I'm still taking Roxanne Stout's Nature Journaling on-line class and really enjoying it, so I did this.
|Watercolor and ink! I think the difference between a weed and a wildflower IS where you find it!|
Roxanne does wonderful mixed media pieces, so she has encouraged us to do nature themed work of our own.
For this piece, I used a real leaf that I inked and used to stamp a piece of rice paper. I stitched the rice paper to handmade paper and added the bling! The "bling" is a cool piece of vintage trim made with wire and rhinestones. I laid the jewels on a piece of linen fabric that I dyed gray with fresh plant materials and layered it with ribbon and lace.
Here is a detail of the "ecco" dyed fabric and the rhinestone trim!
The next piece required a little more fresh plant material.....for this one I pounded a leaf and let its juicy, juices stain a piece of tea dyed muslin. This leaf was just right, not all of them will be that fresh and leave that much stain.
The muslin was stitched to a piece of burgundy velvet and I added some burgundy trim with a tassel, short lengths of embroidery thread and for the piece de résistance..........
All the pieces of dyed and stained paper and fabric were pounded, stamped and boiled over the last two summers. The pieces were added to my "stash" and I was saving them.....you know.....for something "special".....well, special is here!