Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Night Garden

I love my garden in the late evening, when the sun has gone down and the scents are often at their strongest.
   I've been using fresh foliage picked from the garden for making cyanotype sun printsthen screen printing with beautiful, creamy Jacquard textile paint, 
and lots of machine and hand embroidery - and there's lots more still to do!

Heuchera flower sun prints with printed seed heads

Printing over the marks left by teabags!

I knew moths would have to sneak in somewhere!

I'm linking up with Julia over at What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday


  1. Really interesting process and prints. Peg R 26

  2. Ohhhhhh Diana, your textile art is always stunningly beautiful. Every little thread adds something special.
    sandra de @24

  3. Wow, wow, wow......I thought I loved the flower heads....and then I saw the capital of the column. OMG, that is gorgeous!! I've always had a bit of a thing about blueprints and architectural drawings (I know, I'm weird!!) and that just spoke to me. You really should have an exhibition of those, Diana...they're my favourites.
    If you google Salisbury Barons Trail, it'll take you to a link where you can download the trail map...they're all over Salisbury. If you like, we could meet up for a coffee??!
    Hugs, LLJ 9 xxx

  4. The sun prints show up beautifully against that blue. Very striking and beautiful! I have heard of sun prints before but I didn't know you could get light sensitive fabric.

  5. Oh those cyanotype prints are fabulous! Am curious to know what you will do with the finished fabric?
    RosA # 39

    1. Thanks Rosa - I am working on a series of collages, and left over bits get turned into greetings cards!

  6. These pieces are so gorgeous! I just love this garden series, Diana! Each piece is so unique and beautiful. Those cyanotype prints are fantastic!

  7. That is sobeautiful! I will google cyonotype printing as I hadn't heard of that. You have the ability to turn everything I to a work of art. Fab!
    Have a super week,
    Thanks for visiting already,

  8. What a coincidence! I made my first sun prints yesterday! Nothing so beautiful as yours and mine were on paper. Very inspired to do more and will try going out in the garden and using flowers. I am fascinated by your work. Diane #43

  9. Wow...stunning! I was just about to visit you, and then you visited me! That's a gorgeous technique, and really so organic. I do love the idea of layering both hand embroidery and machine. Love, love, love! So, I'm leaving you a link to a girl on YouTube who can show you how to do a little business planner. You might enjoy it. She's really good at organizing and she's an online entrepreneur. Have a good week! Sandy Leigh #42

  10. Oh Diana... I am simply drooling... This is quite magical! You have captured the ethereal quality of the night time and created a nocturne in textile! The sun printing is a new one on me, and it gives a lovely subtle background to the more detailed embroidery and printing on top. As for teabags, I love working with the marks they leave when you dry them! I haven't done much except Zentangle on top of them so far but want to dry some on calico and see what happens. You cannot have a night garden without moths! I am sure every moth in your garden is a velvet moth.

    Thank you for your lovely comment - I am glad you like my little nude wingless angel! He does have a lot of character, doesn't he! I got some simply enormous pipe cleaners in the post today (in the most lurid colours!) - really long and extra thick and fluffy, almost good enough to sweep the chimney with lol! I shall have fun making things from those but I don't think I'm going to be making a lot of needle felted angels as the process does take rather a long time! As for brainless knitting, it's always nice to be able to do something simple while relaxing in front of the TV - that way you don't feel guilty for not doing anything! I love complicated knitting too, but thought the brainless sort more suited to my needs at present!

    I am happy to report that I am feeling a bit better today and hope it continues, so that I will actually be able to do something before my next treatment a week on Friday. It really knocked me sideways this time.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #31

  11. What can I say - just so lovely. Anne x #22

  12. Love these sort of prints. They work so well with embroidery. Look forward to seeing how you finish these. Have a good woyww and thanks for the visit, Angela xXx30

  13. Amazing work again here, you are such an inspiration, the clarity of the prints is incredible! The effects together with the embroidery is just stunning!!

  14. Such beautiful results, a fascinating process that I would love to try. Adore your results and in a favourite colour combination of mine...Gorgeous...of course! Ruth x

  15. Love this project, Diana! I've been curious about this technique, and you've inspired me to try it out - have some silk and paper on order. (Then I just have to hope that our rather rainy summer allows for some sun!) The blue color is absolutely divine with the images you've used....and I remain amazed at your embroidery! Is the architectural image screened? It is gorgeous! xx Lynn

  16. These are stunning - I don't even really understand how you've done it, but they're just so beautiful, The combination of elements is so striking, especially with that gorgeous blue.

  17. So beautiful! I love the deep blue of the cyanotype fabric, and you've paired it with your other elements so beautifully. I love the garden at sundown, too. Also in the morning, when everything is quiet.

  18. Really amazing.... I do love seeing what you create :)

    Karen x

  19. Absolutely stunning work Diana!
    Blue and white goodness with touches of tea prints too...
    you have me swooning here.