Thursday, October 29, 2009

Have you ever seen anything like this???

Here's a quick scan of some purple smoke bush leaves I just pressed.  Has anyone ever seen anything like this?  Only a few of the leaves at the very top of the bush had this incredible design.  These are so cool!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Fading Hosta Leaves

We were blessed with an unexpectedly nice day yesterday! 

The weather people had called for yet another day of rain, but instead we had mostly sunny skies with a warm 60 degree breeze.  What a treat!

After the Packer game we headed outside to do some raking, and I was intrigued with the lovely mounds of fading hosta leaves.  They have gone through several light frosts, and their color is slowly draining away.  The dark grass doesn't really show it, but some of the leaves are actually translucent! 

I'm thinking of what kind of botanical collage I can make with them... Any ideas?

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Calling all pressed flower and botanical artists...

Horticulture Magazine is celebrating "the centuries-long marriage of gardening and art" with an art contest for mediums of any kind.  Winners will be selected in two categories:

*plants and flowers
*gardens and landscapes

The entry deadline is December 1st.  Let's all get busy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The worth of a book...

This is my favorite book.  After the Bible of course, but I find endless beauty and inspiration for my art in this book.  The Pressed Plant, by Andrea DiNoto and David Winter, is a collection of pressed botanicals from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.  But beyond that, the authors examine the artwork created within the plants themselves

Much of these pressings were put together by early botanists solely interested in preserving their specimens for posterity, yet the beauty of the plants comes shining through, all on their own! 

Because so many inquisitive new flower pressers frequent my website, I have opened the Elizabeth's Flowers Amazon Bookstore to include the key books that have influenced my botanical art journey thus far. Maybe some of them will be helpful on your journey as well!

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  
~James Bryce


Monday, October 19, 2009

The very latest in storing pressed flowers...

Previously I blogged about how I store my pressed flowers in large foil zip lock bags. 

Well, I eventually found these large bags to be cumbersome to store, hard to zip up after use, and quality issues were also occasionally a problem.

We learn as we go, and now I have a new pressed flower storage method that is working so much better for me.  See if it doesn't help you as well.     

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Up or down?

I can't decide if I'd hang my latest unframed art creation up or down.  I seem to change my mind by the minute!  At least when I create my pressed flower art there's no question.  Stem at the bottom, flower on top.

At any rate, this unframed pressed fall leaves art collage is now available, with leaves from Wisconsin.   We are currently at peak color, and as soon as it stops raining I intend to go out and enjoy them! And press more of them as well.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

There's an app for that!

I've been accused of being addicted to my iphone.  Here's another reason to be - now there's a gardening app!  One can reap what they sow with help from Botanical Interests. There doesn't seem to be much on flowers, but there is detailed info on vegetable and herb gardening, tips and tricks, and even a coupon for 5% off your first seed purchase from the company who designed the app.

$5.99 at the itunes app Store.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

It's a good make paper

Happy Columbus Day!

It's a balmy, cloudy 36 degrees here in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.  I've decided to forgo my plans of doing some much needed garden clean up today, (after our hard frost Saturday night) and make paper in my warm kitchen instead.

I will be making a large batch of small papers for my pressed flower cards, as well as some larger square handmade papers for a series of leaf pictures I have planned.  

By the way, I just read that it's National Pumpkin Pie day today.  I think I'll make one of those too!

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Friday, October 09, 2009

A celebration in the trees...

I like everything about making Autumn Leaf Cards.

From tramping in the woods searching for the perfect autumn leaves with my family, to pressing them in the Microfleur, and then spreading the colorful leaves out on the table and enjoying the riot of color before I adhere them onto handmade paper.

God certainly thought of a great way to celebrate the end of a glorious summer - by throwing a bright and colorful party in the trees. I am always amazed.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Unframed Fern on "Free-Form" Handmade Paper

My Elizabeth's Flowers  website re-construction is happily over, and I'm back to doing what I love best - and here's proof.  This is an unframed pressed fern picture from the  Northwoods of Wisconsin, near Three Lakes.  The finely cut fern is beautiful in itself, but I decided to combined it with a highly textured "free-form" piece of my handmade paper, which really seems to compliment the orderly structure of the pressed fern. 

If you look closely, you can see that the edges of the handmade paper are very irregular, and the texture itself has an unruly look as well.   I really am pleased with this combination.

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Hard Hat Area

Behind the scenes, I have been busy transferring my Elizabeth's Flowers website to a snappier, more up to date template.  After two weeks of toil, I finally breathed a quick prayer and pressed "publish."

Alas, not all went well, and there are a number of broken links and missing pictures.  Sigh!  I'll be busy fixing these during the next few days, but please check back Wednesday for some new art I've been eager to show you.