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Leaf Notes

I know I left you hanging yesterday, like a leaf on a tree… LOL!  So here it is – the moment you have been waiting for – a before and after photo of my watercolor leaves!  😉

I finished them with gesso and added some “leaf” notes for my hubby and myself with pencil.  I thought these little reminders would be great to put on the fridge or left in unexpected places.  We all like to feel loved and appreciated!  🙂

The other images are gift tags I’m making for another project.  I painted these on both sides with watercolor and the gesso – here is an example of one I made for myself:

I added a little glitter to these tags too.  Other ideas are tucking them into a card for a friend, give as a bookmarker or use as a place setting at a special dinner, like Easter.  They are fun to write a message of inspiration on one side and a person’s name on the other side but you could do whatever you want.

Speaking of shapes, here are my leftover stencils:

One of the nice things about gesso is that it works as a glue so was able to complete their shapes by gluing there openings closed.  I could then use the negative and positive shapes on my gelli-printing plate!

The above is an example of using my positive and negative shapes with layers of Golden Fluid Acrylic paints.  Aren’t they just AWESOME?!

I will show you more of my gelli prints tomorrow – oh, the colors!!!  :-)))

Happy Creating!

P.S.  If you were to leave a “leaf” note for yourself or someone, what would it say?!  I’d love to hear from you!

A Leaf Stencil

I learned this technique from Lynn Whipple last year in the Year of the Spark online class with Carla Sonheim.  I decided to try creating stencils with some of my own leaf shapes.

I drew my leaf shapes on cardstock and then cut them out.  I was careful to keep the shape intact so that I only had to tape one opening.

Next, I taped the stencils to watercolor paper.  I previously painted a light layer of watercolor on the paper so it would not buckle.   I then added another layer of paint:

I experimented with salt and cling wrap on a couple of the leaves.  Tomorrow I will reveal the painted leaves!

I know that I could have simply painted the paper with watercolors and then drew the leaf shape onto it but there is a reason that I didn’t do this and I will show you tomorrow.

Happy Creating!  🙂

A Leaf Study


Playing with shape, line and color on leaves with a few pods thrown in!

Happy Saturday Friends!  🙂

Branching Out

I started an online class with Diane Culhane yesterday called, “The Love of A Tree.”  You can find out more about it here:  http://www.carlasonheim.com/for-the-love-of-a-tree-diane-culhane/I enjoy taking classes from Diane as she is a wonderful teacher and I love her whimsical style!  Plus she paints with lots of color like me!  🙂

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my tree photos.

Fall oak leaves

Sunset at lake

Hope you branch out and try something new today!  I’d love to hear what you do!

Cheers!  🙂


A Fall Chiller

There was a fall chill in the air today – A real CHILLER!

I wanted to stay with the Michael Jackson music theme for completing my mixed media leaf print that I started last week.  You can find my beginning piece here.

I added another layer of watercolor:


And finished this THRILLER with black pen:


Not too BAD!  What do you think?

Happy Creating!  😊🎶🎨

Just Leaf It

My title for this post reminds me of Michael Jackson’s song, “Just Beat It!”


I tend to be musically challenged in that I cannot remember the artist or the name of the song.  It brings a lot of humor to our marriage. 😄

I started the above piece with soft pastels:


I like the texture it gives to the paper.

Next, I painted REAL leaves with acrylic paint and pressed them into cold press watercolor paper:


I tried to add a variety of colors and leaf shapes.

After it dried, I added my first layer of watercolor:


I like the added texture that the soft pastels have added to the piece but it may be difficult for you to see it.

I will add many more layers of watercolor paint and finish it with a black pen. Much like these previous experiments that you can find here.   I also have them listed in the category of Leaf Printing on the right.

Happy Creating!  🍂😄🍁

Don’t Be A Crabapple

As a child, my older sister would often tell me, “Don’t be a cry baby!”

For some strange reason this is what came to my mind as I was painting these Crabapples…


Maybe it was because I was having a tough day.  😁

You know those days when you get paint everywhere but where you WANT it to go… Your clothes, the carpet, your hair, the cat’s hair (OK, I’m exaggerating a little).  Hehe!

And we got a new computer with Windows 10.  I had the “old” system all figured out.  Hmmm, does this mean I’m getting old?  😳

Now I need to find a new photo editing software for Windows 10.  Any ideas?!  😉

I did enjoy painting these Crabapples in watercolor.  And I added a few color pencils at the end.  I had some beautiful fall photos of my two Crabapple trees in my yard BUT I will have to save this for another day when I have time to play with the computer.   Let’s just say, thank goodness for my iPad!  😀

Happy Creating!  🎨😊

Painted Leaves

Last year I did a leaf study of autumn leaves in watercolor that I previously posted.  You can see it here.

I wanted to try it again this year!  Below is my photo of 3 leaves that I used as my reference:

photo of 3 fall leaves

And here is my watercolor painting:

3 fall leaves

I need to go back and add a second coat of watercolor paint to my Maple leaf but overall, I am pleased with my results.

Happy Creating!  🙂

A Fall Collage

As many of you probably know, I really love playing with color!  So I created this mixed media collage tonight of leaves:

Fall leaves collage with gelli prints etc

I used a variety of papers – some my own that I printed with the gelli plate, leftover paint and syran wrap.  I also used scrapbook paper and a dictionary word and photo.

After I glued my papers to 140 lb hot press watercolor paper with a glue stick, I outlined the leaves with pencil.  Then I smudged the outlines to give them dimension.

I did a similar “summer” collage with summery colors, here.

Happy Weekend Friends!  :-)))

P.S.  I have decided to take a break this Saturday and Sunday from posting on my blog.  I am pretty tired from a busy week at work.  So I decided to rest up.  Look forward to seeing what you are creating!  🙂

One Brushstroke

We are winding up our weekend trips to the lake.  I am running a bit behind today as we had a wonderful sunny weekend – so I tried to soak up a few rays, take a boat ride with my hubby and a couple of QUICK dips in the 64 degree lake water!  It helps that the air was 80 plus degrees!  :-))

I took some AWESOME fall lake photos with my camera!  YAY!  But I will post only a few today to go with my haiku.  I hope you enjoy!

Green leaves fade as Fall

Upclose of bush near John & Sue - 1

paints colors with one brush stroke –

Leaves changing on bush near Sue & John

Softly blending reds –

upclose of bush by John & Sue - 2

Have a happy fall day!  🙂