I had fun using real leaves from my garden with my usual water-colour paints to play about with making abstract leaf prints (that’s both Paint and Prints with a ‘P’!) – I tried a raspberry leaf, a flowering cherry leaf, a rudbekia leaf and an anemone leaf – the anemone without doubt gave the best results, as the leaf was both strong enough and pliable enough to print its veins relatively clearly onto the flat paper. And I found using the underneath of the leaf rather than the top surface was more successful.
I made a real mess of my fingers (and my work surface!) trying to paint onto the curving leaves then printing them onto the paper, but never mind, it’s only water-colour paint so washes off easily and it really was great fun 🙂
These Osteospermum (also known as African Daisies) growing in our garden are really enjoying the warm summer weather here in the North of Scotland. Their petals go from pink to red to orange to gold like a floral tequila sunrise, and I really love their vibrant colours 🙂
Backlit it’s already possible to see the dark seeds silhouetted within the honesty seed pods – once they’re fully ripe, the delicate outer layer comes away on both sides letting the inner seeds loose and leaving thin translucent papery discs behind. These can either be left in situ over the winter months to bring a ghostly presence to the garden, or cut and used indoors as part of a dried flower arrangement 🙂
My commute to work consists of a pleasant 10 minute walk from my house to the river, a quick one minute walk across a beautiful Victorian suspension footbridge (from where I took this image), then a 10 minute walk through the town centre to the local shopping mall where I work part time in a small women’s clothes store 🙂