Leaf Peeping Artfully Part II!
These two 4 in x 4in cradle boards in the bottom photo are drying as I take this photo. Both of these leaves were in the top photo.
It’s been about 16 hours since I applied the resin on to them so with only 8 hours to go to be fully cured and dry, I figured I could risk taking off the box cover which prevents pieces of dust curing into the resin layers as they dry.
The original two boards were leaves I’d found and then photographed in a conventional way. What I can’t remember now is whether I embedded two of these individual leaves in encaustic wax and then applied oil pastels or whether I transferred each photo on to warm wax and then went to work inexpertly with the oil pastels.
I think it was the latter as I’d learned the hard way about using organic material in encaustics. But, honestly, I can’t remember as it was at least a year ago, and maybe two.
Anyway, I was going to do additional pigments around border of each board, but then decided to apply the resin and perhaps use acrylic paint to add to finished pieces.
I found quite a few of these leaves ( I have NO idea why they were so unusual looking) and want to do a large 24 x 24 in piece using the resin as final layer because it makes the leaves look as they once did when I found them: totally wet after a heavy rain. But, I want to decide in small scale FIRST what I am going to do. It gets too expensive to experiment with all the elements on a larger scale.
I am thinking now I might just mount a 24 in by 24 inch photograph and forgo the oil pastels and encaustics and just resin that. Yes, I drive myself crazy, it’s true. But, I enjoy the zigs, zags, and doubling back to begin again.
But, first? I’ll mount a 4in by 4in board with the photo and apply the resin.