Thursday, October 27, 2011

Art Leaves

Autumn...

that time of year when I long to live somewhere with colorful leaves. 



Since I can't make that move right now, I'll have to settle for making my own leaves. 


I created my leaves with a mixture of paint, paper, and fabric. 


I love to paint on fabric.




This project was small enough that I was able to just use scraps I had on hand.


In fact, some of the texture you see here is from coffee dyed dryer sheets.  
If I didn't like the brightness of the paint or fabric I just applied part of the dryer sheet to tone it down.


Then, stitching randomly to add interest.


...and finally, some copper wire to hang my leaves.


I love how my Art Leaves turned out.  
I might even consider putting them into my new Etsy Shop, but I'm still trying to figure all that out. 


I'm joining my friends again at 
So many beautiful artists there, please check it out. 
Also linking up with
Artists in Blogland
for
Show and Tell Saturday

Thank you so much for your visit and kind words here.  
I enjoy reading your comments and sharing my love of art with you.   :-)

Peace, 

Becca 

72 comments:

Gloria said...

Wow that is a lot of work and you've done a great job. Very nice.Happy PPF!

Gods Little People said...

How cute are those leaves! I absolutely LOVE the texture. I love art where you discover a whole world within when you look real close. Nice work Becca!
xo

JKW said...

I love your creativity and that you used different media. Great job, I definitely would use that, not as leaves, but as my dolls dress (I make cloth dolls). Blessings, Janet PPF

Henrietta said...

Those are gorgeous:) You really have the talent to do something so tiny, I would loose my mind with them.
Beautiful work.
Have a nice weekend

Rosie Kaplan said...

They are lovely and really enjoyed progessing down the page looking at them.

Dorthe said...

Becca, your leaves are amazing, and so very beautiful- I think I have to try using those dryer sheets for something,also. Your colours are so lovely-and thanks for the almost tutorial, :)
xo,Dorthe

T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my gosh Becca! Your fabric leaves are absolutely gorgeous! I can see a whole bunch of them hanging from a twig tree in a lovely face. What a beautiful display that would make. Like you, I miss the changing of the seasons -- our weather is changing, but everything looks the same. And when weather is dreary, it just makes the desert so much more drab than usual. Give me bright blue skies and sunshine any ol' day. Hope you have a fabulous Friday. Tammy

NatashaMay said...

That is such a wonderful creative idea. :) The autumn is not what it's suppose to be this year so don't feel bad for not seeing leaves change. :)

Diane said...

These are beautiful Becca! And that stitching--icing on the cake!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Beautiful, Becca.... second leaf tutorial I have seen on a blog this week. Nice!

andrea creates said...

you've been so busy!
these are very creative and pretty :)

lyle baxter said...

grand idea! I have a surplus of leaves all over my garden but would be glad to share! truly yours are much better and longer lasting!

Tracy said...

What a wonderful idea--no colorful leaves, make your own! These are simply GORGEOUS, Becca! I love the mix of media you used to create these, and those metallic-looking threads...*swoon*... A leaf mobile could be something...hhhmmm... Tomorrow hubby will be away at a music seminar, and I plan on a girlie day in my studio to paint. We've been dealing with some loss lately, so my heart wasn't in much. But the art heartstrings are stirring again. ;o) I will send you the newsletter tonight. Happy Weekend, my friend ((HUGS))

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Creating your own Fall, I love it Becca! xox

Magpie said...

I love these! They rival Mother Nature's leaves, actually maybe even prettier. What a fun idea!

Tracey Potter said...

Your leaves are lovely. Happy PPF.

Yvonne said...

These are wonderful. I've made paper fabric before and love using it. I'm not in PPF this week but still love to get around and see all the creativity.

Pointy Pix said...

These are so clever and turned out beautifully. I love the coffee dyed dryer sheets - that's so ingenious! You maybe make ones with festive colours to hang on Christmas trees?

TexWisGirl said...

they are very unique and intriguing.

Lisa Graham Art said...

You are so creative Becca! I love your little leaves! Makes me want to buy a sewing machine.

Kristin Dudish said...

These are gorgeous! Coffee dyed dryer sheets? I never would have guessed... Fantastic!

xo
Kristin

carlarey said...

These are incredible! You should get a large branch and make your own one of a kind tree.

Dawn said...

I really do like your leaves such texture and colour (my fave) Love Dawn xx

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

The colours, stitching etc are beautiful in these Becca!

iamrushmore said...

Wow - these are so beautiful and such a wonderful idea. I love seeing the close ups of all your delicious layers.

Dianne said...

These are so lovely and creative! What a great idea!

Linda R. said...

Those turned out amazing.. How fun and creative. You definitely need to put them in your Etsy shop.

Heavens2Betsy said...

Truly fantastic leaves. I love them. penny

EVA said...

LOL! What amazing and creative work to get some falling leaves. I csn mail you some it you'd like! Yours however are much more beautiful.

Mary C. Nasser said...

