the bright side you got a nice 'play day. We've got snow forecast this weekend - roll on Spring!
Great artwork and I love Mother hen with her chicks tag, with it's lovely bright background.
Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
Avril xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a lovely post!I love the geese flying across the sky! Your tag is a really cute welcome to Spring and certainly fits the theme at Try It On Tuesday- So pleased you joined us! Chrisx