Tuesday, October 09, 2007


I am in the midst of working on a journal cover for the autumn design challenge that is being put on by one of the teams I am part of on Etsy. Things were going well, I had a great design of falling leaves, the tooling turned out great and I had colored the leaves by applying layers of dye creating a realistic look. The plan was to apply resist to the leaves to protect the color and then antique the piece. Unfortunately it didn't work that way, for what ever reason the finish I applies as the resist failed and everything antiqued. This means that I went from this:

To this:

A little bit of the dye shows through the antique, but I'm not really thrilled with the effect because it makes the leaves look muddy (and diseased for the ones with a lot of green) rather than realistic so I was forced to back up and come up with a new plan. Luckily my old standby of copper paint seems to have worked well, but I'm still disappointed. For one I wanted to do realistic leaves and two I don't want to end up using the copper and brown combination too much.

1 comment:

Felicia said...

Its beautiful!