Woodsy Autumn

This new set, ‘Woodsy’ from Penny Black will be fabulous for winter scenes but before I put it to work in the snow I decided to create an autumn vista with the three trees.

Hoping to create the colour mass I see when the trees are at their best I pulled out a few brusho powders. I didn’t come close to the beauty outside right now but the brusho powders did not disappoint. If you have used brusho you will know they are unpredictable. I had a scene in mind and hoped the brusho would play its part.

First I stamped the three trees in ‘fallen leaves’ versafine clair ink and embossed in clear powder on hot pressed watercolour paper. To preserve the white tree trunks I used a clear embossing marker to cover the length of each trunk and embossed in clear powder again. With distress inks and blending brushes I blended speckled egg ink in the sky area and fossilized amber and brushed corduroy on the ground. I used simple post-it note masks to suggest hills and horizon.

Before sprinkling brusho over the panel I lay a paper mask over the sky at the top of the panel and ground at the bottom of the panel. I sprinkled sandstone brusho over the middle area then spritzed from 10″ inches above. I watched and waited as the colours began to appear and spread then added a little more brusho and water. I dried it with a heat tool before repeating the process. You have to be patient with brusho; if you add too much water too soon you will not have spots and dots of colour. Sandstone brusho is made up of several colours so I saw yellow, red, orange and brown appear, even a few blue dots too.

Once I had some nice patterns appearing I added a bit of yellow brusho and a tiny sprinkle of terracotta then left the panel alone while I ate lunch. After drying the panel thoroughly I blended more ink with the same post-it masks I had used at the beginning.

When I stopped I couldn’t decide if the scene was artsy or just messy. I set it aside and tried a few other approaches for a brusho autumn scene but kept coming back to this one, the messy, artsy, woodsy one!

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8 Comments on “Woodsy Autumn”

  1. Paula S says:

    It’s beautiful Heather! You have worked your magic again!

  2. Pat says:

    It looks gorgeous Heather and a great combination of blended DI’s and then the added Brushos for the fallen leaves have given real depth and rich autumn colour to the finished look..it’s brilliant!! x

  3. Karen Jackson says:

    This is beautiful Heather, and so representative of what is happening everywhere as the leaves tumble and swirl down. The colours are lovely.

  4. Bonnie says:

    This is definitely artsy and a perfect Autumn scene, Heather!

  5. Loll says:

    LOVE your Autumn trees, Heather. They are gorgeous! Love the way you were able to create the hills in the background. xx

  6. Lagene says:

    Love your fall scene!

  7. paprpass says:

    Beautiful card and such a creative, patient use of Brusho powder! Do you seal your card with something after creating with Brusho? If so, what do you use? I have trouble with it coming off on my fingers. Thank you!

    • Heather says:

      So sorry to take so long to reply. I don’t seal my cards so occasionally it does come off on my fingers. I did take the time to seal another project recently with Blair matte fixative. It gave the project a nice finish but I had to air it for a while as it had a strong smell.


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