Friday 14 October 2016

Mask of Leaves

It's Showcase time and of course Mitzi has given us another fabulous image to showcase, she is called 'Mask of Leaves', such a beautiful Autumn image, but she would work equally well in spring or Winter.

I decided to have another go at a mixed media canvas, this time using an A4 sized hard board canvas.

After watching many many Youtube tutorials, I decided to use scrunched up tissue paper for the texture and then paint to look like Autumn leaves.

I painted over the dried base  with Gesso and once that was dry, with Kuretake Gamsai Tambi Watercolours and also some mica powder.  Once this was dry I rubbed over the bumps with some Gold gilding wax - so far so good.

Then it got tricky, adding the embellishments, firstly I had trouble getting the glue to hold and the idea was to paint with Gesso, then add the water colours again as before, but it just ended up as a bit of a mess.  I decided to leave it overnight and then re-visit.

The next day, I just kept adding more colour, but it wasn't really getting much better, so I stopped and added some lettering cut on my Cameo and once I stood back, I thought it actually didn't look too bad and I think overall I have captured the Autumn Colours (At least I hope I have - lol)

The gorgeous image was coloured with Copics, it is about A5 size and thankfully I am really happy with how that went.

I definitely think I will give it another try, after watching a few more tutorials!!

Please do visit us at the Aurora Wings Showcase to see the amazing work by my Team Mates.

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Challenges I would like to enter:-

Moving along with the Times - Leaves/Trees
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Autumn
Deep Ocean Challenge - Favorite Season - Autumn
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Anything but Cute - Mixed Media Autumn
Classic Design Team - Anything Goes 7
Crafty Awesomeness - Hand Coloured Image
Lets Craft & Create - Autumn
Noor Design - CAS or Fully Loaded
We love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media
More Mixed Media - Include Orange


  1. What a gorgeous canvas, Julie! I think you've captured the essence of Autumn just beautifully. Love the texture, fabulous mix of colors and subtle sparkle and shine. IKWYM about canvasses. The layering can be daunting (which is why I do so few, LOL) but you should be proud of this amazing piece and your gorgeous coloring of Mask of leaves is just stunning. xxD

  2. Julie, you've created a stunning mixed media project here! Love the texture created with the tissue and paint. And you've made the flowers to look sculpted out of clay, and that's awesome! And you're so right, this image would be pretty in all the other seasonal color palettes, too (Giving me ideas...). I love seeing you continue to experiment with mixed media. Thank you so much for this opulent inspiration for today's new release showcase at Aurora Wings, Julie! Have a great weekend!! Mitzi xxx

  3. Super stunning work here. I love your colours and your image is superbly coloured. Great design great work. Love it.
    It is a real pleasure to visit your blog and view your work.

    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  4. Gorgeous project Julie. Very interesting technique. Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Addicts and we hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Gale DT

  5. Very beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Let’s Craft & Create challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~DT Sherry x

  6. Fab work!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Carla DT

  7. Gosh, these images are so amazing and I'm in love with this autumn version... Sigh... Too bad I can't color for crap! Ha! I'll leave that to you colorists, but I'm totally with you on the mixed media side of this. You did some amazing layering and the tissue added so much beautiful dimension. For embellishments I use hot glue or Beacon 3-in-1. You can find it at Joann's (coupon). It holds perfectly and dries clear - love! Keep on playing and keep on sharing with us. Thank you for joining our Autumn Day challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs, Autumn

  8. A stunning canvas..a great entry for our challenge this month over at Altered Eclectics...x

  9. Very lovely canvas. Great design. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  10. Well this tissue technique turned out amazingly well! Congrats on trying another mixed media design! You totally nailed it the background does look like Autumn leaves and the entire piece is beautiful. Adding the layers of colors is hard because some paints/mica powders and such run, just like watercolor. I know what you mean, I learned to hard way as well. Lol. I am glad you kept at t because the finished design is spectacular!

    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute for our "Autumn Day" challenge. Hugz. ~Niki DT

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  12. Such a beautiful card! I love the colours and layout. Thank you for sharing with us at Let's Craft and Create, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Hugs Agnieszka, chanya13

  13. This is absolutely stunning!! The texture is amazing!! I love the colors and that gorgeous image!! What a spectacular project!! Thank you so much for playing along at Anything But Cute for our Autumn Day Challenge!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. Great card - thanks for joining us at the Classic Design Team Open Challenge and good luck!

    Helen x

  15. Wowwwwww....the colors....amazing! What a beautiful piece of art.
    Thanx for joining us at Noor Design UK.
    xxx Plony

  16. This is stunning. The image is gorgeous and love all the texture and colours.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK.
    Hugs Sharon. x


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