Thursday, 2 February 2012

February

Here is my February all fresh and green and ready to go.  It may be freezing, but the sun is shining and there are snowdrops in the garden.


I made the background by printing the pages with white acrylic and then giving it a watercolour wash.  The paint acts as a resist.  My paisley lino cut gives a damask effect.  I scanned the pages for the squares and added a bit of depth to the wash with watercolour and Inktense pencils.


January has turned out rather lively.  The blank page was very unexciting but wintery silhouettes added some atmosphere.



There are lots of calendar pages on the Flickr site or your can link to calendar blogs from Kate's page, do take a look.
It's not too late to take up the challenge.
Jill

17 comments:

Printed Material said...

February can sometimes be a dreary month but that green looks very inviting. Lots of snowdrops up here too and the hellebores are coming out as well. Even the daffs are up about 6 inches so Spring flowers won't be long in coming this year I think despite the cold snap. I love that winter white wash over the pages Jill although I don't remember seeing it as a linocut. That post must have slipped my memory. Hope you have a great month ahead.

Joanna said...

Perfect colours for snowdrops - which we're starting to see in this neck of the woods. I really really like the effect you've achieved with the paint resist.

It's jolly chilly today!

x

flutterbycrafter said...

Two gorgeous pages love the green for feb xx

Diana said...

I love your tone on tone green for Feb -- and it interesting how completing the squares enlivens the pages so much!

Emma said...

delicious silhouettes in January & a lovely soft contrast for Feb, which has so far been stunning if Baltic here ;)

Cath Wilson said...

Super duper bright and fresh - love that contrast and especially cos any kind of resist is my favourite thing. Lovely work x

harmony and rosie said...

Beautiful work Jill, I especially like the fresh feel to February although, if the weather forecast is to be believed it won't be very green this weekend!
Keep warm,
Kate

Anna said...

I love the freshness of your February pages, also a coolness with the white, very appropriate at the moment. Can't believe it's Feb. already!

Sam said...

Brilliant pages, love the feb background its stunning x

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

Green - my favourite colour ! Better add some white for the snow that is falling outside at the mo. Pop over to my blog if you can there is an award for you x

Clare Wassermann said...

Oh your February pages are beautiful - just so snowdrop-py! My February ones are murky at the moment so your January end result has given me hope!!

Sandra Hall said...

Isn't it amazing how a page can start off one way and end up another... your January spread proves it! Lovely green tones for February :D

Menopausalmusing said...

Beautiful background pages for February, so "right" for snowdrops etc. But, where DID January go?????? Eeek!

Caro said...

Your February page is very interessting. I like the way've done your painting.

xstitcher21 said...

Love the background on the February pages. Well done.

Jez said...

Jill
I absolutely love all your work. It is stunning. All I can say is - when is your book coming out! I'm sure when you write one it will be quite different from anything else on the market!
I am so impressed with your work, the paintings, drawings and photographs - such variety. You are a very gifted lady. Thank you for your blog.

thekathrynwheel said...

OOh January looks fab now - love your daily drawings! Fabulous background for Feb - what a great technique!