Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Beautiful autumn

Hi Everybody!

Hope your week is going well. We are still enjoying autumnal weather, cool and wet with sunny intervals. I am glad that the rivers and streams are looking more normal now, everything was so dried out and parched after the long, hot summer we had.

Today I have made another tag for Sandie's autumn challenge at Tag Tuesday. I made a large, mixed media tag (11" x 5 1/2"). I found 2 pieces of card which were asking to be used and so I used them.


I have made some step-by-step pics as I am often asked to do this and mostly don't as it takes up too much time!

The background was painted thickly with acrylics in  brown, orange, beige and black and sprinkled with various embossing powders. It was then heated to bubble the paint and melt the EPs:


Then I added some multi-coloured gilding flakes in a few places:


And streaked on a bit of Ranger patina in 2 colours:


I've tipped it slightly here so that you can see the colours and texture better:


Then I painted another, slightly narrower piece with acrylics in black, blue and brown, before adding the EPs and heating and bubbling it. I used this piece to make die-cuts:


I stitched the tag to some recycled black card in spite of the hissy-fits my sewing machine was throwing, and then proceeded to decorate it.

Here you can see the bird on his branch and one of the leaves:


I added some natural bits gathered outside - the leaves were given a coat of clear varnish and some glitter. The red and gold leaves were die-cut from an old painting that I chopped up to recycle:






I am also linking to Paint Party Friday, Simon Monday Challenge (autumn) and More Mixed Media, anything goes with optional orange.

Beautiful skies:




Strange fungi:



A pigeon in the grass:





Gulls all in a row:



Sunday's walk in the rain:




Under my umbrella:





Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

47 comments:

  1. Making that tag seems like a lengthy and involved process, but the results are very pleasing indeed. Well done.

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  2. Wow,what a beautiful interpretation of Autumn, so cute!☺

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  3. Hi Val, what a gorgeous tag you have created. You put a lot of work into it, and results are really worth it, well done! Beautiful photos, too. It's cold and damp here, too. The littl'un has got a bad cold and cough and is very miserable, poor thing. Hope your back continues to get better, and that you soon get the appointments you are waiting for. Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Beautiful tag. I like the colors, the sparkle, and the birds. Even in the rain your area looks wonderful. The gulls in a row made me smile as it reminded me of a certain movie. Enjoy your day!

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  5. Thank you soooooooo much for the steps, Valerie. Your tag is a real inspiration!!!!!!!!
    And I llllllove your sky photos! Kisses, my friend.

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  6. Oh. Valerie this is beautiful! The colours and texture, wow wow wow ! Your photos are beautiful as well, Autumn dresses beautifully in your area,

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  7. What a gorgeous background, and you chose the perfect elements to complete it :) I love the texture and depth.

    You have great Autumn color there!

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  8. A beautiful Autumnal tag Valerie, loved seeing how you built up the colours and textures.
    A wonderful photo of the sky, colours are fabulous and I enjoyed seeing the phtotos from your walks.
    Avril xx

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  9. Oh my gosh, look at those geese in flight against the orange sky. Great shot.
    Love that piece. It's gorgeous.
    Don't forget to send us rain:)
    Hugs

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    1. I wish it was possible, sharing is always a good thing.

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  10. Wunderschöne, raffiniert gemachtes Herbst-Tag. gefällt mir sehr.
    Schöne Fotos, auch der regen hat seine schönen Seiten.
    Liebe Grüsse
    Sabine

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  11. Wowww this is a super Wonderful tag Valerie !! Absolutely Gorgeous, love the techniques you have used, the colours are so lovely and great decoration!! This little bird is adorable. So good idea to recycle leaves and flowers, they look amazing.
    thanks so much for your tutorial and for those fantastic photographs you shared with us, they are very beautiful
    I wish you a very nice thursday, and send big hugs,
    Caty

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  12. Beautiful fall art, wonderful textures, enjoyed the lovely photos today! The small white camel is above the orangutan on the right of the picture!

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  13. Bonitos paisaje !! El cuadro otoñal es espectacular y me gusta mucho ver el proceso.

