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Working with gum leaves

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Out walking this week, I was finding fallen gum leaves in a fantastic array of colours. I picked up a few and brought them back to the studio. Using a pearl lustre base, I mixed up the colours of the leaves. Then I set about painting them.

Gum leaf variety.

Gum leaf variety.

 

Gum leaves.

Gum leaves.

Gum leaves.

Gum leaves.

After the ink was dry I used an Elna press to heat set the ink. Some of the pieces I thread painted over the top. Others I quilted and then ran a sewn line around the perimeter and centre line of the leaf. I used rayon threads and Sulky 12 thread as well.

Walkers bags.

Walkers bags.

Here are two walkers bags using hand painted gum leaves. The first bag has echo quilting around the leaf. The second bag has two strips of free motion machine embroidery, which reflects theĀ  commercial fabric I used for the lining.