Friday, 20 June 2008

My Garden Altered Book - second spread - Foxgloves

Right then - here we have Foxgloves, from my garden. The page on the left is all pressed flowers, and the patterns inside each little 'challice' show up beautifully. I don't know how long they will stay though, I don't know anything about pressed flowers and preserving the colour or softness. Maybe in a month or so they will have dried up and fallen off. There must be something I can buy, to coat them with......
On the right hand page is a foxglove 'challice' I made from silk, and Foxy's dancing slippers are, of course, inspired by Annette Emms. She is blogging now, and you can find her here. Wonderful stuff!

Last month I pressed a Bluebell, I have loads in my garden - the native type. Also have some spaniards, but wouldn't dream of throwing them out.....



Anyway, I've started a spread for the Bluebell by painting this. It isn't finished yet, and I only want it to be a 'background' so will have to soften it somehow. I'll post again when I'm finished. Oh! decisions, decisions!!

10 comments:

quiltchick said...

This is fabulous Val, the colours are so rich and intense. I adore foxys dancing slippers, the little beads make them look as if they are covered in tiny bells.

Doreen G said...

Your pages are looking so beautiful Val

Sandy said...

More nice pages. Dry flowers in old books seem to last. You have me working on my book again. Thanks.

Annette said...

Val, the foxglove page is just beautiful,the detail!I love the silk flower and the little bumble bee.
Where do you find the time? Do you ever go to bed? Wish I had your energy!
Oh yes, and thanks for the mention!
regards Annette.

Purple Missus said...

Another wonderful page, such lovely colours too. And all the detail is fabulous. This book will be a treasure when its completed.

And if you do throw your spaniards out, then throw them this way - have always fancied a latin lover *LOL*

dot said...

Truly lovely Val what more can i say!

Julie said...

"Note to self - press some foxgloves tomorrow!" Your sketchbook/journal page is beautiful!

sharon young said...

Beautiful sketch book, Val I love the painted BG and fox gloves. If you paint them in diluted PVA, they'll keep for ages and it does't really alter the appearance that much.

Holly Loves Art said...

Hello Val!

I love your blog, your journals... all very lovely. My favorite flower of all is the Foxglove. Thank you for sharing your beautiful art with all of us.

Holly
Los Angeles, CA

Judy Rys said...

I really like your tree scene. The path lead you into the scene beautifully.