(and miss) plants until I moved
to the desert.
I know I've said it before
but I'll say it again.
I miss green.
I miss my garden, I miss grass.
I miss Spring and Fall.
Living where it never gets cold
was not a good trade and,
if I could, I would move
in a heartbeat.
But for now, I will embrace my cactus (avoiding the thorns) and make art to channel my passion for all things green. Since Simon's Monday blog challenge this week is for the love of plants, I've created this tag to celebrate.
It was an opportunity to use a stamp set I just found at a local rummage sale (without its packaging so I can't credit the maker) and an unusual technique which you may want to try.
I began by stamping and clear embossing the images on a plain manila tag then staining it (liberally) with Distress.
After removing the embossing with an iron and some newsprint (see resist technique step-out and links to tutorials here), I colored the designs with gel pens and a water brush.
I've posted about this painterly process before, here's the link.
I think the stamp design worked well with this technique and it has a kind of batik-like appearance. It was fun to try and I did end up having a happy day making it. My inner-crank about all things desert has disappeared (for now). Thanks Simon!