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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Art from nature ~

I love collecting items from nature to use in my artwork.
But I didn't know that you could use a mushroom to make a beautiful print!
My girlfriend Tammy told me about this a while back
and even made a few to give me...
I believe you place the mushroom head face down (the under side) onto a piece of paper
and place a bowl over top. Leave for about a day and
the spores will release onto the paper to create the print!
I love the look of them...
below is the print Tammy made and I scanned it for you!!

This is another that I found on the internet ~

Seems as though I can't talk of mushrooms without including many vintage illustrations of fairies include mushrooms ~ don't you think they go hand in hand?

This image doesn't have mushrooms but isn't it adorable?

I wanted to show you the beautiful baby shoe pincushion
that Sherry made from my tutorial!!
Isn't it gorgeous??
I love seeing how different everyone's creations are ~

Our birthday party for Noah was wonderful!!!
Thank you so much for all of your birthday wishes ~ he loved them!

Wishing you a great New Year's eve ~
hugs and love,


Dorthe said...

Thank`s for all the sweet and beautifull pictures Dawn, I never heard of the way to make mushroom pictures, --so great.
Wishing you,dear friend, once again a wonderfull new years eve, I will think of you at 12 o`clock tonight, sweet.

Love and hugs, Dorthe

Barbara Jean said...

Love the mushroom art!
Would be fun to do with my Grand kids.

And what great job Sherri did on the pin cushion.

Have a super Thursday!!

barbara jean

Anonymous said...

The shoe is precious and I love how it's displayed on a milk glass plate!

Dawn, there's a wonderful book about printing from nature called "Nature Printing with Herbs, Fruits & Flowers" by Laura Donnelly Bethmann. I don't think it's still in print but might be able to be found on Amazon. It's from Storey Publishing in Pownal, VT.

Another book that I purchased when we were at Cape Cod: "Nature Style, Elegant Decorating with Leaves, Twigs & Stones" - A Natural Home Book by Marthe Le Van by Lark Books. I know YOU would LOVE this book! So many decorating ideas in it with things picked up from the garden and nature walks. I've made a few things from the ideas in it.

Hope you can find them!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That baby shoe pincushion is adorable! I love it!

Narrative jewelry said...

The images are just so lovely and the little so cute shoe pincushion, such a beautiful work.
Happy new year to you and all your family.

Lori said...

i am happy that Noah had a wonderful birthday!!! the print using the mushrooms is so cool...i love Sherry's pincushion...thanks for sharing all of the inspiration Dawn...Happy New Year to You!!!

The Rustic Victorian said...

I have never heard of the mushroom prints,,very kewl,,,the pincushion and prints are too darling for words. Happy New Year!
Love an a Hug to You Fairy Blogmother!

Coleen said...

the mushroom prints are very interesting and the fairy pictures make my heart smile.....thank you so much for your prayers and sweet words...

Heart Hugs,

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Who would have thought that mushrooms could be so delightful.!?

Happy New Year!

Nancy Lee Malay said...

Just stopping by to wish you a very Happy New Year, DAwn!


Vee said...

Thank you for all your generosity this year, Dawn. You're an amazing gal. Looking forward to all that you'll be working on in the new year. So glad that Noah had a wonderful day!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Scrappy Jessi said...

Hey sweets,
these are all darling!!!!
Happy New years!! heres to 2010!

Anonymous said...

Dawn . always love seeing everyone's baby shoes -- they are so so adorable --- Happy B_ DAY to your son !!! -- I have the grands here today -- 10 &12 so many smiles here also !!
Happy New Year !! Hugs -Kathy - ga ♥

Pretty Things said...

The mushroom print is awesome -- and what a cute little shoe!

Creations from my heart said...

Happy New Years Sweet Dawn...
Thanks for posting "My take: on your baby shoe pincushion. Wishing you and your family a very Blessed New Year....Sherry

BellaRosa said...

Dawn amor, I hope you have a wonderful New Years,filled with love, laughter and all good things!! I left a lil note for you and all our wonderful friends on my blog, please visit when you get a free moment, I know that you are busy creating beautiful things, that I for one can't wait to see! Besos, Rose

Alisa said...

That is so cool, Dawn! I can't wait to see what you do with that technique!

Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left for me!

Happy New Year! said...

love your work! little shoe and how cool the mushroom print...happy new year!

Belle Brocante said...

Gelukkig nieuwjaar! Happy newyear to you! What a sweet shoes! Schattig!



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