Winter Wildflowers

The bright and beautiful flowers of spring and summer delight me as you know but so do those left standing through autumn and winter. On a snowy walk recently I was happy to see the brown tones that show up bold and contrasting against the snow. Queen Anne’s Lace closes up and dries out after summer but that makes it all the better to balance some snow like icing.

For this wintery image of dried stems against aged wood paneling I stamped the flower stems from Darkroom Door’s ‘nature walk’ first in brown archival inks so they wouldn’t blend when I worked on the background. I stamped the DD ‘woodgrain’ stamp over the top first in hickory smoke distress ink then a few more times adding black soot, forest moss and barn door distress inks. I blended as sparingly as I could to retain the texture of the stamp.

I added a sentiment from the DD ‘happy birthday’ set and now I am wondering if I can recreate the same aged wood effect on a journal page. This seems to be the way I roll at present; a journal page inspires a card then a card inspires a journal page.

By the way my Art Journal Adventure class has been postponed for now due to current restrictions here in Ontario but we will reschedule when possible. In the interim I will continue scheming and dreaming up themes and techniques!


4 Comments on “Winter Wildflowers”

  1. Patricia Rowe says:

    Beautiful, as usual.
    Happy new year.
    Late with this, but always applies.

  2. Lovely, like the wood grain background with it, my hubby loves taking pictures this time of year of dried up flowers still standing through the harsh weather

  3. Pat says:

    The DD stamps are so detailed and gorgeous Heather, and the Queen Anne’s Lace in their winter brown look fantastic over the woodgrain background..the perfect combination. x

  4. nancystiz says:

    You did an outstanding job on the weathered woodgrain. That is the perfect color combination for it. Love the Queen Anne’s lace in front of it too- all in winter colors. Beautifully done !

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