Posted: December 28, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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flannel-flower-variations- by Mo December 14have been playing with variations on the theme of Flannel Flowers aka Actinotis helianthi
this beautiful native flower grows near the beach here in Sydney, I took this photo in early December
flannel-flower-Mo14and sketched it a few days later in the Out of the Blue book made from gessoed paint rags by Trace Willans
(she has more of these fabulous books available in her Soewn Earth Etsy Shop )
flannel-flower-Out-of-the-Blue-14-webfunny how sometimes the first drawing works best, this one was quick and works well with the gessoed surface
flannel-flower-sketch 2-Mo-14-webthis one is on some Stonehenge, a good serviceable all round paper with very sharp hard graphite
flannel-flower-book-webthen I drew, painted, scratched, embroidered & appliqued some flannel flowers into a piece of  gesso & encaustic paint rag that Trace had sent along with the paint rag book
backed with some silk scrim & stitched onto some old cat scratched leather and made into a journal with tea stained deliciously thick watercolour paper & a pressed flower glued inside the front cover
flannel-flower-book-inside Mo 14then I tried drawing with a needle & sharp 5H & 3H graphite on clayboard
flannel-flower-on-clayboard- Mo 14but lost the looseness of the early sketch, here’s a freshly picked one scanned
Flannel-Flower-pressed1-Dec-14-webtime to just let it go…
Let it go by Michael Leunigby the wonderfully whimsical Australian artist Michael Leunig

  1. dinahmow says:

    Interesting.Does the gesso crack? It seems to go brittle when it dries on the lid!

  2. fiona says:

    Just gorgeous Mo – I love Flannel flowers, they seem so quintessentially Australian. And the softness of their colouring…you captured them in all their beauty in so many ways – what a fabulous time you’ve had!

  3. I just love these variations…especially the one on burlap. love the one you sent me with the addition of some fabric paint on the front cover by me (asked you first and you said yes)–I just put it up on the second blog with a link back to you

  4. saskia says:

    a post full of wonders, Mo!
    love your drawings and studies of this particular flower,
    I also like the strong graphic quality of those white fabric threads against the black back ground of the book.
    a question: those gessoed paint rags are they stiff and if so can they be folded or does the gesso then come off?

  5. coloremartine says:

    I really looooooove your flannel flower….
    Thinking of you dancing on the beach as i’m dancing in the snow……… well, not really dancing, my feet are heavy!

    • Mo Crow says:

      flannel flowers are so soft but surprisingly tough living in the sand just a bit inland from the beach. Looking forward to seeing them today, half the city has left town for the Silly Season so driving is a breeze, we can get to the beach in about 20 minutes instead of the 40minutes it takes when all the 4 million souls who live here go back to work!

  6. Gorgeous work lovely flowers, I don’t think we get them here.

    • Mo Crow says:

      they are a coastal heath plant native to the Sydney region, they are not at all frost tolerant and really don’t enjoy living anywhere except the beach!

  7. Liz says:

    The beach (sigh) … I’m jealous

    But about the flannel flowers … the pressed and scanned actual flowers seem to glow with an inner light and I am rocked back on my heels that you have captured that softness and luminous quality on gesso-ed paint rags … the very antithesis of flannel.


  8. kathydorfer says:

    Love these … All variations.

  9. Love the Leunig cartoon . . . it may take over as my new favourite. As for your studies of the beautiful flannel flowers. lovely.

  10. Carol says:

    Wonderful Leunig, definitely a national treasure. I think this is one to live by…
    Your flannel flowers are ethereal and delightful, I’m hoping to see some today as I’m staying in the Royal National Park.

    • Mo Crow says:

      I love how they just grow wild by the side of the road through the Royal National Park! I need to go for a walk down to Burning Palms… maybe Old Man Crow will feel like a drive today, might see you!

  11. Dana says:

    Beautiful flowers and beautiful drawings Mo. Have fun at the beach.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Dana it was a perfect beach day no wind, not too hot, clear water, fun people people watching with some excellent sand castles being made by little girls with kelp decorations!

  12. velma bolyard says:

    i wonder how the book will fill up-as you revisit and rework and add. books that are filled up and a little bit puffy with their images/words/and stuff thrill me!

  13. Eliene says:

    I especially like the effect on the black leather journal……Hope you had a good swim. The wind is very gusty here in Melbourne…..

    • Mo Crow says:

      it was a perfect Sydney beach day, was hoping to get down to Burning Palms in the Royal National Park but Old Man Crow was not feeling up to the hour long drive to the southern end of the city, No worries ’cause he was happy to go to Coogee, the closest beach due East from here as the crow flies which always brings fond memories of wearing black and feeding the crows with my friend Fiona back in 2004, the beginning of our crow awareness.

  14. ashalhope says:

    Wonderful explorations Mo. I love the encaustic paint rags!

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