“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
What appears to be a cluster of snow-y ice crystals in the stenciled design above is really a flower from Queen Anne’s Lace, a common flower found along roads and in the fields all across Virginia. Each “flower” is actually composed of a cluster of up to 500 tiny white flowers with a small, single deep red or purple flower in the middle. I placed the flower onto a piece of watercolor paper and sprayed it with paint to preserve the “snowflake”.
Another way to preserve these pretty “summer snowflakes’ is to dry them between pages of an old book but you need to collect them soon before they fade away and frozen snowflakes take their place. I used some of my dried snowflakes to make Christmas ornaments. I painted the backs of the flowers with glue and attached them to “silk” leaves before adding a little glitter border and a gold wire for hanging.
This morning a bouquet of fresh Queen Anne’s Lace followed me into my Nature Haven Studio where they were spritzed with liquid watercolor and pressed onto a piece of Yupo “paper” to stamp their delicate flowers into a still life reminder of summer . Stenciling, drying, stamping, painting-preserving petals long after the flowers have faded!