Watching Leaves Turn collage

My biggest art work today is up on Etsy this week. It has been an interesting exploration to scale up from greeting cards to a canvas of 18×18. The 12×12 for Blick’s was my first larger scale piece.

encaustic collage-Watching Leaves Turn, wall decor by Maike's Marvels

I wanted to incorporate my leaf collection into beeswax. First I did a practice run with smaller canvases (also on Etsy).

encaustic collage, wall decor by Maike's Marvels

Then I laid out my maple leaves on the big canvas.

Maple Leaf Layout for encaustic collage by Maike's Marvels

Deciding on a background color took a few days until the golds of the trees inspired me. This is Yellow Ochre blended with Crimson acrylic paint (Reeves).

acrylic paint on canvas by Maike's Marvels

I also wanted to incorporate words and looked up the definition of autumn, along with some lovely quotes about the season. The bottom left is my own.

handwritten poems on acrylic paint by Maike's Marvels

The newsprint became nicely transparent when waxed.

newsprint in beeswax by Maike's Marvels, encaustic collage, wall decor

With the new background and the organic element of beeswax my layout adjusted quite a bit.

Watching Leaves Turn: maple leaf encaustic collage by Maike's Marvels, wall decor

Then the leaves received their waxing.

Watching Leaves Turn: maple leaf encaustic collage by Maike's Marvels

I added poems on strips of paper and voila!

encaustic collage-Watching Leaves Turn, wall decor by Maike's Marvels

What is your favorite Fall project?

 

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