I pick flowers from my garden where I live on Sanibel Island, Florida however when traveling I take the opportunity to pick Flowers that do not grow on Sanibel. The Roses in this collage are from Asheville, NC. I then press them in a flower press for 2 weeks to 4 weeks depending on the water content of the particular flowers. I use a sandwich like method using cardboard, layers of paper, flowers, layers of paper and finally cardboard. Depending on the size of my press I can do multiple layers of flowers. Once the flowers are dry and I have a composition in mind I lay the flowers out on a piece of Arches printing paper. When I am satisfied with my composition I then start glueing each flower and other plants to the paper. Because I want to keep the colors of the flowers bright and not faded I have a high resolution giclee printed. The flowers in this collage are Beautiful Shrub type Roses.
This Rose Collage is one of 10 giclee prints of this piece. The size is 11”x14”matted. If you are interested in having a frame please contact me. If you are interested in the original pressed flower collage please contact me. The original pressed flowers will fade over time. They are still beautiful but not as vibrant as the giclee.
Contact: Groovybowl@gmail.com or 239 677-8465
“What A Beautiful Thing A Rose Is” Pressed Flower Collage by Marianne Ravenna
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Art In A Bowl!
My canvas is Beech and Maple wood salad shaped bowls. Each bowl is unique! I use nature as my model,Fish, Birds, Flowers, Shells, Vegetables and Fruit. I also paint special orders as well, just ask. I paint in a very translucent style so that the beautiful grain of each bowl shines through. I use acrylic paints. I finish the bowls with layers of water based polyurethane that is safe for cold foods only. The bowls can be cleaned by washing in warm, soapy, water and dried immediately. Never put wooden bowls in the microwave or dishwasher. If cared for lovingly these bowls will last forever. Bowl sizes are 8", 10", 12", 15" and 17". P.S. When I paint a fish on the larger size bowls, 12", 15" and 17". I continue painting the body and tail over onto the back of the bowl.
White Line Woodblock Printing Method
I start with a plain piece of pine cut to the desired dimensions. Once I determine how the design will be laid out on the block I either sketch the image directly on the block or transfer my image using carbon paper. Using an exacto knife I carve the outline of the image. I then register or attach my Arches printing paper to the carved block. I gently lift the paper up from the block and working in small areas I apply watercolor paint. I then flip the paper over the block and using a sterling silver spoon I rub the area that has just been painted. The image transfers to the paper. What makes this method so simple is you can apply different colors to one block. The result is a crisp while line outlining each design with beautiful, translucent, soft color.