Flower magic solar printing


Solar print of teasel drawing.

Solar print of teasel drawing.

To get a solar print, I drew my lovely seed heads from my garden, onto acetate with permanent black ink. The drawing is then transferred onto a light sensitive plate which is then exposed to UV light and then developed through tap water. It is very experimental as you try different exposures to get different effects. Once the plate has been dried in sunlight then it can be run through the press.

Ghost of stocks solar print

Ghost of stocks solar print

This one is my favourite. Can you find the fairy? This is my Arthur Rackham style ‘ghost’ solar print. The first print was much bolder so I decided to run the plate through the press again and I just love the antique effect.

Both of these prints were done at Susan Erskine- Jones’ s workshop. Thanks to Susan for sharing her skills and experience,  it was a most enjoyable day.

Rocking Hollyhocks


Rocking Hollihocks

Rocking Hollyhocks,

Like nodding, bobbing dollies.

They frollick from every folly, hedge

And cottage.

I just love these wonderful old cottage garden flowers that are nodding and bopping about from almost every garden around Bedfordshire. These were smiling at me from a cottage garden in the village of Cardington.

Enjoy 🙂

Secret Scabious


scabious

Field Scabious,

Secretively peeping

From the fringes of

A shady lane,

Where weeping reeds

And sweeping leaves

Shelter them from

Melting in the

Sweltering summer sunshine.

Amethyst torches


pyramidal orchid

Pyramidal Orchids

Like Amethyst torches,

Glimmering high in

The chalk passes,

Where shimmering faeries

Dance to the sound

Of lyrical Skylarks.

I love these beautiful wild orchids (Anacamptis pyramidalis). On our walks it is often difficult not to walk on them!  These little magical torches of the fairy world are scattered over the chalky downs of the Chiltern hills.