I guess it's quite natural that the Finnish language has more words for snowy phenomena than English... and my art journal page is about one of them. Hanki refers to the blanket of snow thick enough to cover all details of the ground underneath (at least 30 cm in my opinion). This fell upon us a month ago, and gives the proper "winter wonderland" look. This year however we have been lucky with our "hanki": the strong spring sun combined to ongoing proper frost (-10 C this morning!) has resulted in a strong crust on the snow. This is what the "kanto" refers to: the ability to carry weight. Instead of having to walk IN the snow, it's possible to walk ON the snow. Love it. Woodlands are a CAS version of themselves and all of a sudden we are not confined to the paths someone has trod, but can wander where we please :) This is typical for spring in northern Finland, but here in the south it's a rare treat that doesn't happen every year! Our little dog is head over heals. 50 cm of soft snow meant she had to "swim" in it if she jumped of the path, now that's not been a problem for the past couple of weeks.
|Acrylic paints brayered over the spread. I thought of the ground under the snow waiting for spring.|
|Stamping with Paperartsy stamps. I decided this looked too much like autumn.|
|so I added flaps to the bottom of the page with white washi tape and stenciled some trees|
|Tissuepaper and cheesecloth to camouflage the flaps and diecut/punched snowflakes.|
|The dog stamped and painted with acrylic paints. |
Letters stamped on inky scrap paper and fussy cut.
|Some bokeh with white paint and sequins to depict the fierce spring sun.|
|I'll fill in the ending date once the snow goes soft again :)|