Saturday 24 September 2016

2016 #18 Autumn Plaque {by Liz Borer}

2016 Topic 18: Autumn Leaves

Hi there , Liz here with a project looking at the topic of Leaves and Autumn colours. At this time of year the colours of nature are glorious and vivid and I hope that I have managed to capture this in a small way in this project .

I started with an MDF plaque that I had and painted it with Little Black Dress. Then I started adding colour for the background. I dribbled blobs of colour onto the plaque and spread them using an old credit card .

I started with Haystack and Granny Smith because they are opaque and then added Smoked Paprika.I used Bora Bora next because I wanted a little contrast with the autumnal colours and then used French Roast .

The last colour was Green Olives. I went back and added some more of the colours until I was happy with the effect .

I then added to the background using stencil ELB002 . This stencil is a collection of lovely leaves and I used the vine like part to ' grow ' a vine over the base . I used Green Olives with a bit of Granny Smith mixed in it to lighten it first and then Granny Smith alone .
To add to the background I stamped the long grasses from ELB30 using a mix of Haystack and a touch of green paint .


I then took a torn piece of corrugated card to create the centre panel and tore some of the flat paper off it to create texture. I painted it black and when dry I added Crackle Medium randomly.
Once dry I painted Vanilla over the whole piece.

I stamped the leaves from ELB29 and words from ELB30 randomly and then washed Blood Orange and Smoked Paprika over the card . Finally I rubbed White Fire Treasure Gold around the edges . By using a pale colour on this panel I have created a contrast between with the background so that it stands out .


The panel can then be adhered to the base and in this picture you can see the stamped grasses . I rubbed some more Treasure Gold around the edges . I also distressed the edges of the plaque with Inky Pool to add depth to the design .

I used some patterned paper in autumnal colours and stamped the large leaves from the two stamp sets to create coloured leaves and then cut them out .

I then stamped the flowers from EEB 08 onto some yellow paper and rubbed Smoked Paprika and Blood Orange onto the paper with cut and dry foam to colour the flowers to tone in with the other colours . I cut the flowers out and cut off some of the petals from some of the flowers so that I could build them into dimensional pieces by curling the petals and sticking them together with dimensional glue .

EEB 08 
I found some artificial berries which I painted with colours from the palette and rubbed with gold . Once all the paint was dry I adhered the leaves to the plaque ( using dimensional glue so that some of them were lifted off the surface) . I also added the flowers and berries .
I found the quote about Autumn and printed it onto printable canvas . I then washed colours from the palette onto the canvas and rubbed some gold around the edges before mounting it onto black card . This was then adhered to the plaque .

I don't often use these colours although I love them and I enjoyed working with Lin Browns lovely new stamps . I hope that you like this and it has given you some ideas . I'll be back soon with more ideas . Happy Autumn!

Thanks Liz, this is wonderful, such rich ,warm colours. The mashup of yours and lin's stamps works so well. The corrugated card and berries adds some great texture, that sits perfectly on that fabulously layered background. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this Autumn Leaves topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #18: Autumn Leaves, on this page HERE.
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Helen said...

what a beautiful plaque! I love autumn and this is a perfect piece.

Kirsten said...

That is lovely, the layers of colour on the background look great.

Miriam said...

Lovely project.... love the colours

Miriam said...

Lovely project.... love the colours

Craftyfield said...

Perfect Autumn vibe!

CastleKelly Crafts said...

Gorgeous plaque Liz, fab colours and textures X

Julie Lee said...

What a beautiful blend of stamps and terrific autumn colours. xx