    BESOS

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  14. Love your tag and thank you for showing us how you put it all together. Wonderful photos from your walks, love the morning photo with the sunrise colour sky and the birds.

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  15. A gorgeous autumn tag, I love the textured look you created for the background.
    Lovely photos as well, you got super views even in the rain.
    Yvonne xx

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  16. Beautiful tag and many thanks for the step by step, may go and try this too. LOve your amaazing photos.xxx

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  17. I like how the tag background has a bit of glamour but also manages to look like wood. It is a beauty! ANd great photos. Rain or sun, you got some good photos. Hugs-Erika

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  18. what a wonderful tag full of texture! i especially love the fungi picture! take good care, xo

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  19. Das ist super geworden! Danke auch fürs Zeigen wie es geht! "Brolly-pics" sind die besten :-)

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  20. I love your autumn tag Valerie, the background is fabulous! Lovely photos too.
    Alison xx

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  21. A fabulous autumnal tag Valerie and great to see how you made it, beautiful photos.
    xxx Hazel.

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  22. I'm so glad we got to see that background progressing through the stages - what a gorgeous final destination! Love the shimmer and all the colours and the autumn gatherings tumbling around. Fabulous tag. Lovely photos as ever... that fungus really is extraordinary.

    So awful to hear about the attack - I agree - dark times.
    Alison x

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  23. Wonderful tag. I loved seeing the progress pix. I love the use of the embossing powders...I forgot I had those powders and never use them. Time to get them out. Love the golden trees in your header.

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    1. Yes, they give great effects sprinkled on wet paint and heated. This is my fave way to use the EPs.

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  24. The pictures of the blurry sun, blue sky and clouds are awesome.
    Hope you are having a great day.
    Hugs

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  25. I do like your tag, many thanks for showing the steps taken to make it.

    As always you've provided a great selection of photographs, and a great idea to take one from under your brolly :)

    Take care

    All the best Jan

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  26. Hi Valerie, I'm glad you photographed your process because seeing all that's involved is really an eye-opener, so thanks for doing it :D)
    Loved your rainy walk. The scenery looks all that more beautiful in its' raindrop-state. We certainly got a 'from under the umbrella' view, and really enjoyed it too.
    Cheers and Happy PPF xx

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  27. Beautiful exposed texture in your process today Valerie, I love those raised heated bubbles. Your tag shows so many Autumnal elements almost like treasures picked up from your walks. Love the pops of red seen in your photo's today, Autumn is really beginning to show her face. Sending PPF Hugs this weekend as I prepare for a much needed weekend away. I'll catch up with you in the week Tracey xx

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    1. Thanks Tracey, have a great weekend, rest and have fun!

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  28. What beautiful texture you have created on this wonderful tag Valerie x I love the adornments too x Stunning pictures as always x TFS and have a great weekend
    Annie xx

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  29. Stunning tag! The textures and autumnal colours with the gold sparkle looks amazing 😁. Such beautiful photos too, those sky photos caught my eye - gorgeous! I hope you've had a lovely week, Happy Friday! Jo x

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    1. Thanks so much for joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge too! Creative wishes 😀. Hugs, Jo x

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  30. fab texture and elements on your fall art Valerie! Beautiful photos too. Happy PPF!

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  31. Wow - this tag is just so much fun! Love all the textures and details!

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  32. You seem born for these autumn colors. That top photo of the tag is just exquisite. The gold really sets it off. Beautiful in every way.

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  33. Your whole post is full of amazing colours and textures - I do love Autumn! Have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

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  34. I would have missed this tag had I not read that you had shared your technique from "yesterday." I adore this step out photos you shared. I've created bubbles from partially dried acrylic paint before, but never thought to include embossing powder. That was inspirational. And again, I love the sewing. I can see why your sewing machine was unhappy, but it all turned out so beautiful.

    Incredible autumn shots. You are SO brave to use your camera in the rain. I sure loved the warm, rich colors you achieved from your walk, though.

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    1. Thanks, I take the pics literally from under my umbrella, which is why I decided to shoe it in a couple of photos.

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  35. Wow..loving your Tag...the background is awesome and all the other elements are just perfect...xx

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