Kickin’ Leaves

We went for a walk in Duxbury Woods with some friends and it was a magical place. The ancient woods didn’t disappoint with the bubbling River Yarrow, autumnal leaves and spectacular fungi. I love to go on autumn walks as the fallen leaves crunch under your feet and you can kick piles of them into the air. Even though there were leaves everywhere, I refrained from kicking them skywards as it’s a nature reserve. So my page today is inspired by our walk and my imagination of kicking leaves into the air.


I lightly drew the trees and horizons onto the page in pencil, then I masked the trees using masking tape and created paper masks for the foreground and sky areas so I could keep the horizon line well defined. Covering the foreground with the mask I started blending different blue inks to create the sky, painted the low autumn sun using acrylic paint and then blended out the yellow with pinks to create the sunbeams. Next I stamped an animal print using blue and silver inks and acrylic white paint to the sky area to give a mottled cloud effect. With the ink dry, I masked it off and started on the foreground creating and blending bands of colour using assorted ink pads and a sponge, starting with green and finishing with light purple to define the horizon. I removed the sky mask and the masking tape from the trees then used a stencil to add modelling paste to the tree trunks to mimic the fungi we saw. Once it had dried I used brown inks to colour them making sure I left the right hand side lighter as the sunshine would hit that side. The little girl and umbrella is hand drawn on multi-media paper and coloured using inks, they are stuck to the page using double-sided tape. To enhance the umbrella effect I shaded the middle with a brown ink and then added a double layer of foam tape at its centre so that the crown stood proud of the edges to make the right shape. The maple leaves are cut with a paper punch from a selection of papers from a Craft Asylum paper pad.  Having punched out the leaves I used the paper the leaves were cut out of as a stencil to add leaves over the foreground using different coloured inks. The punched leaves are stuck to the page mostly with matt gel medium, although I did use double-sided foam tape for some of them to give a 3D effect especially the ones the little girl is kicking in the air.  I outlined some of the leaves, trees and the little girl using a Uniball white gel pen and black Uni Pin marker in order to add detail as well as the highlights and shadows. I added a gem stone to the middle of the umbrella, then applied glossy accents to it and to the little girls red welly boots, which I then left to dry overnight. The glossy accents gives a clear 3D effect so they stand out. To finish I added a leaf on top of the umbrella and a robin which I had previously made and found in my craft stash, we saw some robins on our walk and I thought it would be nice for them to watch her having so much fun!


The walk ran alongside the River Yarrow, which attracts birds such as the dipper, grey wagtail and kingfisher. With improved water quality and new fish passes (fish friendly steps around weirs) being introduced, Salmon have been recorded at Duxbury for the first time in over 100 years.


There are benches along the way so we sat listening to the water cascading over the rocks making a magical sound!


These magnificent roots were reaching down the bank towards the river below.


There were so many different fungi to see on the ground and trees – aren’t they stunning!


There were also plenty of tree stumps and logs for fungi to grow on – I think fairies must live in these little white dainty ones.sweeping-branches

The views across the woodland were spectacular; the trees were so tall with splashes of green and autumnal oranges and golds.


So when we got home, it called for a hot drink and some homemade parkin – yum! And like the wood, my parkin recipe has also stood the test of time and has been passed down through generations of my family. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m delighted to say a big hello to the T Gang and wishing everyone a Happy T day!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Cadmium Yellow Medium)
  • Colvin & Co acrylic paint (Titanium White)
  • Hobbycraft (Assorted Ink Pads)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Hobbycraft A6 clear stamp (Animal Prints Background)
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Ronda Palazzari Designs stencil (Texturized 12×12 Template)
  • Creative Rox Craft Asylum Paper Pad (Into the woods 480326)
  • Leaf Punch
  • Hobbycraft Self Adhesive Gems (Assorted Square 5666141000)
  • Winsor & Newton Matt Gel
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

44 thoughts on “Kickin’ Leaves

  1. What a magical place you visited, love the photos, and your journal page with the fancy, patterned leaves is fantastic. And I haven’t had parkin since I left England, I’m drooling at the thought of that lovely, sticky gingerbread! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. I love your page, the woods and your piece of parkin. I don’t know what that is, but it looks dark and spicy. Now your walk through Duxbury Woods looks like a beautiful day out. It is a gorgeous forest. That are fabulous fungi. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • You are right it is dark and spicy, this cake is traditionally made with oatmeal and gets it’s darkness from black treacle (molasses) and spice from ground ginger. We did have a wonderful time exploring the woods and it was fun discovering all the fungi too! Thanks so much Erica and Happy T Day! J 🙂


  3. Oh Jo , your page just sings of joy and I love every bit of it!! The photos are beautiful too. Had to look up “parkin” as I had never heard of it but it sounds like something my hubby would enjoy (actually , he likes most baked goods:) Thanks for spreading so much joy, and happy T day!

