Art Elements Theme Challenge – Foliage

Welcome the the September Art Elements theme challenge which is hosted this month by Caroline Dewison and the theme she chose is, very appropriately for the time of year, Foliage. Autumn is my favourite time of year so I love the gorgeous colours that it brings with it but leaves are wonderful at anytime since they have the ability to completely change the landscape.

The header photo for this post is a watercolour sketch I did a few months ago but it did inspire a new piece for this challenge. At the beginning of this month I was feeling a little off colour so spent a couple of days camped out on the sofa in front of the TV. I can never watch TV without having something to do with my hands so I found big A3 pad and started sketching out leaf shapes with the aim of completely filling the page. Once done I broke out my Inktense pencils and started filling in batches of leaves. Once each colour was done I painted on water to bring the ink to life which is a lot less messy (and safer) than trying to use watercolour paints whilst sat on a sofa.

I continued using different colour combinations until the page was completely full and then embellished each leaf using Posca paint pens and Gel pens.

It’s a very simple process but effective and very therapeutic if you’re not feeling one hundred percent but need some sort of distraction.

Next up I did some very simple layered water colour pieces with stylised foliage motifs, again using paint pens. I often do these simple design as a way to warm up before a painting session or if I’m stuck for ideas and just need to get in the flow.

Later in the month I was feeling the urge to do some bead embroidery…it’s been a while and leaves throw up plenty of ideas. I found a large teardrop Labrodorite cabochon with gorgeous flashes and inclusions and dug out some beads to complement and enhance it. I kept the design very simple so as not to detract from the stone and I love the way it turned out.

However, once finished I did realise that the veins are actually running the wrong way, not that it matters but I decided to do a second one just to calm my pedantic brain. This time I used an asymmetric oval Jasper cabochon and more earthy tone which I really like – although I can’t help thinking it looks like a turtle or tortoise!

Then I got my sewing kit out planning to do some embroidered foliage but as you may have seen from my post earlier this week, I couldn’t make my mind up what to do. In the end I decided to stitch some samplers on Khadi paper just to play around with stitches that could give a foliage effect. If you’d like to see all the ideas I had check out the post here.

I never actually got around to transferring these to a final piece but I did finish up having a little play with some printed Khadi paper I found while rummaging.

I was just interested to see what could be done with the paper so I stitched motifs resembling the design and it held up really well. I really enjoyed stitching with paper…it kept me more loose in my approach and I may explore stitching with different materials in the future.

So thats me for this month. Many thanks to Caroline for choosing such an inspiring theme and please now join in with our blog hop to see what all the other participants have created.

Art Elements Team

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