17 Apr 2013

autumn leaves



We talk of the natural world often, her and I. She sucks in knowledge to her core like the roots of a vast fig tree . On walks here and there I watch her crouch on crumpled leaves to inspect an ant colony busy at work. Her eyes flashing from one jet creature to the next marvelling at their industry.  I note her quizzical brow and am warned of the barrage of questions that will soon descend upon me. She turns her eyes towards me, "Mumma?....". And so the next discussion evolves. Often I know the answer, more often I don't. Books are consulted and fossicked specimens are scrutinised. Always there is learning... for us both.

Steph x

Our seasonal chats have turned to the subject of leaves. On our fossicking adventures we have collected many varieties and have been inspired to use them in all sorts of creating. Using air dry clay we made a garland of leaves to add some Autumnal warmth to our home. We rolled it with a rolling pin until it was about 1/2 a centimetre thick and then carefully rolled leaves into it. (We found bean and eggplant leaves from the garden worked beautifully but any leaves with obvious veins would be perfect). Using a knife we carefully cut around the edges and placed the leaves on a plate to dry. By draping them over tea spoons and the edges of the plate we created furls and curls akin to crumpled, drying leaves.  Dishes of watery colour were made by mixing browns and greens from a watercolour paint palette with  water. The leaves were painted  paying particular attention to the veins often returning to theses again and again to deepen the colour. Bijou loved watching the pigmented water spread through the veins and a wonderful chat followed. When they were dry we sprayed them with matt varnish and threaded them onto some string tying a knot either side to keep each leaf in place. 

24 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous. I wonder if I can buy air-drying clay here? I'm itching to make these! LOVELY!

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    1. Thanks lovely! We just buy ours from our craft/fabric shop (Spotlight) but I'm sure you'd be able to get it online also. Just do a google search for air dry clay. It isn't very expensive either. Have a lovely day :) x

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  2. I have had my eye on some air-drying clay, now this just makes me want it even more!

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  3. I love the leaf garland. Inspired!

    Leanne xx

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  4. Love the leaves and colours stunning.

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  5. glorious way to be crafting with your girl...such memories and wonders you are creating for her! I love the thought of using air-dry clay...must get some soon. Wishing you a glorious week ahead.

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  6. Just beautiful. I'm feeling inspired. We must go on a leaf hunt...

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  7. Gorgeous...I love the end product and I love the steps that you both took to get to it.

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  8. Beautiful Steph. You are such an inspiring mumma! Happy days to you. Melinda x

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  9. I can't the beauty in your words and craftiness anymore... ;) You are amazing! These leaves are AMAZING!
    x K

    www.capturingmomentss.blogspot.com

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  10. Beautiful, simply beautiful!

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  11. Simple, natural and "fresh" creation

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  12. Those are just beautiful. I'm going to hold onto this one for when our fall rolls around.

    xox Lilly

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  13. Beautiful garland. I will have to make something like this with my three. I love air drying clay. x

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  14. This is a BRILLIANT idea. I am passing this onto my fellow homeschooling Mamas who will just dive into this project.

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  15. Ohhh what a lovely idea! We used to have a big bag of clay in the cupboard for down time… they are beautiful. x

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  16. there is so much beauty in your home and in your heart x

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  17. What a great activity, I will put to use our clay to make these with my boys. I love your vintage mirrors also. Thank you for sharing!

    - Alison

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  18. Bookmarking this. Absolutely beautiful.

    Jo Farmer

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  19. oh my! How utterly gorgeous and inspiring - thankyou for sharing :)

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  20. Fabulous idea Steph, love the new blog/look!

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Your words brighten my day! Thank-you so much for joining me on my adventure. x