As I was out walking the other day, I decided to pick a few wildflowers to play with.
When I got home, I put some on a piece of watercolour paper, folded it shut, and hammered it.
and here is what it looked like when I opened it..... well, after I removed the smooshed bits of plants. Lots of colour, but not too much definition.
I liked how the leaves turned out the best, so I hammered one between this page that I made the other day.
And then I decided to put it away, and work on things that I was supposed to be doing. But then my hubby walked in the door, after being away working on a forest fire for the past week. On the 7 hour drive home, he had stopped and picked me wildflowers. But because he knows me so well, he didn't pick me a bouquet, rather, the flowers were jammed into a plastic bag. He handed them to me saying "I am sure you can do something with these".
So I started right then and there.....
I pulled the flowers apart, and had wild rose petals, bits of wild lupines, and the lovely yellow from some false dandelions.
I soaked some paper with tea, so the paper wasn't so white, and laid the petals on the paper.
I stacked 4 or 5 pages on top of each other, covered it with a piece of wax paper, and rolled it hard with my rolling pin.
I then stacked the two bundles up, tied them, put them in my steamer, and let them steam away for an hour or two.
It didn't look like I was getting too much colour out of my petals, so I found a few rusty washers that I had. Only 2 of them were flat, so I snuck those between some pages. The other 3 I laid on top of the bundle, and let it steam for another few hours.
Here is the finished bundle when it came out of the steamer
and the pages laid out to dry.
and the pages when they were dry, and the petals were removed.
The petals worked as a resist, leaving lovely marks on the pages. Some of the yellow bits, don't want to come off, which is fine.
The inspiration for doing this came from Jennifer's blog. Check it out here. Her work is stunning!
And just because he is so cute, here is the little squirrel that is enjoying time in one of our empty bird feeders.