Thursday, 20 August 2009

Autumn wings

Whilst in Kew Gardens a couple of weeks ago I was struck by all the different colours and shapes of the leaves and I collected several that had left their trees. Theme Thursday's challenge of 'seasons' has given me kick-start to do something with them. I wanted something to complement the leaves and these Tim Holtz images just seemed to fit.

The Three Muses challenge this week is 'wings on things' (I hope people count as things!), so this piece is my response to to challenges.

To start, I laid down several layers of acrylic paint on 10 x 7 inch piece of acrylic paper. I used six different colours - yellow, burnt sienna, green, orange, red and titan buff - to give the autumnal background. Once dry I stamped and embossed the gold flourishes at the top and bottom and edged the paper with a gold Krylon pen. Having stamped the images onto a browny gold paper I stuck them on using matte medium. I varnished the leaves and sprayed some of them with solar gold Radiant Rain. Once dry, I then stuck them to the background using tacky glue. This was the hardest part, due to their unusual shapes but I did manage to get them to stick with a bit of perseverance. Not sure how I'm going to dust it as the leaves are pretty delicate ........

13 comments:

knutsel Rein said...

Lovely autumn card.

Ozstuff said...

I envy you your rambles around Kew Gardens! (I have been there a few times when visiting from Australia and they are magnificent). I love your take on the theme, using pieces from Nature's store to compose a delightful picture. (Of course people qualify as things!) Thanks so much for joining in the challenge with such a creative piece of art.

Taluula said...

Ah now this is nothing short of a delight. It's beautiful and I love how you have taken us on a journey of how you created it. Thanks so much for joining in the challenge.

Willy said...

Fabulous piece!

Terri Kahrs said...

Thank you for sharing your techniques! You've created a beautiful tribute to the seasons and wings. Hugs, Terri

Kelly said...

beautiful!

indybev said...

I so agree with your choice of word art ("sing your heart song" and "be yourself)! Your page is a lovely tribute to my favorite season as well! Thanks for sharing your art journey to create this piece.

Femmy said...

this is gorgeous!!

Lori Saul said...

Lovely idea and beautifully made!

José said...

Beautiful and very creative!

Faye said...

Jackie, how wonderful that you are near enough to Kew Gardens to visit there. Your leaves and winged creature make for a beautiful Seasons entry.

Betty said...

Wow! Great piece,very creative.

peggy gatto said...

Oh my, so elegant and sophisticated, a beautiful design!!!

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