Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Preserving Autumn's Beauty

Has it really been the best autumn ever?

Have the leaves been brighter? 
The skies bluer?

I decided to preserve the leaves as best I could so I could enjoy them after they'd blown off the trees and vanished.

Janelle and I gathered the most vibrant leaves we could find and preserved them simply.
It was lightning fast and so easy we decided to share a little tutorial with you here:

But that wasn't enough. I sketched and painted and snipped a bit...
Here's how you can do that, too.

First I did a very pale pencil line, simple as could be.
Then I used a pen to ink it in, refining and adding more detail.

Then paint and calligraphy and a layer of cut paper under the main sheet on a matching watercolor completed the piece.

Two ways to remember the foliage of autumn...

What fun!


Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Sharyn - very lovely. Your art work is so gorgeous. Enjoying your book on Paper cutting too. Hope you have a delightful day.

Michelle Palmer said...

Absolutely beautiful, Sharyn!