I liked the black background against the green and the clear embossing on the last pair of leaf panels I made, so I thought I’d have a go at a more subtle version with one of the other Brusho/stencil attempts.
Once again, I used the stencil as a mask, covered the Brusho with Versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder — though I just added a single layer this time.
For the background, I blended some green Distress oxides — I could have used regular Distress ink but the oxides were right in front of me. The result was nice though not that interesting. In an attempt to perk it up, I dripped water across the background and lifted some colour to add a bit of texture; that helped a bit. Then, I smeared the three colours of oxide on my mat, spritzed them with water and covered the background with splatters.
It was really in need of some contrast by now, so I outlined the leaf in India ink. Again, a simple outline wasn’t enough, but this time I restrained myself and just filled the gaps within the leaf in black.
A smear of white gold wax around the border finished it off nicely.
The other panel in this pair is the simplest of all six that I made. I decided to not use any black and just keep it really simple. The Brusho had seeped under a few of the stencil edges, but only to the extent of being “nicely imperfect” rather than “a mess”, so I could get away with simply replacing the stencil and drawing around it in pencil to define the outline.
Because there were already a few marks on the background, I couldn’t leave it clean white. Instead, I continued the graphite/grey theme and smudged a charcoal border, pulling some of the grey towards the leaf.
More white gold wax on the very edge provided the finishing touch.
As with the first pair, I found some thin board to mount both pieces.
One more pair to go and those are a little more colourful…
- Prep & Stick:
Ranger collage medium
Brusho – leaf, emerald
J Herbin – India ink
Distress oxide – twisted citron, peeled paint, bundled sage
- Pens & Pencils:
CraftStar – monstera leaf
- Embossing powder:
Wow! Superfine clear gloss
- Paper & Fabric:
Strathmore Bristol 300
Finnabair metallique wax – white gold