I am also entering The Artistic Stamper Creative blog October challenge with this project.
Well, the poor leaves had to endure a lot of "treatments" I admit. It almost felt, like I was violating nature. Naah, ...almost ;)
It was a bit difficult taking a picture of the whole project, because it is quite huge, but I hope you can see enough. Close-ups are coming up anyway.
First I sprayed the leaves with Glimmer Mists and let them dry. Then I gave them a coat of white Gesso, doing this twice, as the first always mixes up with the sprayed on colours. But the second layer ( a thicker coat this time) always becomes lighter, when you provide sufficient drying time between each coating.I also made sure that the edges of the Gesso layers blended with the areas I left without Gesso.
Into the almost dried Gesso I printed the Tim Holtz "fallen leaves" stamps with Distress ink "rusty hinge" - so I got a print and a relief as well.
Around the printed images I gave some areas a treat with patina, to get a look of decay and rotting with some visual quality.
While the patina did its' working, I prepared the background and the labels, which are meant as a quotation of Magrittes paintings, un-naming things ("Ceci n'est pas une pipe") while showing them in the painting, and Getrude Steins later "A rose is a rose is a rose".
Why are we so touched by fallen leaves every autumn, although we know it is a sign of decay (and rebirth as well)? When does a leaf stop being a leaf? Is it still a leaf, if I print a (non-real) leaf onto it and thus make it a background for an image of a leaf? Is it twice a leaf then and thus even more "leaf"? ;)
But back to the project:
I wrote the words with a black brush tip pen, tore the labels using a firmly held down acrylic block, and blended the edges with "peeled paint" Distress ink.
Two holes, some wire for the hanging, positioning the leaves and glueing them onto their spaces - wallaaah!
Here are the promised close-ups: