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.
Overnight, I pressed the leaves mostly flat between wax paper and heavy books.
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.
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.
When dry, I applied my flattened leaves to my canvas with the silvery metallic Mod Podge.
When all the leaves were attached, I used some bronze glaze to add shimmer, and highlight the already beautiful colors in these leaves.
I experimented with some swoops and accents to mimic a blustery day.
Then I mixed some burnt umber craft paint with the bronze metallic and played around in an abstract way.
I let them dry and then hung them on the wall.
Up close, some of them are pretty darn gorgeous.
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?”
“They’re real. And they’re spectacular.”
(Bonus points if you get the reference.)
I dub thee Blustery I and Blustery II.
Fancy in form, and functional too. They make a great disguise for the alarm control.
And a seasonal backdrop for this week’s yard clippings.
Fall leaves on canvas.
Pretty. Simple. And pretty close to free.