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Autumn Leaves

By: Creative Journey
August 13, 2015

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Autumn Leaves
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Create a mixed media collage of leaves with modeling paste stenciling and layers of Media Fluid Acrylics.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Misters - Purple
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Orange
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer Violet
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dioxazine Purple
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • Script Stamp
  • Foliage Stamp
  • Black Stazon
  • Leaf Stencil


Apply Modeling Paste through a Stencil with a palette knife spread smooth on some and texture on others. 

Instruction #1 - IMG 4413
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Add texture with the palette knife.

Instruction #2 - IMG 4414
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Create a random layout with a variety of textures.

Instruction #3 - IMG 4416
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Once dry, apply the Crackle Paste through a Stencil with varying thickness on the individual leaves to create variable crackles

Thicker application will give you larger cracks.

Instruction #4 - IMG 4419
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Applied in a random pattern overlaying some of the modeling paste leaves.

Instruction #5 - IMG 4421
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Apply a small blob of Yellow Oxide directly onto the canvas and spritz with water.

Lighter colours at the top of the canvas graduating darker at the bottom.

Instruction #6 - IMG 4427
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Wash across selected areas, add Green Gold and work in.

Instruction #7 - IMG 4428
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Apply a wash of Carbon Black.

Instruction #8 - IMG 4429
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Wipe back with a baby wipe to soften.

Instruction #9 - IMG 4430
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Spritz the Media Misters and in some areas spritz with water to dilute and spread.

Instruction #10 - IMG 4432
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This is a process of gradually building up the weight of colour.

I applied the stronger colours to the leaves as I wanted these areas to stand out more and wanted the colour to be focussed on the textured areas.

Instruction #11 - IMG 4434
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I also wiped back some of the colour with a baby wipe to reveal the raised areas and textures.

Instruction #12 - IMG 4438
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I worked Purple and Burnt Umber around the edges of the leaves to give a little more definition.

Instruction #13 - IMG 4441
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Wipe back the colour to expose the leaves and work the colour around until happy.

Instruction #14 - IMG 4444
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Once I was happy with the overall colour balance, I highlighted some of the leaves dry brushing Titanium White.

Instruction #15 - IMG 4448
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Applied Burnt Umber through a spot stencil around the leaves and stamped a Script stamp randomly. Followed with a floral foliage around the edges and between the leaves with Black Stazon.

Instruction #16 - IMG 4466
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Applied a very diluted Carbon Black wash to tone down the bottom of the Canvas and areas of brighter colour.

Instruction #17 - IMG 4479
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Instruction #18 - angle 2
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 I like the contrast of textures of the canvas, the slight sheen on the areas with Crackle Paste and the Matte Modeling Paste areas but you could apply a varnish if required.

Instruction #19 - angle 1
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Beautiful canvas,Jools


August 13, 2015

This is so beautiful, and you manage to make it look easy!


August 13, 2015

really stunning! thank you so much for all the photos, you make it seems so easy! ~kim


August 14, 2015

Seriously.... dear me, dear me.... this is COMPLETELY and TOTALLY INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL... love, love, love, love, love..... LOVE.... all the colors are PERFECT - the texture is AMAZING.... STUNNING.... FABULOUS.... oh how I loved seeing this one Jools. j.


August 14, 2015

Absolutely stunning, just beautiful

Debs Smith

August 14, 2015

This is so beautiful.

Karenliz Henderson

August 14, 2015

How lovely.

Kathy Gledsdale

August 14, 2015



August 14, 2015

I love it Jools, and now you've pointed out all the lovely details its even better. Thanks for the walk-through. Michelle x

Michelle Webb

August 14, 2015

So beautiful Jools, it was a joy to see it each step of the way. Tracy xxx

Tracy Easson

August 15, 2015

I love your use of textures and colors as well as various mediums Jools.


August 15, 2015

Absolutely stunning!


August 15, 2015

Fantastic autumn colors and wonderful textures in combination with stamps makes the canvas perfectly!


August 16, 2015

Wow beautiful


August 16, 2015

Just sooo beautiful..your work is awesome


August 17, 2015

Absolutely incredible! Thank you for sharing your remarkable creative gift with us.


August 28, 2015

Just love this project textures, colors, stencils and the softness of colors ... Beautifully done big inspiration to me !

Marty Caldwell

September 16, 2015

love it, loveit, love it. I have done some of your stuff before. I always look to see what you have new.

judyth schissler

September 17, 2015

Will definitely be trying this absolutely love it

Mary Ondic

September 17, 2015

Wowzer !!!! Loving a little area of yummy textures ! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration and detailed photos !


September 17, 2015

I adore this canvas, SO beautiful and vibrant!!! Well done Jools! x


September 22, 2015



January 31, 2016

Very pretty! How did you get the handwriting on there? Did you write firectly on it or use some type if transfer? Thanks!


June 12, 2016

Fabulous! Thanks for the instructions. I wish you taught classes on-line.


December 1, 2016

Hi! Love this and thank you so much for the details! I would appreciation knowing where you purchased those large leaf stencils and the script stamps if you don't mind sharing. Perhaps a website?? Thanks a million!


December 20, 2016

Inspiring stuff!! Love it❤️


February 1, 2017

I love this and will immediately try using your idea. thank you for sharing!


February 18, 2017

Hi Jools,it's awesome!If I had all the materials I would havexstartedcmaking it right away.Just love it!!


April 3, 2017

Loved your artwork !!! How did you put the lettering over the flowers? Thank you very much.

Carole Wise

September 3, 2018

Hi Carole - It looks like Jools used a stamp to add the script on top.


September 4, 2018

Can't wait to try this technique. Thank you for the idea.

Henry J Yasses

January 20, 2019

So pretty and ethereal looking. Just gorgeous ????


June 25, 2020

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