Sunday, 21 July 2019

Metal Leaf

I saw the Vintage Journey challenge and the DT's beautiful makes and had to join in... at last some inspiration to get me back in the (crafting) groove!

I threw quite a lot of metallic looking mediums on this piece, the front cover of a book, usage yet to be determined.

I didn't take any in progress picture though, until I got to that stage.

The cover of my book was first gessoed, then I glued down a few (real) leaves, a die-cut (Tim Holtz Mixed Media die) and some corners (die-cut waste).

I used 3 colours of acrylic paints to create a "rusty" impression, adding silver to the high points with a soft cloth.

I created a cluster with a piece of designer corrugated cardboard which I tore.

A closer look at the metal shine....


   I used foil on this die-cut

   The "metallic" glint here is
   from mica flakes sitting
   on top of metal thread.

And the completed cover:
Mixed Media with paint, metal and leaves

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Wednesday, Creative ArtisteVintage JourneyBleeding Art challenges.


  1. What a really striking colour palette Christine, you have achieved real depth as though looking through the leaves.

    B x

  2. Christine, I am loving the metallic finishes to this book cover! You have created so much depth with the textures and moody coloring! Just a stunning work of art! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at A Vintage Journey! Hugs! Sara Emily

  3. Beautiful cover! I love that you used real leaves too! Thanks for joining us at The Bleeding Art Challenge!
    Bleeding Art DT

  4. Oh wow - that is fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Bleeding Art!

  5. Ooh, yum! Love the depth to the darks and the metallic gleam out of the shadows. I especially like the silvery trellis in the corner and of course the real leaves. Great to have you along for the ride at A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  6. Magnifique, très inspirante ta couverture d'album !!!!!
    J'aime la richesse des couleurs d'automne que tu as utilisées, et l'argenté qui fait ressortir ces belles feuilles volanes et cette superbe découpe.
    C'est bien beau...
    PS: Je te confirme qu'il y a un souci avec ton adresse mail habituelle!

  7. So happy that the Creative Guides projects have inspired you to create this little beauty! I love all the different metallic media you have used. They add a lot of interest and work well together. Fabulous texture too!. Thank you so much for joining us over at a Vintage Journey. Toni x

  8. Lovely textures, and love all your metallic colors!! I want to touch this! xx Lynn

  9. Wow, what an amazing book cover! I love how you incorporated the leaves and highlighted the beautiful texture that you created with the silver - stunning 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey! I hope you are having a wonderful week! Hugs, Jo x

  10. A fabulous book cover. Great metallic effects and techniques.
    Thank you for joining in with our July challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  11. Wow a stunning book cover. Reminds me of Venetian walls in need of restoration. xx

  12. Forcément j'adore! les couleurs, la patine, la texture, le choix des matériaux, les feuilles, cette couverture est une réussite complète, bravo!!!! bises