Wednesday, September 4, 2013
You may have noticed that I haven't been as creatively productive lately as I usually am. I guess I've been busy with the garden and trying to make the most of the lazy summer days (in other words, I've been reading!). But the ArtCharms Yahoo group recently started an Autumn Leaf swap, and it sounded too good to pass up! I ordered the small copper leaves, shown above, and enhanced them with some color. They look as though they've been enameled, but I actually used something much more mundane and common - can you guess what it is? Not acrylic paint... It's plain old, drug-store variety NAIL POLISH! My girls have boxes full of nail polish, in many colors, including orange and yellow, so I thought I would take advantage of the supplies at hand. I'm pretty happy with the results; I need to make a total of 21 charms, so this should keep me busy for the next week or so.
I also decided to enter another challenge in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine - a mixed-media stitched challenge. The finished piece had to be 6"x6" and have three different media. My friend Norma has been posting about her adventures using copper sheeting, and it reminded me that I had some in my stash that I hadn't played with in a while. I guess my wandering mind combined the thoughts of autumn leaves with the copper and I came up with the idea below. The backgrounds are fabrics, the tree trunk is paper layered on fabric with gel medium, and the leaves were cut from copper sheeting tinted with alcohol inks. I decided to turn the square on point to make the tree fit better. What do you think?