botanical collage

Sunprint on fabric

Yesterday was a very sunny sunday here in Amsterdam, perfect for a sunprint on fabric. I tested dye-na-flow fabric paint on pieces of cotton. I find it easier to print on paper than on wet fabric, but here are some of the botanical collages I made by mixing two colours: pewter and teal. All prints are made with freshly picked leaves and flowers from my garden. Check out more of my botanical collages over here.sun print of a deconstructed flower

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botanical art

Amelanchier

If you live in the Netherlands you might have noticed that the amelanchier (krentenboompje) is in bloom. It is one of my favorite spring trees, I love the pretty brown leaves and the little white flowers. It is featured in this sun print, made on day 3 of my botanical collage project on Instagram. Next week – after ten days of making sun prints – I’ll be sharing a tutorial. It’s so much fun to do!

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#100daysofbotanicalcollages

100 days of botanical collages

100 days of botanical collages is a project in which I’ll be making collages for a hundred days and daily post the results on my Instagram account. Working from my garden studio I love capturing the beauty of everything that’s growing in and around my garden. It is the base for everything I make. I also love creating collages and patterns with fresh flowers. During winter months I ‘m using the dried flowers and leaves I picked during the summer months.

Analog printing

From april 4th up until july 12th 2017 I’ll be exploring several techniques to capture the plants and flowers that are in bloom in my garden right now. I’ll be arranging them into collages or patterns and photograph or reproduce them as analog prints. On sunny days cyanotype and sun prints are definitely on my list. The chemical process in which the fluid reacts with the sun is just magical. I’ll be sharing tutorials during the project so you can try it out for yourself.

100 days

When you’re new to Instagram you might not have heard from #the100dayproject. Anyone can join and picks his or her own subject. I’ve had friends doing 100daysofcircles (!), 100daysofknitting and so on. Last year I did #100dayspaintinginmygarden, which I loved doing. It’s especially good if you’re using a technique like water color, which takes a lot of practice… I’ve been using and selling the images afterwards in my bedding designs.

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spring is here

spring is here

Oh happy day, spring is here at last… To start my favorite season well, I made a photo collage with flowers from my garden: daffodils, pansies, grape hyacinth and a few others.

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bye bye winter

bye bye winter

The last day of winter, finally! To honor my least favorite of all seasons, I made a photo collage. Three months of cold, dark and rainy days is just about enough to make me scream for spring (well, almost).  Although it’s a gloomy day today, my garden is showing all kinds of new life: my apple trees have tiny leaves and winter beauties like helleborus and pansies brighten up dark corners. Daffodils are in bloom, and so will the grape hyacinths and hyacinths be soon. Bye bye winter, I won’t be missing you (sorry).

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Chocolate wrapper design

Any excuse to do something with chocolate is a good one, I find. Here‘s how to make your own chocolate wrapper design. Don’t eat the chocolate straight away, but give it as a present to your mother, or someone dear.

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Decorated cutlery with flowers

Decorated cutlery

In a predominantly male household I am the only one fond of a beautifullylaid table. I’d love to use fresh flowers, antique crockery & wine glasses and a floral table cloth every day. That’s far too much hassle, according to my men. I’ve found the perfect solution: use decorated cutlery and fabric napkins made of my favorite Liberty & Laura Ashley fabrics. I have some pretty floral patterns to look at, while they have it as functional as can be (…)

Floral cutlery

Luckily one of my clients, Bunzlau Castle, has produced this lovely cutlery with my flowers on it, matching the storage jars I designed for them in 2016. There are six different designs to choose from. You can buy them per piece and thus arrange your own collection of decorated cutlery. Have a look over here to find a store.

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