'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Good Morning, peeps! Today, we start a new challenge over at
and the challenge is
Colours of Autumn
So dig out your paints, inks, pens and images and join us in celebrating the luscious colours of beautiful Autumn...

I've focused on 'shrooms for this one...I absolutely love fungi, and used to go hunting them down at this time of year, especially when I had a good camera. There are so many amazing varieties and colours to see - and there are some very varied smells, too 😁
Have you ever come across the humble stinkhorn? It really does live up to its name!

My Tim Holtz 'shrooms aren't really 'shrooms, of course - they're the well recognised Fly Agaric toadstools (even if they're not supposed to be...) instantly recognisable to most of us as the archetypal fairy dwelling...and they are gorgeous, despite being VERY poisonous!
Please allow me a bit of artistic licence here, because they all ended up in pretty similar colours - even the much larger one (Stampotique by Jo Capper Sandon) which is definitely not really in perspective and is a little slender for the FA....although I suppose the others could be babies...h'mm? 
I used Fossilised Amber, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Ink and Toasted Marmalade DI for the background. The words (Hero Arts) are stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn and Walnut Ink DI, while the larger words are die cut alphabet letters. Oh and the blowing leaves are an old PSX stamp which only comes out at this time of year...

I even took a few photos to show off the gold paint bits... it looks really sparkly and rich. I used Promarkers and Prisma pencils to colour - albeit not very well...
 Everything has been beautifully spattered with Walnut ink and Antique Gold Acrylic paint, to give it that 'tattered' windswept look... 
 The colour looks different because it was night time, under daylight white bulbs.
Thank you so much for popping in today. I do hope you'll join us at Try it on Tuesday and don't forget to have a peep at the Design Team's beautiful inspirational pieces... you have two weeks to play. 
We look forward to 'seeing' you!

I'm linking this to Stamping Sensations' Leaves and/or Trees and/or Autumn challenge...
I'll be back soon
Cath
xxx

18 very kind comments from lovely people:

froebelsternchen said...

A simply AMAZING card! A masterpiece in my eyes Cath!
Happy TioT!
Big hugs, Susi

butterfly said...

Absolutely stunning - all the Fly Agarics look amazing - small and large. And with a fungus with such renowned magical powers, why shouldn't one of them be suddenly greater than the others (it's very Alice in Wonderland too!). Beautiful tone on tone word stamping in the glowing background, and I love all the glimmers of gold and the fabulous spatter.
Alison x

Aimeslee Winans said...

Ok, me thinks you are protesting too much or else I'm the only idiot in your group. I'm like, who the heck knows or cares about if it's a shroom or a stool - the only artistic license you need is the one in your head that says You Iz An Artist! But hey, if you are hunting them in the wood, you are an expert on them 5 times over. So go ahead with your bad self. In the meantime, your piece is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Love the colors and the splatters "for that windswept look" lol. Well, it do look windswept! xoxoxoxo

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a stunning card! I love your take on the colours of autumn, the background looks amazing with the autumn wording that you added and oh, how I love those 'shroooms 😀. You coloured them beautifully and I love the touches of gold too, the shimmer and shine is just perfect! Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a wonderful week! Hugs, Jo x

Rosie said...

A gorgeous card, Cath

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

A fabulous card with lots of great stamping that sums up Autumn perfectly. Thank you for joining us in our 'Trees, leaves or Autumn' challenge at Stamping Sensations and good luck. Sandra x

Meggymay said...

It is a fabulous card Cath and I love the colours and golden glow. The mushrooms look amazing, but from your description I am pleased I have never come across a Stinkhorn.
Yvonne xx

María said...

This card is wonderful and perfect for these days, I like a lot that background with the words and the splatters, they make it more special. Hugs.

Mrs.B said...

A wonderful card Cath, the background looks fabulous and perfect for your 'shrooms' which in my eyes are coloured to perfection. Love the gold splattering, it adds a lovely dimension to the background.
Avril xx

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card and love the beautiful mushrooms stamps and fabulous colouring
Carol x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Magical Cath! I love the thought of you on a fungi hunt! Love how you coloured this! Chrisx

My name is Erika. said...

I'm with about fungi. They are fascinating, though I sure don't know their names like you do. I am impressed. This is a super card. You used those mushrooms so well together. I really like how this piece came out. Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The first thing I noticed after the mushroom was the gorgeous gold. This is a real beauty, Cath.

Anke said...

WOW WOW WOW Cath, absolutely stunning, I love your work, fantastic art.

Hugs
Anke

brenda said...

Always love a stroom or two Cath, like you say some are deadly but they are beautiful and always have a magical feel to them, thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Marjut said...

A lovely card with gorgeous autumn colours.

Joan said...

It's a stunning card ! Love the colourful fungi

Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month

Joan

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

STUNNING.. A glorious sight to my eyes, I've always found Toadstools so alluring even with their hidden toxins. Beautifully painted Cath, the gold spots remind me of specks of sunshine peeping through those Autumn mists. A fabulous TioT theme. Sending HUgs Tracey xx