Fall Splendor

Hero shot of the completed Fall Splendor artwork.
“Fall Splendor” mixed-media assemblage artwork 15″ x 15″

I am blessed to live in a home surrounded by a beautiful natural setting. I love to walk my dog through the woods and apple orchard and collect natural treasures that we find. During certain times of the year, the wild turkeys are very prolific around here, as are deer and other wildlife. On our walks I often come across the most amazing array of feathers from the many different birds. I’ve kept a stash of a lot of them for ages, and realized that they really are the perfect fall accent for my artwork.

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I was feeling really inspired by the falling leaves and their textures, the color palette of late summer merging with fall colors, and the amazing array of nature I see daily. To capture the essence of this, I wanted to use a combination of bright and fall colors, and one of my favorite products to use is our incredible ColorSparx powders. I laid down the 12″ TCW947 Beaded Mandala stencil and sprinkled a rainbow of the colors in the desired shades over the top.

Close up image showing the TCW947 Beaded Mandala stencil laying on watercolor paper. The ColorSparx powders have been sprinkled over the top of the stencil and are waiting to get sprayed with the spritz bottle.
TCW947 Beaded Mandala Stencil sprinkled with ColorSparx powders.

I then used our Spritz bottle to lightly spray water over the top of the stencil and ColorSparx powders. This is one of my favorite ways to create a colorful background easily, and I use this technique quite often for its absolutely stunning results, as shown in the following image.

Close up image showing the gorgeous ColorSparx watercolor powders spritzed, activated, and now dried.
Close up image showing the watercolor paper which has been spritzed with the water and dried.

Another fun thing to do with this technique is to then take the wet stencil and flip the dirty side of the stencil over onto another clean sheet of watercolor paper to remove the remaining colorsparx off the stencil and onto the paper. This can give you a fabulous ghost print, making two prints for the one use of the stencil! If you’re in a hurry, you can even leave it on the paper to dry and come back later. For the background of this artwork, I used a background using this technique and the same stencil in the same colors, as shown in the following image.

Image of the 'ghost print' background watercolor paper with turkey feathers attached.
The ghost print stenciled background (with turkey feathers) forms the background for the wreath.

Next, using Tim Holtz leaf dies by Sizzix, I cut the first sheet of the 12″ TCW947 Beaded Mandala stencil watercolor paper into multiple leaf shapes to use for the wreath. This is so much easier than trying to paint individual leaves! And just look at the cool effects on each of these leaves (the top left and bottom right leaves are my favorites). I just love the effects the ColorSparx powders create in addition to the stencil marks and spray water marks. I could spend all day making ColorSparx papers!

A composite image of four smaller images showing the die cut leaves up close and in greater detail.
Leaf shapes were die cut using the stenciled background watercolor paper.

Using TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium, I attached the die cut leaves over the turkey feathers to build the wreath shape. Do you ever have a few leftovers from other projects that you just simply cannot bear to part with because you like them so much? Me too! That’s what I used next. I attached some leftover faux botanical hydrangea petals and green leaves to the inside of the wreath shape (to help make the ColorSparx die cut leaves really stand out!).

Close up angle shot showing the wreath structure with background, turkey feathers, die cut ColorSparx leaves, and faux botanical petals and leaves.
Close up image showing the yummy die cut leaves and faux botanicals creating the wreath.
Full image of the wreath structure.
Image of the full wreath with the outside leaves and faux botanicals attached.

And lastly, I filled in the center of the wreath using additional faux botanical petals and wooden beads for a pop of color in the center. Voila – the wreath is now complete!

Full image of the completed Fall Splendor wreath.
Image of the completed Fall Splendor Wreath.

If you’d like to watch a super quick fly-by video (33 seconds) of this process, please hop on over to my YouTube Channel @TealHareCreations.

Michaela Butterworth
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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