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September 4, 2010

Mixed Media Monday & 3 Muses Challenge

MMMMM autumn is just around the corner and it's one of my favorite seasons. Mixed Media Monday challenged us to do something using "Cool Colors" and I immediately thought of Fall and how I love the leaves changing and cool weather. And 3 Muses hosted a theme of "Nature". So this gave me an opportunity to participate in both challenges with this one piece.
We have this gorgeous birch tree in our yard and I decided to try Laura Liddell's technique of embossing leaves. So off to the tree I go I then used my PK Glitz embossing powders and glitters to coat the leaves. Then I sprayed the branches white and covered them with Mica to give it that wintery feeling.
Meantime, while everything is drying I started work on my canvas by preppig it with gesso, then used different shades of cool acrylic colors. Ran some Perfect Pearls over the top for a shimmer, added some spackle for texture and then coated the entire canvas with Golden's Glass Bead Gel which is made with genuine glass beads, its unique visual effect – like that of condensation on cold glass.
Assembly time... put all the pretties on the canvas & WAA LAA... Hope you enjoyed... :)

11 comments:

Taluula said...

I did so enjoy this Toni. The end result is breathtaking whilst the process you walked us through was blind blowing I feel as though even I, a digital artist, could at least attempt one of these. Thank you so much for sharing.

24 crowns said...

Toni I love the way you turned ordinary leaves into a wonderland of beautiful colors. the mica works so well you did a beautiful job honey love it..... mom

Netty said...

Oh wow what a fabulous canvas, I dread to think how much Mica those branches took, but it was so worth it. Brilliant. Enjoy the weekend. Annette x

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Toni,
I love your creation! Haven't seen you in awhile and just wanted to stop by and say "hi!"

Hugs
xox

indybev said...

Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous end result! Thank you for sharing with us your journey of creation. Beautiful piece!

Diane said...

Toni, I love this stunning, very textural piece!

Ozstuff said...

Toni, not only is your artpiece special, superb and stunning but the way you describe the process from start to finish is absolutely fascinating. Thankyou so much for sharing this lovely artwork with your blog friends.

Ozstuff said...

I had some problems posting a comment here, Toni, and I have just returned to try again, hoping that one of my attempts hasn't already registered, waiting for your approval. If it has, you will think I am having a senior moment! Ah well, two comments are better than one. Your artpiece is magnificent, absolutely gorgeous. Better still, you have taken us on your creative journey and I was fascinated see the artistic journey from start to finish.

CuddlyBunny said...

Oh boy! Gorgeous! I'm a sucker for Fall and for all of your Shiny!

craftytrog said...

Wow! This is stunning Toni! Those leaves look amazing!

Linda said...

Awesome canvas!!! I LOVE the leaves and the branches and the canvas and . . . well EVERYTHING!

Thank you for the link to Laura's tutorial and your stunning example!

Linda

art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.