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  4. I enjoyed both the journal page with the hand drawn and colored little girl (magic) and the actual nature reserve you went to. Both are quite lovelyl

    I’ve never had parkin, but it sounds wonderful, since I love ginger and molasses. It sounds regional, so may be why I’ve not heard of it before. Thanks for taking us to the Nature Reserve and inviting us in for a drink and parkin this Tuesday for T.

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  5. My favorite part of your page is the umbrella 🙂 It just struck me for some reason.

    What a wonderful walk! Thx so much for sharing these great photos. You are quite the photographer. I see great definition on all those shots on my computer. Frame-worthy.

    I followed the “parkin” link, never remembering having heard the word, and I see I know it by another name lol. A favorite, but I never seem to actually make it. You’re inspiring me to look up a recipe 🙂

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    • Thanks so much! The umbrella was fun to create and I like the contrasting colours :-). Glad you like the photos, I can’t take all the credit as my hubby is a keen photographer too and always contributes some of his photos to my blog :-). Wishing you happiness this T Day! J 🙂


  6. I am absolutely thrilled about the page today – you put so much love in every little detail – unbelievable! It is a wonderful unique little masterpiece in my mind!
    And your appealing photos are just beautiful – I can imagine that you got much inspiration by those walks!
    I never heard about Parkin(Cake) . that sounds like I would like it!
    Happy T-Day dear Jo!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks very much Susi! The leaves were definitely time consuming to create and adhere to the page – so worth it though as the resulting page is so much fun! I think you would like Parkin too :-). Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 🙂


  7. I enjoyed my virtual walk with you through the wood, i do like the sound of crunching leaves as you walk through them as well. Your journal page looks beautiful it certainly captures the season.
    Happy T day, the parkin looks really delicious.
    Yvonne xx

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  8. Love your page and the lovely warm colours Jo – just wha’ts needed on a gloomy cold day 🙂 – smashing details.
    Great photos – looks a nice place to relax and walk.
    Have a great week and enjoy your T-day… Gill xx

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  9. Love your artjournal page Jo…Esecially love the texture you achieved on the trees with the modeling paste… Thank you for your kind comments on my blog post… Glad you like the fireplace… it will get a makeover too..hopefully in rock… Happy happpy Tday! Hugs! deb

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  10. What beautiful woods, both in your brilliant journal page and the one you went for a walk in! The fungi has been wonderful this year – must be the weather as we have seen all kinds this year! Parkin and a hot drink sounds a perfect end to the day! Chrisx

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  11. Thank you so much for taking me on your walk in Duxbury woods. What beautiful colours! I love ancient woods. The mushrooms were spectacular! How wonderful that the river water is cleaner again, so clean in fact that the salmon have come back. That is a good sign.
    I love your autumn artwork. I have that same little leaf punch but have never done much with it. You have used them very effectively and by using double sided foam tape some stand out.
    Parkin? I had never heard of parkin, so thanks for the link. It looks very nice. (the cake I mean).
    Happy T-Day,
    Thank you for your kind comment,

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    • Thanks very much Lisca! It was fascinating to read about the salmon, apparently you usually see them this time of year but unfortunately the water levels were too low. You are more than welcome, I love visiting you and your blog! Thanks again and wishing you happiness this T Day! J 🙂


  12. Your painted scene is just astonishing – astonishing because of all the carefully made tiny details and how you added them – the shadows on the leaves, the fungi, the “animal print” clouds, the 3D leaves, the shiny welly boots – I was absolutely fascinated with everything. Love how you added a robin so that he could watch.
    Once when we kicked up the leaves, as we went away, a robin came down to see if he could find anything to eat in the uncovered earth.
    The woodland walk looks wonderful, just what we like.

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