The leaf project was my goal for 2012. A new years resolution of sorts. I plan on making at least one new leaf with a variety of materials each week to place on my tree. If you remember from back in November I had designed a life sized tree on my studio wall.
Both leaves were made using fabric that was hand dyed and sent to me through the Quilting Arts Fabric Challenge. The first fabric was done by Debra Olson. She placed fabric on an aged grate. It was then printed with Dye-na-flow ink using foam strips which were glued to card board to make a stamp. The rust came through onto the fabric for an amazing addition.
The second leaf was made from fabric Deb Sorem. She used a mono plate with tag board. She had used yarns and cords as the actual surface texture. She allowed to dry, sprayed with mod poge and then brushed on acrylic medium matte finish. The results are amazing, the fabric looks 3D without any additions.
Taking this fabric that I was lucky enough to receive, I cute the shapes using Sizzix dies. These were the Tim Holtz dies. The leaves are slightly smaller, but still provide that whimsical leaf shape. I then stitched the fabric leaves onto craft felt for stability!
Thank you Deb and Debra for adding to my growing tree!