Wednesday 19 September 2018

Be Thankful' -mid month inspiration for That's Crafty 'Forever Autumn' Challenge

Hi Everyone and Welcome 

Hope you are all doing good and having a great week so far. Over at That's Crafty the challenge theme this month is 'Forever Autumn'. As we are half way through the challenge the Design Team and Guest Designers get to share another piece of creativity inspired by the theme. 

Here's my autumnal 'Be thankful' Plaque 

I love working on the round or using circles within my work so for this piece I used That's Crafty MDF rounds . They are fabulous surfaces to work on great quality and are available in a variety of sizes . As you can see I used 2 of the sizes. 
I don't have any process shots to share (sorry) so I will take you on a narrated tour around the plaque. 

Lets start with the larger round. This was primed with gesso and crackled with Deco Art crackle paste. Once the paste was thoroughly dry and cracks had formed colour was added using a selection of DecoArt Media Fluids and a couple of Tim Holtz distress paints continuing the process of adding paint, working it into the cracks, wiping it back until happy. This was almost there ....
The smaller round is covered with an actual autumnal leaf from my garden that I had gathered late Sept/ Oct time last year and pressed. With its own natural beauty and richness in colour it needed little else other than a touch of subtle stamping and a very light touch of gilding wax to accentuate its veins . Oh and maybe a few splatters - you will notice they run throughout the design! 
Brown string /jute was wrapped around the leaf covered round 
The focal leaf (kinda looks like a tree too don't you think?) is a That's Crafty Greyboard leaf shape altered in the same way as the leaf that features on my first 'Forever Autumn' project which you can see here. 
It's embellished with Tim Holtz clock hands to symbolise turning back the clocks and the changing of the season. The leaf/ tree sits on a small piece of pine cone branch 
The finishing touch come in the way of 'words and numbers' and Tim Holtz clipping stickers provided these...
 'Be thankful'
and the 'no 24'
Be thankful for each and every 24! 
I hope I have offered some mid challenge inspiration with my autumnal 'Be thankful' Round. Full Challenge details can be found over at That's Crafty along with a gallery of fabulous projects created by the talented Design Team.

I would like to enter my 'Be Thankful' plaque into the following challenges
Stamps And Stencils: 'Its been a While' 
Creative Artiste #42 Challenge: 'Anything Mixed Media Goes 

I'm back tomorrow with a sneak peak of my weekly project so hopefully I will see you then and be able to tempt you over to That's Crafty 's blog to see the project in full. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today . I really do appreciate you taking the time to visit , follow and comment . 
Have a lovely day Everyone 
Take Care 


  1. This is utterly stunning Amanda! What a gorgeous crackle treatment and composition. <3

  2. Amanda, you do crackle better than anyone else I know - it is fabulous on your beautiful creation. Your colour choices on this piece are amazing with lovely autumnal tones. The clock hands with the leaf really do look like a tree and I love the symbolism! A truly beautiful piece of work! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Ooh, gorgeous autumn colours and fabulous drama with the crackle and the dark shading drawing the eye inwards to that beautiful leaf clock. Wonderful inspiration.
    Alison x

  4. Stunning piece - absolutely gorgeous layers that really compliemnt each other - gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at stamps and stencils. Hugs rachel x


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