Oct 5, 2016

An Autumn Day Nature Inspired Mixed Media Canvas


It's my turn to host a challenge at Anything But Cute and I've chosen the theme An Autumn Day.  Here's how I describe the challenge, "I could not help but chose October as my month to hostess here at Anything But Cute. This month, we want to see your creations inspired by An Autumn Day.  Anything goes mixed media with an fall color palette, or Autumnal elements.  Be inspired by nature with the sights, smells, and sounds of this beautiful season.  We cannot wait to see the amazing artwork you turn out!"  



My project had a quite unusual start...  My friend Bonnie shared this amazing place mat with me and I decided to use it as a stencil, though it is quite thick.  I used DecoArt crackle paste because I thought the thickness would result in some cool crackling.  It did!


I used Lindy's sprays over my dried crackled board.  I adhered a Prima frame over a remnant of lace.


I layered oodles of Prima flowers with crocheted flowers, string, resin flowers, and Art Stones.


The squirrel came from THIS pin, a Graphics Fairy free printable.  I wanted to use it in honor of our lovely leader Pamellia's birthday today.  Please stop by her blog today to wish her a happy Autumn Day/Birthday!  She and I are both squirrel lovers and I just had to create a project with this sweet image in her honor.  :)  Thanks so much for all that you do for our team!  I hope you will be inspired by this challenge theme and our design team's inspirational projects.  Thanks so much for visiting today and Happy Autumn!


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35 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS Autumn Day, Autumn! I want to touch all the texture! The squirrel from Graphics Fairy is perfect and what a genius idea to use the placemat as a stencil! It turned out some rich texture! Thank you, again, for such a wonderful theme for our challenge this month! Big hugs!

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  2. Yummy goodness here! LOVE the background colors, and all that foliage, but that squirrel is the cutest!!! Happy Autumn!

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  3. Autumn, this is spectacular! What a genius idea to use that placemat as a stencil! The result is fabulous, so rich and yummy texture! That adorable squirrel is simply a perfect addition to your brilliantly designed project, my friend! Thanks so much for such a wonderful challenge theme! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

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  4. Beautiful glowing colours and fabulous foliage and textures - just perfect for Autumn, Autumn!
    Alison x

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  5. This is so fabulous, Autumn. Love all the decadent details and that little squirrel makes me smile. So beautiful.

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  6. Exquisite colours and fabulous textures Autumn! How clever to use the place mat, the crackled paste looks amazing as a result. Those Lindy sprays are wonderful autumnal colours and the flowers are stunning, they tone and blend so beautifully. As for the squirrel, he/she is beautiful - you are so thoughtful to do this for our lovely Pamellia too! Hugs, Anne xx

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  7. this is absolutely brilliant Autumn - oh my the texture and layout and detail - well everything really - fantastic! Hugs rachel x

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  8. How cute your sweet little squirrel looks sitting in all your wonderful mixed media. Beautiful.
    Julie x

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  9. Utterly beautiful Autumn and I would never have guessed where it started! Love all the textures and wonderful details but most of all those Autumn colours. Hugs, Chris :-)

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  10. what a wonderful creations Autumn - love all the texture and colour, and the gorgeous squirrel
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  11. Stunning project. Love the colours and design. Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this month. Judy DT

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  12. A place mat! Genius idea and it looks like a stencil. That use of the crackle paste was perfect for the design. So many gorgeous and brilliant autumnal colors abound in this lovely design. And of course that squirrel is the icing on the cake for Bubbles. Fantabulous and awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin!

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  13. Your canvas is precious!

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  14. So cute!!! Thank you for join us at Lindy's Stamp Gang!

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  15. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at the challenge of Inky Chicks. DT Veronique

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  16. Whoa! Gorgeous! Lovely textures, beautiful colors, fantastic elements, all together in a wonderful home decor project! Huggers, de

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  17. Wow!! LOVE your project. Beautifully coloured and designed. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Judy DT

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  18. Oh my goodness, Autumn, this is absolutely amazing!! Wow!! How creative to use the placemat as a stencil!! The colors are so beautiful!! I love the cluster of fall foliage you used and oh my gosh, the squirrel is so cute!! This is spectacular and a perfect fall project!! Love, love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  19. Fun, fun, in the crackly sun! And the lace background... and the squirrel... How, Autumn... how do you know!? You have a magic eye. I didn't know you were hosting this at ABC-- I entered, but I've been busy squirrel-girl myself, and my crafting has been... well, picture a crazy squirrel. That's me, crafting. HUGS

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  20. love how you used the crackle paste through the placemat - your projects are always fabulous - I hope you keep joining us at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

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  21. wow lovely texture and colors thanks for playing at Lindy's stamp gang Challenge this month!!!!

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  22. wow wow lovely creation Thanks for playing with scrapki-wyzwaniowo challenge !!!!

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  23. Awesome layering, the texture is amazing too! Thanks for joining us at Lindy's stamp gang!

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  24. This is so beautiful..I love the textures,the colours, everything about it is stunning.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

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  25. Well Autumn, this is abosolutely an amazing autumn squirrel art piece! How much do I love that little guy having a wee snack amid all the gorgeous foliage and colours that you put together! Love the dainty crackle design in the background, such a perfect accent to go with the vintage frame! The addition of the art stones really adds a sense of the outdoors, like little pebbles scattered about the forest floor! This is an amazing challenge theme Autumn, and your dedication has really made me feel special and honoured to have a friend and teammate as talented and as kind as you! Your work has a permanent spot on my Squirrel Art page for all to admire! big hugs :)

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  26. I love amazing details of your beautiful project! Thank you for joining Lindy's Stamp Gang color challenge!

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  27. Absolutely splendid that I want to jump into that frame and hang out with the squirrel! I love autumn even though we at equatorial zone don't have the season. Your work is so amazing Autumn. Glad you joined STAMPlorations October Mixed Media Challenge ~ psst, I don't see its linky and graphic in your share list :-)
    Hugs and smiles,
    Asmah
    STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
    Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

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  28. Hi Autumn, I'm so sorry to visit this post in particular so late... Especially since it was in honor of Pamellia and her birthday that you created this stunning piece... Wow!!
    So beautiful with this cute squirrel image (thanks for the link, I love the Graphic Fairy images and blog too, and this sheet has something special... oh, and I forget to say that I love squirrels too haha!!).
    Great post and artwork as usual, and the texture is truly amazing, wow again!!! Hugs :)

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  29. Super Nice.
    Thanks for playing along at Lindys!

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  30. Fabulous, just love the colours and texture.What a great idea to use that lovely place mat, it worked really well.

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  31. This is sooo interesting to see Autumn - I just kept scrolling over and over to catch every little detail.... and look at all the unique pieces you added. INCREDIBLY LOVELY. And how sweet to share your darling little squirrel for Pamellia's birthday - seems like the PERFECT gesture :). Your crackled place mat pattern is SUPER. Thanks bunches for sharing your AUTUMN splendor. j.

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  32. This is gorgeous! great techniques. Thank you for joining in with the challenge over at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo xx

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  33. very, very lovely project!! thanks for playing along with us at the STAMPlorations mixed media challenge!

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  34. Wonderful burst of autumn colors!
    Thank You for joining our challenge at Scrapki-wyzwaniowo! :-)

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  35. Thank you for join us at Lindy’s Stamp Gang!

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