Sunday, October 7, 2012

Cast Concrete . . . My Favorite Leaf

I painted lots of concrete leaves the other night, but this one is by far my favorite.

It was a happy accident of many layers of color washing, plus many layers of dry brushing in various colors.  The leaf itself is very flat--meant to be a trivet, I guess (it was one of Roberta's rejects)--so at first glance in its natural unpainted state, I didn't think it was very exciting or had much potential.  The dry brushing brought out so much of the subtle texture captured in the casting that I didn't even realize was there.

I just finished about 3 hours outside today, raking up leaves in the back yard, and now nursing 3 new blisters (even through my gloves!)......, I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with pretty fall leaves!!


  1. Gorgeous work,Maggie! Did you use latex house paint like Roberta or outdoor craft paint? Mine are still days away from being ready to paint. 8+(

    1. Kathy,
      Much of what I used was latex house paint, though it was interior rather than exterior. I also used regular craft acrylic to supplement. I'm hoping the 3 sealer coats of exterior varnish (two sprayed and one brushed) will make them weather-resistant enough. Some will stay inside anyway, so it won't matter. -m

  2. LOVE IT Maggie! Just left a really long comment on the previous post. HUGS!

  3. Oh Maggie...these leaves are AMAZING!!!! Absolutely gorgeous girl!! So so beautiful, they remind me of majolica, you know? I love that you know Linda and Ludmil! She's an angel ~ I think that they are moving though and headed to California to live now. I read her posts on Facebook, they are always so busy! I hope you are doing so good, hugs and love, Dawn

  4. I think they're gorgeous. It's amazing how the paint brings out all the little details. So fun!!