I needed to make some leaves for an ATC swap over at the Cloth Paper Studios Yahoo Group. Did I want to make green, yellow, red, orange or brown leaves? No, the muse told me to make them white!!! They're not intended to duplicate nature but to make an impression of it! That's my take and I'm sticking to it!
They started with one and grew to three..........
......then multiplied to ten......and finally finished up at twelve........yikes!!!!
But I only needed three..........finished ATC's for the swap!
The leaves are a version of fabric paper that I read or heard about somewhere (I think my friend Deb mentioned it on our last play day) and then added my own ingredients. Use cheesecloth for the base and matte medium, instead of watered down white glue. In retrospect, the glue would have been cheaper to use and would probably give the same effect. I laid down some freezer paper (shiny side up) and then a layer of cheesecloth......brushed on the matte medium......added bits and pieces of white/cream japanese paper......then another layer of matte medium. I cut all the leaf shapes freehand.....added some fine brass wire to the back and hand stitched the centre veins.
The background is collaged text, then a layer of crumpled tissue (more matte medium), then a print using acrylic paint on my new Gelli Arts, Gelli Plate (a gelatin print without the fuss). An empty Robison Anton thread spool was used to make some circular impressions, but you don't really see the effect in this shot.
I wanted a dimensional effect for the leaves and I'm happy to say that I accomplished it! Of course, they'll probably be squished flat when they arrive in TX, but I'm sure that Diane will be happy to fluff them up for me!
Now what the heck will I do with the rest if the leaves?