Last week it was thistles, this week my inspiration is the thistle-like Knapweed flower which blankets much of the highland landscape. Its more friendly than the thistle as it does not have the jagged thorns. I love it's colour and tufty blooms.
I enjoy reading old folk-law tales about wild flowers and apparently Knapweed in days gone by was picked by eligible young women who pinned a bloom to their blouse. When its florets began to open it was said the man of her dream would be near! This is not a theory I have tested, but it certainly sounds exciting! :)
I worked in a more abstract style on board, unusual for me as I usually collage on canvas or wood panels.
A few weeks back I read a blog post written by the very talented Jessica Stride . She used the hardboard backing from a picture frame to work on. I thought this was such a great idea I would have a go. It does away with the dilemma of how to frame a board piece as the frame was meant to fit!
I'm not sure I really need the glass in front of the collage, I feel it takes away from the texture a bit, but I can always take the glass out and just keep the surrounding frame. I'm not sure whether to paint the frame either... decisions decisions. ;)
Other bits this week inspired by more wild flowers
Sea-thrift and tern.
I had to check in my wild-flower book to see if I was using the right shade of pink paper.
The tern is covered with old book papers and crackle glaze to give it a feathery look.
Linking to Paint party friday