Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Thanks for stopping by our blog today! Here at Simon HQ in Columbus, Ohio we had a taste of Spring weather last week but are back to the winter cold. Sometimes amongst the dreariness of winter it’s easy to forget the beauty it brings. Special guest Anna-Karin Evaldsson really showcases that beauty in her special project! Read on for step by step instruction and enjoy!

Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here today with an easy and fun mixed media tutorial. I was planning to have done a different project, but I was inspired by the very heavy snowfall we had here over the weekend, and two beautiful walks that I took, and changed my mind and made a peaceful winter project instead.

There is something very peaceful about snow and the world becomes brighter and quieter at the same time. I’d love to stay for a little while in the cottage on this canvas. The techniques in this tutorial can be used on any type of project, and not only for winter themes. All you need is a sturdy enough background. I used a Ranger Dina Wakley Media Board, 4×6 in, but heavy watercolor paper or cardstock, such as Heavystock Mixed Media, will also work well.

After I remove my Christmas decorations, I often leave out winter themed décor pieces, such as the one here, and only remove them once spring is here. Some of them might even stay up year around.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

Start by coating the board with gesso. I wasn’t planning to add more paste layers on top of the gesso at first, which is why I formed the gesso into snow heaps. You can skip this and use a thinner layer of gesso instead.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

When dry, add a layer of Ranger’s Texture Paste Opaque Crackle to the sky. I love the look of a crackled sky. Cracks will appear as the paste dries and the thicker the paste, the larger the cracks.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

Smear fairly thick layers of Texture paste to create the snowy ground. Use a palette knife and to form the snow into heaps. Let dry.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

Paint the sky with watered down Distress Paints, starting with the pink.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

It is hard to get a good stamped impression on a textured background, so instead, we are going to stamp on ordinary tissue paper. Stamp on the glossy side of white tissue paper, using Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink. Tear around the images instead of using scissors, since a torn edge disappears better.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

Use gloss medium to adhere the tissue paper to the background. Start by painting a layer of gloss medium on the background, where the image will be placed. Carefully place the tissue paper image into the medium and then add another layer of gloss medium on top.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

Paint the snow with white paint and the house with brown and yellow. Add thick layers of white paint to the branches of the trees using a toothpick.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

When the first layer of paint is dry, add a few areas of pink and blue to the snow, to connect it to the colors of the sky. Also, add some shadows with Hickory Smoke paint.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

Adhere to the branches and sentiments with the same technique as before. The reason for not adhering them earlier is that I wanted to paint most of the background first so that I wouldn’t paint over the words or branches.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

Splatter white paint on the scene to create the look of snow. Avoid the text.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

Here you can see a close up of the crackled sky and splattered snow. Note that the edges of the tissue paper aren’t visible. Most tissue papers work well for this technique. Some are a little opaque and might not disappear completely, so experiment on a small area first. If the edge of the tissue paper is slightly visible, you can hide it by painting over it.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

I added some black marker lines here and there, to bring back lines that were hidden by paint.

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

You could add even more details to the scene, but I wanted to leave it fairly uncluttered and peaceful.
I hope this tutorial inspired you to try out some scenic stamping in combination with mixed media techniques.
Thank you so much for looking!
Happy crafting!
Anna-Karin

Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Scene

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Anna-Karin for being our guest!

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  1. This is just beautiful! I love all the textures. I just love the calmness when looking at this piece. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Oh, this is so pretty! It just looks like a good place to hideaway from the business of life. Right now, mine isn’t busy due to sciatic issues so I am so glad to have something dreamy like this to look at & read about. Thank you so much for the explicit tutorial. Love the dog in it too.

  3. Just getting back home after 2 days without power to see your gorgeous winter scene! Looks nice but only form inside out if you have heat:):) So pretty! Love the colors and texture.

  4. This is how the weather feels, even though I live in Southern California. What a great representation. It is so cute!!!!! I absolutely love it.

  5. I am in total awe of this – Yes, it is on my bucket list =- made a list of the supplies and I do hope to create something like this in the future – TFS – just stunning!!

  6. I’m so in love with mixed media. Your project is stunningly beautiful. So much dimension and textures, it transported me into the scene. Thank you for sharing your amazing work.

  7. This is stunning! I love the texture you created. Thanks for the tip about stamping on tissue paper and then tearing it so the edges blend in seamlessly. So neat!

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