Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Spare a copper?

The theme at Three Muses this week is Autumn and I was keen to create something, but I've been working long hours and not had much time for art.  Hence, I found myself starting this piece late this afternoon, and for some crazy reason I chose to make another video (which always takes me much longer).
Autumn Leaves

The piece is on 10" x 7" 140lb watercolour paper with quite a heavy texture.  The base layer is water soluble wax crayons in autumnal colours, followed by some molding paste through a leaf stencil at the base.  After the paste dried I painted it with a green / blue patina paint, followed by various metallic paints, copper, bronze, gold, iridescent bronze.

Then came a layer of leaf stamps all over the paper in green, yellow and brown, before I stamped deciduous tree branches all over the paper in both black and brown.

The tree is made with twisted wire and glued to the page with glossy accents.  Finally I cut the small leaves freehand, coloured them in 3 shades of distress ink and when dry, gave them all a touch of metallic paint to match the leaves in the foreground.  Finally I glued the individual leaves to the tree branches.

The video is loaded on YouTube but I found some parts out of sequence so have to load it again :(  If anyone would like me to update them once its loaded please let me know

Thanks to Three Muses, I've really enjoyed every minute of this!


  1. What a magnificent idea to use twisted wire for create the tree!Love the whole fanciful creation.
    Hugs Anja

  2. Sensational! Thanks for telling us how you did it.xx

  3. I love the tactile nature of this piece, Liz. Thank you for sharing your journey of creation. I'm so glad you found time to join in our challenge at Three Muses this week!

  4. A beautiful handmade piece that really speaks to the season's colors!

  5. Beau travail de création
    l'impression de relief très bien rendue !
    Bravo !

  6. Gorgeous colours and texture, Liz!

  7. Oh wouaouh! Bravo Liz!
    I truly adore this one!
    Very very well done!

  8. I like the texture of it plus the lovely fall colors.

  9. Oooh! liz! This is beautiful! I absolutely love it!

  10. Wow....very nice art your colors and depth.

  11. I have never worked with distressed ink, but it gives such a delightful look in your creative hands! This is superb! Thanks for the video; I am off to watch it NOW!


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