Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Leaf Collage

It is time for the next challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  Ginny, our hostess for this one calls it 'Fabulous Fall' and describes it like this:

It's the wonderful season where the leaves are changing and the air is crisp and our thoughts turn to pumpkin spice everything. For this challenge create a Fall inspired project.

I don't want to be a downer but by this time of year at my house all the gorgeous fall colours are over and we are left with mostly bare branches and whatever colour we have is dull yellow and carpets the ground - my poor husband is struggling to get all the leaves bagged up and out of here because they won't compost fast enough to avoid a soggy mess.  The air is certainly crisp, which is way better than hot and humid but sadly we have more rainy days than sunny ones.  As the temperatures continue dropping that rain is going to turn into the dreaded snow.  The stores are already packed with Christmas decorations and that wonderful aroma of pumpkin spice is being replaced by cinnamon pine cones - a lovely aroma too but makes me want to scream NOOOOOOOO since it is too soon.

So given the current state of affairs in my neck of the woods, I have decided to make a leaf collage in more neutral tones.

I began by adding some rough texture to a stretched canvas with Texture Paste (Ranger) and a palette knife.  Then I covered everything with some White Gesso (Dina Wakley) and once that was dry followed it with some watered down Sand Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley).

Next I prepared the various elements that I wanted to layer on the canvas.  Some Copper Metallic Kraftstock (Tim Holtz) was die cut with the Garden Green (Tim Holtz) die and another piece was embossed with a Honeycomb Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz).

A piece of corrugated cardboard was painted with some Ancient Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley and a couple pieces of paper from the Old Lace pad (Stamperia) were torn and the edges inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Some tea bag paper was dyed with Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain DI (Tim Holtz).

For the focal point I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp a leaf from the Leaf Prints set (Tim Holtz) on a piece of torn old book paper, inked the edges with Vintage Phot DI and then coated it with three layers of Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture (Seth Apter).

To complete the collage layers a bit of copper wire was threaded through a black button from my stash.  I added some crochet ribbons, a piece of the faux leather I made for the last challenge and a Big Chat sticker (Tim Holtz) that was inked with Vintage Photo DI.

I hope you will join us for the challenge.  One random winner will receive a gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall pick receiving an opportunity to join us as a Guest Designer at a future date.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Leaf Prints Stamp Set (Tim Holtz)
Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte INK44444
Dina Wakley Media Mediums - White Gesso MDM41689
White Corrugated Cardboard - 15 Sheets
Stamperia - Old Lace 12x12 Paper Pack SBBL32
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black AIP31468
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo TIM19527
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain TIM19534
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Gathered Twigs TIM32823
Seth Apter Baked Texture - Vintage Beeswax 17g
May Arts 5/8 Inch Crochet Ribbon - Black
May Arts Ivory Mesh Ribbon - 1.5"
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic 2 Kraft Stock - Rose Gold & Copper TH93780
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Garden Greens by Tim Holtz 661206
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Big Chat Stickers TH93192
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Ancient, 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Sand - 1oz Bottle
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/4" x 27 Yards
Bubble and Honeycomb Set Texture Fade (Tim Holtz)
Old Book Page
Black Button
Copper Wire
Tea Bag Paper


  1. I love your leaf collage, it has an oriental vibe to me and I love that!

  2. Cec! Whoa! This Fabulous Fall canvas is brilliant with all the textures and neutral tones with splashes of metallic--a true work of art! Your collage work is superb! I especially love the tea bag material and how it took the ink. Where does one get that stuff--did you tear apart a tea bag?

    We don't get much in the way of color-ever, but I'm so grateful for cooler days ahead. We did enjoy some fall color when we visited Charlotte last week. Today is sprinkling, and it smells like summer right before a thunderstorm. Supposed to be winter tomorrow.

  3. This fall certainly has changed quickly for us too! I love how you have used the natural browns and neutrals that definitely are part of the fall for us too! Beautiful canvas with lovely soft layers of paper and texture!

  4. Such a dramatic collage Cec! I love that you included the tea bag paper in your wonderful collection of surfaces (still enjoying using the pieces you left here :) ) and I love the drama of the main leaf in the centre. It really does describe in colour the Fall you are having now xx


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