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Friday, 10 November 2017

Calico Autumnal ATBs

Encore Posts
I'm away again for a month or so.  There are some scheduled posts with new creations coming your way, but I'm also taking the chance to do some catching up here at Words and Pictures.   Projects which made their first appearances elsewhere for Design Team duties or Guest Designer opportunities, but which only had a sneak peek here, are being gathered together in the pages of my virtual scrapbook.  I'm calling them "Encore" posts and they're formatted differently (all the way down the centre), so you can spot them easily.
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Hello all!  I've another scheduled Encore post for you, so that things don't go completely silent here at Words and Pictures while I'm away.  It's an autumnal creation made for Calico Craft Parts, and it's definitely one of my favourite autumn projects I've made.  Here's what I wrote about it on the Calico blog back in October 2015.
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Hello all, Alison here with some Autumnal ATBs (and a very alliterative post title) for you today.

One of my (pleasurable) problems with the Craft Parts is I'm always torn between altering them and not altering them.  There are so many options for altering, and it's great fun, and they look fantastic... but then they also look so completely beautiful "naked" too.


With this project I think I've found a medium which gives me some of the best of both worlds - Pan Pastels.  By shading only partially, you get the colour but you can also keep some of the natural earthiness of the Craft Parts surface too.


I've used a complete set of all three sizes of the Plain ATBs (they also come with various apertures) and a just some of the wide range of glorious Leaf & Twig Shapes, and Fungi & Mushroom Shapes to create my autumn tower.


Putting the ATBs together is made very easy by the labelling and letters engraved onto the inside surfaces - just match them up and glue.


There's some full-on altering on the ATBs themselves.  I've used the DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paints and crackle medium.  The base coat is a combination of Relic and Rustic, then I applied the crackle glaze - quite thickly so that I would get a good chunky crackle with lots of texture - and then some of the warm-white Lace colour over that once it was dry.


I shaded an autumnal sky downwards on each side using various pastels, and an earthy mulch upwards, leaving some white space available to give a cool light to the autumn day.


I combined more greens, browns and purples onto the leaves, starting with one layer of colour...


... and building up the layers until I liked the look of them.


And, as I said, I tried to make sure I didn't "colour" the whole piece each time, so that there would still be some "naked" Craft Part visible too.  It's such a lovely warm brown that it doesn't need covering up.


Since the leaves come in all sorts of sizes, you can get them to fit every size of ATB (or layout or card or tag, or whatever project you're working on).


The large ATB is 10x10x10cm, and so I've used the larger sizes - the Sugar Maple Leaf & Twig in large...


... the large version of the Mushrooms Style 9 (this little clump of fungi puts in an appearance in all three sizes)...


... the large Red Oak Leaf & Twig...


... and the Maple Leaf & Twig.  Since most of these are about 12cm at their largest point in the large size, they extend over the edges of the ATB in a way that really pleases me, but meant I had to be a bit careful about juggling them so that the ATBs could still stack properly.


The Ivy Leaf Garland puts in an appearance in its small, medium and large versions, draped across the top of each ATB.  There's also an Extra Large which, at 15cm, is too big for my ATBs but would be brilliant for a layout or large journal page.


The medium ATB (7.5x7.5x7.5cm) has the Maple Leaf & Twig,




and the Mushrooms Style 9 again, all in medium size this time...


... but also has the Chestnut Leaf & Twig for a bit of variation.


And on the smallest ATB (5x5x5cm) you can see the Mushrooms,






... and, to ring the changes just a little once again, the Pin Oak Leaf & Twig in its smallest size.


Some tiny pine cones sit on the very top (having just tumbled off the tree and landed serendipitously!).


And I added some words (of course) to tickle the brain and heart into action as you revolve the tower.


I'm not going to lie... this creation makes me very happy!


I hope you like it too.  (If you love these leaves and fungi as much as I do, you may want to hop over and go shopping - no problem, just click on the links in the text!)  Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you again soon.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today - I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.  There's something new up next, so I hope you'll be able to drop in again soon.  In the meantime, happy crafting all and have a great weekend!

Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.
Thomas Carlyle

23 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This wonderful creation makes me happy as well! AMAZING Alison!Worth to see it again!
oxo Susi

Jane said...

O wow Alison what glorious leafy boxes. They really are fab. The crackle is a perfect base for those gorgeous leaves. Take care on you journeys again. Hugs xxx

Dortesjs said...

awww totally awsome, stunning work this ;O))

Meggymay said...

It was good to see this creation again.Those boxes all look fabulous.
Yvonne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Really beautiful - definitely earns its place in your encore posts! Happy weekend!Chrisx

Astrid Maclean said...

I emembe them well, they are lovely!

Redanne said...

One of my all time favourites Alison, definitely worth a second look!! xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

My gosh Alison, I don't know how you find time in the day for anything other than crafting, every project you make is epic!! This is outstanding! All of the crackle is amazing and I love the soft blue as a base colour! The wood leaves are fantastic, but I admit I love those mushrooms to bits! Incredible work! hugs :)

Cestina said...

Fungi, pine cones and ivy! What more could one ask for? xx

Gaby Bee said...

These boxes with leaves, twigs and mushrooms look fantastic! Once again you have done a wonderful job, Alison!

Gaby xo

My name is Erika. said...

This is a gorgeous stacked boxed piece. I love the autumn woodland motif. Hugs-Erika

Dorthe said...

Oh yes, I remember this so well, Alison.
So beautiful with the autumnal tones on your boxes , and the crackle stands so strong and wonderful. The stunning leaves, you also painted to look even more gorgeous, than the natural ones. A fantastic set of boxes, dear friend.
Hugs, Dorthe, x

Jackie P Neal said...

Some of my very favorite ATB's!
Jackie xo

Evelyn Walter said...

These autumnal ATBs are absolutely amazing! I love your cracked background and the coloring of all the leaves and autumnal parts.
Have a wonderful weekend!
xxx Evelyn

Kate said...

SO beautiful with that crackle. And who doesn't love some fungi and leaves!
Kate

Craftyfield said...

How gorgeous! I have a small ATB I haven't transformed yet, I shall think about something Christmassy... xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Just popped back to say Thanks for sorting my date mix up!! Chrisx

Anita Houston said...

I haven't seen ATB's in a while and forgot how much I love them! Those wooden foliage pieces are wonderful on the crackled boxes. So fun!

WendyK said...

Fantastic project, I love trees and leaves so this really appeals to me. Love all the textures, and this just might make me use some of my wood embellishments.

maj. said...

Really stunning artwork !!!

Angela Radford said...

This is just brilliant, love it to bits. Have a lovely creative week, Angela xXx

Team Clark said...

Awesome idea and I love those autumnal bits against the crackled background. Hugs, Autumn

rachel said...

These ATBs are amazing - gorgeous crackle and great contrast with the calico parts - just beautiful! Hugs rachel x