I'm taking off for a few days, but before I go, I thought I'd share another color pairing from nature. The rich red peonies and bright orange poppies next to my house fairly shout for attention these days. The poor iris haven't got a chance to be noticed except as an afterthought.
I pulled a petal from each and found perfect matches from my stash. My favorite red is a commercial batik (which the camera did not pick up well & no amount of manipulation could make it true, although it is better); the orange that fits well into my default palette of rusts and browns is a sunprint from South Africa. Normally, I would choose a red with more of a red cast than a blue cast to pair with the orange (if I thought to pair them at all), so I was surprised that my reaction was, "Mmm, these could work together."
Gosh, what a great and inspiring blog you have, I have only just found it via Occasional jottings....... I shall add you to my favorites and will be back soon. Thanks.
You can use the actual petals - by ironing them on to bondaweb. I did this last year at summer school with some huge poppy petals and then cut them up to use in a "spooky forest" piece - must go check to see if the colour has lasted, but this involves finding the pieces, which may take a while!
Margaret, my poppy petal turned very dark as it dried while the peony one has stayed pretty true. I think I'd be worried about what happens when they dry totally - become crumbly. Would do fusing still hold them in place?
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