Hi It’s Kore here with my autumn blog. The Autumn Equinox is on the 23rd September in the Northern Hemisphere, when day and night are equal. I love to celebrate the seasons and autumn is beautiful even when there is a storm blowing hard outside! While some of us are sad to see the summer pass for another year, the autumn brings the harvest, glorious sunsets and the changing trees.
I’ve created an autumn wreath, a simple project with lots of texture that comes alive when it’s dry brushed. It can be made any size and adapted for whatever supplies you have. It can also be easily made for any seasonal wreath, perfect for your front door, studio or home decor.
Powercolor pigments in autumn colours
Fabric strips and lengths of t-shirt yarn, ric rac, twine etc
Leaf shapes in various materials, clay, fabric, card
3d balls in small and medium
You can use a pre made base for your wreath, or a piece of tubing even. I chose to make mine from a piece of t-shirt yarn.
I massaged in Bronze Powertex so the fabric would set in the shape of my frame. Once it was all coated I laid it out in a circle on a non stick mat to dry. Notice I overlapped the ends to create a loop at the top for hanging.
I created a pile of embellishments to use while my frame was drying off. I chose some wooden pieces too but decided not to use them in my final project. I die cut and hand cut leaves in card and hessian fabric. I also had some small clay leaves made using the Daisy leaf mould. These leaves have a lovely spiky shape that looks amazing when painted. You can use Stone Art clay but it will need time to dry thoroughly. Coat all card leaves with Powertex and sprinkle on some Stone Art powder for texture. Brush off any excess. Coat the leaves with Powertex when you apply them to wreath.
I also made a tiny cornucopia or horn of plenty. These are a symbol of abundance and thanksgiving and they are easy to make and look so cute!
Coat a small triangle of hessian with Powertex and roll into a cone shape and press the end together. Coat a few small and medium balls with Powertex and fill the cone. Coat tiny fabric flowers with Powertex and trim the stems short enough to tuck into the cone. Leave to dry.
Wrap strips of fabric around the frame in spirals. Ensure your strips are well coated with Powertex, especially if you want to display your wreath outside. I started with strips of hessian about 1- 1.5 inches wide and wrapped them loosely around the set frame. Then I wrapped more t-shirt yarn, raffia, twine and rick rak until I was happy I had plenty of texture. Don’t wrap your last layers too tight. We’re going to use them to secure the leaves.
Apply your leaves starting with the largest first and work around the whole wreath. Tuck one end into the wrapped spirals on the frame and press them into place. Keep adding leaves until you’re happy. Varying the sizes makes it more interesting to look at. Add small details to create more interest, such as the small cornucopia, and groups of small balls for berries. Leave to dry.
Choose your autumn pigment colours and use Easy Varnish to create a dry paint. I used Burnt Sienna, Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre and some Orange and White for mixing. Use a flat brush to mix your pigment with Easy Varnish and start with darker colours first, add highlights last using your palest colour. Wipe excess paint onto kitchen paper first and then keep your brush flat as you paint over the textures.
Use the loop at the top to string or hang your wreath. After 3 weeks it’s weatherproof and safe to hang on your front door. I’m already planning my seasonal winter wreath!
If you would like to see more of my Powertex projects you can find me at koresageart.com
Until next time, I hope you find a little time to let your art out.
Wow, it’s September already! I love September the start of autumn and all those fabulously rich warm colours. As a farmers daughter the harvest was always such a special time, I loved helping dad bring in the harvest when the whole countryside appeared to turn rich rusty gold, snuggly nippy nights, warm mellow days…oh and scarecrow trails!
Did you know that scarecrows have been around for over 3000 years? The Egyptians were the first to use Scarecrows along the Nile River to protect wheat fields from flocks of quail (see link to a great source The History of Scarecrows). The Greeks, Romans and Japanese all had a form of scarecrows. I think the scariest story of scarecorws was from medieval Britain who use living Scarecrows!!! 9-year old boys and older patrolled wheat fields carrying bags of stones to pelt the crows if they landed in the fields.
I hope you find my interpretation a lot friendlier!
This is the layout I came up with originally and I used every part of the kit.
I started with the back. Using Ivory Powertex I joined the three spacers and the back of the aperture. I also gave a nice coating of Powertex over the entire back.
I also added on the hanging pieces. Now unlike me, think about this before you add them! There is a spacer bar that you snap off the bottom of the hanger, this means you can completely hide the hanger, which I didn’t do. My excuse was it was the hottest May Bank Holiday for 50 years!!!
Once it was on, there was no getting it off so it is what it is! Leave it to dry before turning your attention to the front.
I used the textured paper to form the background of my composition, I also added a very small length of leftover lace from my stash to create a bit of interest in the heart aperture and also on the top right of the frame
I coated the base generously with Powertex, then added the various embelishments a layer at a time. Each time coating them well with Powertex.
When everything was in place I checked all over adding Powertex where I felt it needed it.