Arta, frunze pe panza

fall leaves on canvas

So for fall, I decided to make two new seasonal canvases, again inspired by nature, but this time I wanted to add a textural element.  I went outside to my yard, and picked three kinds of leaves from a bush, a tree, and a hedge.  I really really like it when supplies are free.

snowball bush

tree 1


Overnight, I pressed the leaves mostly flat between wax paper and heavy books.

press leaves

Then I gathered these supplies from my craft cabinet:  two discount canvases from a craft store, leftover acrylic paints, some metallic Mod Podge and metallic glaze.

art supplies

First, I mixed up some shades of green, one bluish green, one lemongrass, and painted them on the canvases.  Don’t ask me how I achieve these colors.  I just keep blending and mixing and adding white till it looks right.  There is simply no method to my madness.

paint canvases

When dry, I applied my flattened leaves to my canvas with the silvery metallic Mod Podge.

modge podge leaf

modge podge to canvas

When all the leaves were attached, I used some bronze glaze to add shimmer, and highlight the already beautiful colors in these leaves.

bronze glaze

I experimented with some swoops and accents to mimic a blustery day.

add accents

add more accents

Then I mixed some burnt umber craft paint with the bronze metallic and played around in an abstract way.

blend glaze and paint

abstract swirl

I let them dry and then hung them on the wall.

on the wall

Up close, some of them are pretty darn gorgeous.

big leaf wrapped around canvas

favorite leaf

Me likey texture.


My girlfriend dropped by, and asked the question that under any other circumstances a woman never wants to hear, nor answer.

“Are those real?”

gorgeous color

“They’re real.  And they’re spectacular.”

(Bonus points if you get the reference.)

I dub thee Blustery I and Blustery II.

blustery two

blustery one

Fancy in form, and functional too.  They make a great disguise for the alarm control.

hide alarm

And a seasonal backdrop for this week’s yard clippings.

foyer glow

fall arrangement

Fall leaves on canvas.

leaves wall art

Pretty.  Simple.  And pretty close to free.



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