Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Finders Keepers Metallic Mixed Media Autumn Canvas For Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for the Funkie side of Frilly and Funkie to unveil their projects for Kathy's chosen challenge theme-- 'To Everything There is a Season'. Fall is my favorite season, so creating this canvas came quite naturally.


Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.  Brilliant leaves, fall flowers,  crisp blue skies, and migrating geese fill the season with a sense of wonder and anticipation  You're invited to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the beauty of fall.  You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to create it in the shabby chic or vintage style and be sure to use fall (not Halloween) images and colors.

I really started my canvas with the focal point. Surprisingly, I owned Tim Holtz Layered Leaf die and embossing folder for quite some time and never opened it! It's now my favorite die! I colored my leaves with Distress crayons over Prima Gold Crackle texture paste. Adding alcohol inks (Terra Cotta, Butterscotch, Bottle, and Cranberry) adds even more depth of color. It's hard to believe these leaves started as manila office file folders!



The next two shots are the same leaf--one taken in natural outdoor light, and the other at my kitchen table. I really love how you can see the alcohol inks pooling  in the recesses in the second photo.






I tried to mark the progression of summer into fall, by coloring and crinkling my leaves from just turning colors to getting really deep and crunchy as they do just before they fall.


Initially, I started on another background and threw my leaves on a small Distress oxide mop up card on my worktop. It reminded me of leaves falling through a late summer sky. I ditched the first background and made a new background using Fossilized Amber and Broken China DOX. I splattered with Walnut Stain and and edged with Frayed Burlap inks.


I made my canvas out of a cardboard panel cut to size, covering the edges with contractor's tape. To color the tape, I used Distress paints--Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge and the same alcohol inks I used on the leaves. The 'frame' is made from Metallic Kraft Stock, embossed with Tim's Roses embossing folder. I sanded the raised areas and colored with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress crayons and alcohol inks to match the edges.


A mop up card scrap and a Quote Chip colored with Fossilized Amber DOX  and Distress Vintage Collage Medium and edged in Walnut Stain ink finish off my seasonal canvas.


A lot of shadows at the kitchen table, but I really liked the look--reminds me of the deeper shadows you see in the fall.


I hope you've found some inspiration here. For more  seasonal inspiration, please visit the blog to see what my Frilly and Funkie teammates have made for you! Then it's over to you! Remember you'll have a chance to win a $25 gift card to the shop just for playing along! And the Design Team will pick their Top 4, too!

I'm sharing with these challenges:



Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

21 comments:

  1. The texture and colouring you've achieved on these leaves is incredible! So lifelike! And I adore the embossed border that echoes the metallic fall shades. Simply beautiful! xx

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous canvas Sara!! The background is wonderful and those leaves are just spectacular .. I love the rich colours and they so look like the real deal!! Absolutely stunning piece!! hugs x

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  3. Those leaves are spectacular! I love the gorgeous color and texture. That blue background is a refreshing palette to offset the beautiful metal frame and wonderful fall display of leaves!

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  4. Oh my gosh Sara those leaves are magnificent and look stunning in all their autumn glory xxx

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  5. Wonderful canvas, Sara Emily! Those leaves look so real!

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  6. Oooooooh! I literally gasped when these pics loaded on the page. What a work of art! I love that watercolor, inky background and the way the leaves pop off the canvas. And the leaves? Like jewels...so amazing...so completely gorgeous and inspiring. The sentiment is perfection. A new favorite for me. Too gorgeous for words, yet I blather on .....

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  7. I totally adore how you used the kraft core on the edges here! And those leaves make me smile from ear to ear, truly gorgeous! Love the crackle and alcohol ink effects. I can tell this brought you joy, because your details are all perfect. Big hugs, Autumn

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  8. Those gorgeous leaves look like you went out into an autumn garden and picked them up! The crackling and the pooling just add to the realistic look. Your canvas is quite simply stunning!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  9. Just love this, and those leaves look amazing! Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog:)

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  10. Oh how I love this, Sara Emily! At first glance, I wondered if you used real leaves! You've done an incredible job with those leaves...love your colors and crackle! Wow, your backgrounds are awesome and your frame is gorgeous. Stunning project!!! Hugs :-)

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  11. Your crackled golden leaves are amazing, just beautiful tumbling down the panel - what a fabulous autumnal creation.
    Alison x

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  12. Just gorgeous! Great job on those beautiful leaves!

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  13. Gorgeous metal leaves! Love how you have them falling down the canvas! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at SASPC! Maura

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  14. WOW when i first looked at this I thought the leaves were real, well done. THanks for playing along at Mixed Media Monthly

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  15. simply gorgeous.. one of the most realistic artsy leaves I have seen! the colour, the crackle, the everything!! thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Monthly!

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  16. Your have captured the essence of Autumn with this gorgeous project. Your leaves look so natural as if Mother Nature had created them herself! Thank you for sharing this with us at MMW!

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  17. Oh My Goooooodness!!!!.... I have never seen such beautiful leaves, I actually thought you had used real ones at first!!!, really stunning. X

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