Tuesday 28 April 2015

forget-me-not beginings

My workspace today has the beginnings of a new collage/painting

A couple of weeks ago I was reading the blog of the very talented Lisa Graham. She had taken a beautiful photo of her riverbank blanketed in Forget-me-nots.
The little flower stuck in my head and I went in search of my own. These ones are not so large, nor do they blanket a riverbank, they are still very beautiful. I wondered If I could incorporate them in a seascape I had begun working on.

For the seascape background I am trying something new. Painting on aluminium foil. I have had several failed attempts so am hoping I have finally cracked it.

There is something very special about forget-me-nots, according to legend their name originates from medieval legend and involves an unfortunate knight and his Lady love. Whatever the origins are, it is a beautiful name.
Who could resist a bouquet of forget-me-nots? ;)

My sketch gives me the form I want to collage. I also stick paper fragments in my sketchbook to help me decide on colours and papers.

Another paper delivery yesterday... Wonderful!!
Paper makes me happy ;)

Linking to WOYWW
and Paint party friday


  1. i love forget me nots they're so teeny and pretty
    i love your background never would have thought to paint on tin foil!
    thanks for sharing happy woyww have a great week
    Mrs C x #10

  2. I love forget-me-nots, and your interpretation will be fabulous!! happy woyww Helen 7

  3. On foil..crikey..do you have to add something glycerine based to the paint to stop it cracking off? Or is that not in any way a challenge. How interesting. Your sketches of Forget Me Nots are great. Amongst my favourites because they are so hardy and will pop up in the most unexpected places.

    1. Thanks Julia, I found using a little modpoge in the acrylic helps it stick.

  4. Aaah, you have your paper fetish, I have fabric :-) It's funny what keeps us happy isn't it? Often, the simplest things :-)
    I love forget me nots too, but what is really making me happy at the moment are the banks of primroses around my village and in my garden..such small but beautiful flowers. The bluebell woods near me are starting to burst too, now that really is a sight to gladden the heart as I drive through there on my way to band practise :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 19 xx

  5. A very old & popular plant the For-Get-Me-Not & a favourite of mine. Your drawing has capture the delicate little flowers. Happy crafting Jill #8

  6. They're such pretty, delicate flowers, aren't they. The background looks really good, I've never tried to paint on tin foil, but what a great effect!

  7. I love seeing how you begin your piece. Looking forward to seeing it come to life.
    Happy Deskday

  8. It is nice to see your sketchbook. The foil looks very interesting. I can't wait to see how you use it in the finished piece.

  9. Love the photos of the flowers. I haven't seen them in ages! And hopefully you'll get the painting on foil figured out. Sounds interesting! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #43

  10. Lovely sketch of the delicate flower! The foil background seems challenging but the shiny blue is truly marvellous! I hope your project will succeed.

  11. I love the colour of these flowers, almost like shining. Enjoyed reading your post.

  12. We have a load of forget-me-nots growing behind our fence in the "wildlife" area of the school field. I have seen them for sale in the garden centre recently and they cost so much! They are pretty and I have known them my whole life just growing like weeds when I was a child. Enjoy the papers and I hope the art work is sucessful.

    Cazzy #53

  13. Oooh, forget-me-nots... it's such a beautiful and modest flower! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, happy (one day after) woyww and a hug from Holland, Marit #36

  14. This is going to be spectacular - the colours are beautiful already. I adore forget-me-nots and have them all over the garden, and the paths and the steps - they self-seed everywhere! I can't wait to see this finished - that band of green along the bottom is gorgeous. Thanks so much for stopping by my desk earlier, and I hope you have lots of fun with your new papers.

  15. I love how that foil looks with paint on it!! I see it worked out by the above completed stunning piece! Really wonderful!! It give the pieces a gorgeous shimmer!! Love how you create such wonderful texture!

    Hugs Giggles

  16. Just popped back here to see the beginnings before I pop back forward to see the latest post! They are very beautiful little flowers - also the symbol for Alzheimer Scotland.


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