letting go of expectations

Posted: March 8, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

rosepapersome of the rose petal and leaf prints are starting to look quite lovely as the paper dries, the upper page in the photo is Stonehenge 245gsm smooth watercolour paper, the lower one is artist’s quality acid free cartridge, the outcome is not what I expected but have let go of the perfumed book idea… these pages may not be for the Crow Book after all but there is definitely something emerging…
that-rose-againthis single red rose is still holding on!

  1. Dana says:

    The petal and leaf prints are gorgeous. I can hardly wait to see how you use them.

  2. Robyn says:

    Having read your last post I was looking forward to seeing the results. They are not what I expected. For some reason I am thinking Victorian botany journals. (Probably because I’ve just finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book, The Signature of All Things). They are lovely surprises, Mo.

  3. beth says:

    Reading backwards and forwards through time here… (Love the Morticia channeling, smoking crow, happy belated birthday…) And oh the dyed papers! Maybe not what you expected but I like them. Have you tried pounding the petals? India describes the technique in the Eco Colours book–I can’t remember the word for it… I tried it on cloth and got fairly true colors. It might work on paper and might even transfer some scent.

    • Mo Crow says:

      I tried hammering some of the fresh Mr Lincoln petals into one page, it makes quite a deep red purple mark but the technique looks a bit coarse against the soft blues and greens that have come out now that they have dried. The delicate venation of the petals is a surprise & there’s potential in the composted look of the mossy greens in the covers.

  4. Carol says:

    Lovely results, if not what you were hoping for, Mo! Very interesting!

  5. deanna7trees says:

    the unexpected is so much more exciting. i love how those pages turned out.

  6. karen says:

    beautiful prints Mo and reading the post above it struck me how binding is universal, whether it’s around copper pipes for dyeing or for babies!

  7. I really like the delicate subtlety of these, Mo…

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