I am SUCH a fan of your work! :)
Beautiful and elegant! Love the last image, but also the images that incorporate nature outside, too!

What an inspiration!
The blues and metallics with are wonderful!
Wish I could take a class from you!

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

amy said...

these are cool!

i LOVE painting on fabric.

I love sewing on paper.

i am happy to see this post :)))
xxa

Julie said...

These are all so pretty, love them!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Beautifully creative art leaves! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) ~ Happy PPF ^_^

Tammie said...

wonderful and your photographs of them truly show off their special beauty!

Anne said...

Happy PPF! So glad to be dropping by your blog. I LOVE your leaves! Such a fun process and so pretty.

Susan said...

Beautiful leaves! Love the stitching and the painting, it makes them so much more dimensional!

Anne said...

What a great idea! Love the look. thanks for sharing!! Happy PPF!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I am sooo saving my dryer sheets and drying them... these are just beautiful, almost makes me want to get out a sewing machine... note I said almost... but this is really inspiring stuff happy PPF xx

Carol said...

These are incredible! i love the colors and all the texture!!

Robin Panzer Art said...

Well these are just enchanting! Happy PPF!

Linda said...

How lovely, Becca! So many fun techniques...very original and creative!

Janet said...

These leaves are simply beautiful! Any tree would be thrilled to have leaves this pretty to show off in autumn. Love all the colors and textures and layers.

erin said...

oh becca, these are wonderful! i have some of the real ones waiting for you on my blog. the leaves are peaking here in tennessee, i wish you could see them!
erin
xxoo

Kelly Warren said...

Becca these are so beautiful! I've always wanted to play along at Paint Party Friday. Looks like so much fun.

Gillian Olson said...

Becca the leaves are beautiful, great idea.

MollyGirl said...

so creative! you're not missing anything-- your leaves are every bit as pretty as those changing colors in the cool climates!

SHERI C said...

These leaves are fantastic! Happy PPF!

Torunn said...

You can do it most incredible! Very beautiful.

Manon said...

Becca what a wonderful idea to use up all the scrap bits,I love using up all little bits it gives such a cleared up mind in some sort of funny way.
manonX

Heather said...

I love this post!! These are awesome leaves. Thank you for sharing!

Catherine said...

I am loving your crafty leaves Becca ~ very fun! I could use some of these today. The wind is howling and blowing all the lovely leaves off the trees.... :(

Hope you are having a happy weekend!
xo Catherine

bohemiannie! art said...

These just make me totally happy. They're beautiful.

Judy S. said...

How fun! And you don't even need to rake them!

Barb said...

Great leaves.... I can't wait till your on Etsy... let me know if you have ?'s, I have a shop, might not know the answer but would love to help if I can.

KAT said...

Just simply amazing my friend ! Wonderful creativity here... I love your leaves very much

- KAT -

Geckostone said...

How creative, these are awesome!!!! Deb

mama bleu said...

love these leaves!!

Fallingladies said...

the leaves are truly wonderful, so are your photos of them, love all the detail you showed. Inspiring!

Brianne said...

Perfect for a little Florida change of color! Thank you for sharing your craft with your beautiful photos. Happy Autumn. Peace.

hellopalz said...

Wow... what a great way to make unique earring pieces....love it

Terrie said...

What a creative and unusual idea - love the texture and variety you were able to create.
Visiting from Artist in Blogland (AIB)

Lesley said...

Hi Becca - we have leaves all different colours here at the moment but I much prefer these BEAUTIFUL leaves that you have created. And I love the music on your blog today :)

justine said...

absolutely brilliant! wow!

Rosie said...

This is such a great idea and looks gorgeous, Becca!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

So pretty. Such satisfaction from new creations. You added some fun and beauty to a few sicky days I've been dealing with.

lisa said...

What a great idea Becca, and they are just beautiful!
I love all of the wonderful detail in them, and the fact that you can see the love that went into making them.

P.S. Our leaves are gone now, so I can't send you any but I do have some snow I would like to get rid of!! :-)

Lorraine said...

wow love your art leaves and new kitten. thanks for your encouraging comment on my watercolour paintings

Laurie said...

Your leaves are gorgeous!!! I'm featuring them today on my blog as part of a collection of leaf-inspired creativity: http://sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com/2011/11/falling-for-leaves-collection-of.html
Thanks for sharing your great idea and talent!

Beansieleigh said...

These are beautiful! I'd love to try making a set of these myself.. maybe over the weekend! Thanks for sharing how you made yours! ~tina

Cynthia Hanna said...

Becca, I've just discovered your blog :) I love the leaves, the mixture of materials and textures - and they turned out beautifully! I also love the art, the crocheted flowers & the tatting, so I'm now following.

poindextr said...

these are truly gorgeous! some of the most beautiful handmade items I've seen lately.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I love these little leaves! We have plenty of colored leaves here in southern Indiana but none as pretty as yours ;)

xx Jaime