Colours of Autumn

Our new challenge for the next two weeks at Try it on Tuesday is Colours of Autumn.

I love the autumn season, so created an art journal page using a new technique with clear embossing powder; my autumnal colours are Brushos but you could use the same technique with any autumnal coloured inks, paints, infusions etc; to find out how it all came together please see below.

I started by sprinkling Yellow, Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Orange, Terracotta, Rose Red, Scarlett, Sandstone, Dark Brown and Moss Green Brusho powders onto my page then spritzing with water and leaving it to dry. Once dry, I sprinkled water droplets onto the page and removed them using some kitchen towel to give a mottled effect. I stamped the “wishing you a beautiful autumn season” wording using a Sophisticated Script stamp set from Concord & 9th and black Archival Ink and highlighted the letters using a white Uniball gel pen.

Then for my new technique, I stamped the leaves, which are from a Tim Holtz stamp set, to surround the wording; they are stamped using Versamark Watermark Ink and then covered with clear embossing powder, which I heated with my heat gun. Because it’s clear and has been applied over a coloured background, it lets the colours show through and protects them while you add more colour to the area. I used a blending tool to add some Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Ink around the edge of the page and over the leaves so they stood out more. To finish I splattered the page with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and added some gems to add some sparkle.

I hope you will join in our Colours of Autumn fun too and for more inspiration please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and check out the amazing creations from my Design Teamies!

Lately I have been reminiscing about our trip to Maine, America as we were staying with friends at their Lake House in October last year and …

… as Kathy from Hummingbird Woodland Studio recently posted about her lake house and making Biscuits and Gravy, she reminded me of a breakfast that we had at Biscuits & Company. It’s a very popular place to eat with the locals so we reserved a table one Sunday morning.

This place serves American biscuits which are more like a savoury scone here in the UK with a firm browned crust and a soft, crumbly interior.

I chose from the normal menu and had biscuits and sausage gravy, so yummy!

My hubby had biscuits with the vegan mushroom gravy. We also had an egg on top which was optional and if you prefer they also have a gluten free biscuit too (grin!).

My friend chose from the brunch menu and had Biscuits Benedict which tasted yummy, yes she was kind enough to let me try some (double grin!); this was Country-Style biscuits with over-easy eggs and a choice of classic ham with a hollandaise sauce or creamy kale with a white wine sauce, she also had a side order of home fries.

As T Stands for Tuesday you may have already noticed my green tea in the photos, but there was also coffee, orange juice or even water from this fabulous water fountain – Happy T Day everyone!


I’m pleased to join the lovely Eileen of The Artful Crafter and her Dreams or Wishes challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the so very grateful wishes on my page.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Fall/Autumn Colors challenge too.

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:

  • Colourcraft Brushos (Yellow, Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Orange, Terracotta, Rose Red, Scarlet, Sandstone, Dark Brown, Moss Green)
  • Concord and 9th Clear Stamp Set (Sophisticated Script)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uniball Gel Pen (White)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous (Falling Leaves CMS097)
  • Tsukineko Versamark (Watermark Ink)
  • Tsukineko Versamark Emboss (Watermark Pen)
  • Wow! Embossing Powder (Clear Gloss Ultra High)
  • Docrafts Papermania Heat Tool
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)
  • Hobbycraft Gem Stones (Rose)

35 thoughts on “Colours of Autumn

  1. I would love to go into this page and dream my day in it! WHat a fantastic background!
    So happy to ee this again linked to our AJJ collection! You really rock Jo! Thank you beyond belief for all your support!
    A wonderful page to remember your amazing Maine trip!
    You just make one hungry , good that I had a really filling breakfast recently, otherwise my mouth would get watery now!

    Happy T-Day

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  2. Good morning Jo, your fall journal page is so pretty! I love fall too-I think it is my favorite season for it’s beauty.
    Wow, what a very neat restaurant! and thank you for the mention. all the plates look so delicious-I am hungry now for more biscuits and gravy. I have never seen a water fountain like that before-looks very vintage. Happy T wishes Kathy

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    • Thank you Kathy! When I saw your post about biscuits and gravy I immediately thought of this restaurant and knew it would be perfect to share for T Day, thanks so much for the inspiration 😀. Sending you happy T Day wishes too! Hugs, Jo x


  3. Fabulous colours, and the clear-embossed leaves add a wonderful touch of texture as well as glossy light. Don’t you just love clear-embossing powder?! The biscuits look very tasty, and I’ve now got a fried egg craving!
    Alison x

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  4. Thank you for your detailed step by step on your spread. I was flummoxed how you did the leaves. Such a simple technique but with lots of impact full of mystery. They look as though they are floating. Your blending of the Brushos – I know it’s a happy accident as always with those but you def. got a great blend! Gorgeous! NOW, onto those biscuits. This Texas girl goes EEK. Here we would call those BURNED and they would get fed to the dog or tossed. The hardest part of baking them here is to get just a touch of golden on the top and have the insides no longer doughy, knowing the bottoms will be hard as rocks should you cook them a moment longer. Heehee It never ceases to amaze me how different the Brit food taste is from ours. we are similar in so many ways, but not the food! Still freaked out I could not order ketchup with my fish and chips in London! Good Lord! heeheehee Have a great week and Go Houston Astros!!! xoxo

