Pink! I did say that this last pair of leaves were going to be more colourful and pink is (a tint of) the complementary colour for green, making it the obvious choice. It is also a colour that I have grown to love — not so much the baby pinks though they do have their place, but strong solid pinks — it’s not necessarily a colour that I’d wear, but for colouring…
I started out by using a brush to lay down a base coat of Distress oxide through the stencil and then grabbed a couple of pink acrylic paints to create organic contour stripes of colour along the leaf with the darkest strip on the outer edge. Once that was dry, I covered it with clear embossing powder.
The background that was created from flipping the Brusho-covered stencil over really didn’t need anything doing to it. Apart from painting the leaf, the only things I did were to outline the leaf with tiny black dots and edge the panel with aged brass wax.
The stencil I used also has a smaller variant of the large leaf I’ve used so far and, for the other panel, I decided to use it to create a background. I outlined the smaller leaf repeatedly over the background in pencil and then painted the non-leaf parts in pink.
I used a Pentel colour brush to fill the spaces of the main leaf in black and, because this was the first time I had used this pen and I didn’t think to check how long it would take to dry, I promptly smudged it. And, of course, this is one of the leaves that I didn’t heat emboss, so I couldn’t just wipe it up.
A few black smudges just meant that I had to grunge it up a bit. I added a smudged charcoal border to the panel and then splattered India ink over the background. As a final touch, I edged it with the same aged brass was I used on the other panel.
Again, both were mounted on card to make them feel a bit more substantial.
- Prep & Stick:
Ranger collage medium
Brusho – leaf, emerald
J Herbin – India ink
Stuart Simple – pinkest pink
Distress oxide – worn lipstick
Dylusions – bubblegum pink
- Pens & Pencils:
Copic black multiliner 0.3
Pentel colour brush – black
CraftStar – monstera leaf
- Embossing powder:
Wow! Superfine clear gloss
- Paper & Fabric:
Strathmore Bristol 300
Finnabair metallique wax – aged brass