Delicious Autumn

Autumn is one of my favourite months and finding this pretty tissue of a robin sat amongst autumn leaves I decided to create a page using some leaves that I had pressed and a beautiful quote from a poem by George Eliot.

I started by ripping the tissue into pieces around the robin, leaf and branch images and adhering them to the page using a glue stick and matte gel medium. Next I applied DecoArt crackle glaze using a palette knife in between the tissue pieces and left it to dry overnight.

To highlight the crackle effect, I painted Yellow Ochre from my Kuratake watercolour paint set onto the page and also Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker by scribbling the pen onto an acrylic block and picking the ink up with a paintbrush. I also added droplets of Carbon Black Liquitex Ink and then applied water with a paintbrush making it spread between the cracks. I repeated this process using Black Soot Distress Ink too. For the wording, I used my new label maker, which was fun (grin!). The quote is from a poem by George Eliot who wrote “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns”. I distressed the edges of the labels with scissors and used Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to edge and colour them; once they were stuck in place I outlined them using a black Uni Pin marker. Then I added some leaves to the branches which I collected last year and had dried and pressed; they are stuck down using wood adhesive. To finish, I applied some little dots of Pumpkin Liquid Pearls to add a pop of bright autumnal colour.

I love the quote from George Eliot too; wouldn’t it be amazing to be a bird and fly about the earth experiencing one autumn after the other (grin!). There is so much I enjoy about autumn especially the colours of autumn which can be seen in this beautiful view of the River Yarrow when we visited Duxbury Woods.

One of my favourite places for autumn/fall foliage with its amazing reds, oranges and yellows is New England. This photo was taken a few years ago, it’s lovely to be transported back there and maybe it is possible to chase those successive autumns after all!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Yvonne from Meggy’s way, who is hosting A World of Fantasy challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my successive autumn wishes, wouldn’t it be amazing to experience one autumn after another!

I’m pleased to join their Back To Nature challenge over at A Vintage Journey, as their brief for this challenge inspired me to use the leaves that I had collected last year and dried. I hope you like my Art Journaling and Mixed Media style page.

Over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog their theme is Forever Autumn so I’m pleased to join this challenge with my Delicious Autumn page.

I’m also joining the lovely Wen and her Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my seasonal nature page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my autumnal art journal page.

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:

  • DecoArt Medium Crackle Glaze
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint set (Yellow Ochre)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Liquitex ink! (Carbon Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • IHR Ideal Home Range tissues (Red Robin PT89600)
  • Dymo LetraTag Personal Label Maker LT-100H
  • Dymo LetraTag Tape 12mm (White Paper)
  • Dried and pressed leaves
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls (Pumpkin)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick
  • Evo-Stik Wood Adhesive

23 thoughts on “Delicious Autumn

  1. Who could resist the sweet robin. Robins are so magical.
    The ground you’ve made is so Autumn like, golds with the lovely greys (Black Soot Distress Ink!). I can almost hear it being crunched underfoot. Clever with the dots of pumpkin pearls too.
    I love the words but I think it might be a bit tiring flying round the world looking for Autumns, it’s rather nice when it just appears, like here.
    Have a great Autumn, Jo!

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  2. This is stunning – such a fantastic page – I am thrilled about all this beauty-the crackle and wow – perfect quote with the new label maker! A masterpiece Jo!
    And amazing autumnal photos!

    I say thank you very much for another fantastic entry linked to Yvonne’s theme at Art Journal Journey! Have a great weekend my friend! You never cease to amaze me with your art and postings!

    Big hugs, Susi

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  3. Spring and autumn are my two favorite times of the year. This is an absolutely GORGEOUS journal entry, dear Jo. I was so impressed with how you crackled that paste and the way you used those leaves. It’s an amazing entry and so fun to see you also linked it to Yvonne’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    Those New England shots are amazing. Some years the trees are more amazing than others, but you picked a fantastic time to visit the U.S. I remember you blogging about it before and I’m thrilled you shared these autumn (NOT FALL) inspired photos and journal page.

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  4. I love this page Jo. It really captures the feel of autumn. That little robin is adorable. Nice photos from years past too. That really is the magic of autumn. Hoping the colors change enough for your visit so there is more color than green. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  5. OOhhh Jo !! This is absolutely gorgeous !!! I love love it!! Little robin is wonderful between original autumn leaves !! The cracks are so lovely !
    Thanks so much for sharing those beautiful photographs, they are fabulous.
    I wish you a very happy weekend, big hugs, Caty

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  6. An absolutely gorgeous autumn page. I love the crackled background and the lovely sweet robin. It was a fantastic way to show your pressed autumn leaves.
    I love autumn as well the colours are beautiful at this time of year, the photos you shared looked lovely.
    Thank you for all your support this month for my theme at Art Journal Journey, your pages have been awesome.
    Have a good weekend
    Yvonne xx

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  7. What a fantastic autumn page – I love it! The gorgeous crackled details, the glued on leaves, the robin, the quote … all is wonderful on this page!
    And your photos are especially magical – little artworks by themselves!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend dear Jo! Rike 😊 x

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  8. I’m a bit late to the party, but couldn’t miss this gorgeous Autumnal page Jo, love the tissue you used, the colours are gorgeous. Fabulous background with the crackle and the fact that you have used real leaves, makes it all the more special.
    Avril xx

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