Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Winter's on the way.

'November Beech Trees'

I have been living in the summer over the past couple of months, working on summer inspired pieces using photographs I took during the warmer months as my inspiration. This week  however I thought I would take a more seasonal approach and use some Gelli printed mulberry paper I made while the fallen leaves were still dry and crisp.


Autumn leaves
                             
 I collected  Autumn leaves and used acrylic paint to print them onto the paper with my Gelli plate.  I then used the paper to make an abstract woodland.
 The trees were splatter painted with an old toothbrush after I blocked off the surrounding areas with masking tape. The copper red reminds me of the shiny glistening bark of the Beech tree. It seems to stand out so prominently when there is not much colour around, The background of collaged bookpaper text was going to be covered more heavily in gesso, but I like the way the text contrasts with the bark so I left it. I often feel I overwork things and my new challenge is to know when to leave things alone!

Gelli printed mulberry paper
Collage obsession have a Haiku Theme this week so here is my woodland abstract with a little 5/7/5 Haiku.


Still,quiet,sharp frost.
Sweet smell of Autumn Decay
winter's on her way.

Time to light the fire and wrap up warm!

linking to Collage Obsession  and Paint party Friday.

20 comments:

  1. Those layers are scrumptious and the poem very evocative. I love Skye - you are very lucky to live there.

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  2. It's so lovely, the winter feel really comes through!

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  3. Thank you for your comments on my blog and the link to your post on Citrasolve. The videos by Cathy Taylor were really interesting I will have to try and get my hands on some National Geographic magazines and give it a try.
    I love the results you have achieved using the autumn leaves in your printing.

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  4. 'November Beech Trees' is a stunning work. I love it. it is so beautifully and creatively done. It looks just magical, very inspiring piece. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Lovely Haiku and it links beautifully with the abstract trees, very interesting and original. It's good to have a personal challenge, and 'knowing when to leave things alone' is certainly a challenge. There is such a lot to comment on and think about in this post, and I always like the way you describe your process. Because my Gelli plate is so new I would have been afraid of putting anything like a leaf (or perhaps a fern) on the plate - were the leaves still fairly fresh rather than dry? Enjoyed your post as always.

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  6. I am becoming envious of these geli plates. lol..I must get one!! Gorgeous work!! Do I see some digital color changes...so beautiful... Glad you're enjoying it!!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  7. Beautiful, love how you used the leaves. The collages are all great, I enjoyed seeing them. Valerie

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  8. Lots of lovely layers of colours and patterns, happy PPF, Annette x

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  9. Love the abstract trees, simplicity sometimes speaks more, bu like you I find it hard to leave it alone. I think it depends on what youare trying to say. Here simplicity is awesome. Your Haiku is wonderful.

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  10. Great technique with wonderful results Morag, I have never tried gelli prints. I love your winter inspired Haiku but I dont envy the cold winter weather and biting winds.

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  11. Oh I love it Morag!! Your haiku goes so well printed on it, another beautiful creative piece!

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  12. Wow--most gorgeous! I like the text coming through too. When you say "Gelli plate" do you mean a layer of gelatin? I actually made gelatin prints a couple weeks ago, and hadn't thought yet what I might do with them. Here's some inspiration! This is really really gorgeous!

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  13. Beautiful! I love the colors an textures - especially of your woodland prints. They have a timeless feel to them :)

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  14. Really interesting piece! love the addition of the paint splatters.

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  15. I just love the texture and the wave like pattern from the edges.

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  16. Gorgeous poem...and beautiful art..trees are part of my soul..so your art really calls out to me always...so magical ..the textures feel like a hidden language..so multi-sensory and full of wisdom..your art feels like the footprints or handprints of a tree..or like ancient fossil prints...stunning and remarkable..powerful !
    Victoria

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  17. Really wonderful haiku collage. But I don't understand how you added the text? I want to make haiku art similar to this, but I haven't figured out how to add the text. My background is fine art but not calligraphy.

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