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Autumn on My Mind

By: ursula wollenberg
September 19, 2017

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This project was inspired by the rich colors and textures of fall. 

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Vermillion Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Orange Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Sap Green
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • Re-purposed wood canvas - 8" x 10"
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Palette Knife
  • Paper Towels
  • "FALL" Letters from a Magazine
  • Soft Brayer
  • Drawing Pencil
  • Black Gel Marker
  • Leaves - Heavy Green Craft Paper
  • "Birds and Bones" Cling Stamps by Stampendous

Instructions:

Re-purposing a used canvas creates interest from the beginning. Colors and shapes peek out from underneath. Mine happened to be a black and white value study. If you do not have an old canvas. Begin by just adding some black onto the canvas and allow to dry.

Using a palette knife, generously and loosely apply gesso to canvas. Leaving some of the underneath showing here in there. In other words, do not put on a solid application. By doing so, texture will occur as you continue to apply paint on top of the gesso. 

Cut our letters and paper leaves. Using the gel marker, add veins to the leaves; set aside. 

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Tear two sheets of the art paper and apply to edges of canvas as seen in the photo.

Simply apply a thin coat of Carbon Black with a flat brush. Re-apply if necessary. Use any of the stamps if desired. Lastly, draw the pumpkin design onto the of canvas. 

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If you look closely, you can see the skeleton peeking out above the pumpkin, on to the upper right of the pumpkin.

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Apply the “FALL” letters and leaves (using Matte Medium) you have cut out. Add tints of color to all. Vermillion Hue, Primary Yellow, and so on.

Begin painting the pumpkin by a light coat of Yellow Ochre, followed by Cadmium Orange Hue. Apply stem and shade dark areas of pumpkin with Burnt Umber. Allow this to dry. 

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Continue to develop the pumpkin by an overall wash of Vermillion Hue. Strengthen shading darkest areas of both the pumpkin and stem with Quinacridone Burnt Orange. Strengthen shading and lines of stem with Carbon Black to finish.

Highlight both pumpkin and stem with Titan Buff. Add bittersweet with dots of Quinacridone Burnt Orange. Stem is applied with Burnt Umber and trails up and around the stem. Highlight Bittersweet with Vermillion Hue.

Add random white dots to some. Wash Vermillion Hue to edges of canvas and underneath pumpkin. Splatter all with same. 

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Using a Brayer, roll Cobalt Teal Blue, here and there. Follow with clean brayer, using a small amount of Primary Yellow. Hint: Test first and roll onto design. Love how this adds interest with color and texture. 

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The raven is applied with Carbon Black and the raven stamp. Strengthen design with more Carbon Black (applied with a brush) and highlight with White gesso and a touch of Cadmium Orange Hue.

Using a palette knife, add more white highlights where needed. See photo.

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Your “Fall” design is ready to frame! Happy Fall!

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Be sure to visit Light Lovely Designs by Ursula  for more projects and to learn more about ursula wollenberg.

Comments

I absolutely love this design!

Sue snethen

September 22, 2017

Completely GORGEOUS Ursula. Just adore the grungy abstract look. And of course, the colors... there is just no end to the hues that DecoArt Media colors produce. Fall hues are my favorites!!! Xj.

Joi@RR

September 25, 2017

Stunning! I love fall and this is just beyond gorgeous!

pam bray

September 28, 2017

Wow !!! I love this.

Sherri Loveless

October 19, 2017

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