The sun has finally come out here in Southwest Washington, and all my flowers (who have been holding back through weeks of cold rain) are yelling in unison, "Now!!!" "Now!!! "Go!!!!"
These are all perennials and volunteers--it's been too wet to get out there to dig and plant.
The little patch by our front door has some "ephemerals" though.
They do seem kind of leggy but they are bravely trying to make up for lost time.
We're ALL enjoying the sunshine!
Naturally the flowers' overdue arrival has been quite inspiring to me. I worked up some new 3-D flower ideas for an upcoming article for CQMagOnline.
You'll be able to read the complete "how-to" for these when the next issue goes live at the end of July.
The garden has also inspired me to experiment with a new product called TAP, or Transfer Artists' Paper. It was developed and is marketed by Lesley Riley and C & T Publishing and you can order your own here.
It works on the same principle as the old T-Shirt transfer paper but supposedly is a big improvement, without the plastic rubbery surface you get from the old stuff. It is also supposed to be much nicer to stitch through, and that is what I plan on testing out.
So far I have transferred some photos onto fabric using the TAP, and it is very easy to use. The imagery is quite sharp and not too much color is lost in the transfer either. After washing out the extra polymer from the fabric, it does have a softer hand than I expected as well.
I started with photos of my garden and some of my flower collages....making a mock-up of them on paper first, and then printing them onto the TAP paper, which is what you see below.
I thought I would try framing a landscape shot with the actual flowers that are in the landscape, then embroidering over the printed imagery.
I'm not sure the concept is a great one, as the frame is pretty overwhelming at this point.
It may have been better had I used all one color of flower rather than this chaotic mix in the frame. But I couldn't resist all those pretty blooms after waiting for them for so long. They made me do it!
It's going to take some trickery to pull that center image out and make the frame recede. Wish me luck and stay tuned....