Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Bridgen Leaves

After working on my earlier leaf assignment I've become increasingly conscious of an innate delight in the shapes & colours of leaves &, knowing that I possess a number of 'leafy' Chocolate Baroque stamps, I thought I'd try combining them with tangles. I sat trying to decide where to place the stamps & wasn't getting anywhere so just threw them one by one onto the tile & stamped each image where it landed.

front of card

close-up of leaf

inside of card

The Nick Bantock Van Dyke Brown I used for stamping splits into greens & browns when water is added so I merely used a damp paintbrush to spread the colour within each leaf. I then hit on the idea of using the leaves as the 'circles' in Bridgen & went from there.

Stamps Chocolate Baroque UDLSP0234 Autumn Hedgerow & UDLSP0235 Nature Table
Inks Nick Bantock Van Dyke Brown (leaves on front) & Memories Black Dye (leaves inside).
Pens/Markers 01 Sakura Pigma Micron (tangles); Graphite pencil (shading).
Cardstock Winsor & Newton Cotman 190gsm Cold Pressed/NOT Grain Fin Watercolour Paper; black, yellow & gold cardstock from stash.
Punches Woodware (small & large leaves); EK Success (corner rounder).
The pearls are Kanban.

Challenges Entered
Simon Says Stamp & Show: Into the Woods - stamped & punched leaf shapes; the circular effect of the tangle pattern reminds me of the growth rings used in tree-ring dating (dendrochronology)
Simon Says...Anything Goes!


Aquarius said...

Aha! now I see what you meant about leaves - this is so detailed and thanks for the link to Bridgen - a new tangle to me. I love the way you let serendipity take care of where the leaves would fall (as in nature of course).

Aquarius said...

PS I forgot to say I thought the rings reminded me of rings in wood - also I've just spotted your reference to dendochronology!!

Candy C said...

Paula...your card is gorgeous! I love your design and the paper you used for the background. The stamped leaves and the design you've done on the front is so beautiful! The coloring inside of the leaves is amazing! That Van Dyke Brown ink you used and then altered with the damp paintbrush is really amazing on those interior leaves. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show <3 Candy

Sandra said...

This is gorgeous Paula. Love the way the colours change with the ink (not heard of that one). Take care, Sandra

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous artwork Paula. The Zentangle is beautiful around the leaves. The 3 leaves on the side are also beautiful and compliment the card so well. Have a great day, Shirleyx

judith@poppy cottage said...

Gorgeous Paula, the tangling is amazing, and I love the contrast of the coloured leaves against the black and white. The way the ink has separated with water looks fabulous, creating the patterns on the leaves. I love the earthy tones. Judith xx

Jean Straw said...

These leaves are beautiful. I love the colour variations in the ink you used. The tangled background gives a feeling of movement and yet is quite calming at the same time.
Jean x

Elaine said...

Another fabulous and detailed creation Paula.
The leaves are amazing, they remind me of standing in a wood and watching leaves drifting down from the trees, the leaf colours are perfect, as is the detail with the veining.

The black and white tangle design also brings to mind the rings around a cut tree trunk...very clever Paula.

Big hugs
Elaine xx

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

This leaf card design is mesmerizing, Paula. You are truly a master Zentangle artist, with your ability to integrate them with so many other techniques. Blessings!

cheiron said...

I Love these leaves and can't believe you drew is amazing! Thanks for playing along with us in the the Anything Goes Challenge over on the SImon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

craftimamma said...

Paula, your tangling is amazing and so is your card. Wonderful detail and I've never heard of the ink you used to stamp the leaves but I love the effect it gives. Fabulous stuff altogether.

Lesley Xx