During our last visit to the Seattle area, I picked up a few autumn leaves.
I carefully stuck them in between the pages of my Artful Blogging magazine and into my back pack hoping they would make the trip back home to Las Vegas.
(not knowing at the time that Seattle would be my new home I was worried I might not see this type of leaf for a very long time)
Believe it or not, the leaves made the trip home without any damage!
So, now what do I do with this Maple Leaf that is larger than my hand?
I decided to see if I could incorporate my leaf into a mixed media collage.
The substrate I used is a 9x12 piece of watercolor paper.
After coating the paper with Golden Matte Medium, I carefully placed the leaf and then applied another coat of matte medium over the top.
To add more texture and interest, I used some dried tea bags and random stamping.
Still, I felt like it needed something, so I added some simple embroidery stitches.
I am pretty pleased with the results and I have decided to call this piece,
A New Beginning
Now that we are moving up to the Great Northwest I won't have to worry about hoarding autumn leaves anymore!
Hum...I wonder if you can press a cactus in a book?
Thank you so much for visiting!
I know this isn't a holiday type post. I guess I'm a little distracted and overwhelmed with everything else going on, that I haven't been able to keep up!
I do though enjoy getting my "Christmas fix" by visiting all the lovely blogs out there with holiday eye candy.
Sending you warm wishes of peace, joy & love this holiday season!