Thursday, October 01, 2015

Inspired by Autumn: A Series in Art Making, Week 1

Hey there! I hope you are enjoying autumn where you are!

This is the first time in my life, I'm enjoying fall in more than just a tourist kind of way. I grew up in Calcutta where seeing greenery amidst concrete and crowd of people was in itself a treat but fall didn't really visit in a colorful way.

Then I lived in Tampa, Florida for 15 years. I sure loved the abundance of sunshine and year-round warm weather and wearing flip flops all year and having the freedom to visit beautiful beaches and Disney whenever I felt like. I have also seen hurricanes turn days into nights, I have seen the rage of oceans, and pouring rains that made my little Versa almost rock like a boat on the flooded streets. But once again, autumn dodged my neck of the woods!

We moved this summer. To be honest, it was not easy! But secretly, I was also a bit excited to experience change of seasons. Chester is rich in natural beauty, I was told. When we moved in to our new home, it was just as hot as in Tampa. I couldn't wait for fall to come and bring her grandeur with her!

There are several farms and orchards around where we are. It has become a weekend family activity for us to go apple and berry picking. It is a lot of fun and a welcome change from visiting theme parks every weekend... yeah, living just an hour away from Orlando and few minutes from Busch Gardens can do that to you!

But this last week, we had some rain here and the air has turned somewhat chilly, well at least, by my tropical standards! And guess what, it's a treat to step out even if it's just to go to the mail box... my whole street is brimming with colors -- reds, yellows, and still enough greens. Just take a look!

What can I say, I'm in love with Autumn..... and that sure is inspiring my creativity! I'm sketching, art journaling, scrapbooking... you can take a peek into my Instagram to see my daily musings. In order to live this beautiful season to the fullest, I thought I'd share some of my favorite fall projects, new and old, along with brief how-tos here on my blog every Thursday this October.

You are not limited by any product choices here. I just hope you find my projects inspiring. So, please stop by on Thursdays this month to see some inspired project from me. And I would REALLLY LOOOOVE it if you leave me a comment or two with link(s) to your favorite fall-inspired creations!!! Won't that be fun?

Okay, so I'll start my mini autumn-inspired series with a brand new layout.

I started this layout with a neutral grey cardstock as my photos are very colorful. Rather than just placing the pictures one below another, I created a staggered strip of photos mounted on slightly wider strips of Bonfire and Hayride  papers from Daily Flash Apple Cider collection by October Afternoon. The papers instantly warmed up the grey background to match my Autumn photos. I cut my title out of Pumpkin Picking paper and created an embellishment by cutting out a tree from the Hayride paper.

Fall reminds me of sweaters and textures. To create that feel on my layout, I machine-stitched around the photo strips and title. I cut out leaf shapes from Bonfire paper and sprinkled them around the page like leaves falling from trees. Next I splattered paints around carefully as not to drop a lot on my photos. To add a date to the layout, I used the Daily Flash 2010's Decade Stamp, also  by October Afternoon. Finally, I journaled at the bottom.

Here are some close-up shots of my layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my post! Before you leave, here's the sketch for you that I based my layout on. Hope you find it useful in your creation.
Hope you have a glorious day!


Marci said...

Beautiful layout! I always love displays of produce at farmers' markets. Your photo of your street is gorgeous. The only bad thing about fall? It means WINTER is coming!

Mou Saha said...

Ah Marci, I'm a bit scared of that too! I have never lived in a cold place before. So I guess we have to see how that unfolds! If I may ask, what country or state are you in?