Hello everyone, happy Tuesday!  I hope you are having a good week so far.  It’s very cold here and I have joined the kittens in hibernation mode!

today’s art . . .

Today’s art is another journal page for Day 9 Art Every Day Month and for the current theme over on Art Journal Journey which is All kinds of Weather, and was chosen by this month’s lovely host, Chris from PearShapedCrafting.

It was inspired by all the piles of Harris Tweed that are currently surrounding me as I sort through useful sized pieces to make that throw I mentioned back in September.  I hadn’t done much about it since then but it’s really cold now and the heating is still not working, so a lovely tweedy throw sounds like a good idea about now.

Some of the teeny tiny pieces are no good for that but I remembered that I had this Sizzix bird die and the cover image is a Tweedy bird (I was so tempted to call this post “A Tweedy Bird” btw but I will save that for another day) so I got the die out and did some cutting.  It’s not a great thing to do with this kind of Tweed as all the tiny little woollen fibres get everywhere when it is cut – all over the die, all over the table, all over me, up my nose, in my eyes, in my mouth, everywhere!  As soon as I was done, I had to drag out the vacuum cleaner and try to get rid of the worst of it.  Meanwhile I prepared my background by adding scrunched up tissue paper to my journal page…

Once it was dry, I painted it with a Light Blue Neocolor II and some water to make it look like an icy winter blue sky.

Then I used another Sizzix die to cut some tree branches using an old amazon box, and glued them down to the page.

Then I added the birds to sit in the branches of the leafless trees. I thought about adding snow to the branches but decided the weather was too cold for snow so left them alone except to add some shading with a Stabilo.

The birds are loosely stitched together just to hold all the pieces in place and then glued to the page. The gold beads were stitched in place for the eyes. This one’s legs are wonky (or maybe he’s dancing) but that just adds to his charm, right?

I wrote out the words of the poem onto three pieces of white card and placed them on the page.  The poem Birds in the leafless trees are singing by Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977) is as follows.

The winter winds were swift and stinging,
The day was growing old and dark;
And yet within the icy park
Birds in the leafless trees were singing.

Somehow the cold was not so clinging,
And homing people stopped to stare
At all the brave hearts clustered there —
Birds in the leafless trees! And singing!

Yes, Spring is sweet with new songs ringing,
And Summer’s pageant moves all men;
But my heart leaps to Winter when
Birds in the leafless trees are singing.


t stands for . . .

…these tea themed gift ideas I found in the supermarket last week.  I had two of them in my trolley before I even realised it.  I put them back though as I decided to was far too early to be thinking about the dreaded C word or shopping for gifts, but I’m sure I will regret this and they will probably be gone when I want them!

If you missed any November AEDM posts so far, check them out in the slider below.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, black pen, white card, glue, matte medium, tissue paper, black stabilo all, Neocolor IIs, Sizzix bird bigz die, Harris Tweed, Sizzix bigz branch die, amazon box cardboard, gold beads for eyes, thread,


Art Journal JourneyAll Kinds of Weather November Challenge

Altered Book Lover – T Stands for – tea-related gift ideas

Art Every Day MonthDay 9  
LeighSBDesigns Art StampsFalling into Winter Hop+Challenge – November 9th

Funkie Junkie Challenge BlogLiving Things – November challenge
Creative Artiste – Challenge #77 – see ingredients for list of products used

You might also like these November posts days 1-8 . . .


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November 18, 2021 12:01 pm

Wonderful journal page! I LOVE all the texture! Thanks for joining us for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge!

Janna Ketchum
Janna Ketchum
November 18, 2021 1:51 am

Wonderful journal page! The birds are just darling. Thank you for joining the Funkie Junkie Challenge!

Judy McKay
November 17, 2021 11:43 pm

Beautiful. Love the textures and colours. Very inspiring. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see your beautiful art when we return in February. Happy Holidays. Judy DT

Tee Hall
November 16, 2021 1:48 am

Love the Tweedy birds- fantastic! A beautiful poem and page today!

November 14, 2021 7:44 pm

Love that you made your birds from the fabric! They are striking! Thanks for playing along with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

November 13, 2021 7:53 pm

Fabulous winter scene spread, I can feel the cold and the cozy warmth of the tweedy birds emanating through the screen! Divine! FYI..you’ll want to check the 31DOH winners post over at LeighSBDesigns ;0)
Thanks so much for playing in our Falling into Winter Hop+Challenge!
Happy Creating!

November 12, 2021 3:59 am

This so invokes the feeling of a cold winter day! I love the bare branches and those marvelous tweedie birds (I had to do that! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the poem! I love it and agree with it about the winter song birds!

November 11, 2021 10:50 am

What a brilliant and inspiring page for my theme Elle. Thank you so much for sharing at Art Journal Journey. Belated Happy T Day Chrisx

November 10, 2021 6:56 pm

Ohhh this is so cool. You are very cleaver. Have a great day today.

Sharon Madson
Sharon Madson
November 10, 2021 12:56 am

Lovely journal page. I especially like the poem you incorporated in the page. Happy T Day.

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