Friday, 7 August 2015

July in the Emerald City

We've been quiet at Fibrecircle this month, mostly because there's so much going on. People have been coming and going so our meetings have been on the small side. We're looking forward to having at least most of us back next month!

Meanwhile, though depleted in numbers, we've been staying warm and keeping busy. Yes, we've been working on our Tree journals.

Cindy got bored with real trees and decided to move onto fantasy trees. She drew this one with black pen and Inktense pencils.

Maz is still working down her list of top ten Australian trees. This month, it was the Red Cap Gum Eucalyptus erythrocorys from Western Australia, the Salmon Gum Eucalyptus salmonofolia from Victoria and the Red Flowering Gum Corymbia ficifolia from Western Australia.

So many gorgeous gum trees in Australia!
This month, Nola was experimenting with natural dyeing. First, she painted paper with methylated spirits and clamped it with leaves from the Grey Ironbark Eucalyptus paniculata.


The results are quite pale and don't show up well in photos. As a technique, it leaves a lot to be desired.

She also did some with hot water and the same method, which look faintly rusty. Usually these leaves give a brilliant orange colour when boiled.
The gum blossoms came out much clearer.

Just a bit of fun, really.

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