We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Winter's Song

Over at the Craft Barn the new challenge for 2015 has started.  This time to create a calendar from monthly prompts.  January's two words are aqua and snowflakes.

I had to decide what size, and went for 10 x 8, which I think should be a good size for a calendar - time will tell!

I've used heavyweight watercolour paper, and created the background with acrylic paint. I added die-cut snowflakes from sheet music and white sparkly paper.  The bird is die-cut from a previous project's leftovers.

I'm still into writing Haiku - the Japanese poetry form which usually consists of three lines of 5 - 7 - 5 syllables.  So, this is my tribute to the snowflake!

Ice white, delicate
Brief beautiful existence
Snowflake melts my heart.

With all the heavy frosts this week, I took this photo of my brave camellia which is in flower and each year suffers turning brown with the frosts, but it looks so pretty covered in ice-crystals I wanted to preserve it.

All part of winter's song!


  1. A great first calendar page! A great photo too - I love the frost on your camellia and hope it survives!

  2. Lovely page. I love the white highlighting behind the bird.

  3. Great page, I love all the snowflakes! Your frost camelia is lovely too! xx

  4. Great page, great Haiku, lovely flower. I remember in my mum's garden one year the passionflower was in flower and covered in frost. So beautiful and unexpected. Hugz

  5. Fab page, love the snowflake die cuts and how you highlighted the background for the bird :)

  6. Great start of the Calendar challenge! Your camellia picture is awesome too, you must use it in your art somehow.

  7. Gorgeous background, love it as it sets off the bird. Your flower with frost is so beautiful, you are lucky to have something blooming at this time of year, we sure don't. Take care, Shirleyxx

  8. Lovely background, especially the music sheet snowflakes and how the little bird is perched on one of them xx

  9. Lovely page, I too like the highlighting behind your bird! And your photo is amazing!
    Thank you for joining The Calendar Challenge.
    Jane x

  10. A beautiful calendar page, I love the little bird on the lovely background.
    xxx Hazel.

  11. Love your January page. Great details.

  12. Gorgeous page, love your snowflakes. x

  13. Love the page and the haiku. Your iced camellia is gorgeous. I have a white one called nobilissima which flowers at this time of year and the flowers go brown in the rain.

  14. Lovely lovely start. I particularly like the bird with the swirl behind it.
    Your flower is gorgeous :o))