How to Preserve Leaves

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Preserved Leaves

 

 

How to Preserve Leaves

By: Rebekah Meier

 

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Mixed Media Foam Sheets

I found a way to preserve leaves and flowers I collect every fall.  Follow along and I will show you how I used Mixed Media Foam Sheets to permanently save them.  I made a trio of leaf squares of different varieties.

 

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Maple Leaf

 

Leaf Collection

Here a just a sample of my leaves.  The “raggy” the better.  I like them to have character!

 

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Peel one side of Mixed Media Foam film

Peel off one side of the film to reveal a very sticky material.

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Center leaf onto sticky Foam

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Apply one coat of crackle glaze onto leaf and background

Apply one coat of crackle glaze onto leaf and background.  Let dry completely.

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Paints

I used a variety of paints and applied the color with a cosmetic sponge.

 

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Apply sepia to cracks with cosmetic sponge

 

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Keep adding paint colors, drying between applications

 

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Once paints are applied, add a coat of satin varnish to seal the project.

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Outline leaf with black pastel pencil

 

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Maple Leaf

 

For the maple leaf, I also incorporated my Rosetta stencil from The Crafters Workshop.  Simply apply molding paste through the stencil before applying the crackle glaze.

 

 

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I am a guest on Make It Artsy!

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Hi everyone!  Last spring I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to tape three segments for the new  Make It Artsy show hosted by  Julie Fei Fan Balzer.   Here are some behind the scenes photos I took while there.  So much prep goes into getting ready to tape each segment both by me and the production staff.  Most of the steps I complete at home, but there are  always last minute things to do.  I really do not get nervous taping the segments, as long as I am prepared. Julie and everyone at KS productions are very helpful in keeping us all on track. Did I mention Julie is a stitch? Yes, she is!   The set of Make It Artsy, is so cool.  The background is a brick wall which makes  for a great back drop.   We all also taped a “teaser” of one of our segments.  Mine is promoting my Mixed Media Mandalas segment.  Here  is the clip, and I am such a dork in it, but the technique and project rock.  The episodes begin airing on PBS stations tomorrow 9-29-16.  My segments are #103, #112, #113.  Check your local listings for details.  Note sometimes it can be a short while before all the stations air it.  You can also watch the show on-line at makeitartsy.com and follow Make It Artsy on fb.  I would love to hear what you think!

 

 

 

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Designer Craft Connection and Fabric Elements giveaway!

 

Mini Paper Quilt Kit

Mini Paper Quilt Kit

 

I am so happy the day is almost here!  Tomorrow designers from the Designer Craft Connection group (DCC), will post their projects from the Fabric Elements blog hop.  I sent each of the DCC designer participants a Fabric Elements Mini Paper Quilt kit.  My only direction to them, was that they use all of the contents with in the kit.  Other than that, they can create whatever they wish.    I am so excited to see what each designer has created.

For those not familiar with Fabric Elements, here is a little background.  Award winning Fabric Elements™ is a culmination of my experiments, favorite materials, and techniques.  It is a collection of my stencils, tissue paper, and fabric designs with pre-packaged fiber goods – such as batting, felt, gauze, Lutradur, and many others.  The collection is designed to work together with my techniques and instructions to create endless mixed media and fiber art projects.  I love to take the ordinary – like quilt batting and interfacing – and combine them with paint, inks, and other embellishments to elevate them into something extraordinary!

Fabric Elements Giveaway

Fabric Elements Giveaway

To celebrate the creativity of the DCC blog hop, I am having a  Fabric Elements giveaway!  All you need to do is hop on over to  the DCC blog to enter, starting August 25, 2016.

Check out my Etsy store (RebekahMeierDesigns) to purchase Fabric Elements™ products.

Enjoy Life’s Moments Canvas Collage

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I have been so excited lately!  This week I had a chance to create with my new stamps.  I have partnered with ArtFoamies and now have my own stamps!  This canvas was created layer by layer.  I used ink, paint, and crayons to add color and texture.  The prints are phone book pages, washi tape, and my Butterflies Tissue Paper from Fabric Elements.

Materials

ArtFoamies Daisy Vintage Large Stamp

ArtFoamies Daisy Vintage Small Stamp

ArtFoamies Mesh Stamp

Fabric Elements™ Tissue Paper by Rebekah Meier

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Place a piece of masking tape onto a silicone mat.  Apply a slight coat of white acrylic paint onto the tape.  Stamp tape with archival ink and script design.

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Load stamp pad (stamp pad will come with each package) with black acrylic.  Stamp small Vintage Daisy design onto painted masking tape.

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Load scraper with white acrylic paint.  Swipe paint downward, creating horizontal lines.

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Apply a 4″ paper doily with matte medium.  Stamp Large Vintage Daisy design onto doily.  Apply embellishments and word stickers.

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Apply stamped masking tape onto canvas.  This will create a nice texture on the canvas.  Stamp corner of canvas with Mesch ArtFoamie stamp.

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Fabric Elements™ products are available at my Etsy store

Love and Peace

 

I miss my husband Brad.    I wanted to share with you my new stencil I created with his passing in my mind.  His  birthday is  August 17th.   I wanted to make something that could hang in my studio so he is there with me every day.    About a month and a half after he had passed, I created this stencil for The Crafters Workshop.   It was released this month.

It is to remind me of  our adventures, and that day on Santa Monica pier, where this photo was taken.  It was such a beautiful relaxing day for both of us.

   It encompasses Brad so well.  Being at the beach and people watching.

 

Finished Canvas

Finished Canvas

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Santa Monica pier 2014.  

 

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heart stamped with script

heart stamped with script

I  started with a 12″ x 12″ burlap frame, and used gel medium (any brand) to apply a sheet of collage paper (found at Jo-Ann stores).  While the paper  as still a little damp I placed masking tape onto the paper and lifted it.  Some of the paper came off, giving it a beautiful torn effect.  I diluted some gold metallic paint and painted over the paper.  When it was dry,  I stenciled the words of the stencil onto the paper using black acrylic.  I outlined the words with a taupe color marker to make them pop.  I kept the stencil in place and stenciled the remaining designs with robin’s egg blue acrylic paint.  I created dots and circles (paint cap) with gold paint.  Lastly I stamped a rubber stamp with a script design onto the broken heart.  When you break it down in steps this canvas was really very easy to create.

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