Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Seasonal Colour

Seasonal Colours is the theme that Zoe has chosen for the latest Craft-Room Challenge. She has given us an Autumn colour palette and a Spring colour palette - you only need to choose one but can do both if you wish.

Our sponsor this fortnight is Rogue Redhead Designs

For my DT piece I thought I'd have a go at some leaf printing. I've had a book for years and years called Nature Printing with Herbs, Fruit and Flowers by Laura Donnelly Bethmann, I thought it was time to read it properly.

This is the end result.

I sponged distress inks onto the backs of the leaves, sandwiched them between two sheets of watercolour paper and put them through my Big Shot.

This is the original print, I thought it was a bit pale so I lightly added some coloured pencil.

This is one of the prints that I decided not to use, I used a lovely juicy chrysanthemum and it made a bit of a mess which was a shame as the leaves were nice.

I used a cheap frame from a local charity shop.

I coloured it with black gesso and red and green emulsion paint. 

I covered the frame with Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and when it was dry painted over it with a light coloured emulsion paint. Here is a snippet, you can just about see the colours showing through. I gave the frame a couple coats of matte varnish. The print was matted onto a piece of coloured card before framing.

As usual my teamies have made some fabulous samples and they would love you all to visit the Craft-Room to take a look,


  1. wow! so beautiful- nature in all its glory! Debi xxx

  2. Lovely leaf printing & a nice cheap framing solution too!


  3. They've turned out beautifully, Hazel. Mine would be like the chrysanthemum one LOL. The frame looks fantastic too.

  4. Fabulous, I love your leaf prints great use of the Autumn pallet XOXO Zoe

  5. Fabulous frame and beautirul leaf printing;-))m

  6. Wow, Hazel, those prints are amazing and I just adore your frame. Brilliant pictures. Are you hanging them or using them as gifts?
    Hugs, Neet x

  7. A beautiful print, & the crackled frame looks great Hazel! xxx

  8. Gorgeous frame Hazel!! The stars are those wonderful leaf prints though - I've always wanted to try that with inks but never have. . . .! Hope you are well and miss seeing you at Ally Pally!!
    Julia xx

  9. Wow! Really, really beautiful. You are so talented!

  10. I am in awe of the prints and the frame! This project is just stunning! I am a HUGE fan of stuff I can hang up & this would look wonderful in my hallway (hint hint) - and thank you for the amazing idea! xoxo

  11. Love the leaf prints Hazel they are absolutely stunning as is your beautiful frame.

    TFS and have a lovely weekend

    Huge hugs
    Annie x