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  5. This is a stunning autumn journal page Jo and Wow those colours look amazing and I liked the new technique you used. Its a page that you wish you could reach and touch..
    The restaurant looks inviting and the food delicious, its a good job I am not hungry or I would be making a batch of scones.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. I was SO glad you described the process of the background and the leaves. I don’t have Brushos, but I’m wondering if my spray shimmering mists might work. I DO have VersaMark, as well as clear embossing powder. I might give this a try. You created a really beautiful page, and I guess I should say “as always.” Thanks, too, for sharing it with us using Eileen’s theme at Art Journal Journey. It’s an autumn beauty as are the trees in the photo you shared from Maine. Not sure the colors were as vibrant this year as they were last year, so you and your husband picked a great time to visit.

    I hate to tell you this, but I have to agree with Aimeslee on the biscuits. They look burned to me, too. My grandmother made biscuits that were golden on top, NOT brown. Yours looked like they were hard as a rock, but I’m glad you enjoyed them. I’ll go for the Eggs Benedict and the hollandaise sauce, another gem my grandmother made from scratch. Are our biscuits really that closely matched to scones? Not the scones I made! You almost tempted me with the breakfast, but I’ll wait till later in the day to eat. And yes, I saw your tea, too.

    Thanks for sharing your incredible journal page, your biscuits and gravy, and your tea with us for T this Tuesday. BTW, I hope you see the note I left for you on Lisca’s blog. Another word to add to our list of similar yet different names.

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  7. I love your work and weee, you have so many tools, too! Never heard of most!
    The biscuits sign is great 🙂
    I don´t like sweets and a friend once made pizza muffins on her Birthday just for me 🙂
    A happy, yummy T-Day for you, Hugs x

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  8. Your background is so Amazing! Those embossed leaves look so real. You have really captured the colors of Autumn.
    I have never been a fan of biscuits unless I am eating them as a side. But the ones you ate at that restaurant make me want to make a meal out of them.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  9. Outstanding autumn page, Jo. Your new technique is fabulous. The leaves in close up really look like autumn leaves starting to break down as they dry up. Except yours are shiny 😉. It’s a dreamy-looking page, so thank you for sharing it with us at AJJ.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  10. I remember having biscuits for breakfast in California, Jo – not my idea of a scone, lol but they were very different – along with the chicken livers and gravy???? I do like a nice muesli, though 🙂
    Great bit of art again, with stunning colours. The reds are the ones I love most, especially maple leaves. One of my azaleas has gone red and yellow and is gorgeous at the moment. Lovely, lovely art!
    Cath x

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  11. A fabulous page Jo, the colours in the background look wonderful with the clear embossed leaves.
    The biscuits sound very different from the normal UK breakfast. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Have a great week.
    Avril xx

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  12. A stunning page Jo! The lettering looks great! The colours are wonderful and love the texture created by embossing! Biscuits do look very similar to scones- I wonder if it’s the same recipe just cooked for longer? Maine must have been fabulous! Chrisx

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  13. Jo that is a fabulous autumn piece and it does remind me of your photo from Maine. I love the effect with those colorful leaves. And that biscuit place looks like it makes good food. It is in Biddeford? I hope it was a wonderful T day Jo. hugs-Erika

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  14. Your autumn colours are amazing! What a beautiful page!
    I loved the bit about biscuits on the wall. I have never had American biscuits, although I have been to the USA several times. Perhaps when I saw biscuit on the menu, I thought of an English biscuit and that probably didn’t appeal to me. I do remember always going hungry in the States as I don’t eat fast food and a lot of the meals were unrecognisable. Most stuff looked very artificial or processed. I probably went to all the wrong places…
    Sorry for the late reply. I have friends from Holland staying with us and it is a bit rude to spend time sitting at the computer while they are there.
    Happy T-Day,

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  15. OOhhh This is a so gorgeous Art journal page Jo !! The background is incredible, love the leaves, the embossing, and the fantastic colours you have chosen. Those trees are wonderful in Autumn.
    Wish you had a lovely T-day ! Happy afternoon, and big big hugss,

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  16. That is a fabulous piece of art! I love your technique and have everything, so I will definitely be trying it. You also did such a great job with the white gel pen around the stamped letters. I am really impressed with all of it. It is more impressive that that gorgeous Fall trees photo! I also really like that water fountain. Well, I hope you believe in the old adage “better late than never” 🙂
    Have a great week-end!

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  17. Love how heat embossing holds its shape and adds texture, those background leaves are an amazing feature. Another wonderful TioT theme, full of warmth and hugs of the Season.
    A stunning journal spread Jo.. Really hope I can play along. Sending Hugs Tracey xx

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