Thursday, 1 September 2016

Colours of Autumn

I'm back today to share my DT project for the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Rachel is our lovely host and has chosen the Colours of Autumn as our theme. This is not about using leaves but using the colours associated with the season of Autumn. These colours are right up my street so the only decision was what to do with them ! I've been enjoying doing some pages in my journals lately so that's where I headed for this challenge.

The pages were Gessoed and then I used my fingers to blend Autumnal Fresco Finish colours over the pages. I used the Copper Fresco Finish with a Donna Downey Honeycomb stencil.

Although leaves weren't compulsory for this theme once they were in my head there was no getting away from them! I used a Lin Brown stencil and did several layers of stencilling, replacing the leaf stencil after each colour.

I've skipped ahead a few steps here ! I first of all used a TCW numbers stencil, again doing several layers of stencilling and using the 'bumping' technique to make the numbers pop. I drew around the leaves with a black Stabilo pencil and blended it out using a damp paint brush. I replaced the leaf stencil then used a script stamp to stamp through the stencil. Using my finger I've rubbed Snowflake Fresco Finish paint over areas of the pages, love how this knocks the colour back. Some more stencilling and I've also done some stamping without an acrylic block. I used black Archival but decided it was too harsh so while the ink was still wet I rubbed it back using a baby wipe.

To finish the page I've used a Lin Brown stamp for the quote and I've brushed Prima Parthenay Artisan Powder around the edges and down the centre. I wanted it a little more grunged so again used my finger with French Roast Fresco Finish around the edges of the pages.

I sprtized the page with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and still feeling I needed something else I watered down some Snowflake Fresco Finish and flicked that across the pages too.

A couple of close ups for you, this one you can see the stamping done through the stencil.

One final shot to show the quote and you can see some splattering too !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the DT. 


  1. Wow, Sue, I am really impressed by your absolutely stunning art journal page! What rich background, awesome colors and such fabulous unique flowers! This is simply brilliant! Big hugs! Branka xx

  2. stunning work Sue - perfection - I love the stencilling - it has worked so very wonderfully! Hugs rachel x

  3. Fabulous journal pages Sue lots of painted layers and stencilling
    TFS Annie x

  4. Wow, the addition of the white and black over those vivid autumnal colours gives such depth and detail to this page spread - stunning work as ever, Sue.
    Alison x

  5. So fun to see this go from such a bright bold beginning to a deep RICH & RUSTIC FALL FOLIAGE FABULOUSNESS. All my fav colors Sue - so I love your creativity on this piece. Xj.

  6. WoW!!! Stunning spread, I love all the layers of stencilling and paints, fabulous colours and pages!!!
    So happy to take the time to visit you and read the details... This is always so interesting to get them.
    Hugs, Coco xx