Thursday 19 January 2012

Pressed leaves and pastel

I finally made the effort to get active in the colour enhancement class run by WWPFG. I chose some very uninteresting leaves that had turned a muddy brown and enhanced them with ground pastels, red, green and orange to give them a makeover. Grinding the pastels got me sooooo messy but it was fun!
I then decide to use them in a picture. I used mount board to colour on, using red and yellow pastels for the sun and orange and brown pastels to suggest landscape lines. I then glued my pressed leaves along the landscape line and an extra one off the beaten track.
A rummage through my stash of frames found just the right one for the picture and I'm thrilled to bits with the finished piece. My daughter came to visit, saw it and wanted it straight away! She even offered to buy it but she doesn't know yet, ahah, she will be getting it for her birthday next month.

I have also submitted my picture to PanPastel UK Challenge Blog. They have a lovely set of pan pastels for blog candy this challenge.

I'd love to hear what people think about it so if you could check a reaction or leave a comment I will be a happy bunny :) Thank you!


  1. This looks fabulous Carolyn, love it. Carol x

  2. I love it Carolyn, just my type of picture. My son did a watercolour painting of trees - very similar to this - when he was 18 and it hangs in one of the bedrooms. Hazel x

  3. This is beautiful Carolyn - and I can see why your daughter fell for it.

    Catherine x

  4. A really beautiful project, love it
    Lindsay xx

  5. Really beautiful project Carolyn, I had no idea that you could enhance the colour of leaves with pastels.

  6. This is stunning Carolyn, also love your other projects. Michelle x

  7. Thank you for adding your link to my blog hop, do like this leaf project

  8. really gorgeous very elegant looking xx