Thursday, 15 July 2010

A is for Africa

I've just finished the first page of a new swap I joined at KCUK.  It's a chunky 4 x 4 inch alphabet swap and we have to make 3 letters each month, until finished, to make our own books.
My first for A is Africa and my images are from Non Sequitur.
I embossed in black and coloured with Promarkers. The photo really doesn't show the richness of the colours despite my trying to enhance them digitally.
I'm still thinking but haven't made my mind up what to do for B and C

As all my poppies are finished, I thought I'd share this fabulous plant which I adore. It's a house plant and was given to me by two late friends/neighbours, Myra and Archie, some years ago. I never knew what it was until I took a cutting, to the other end of the country, to my green fingered friend Lynne, who lives near Rye. She researched in her books and told me that it is a Hoya, commonly known as a wax flower. It is so fragrant and so pretty. It starts with all the petals closed, as above, then they open up to reveal the tiny pink centres which look like plastic and are so unreal.  Here's the fun bit... I save the tiny pink centres and they dry and stay almost the same and I have stuck them on cards!!! Yeah! If you have this plant try it!

10 comments:

Martina2801 said...

Incredible, I really love your artwork, Jo!
(The flowers are fantastic!)

sam21ski said...

Gosh it looks very 3d. Your flowers are lovely, great inspiration xxxx

Hope hubby is still doing ok xxxx

Dotpat said...

Love your A page Jo, I just love that stamp isn't he fab.
Love the pictures of your plant too very pretty flower

Cath Wilson said...

Stunning page, Jo - wow, you're early! I used to have a plant like that and adored it but it died when I moved house. Looks gorgeous, as you say, doesn't it?

olive said...

love the page, the computer doesnt do justice to artwork..... the flowers are gorgeous, never heard of it before.... thanks for the encouraging words Jo. Ciao

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Fabulous page Jo, love the colours :-) Beautiful plant.
Anne xx

dizzy said...

great page Jo just an idea but you could do the rest of your pages of other countrys be greta to see if you could do all the letters with a country and great geography project for your grandies when there older.
love the plant never seen or heard of them before but then again im not clued up on stuff like that thanks for sharing xxxx

Neet said...

Love your A page Jo - haven't been around so didn't know about this challenge on KC - think I might have to play.

smarcoux said...

great idea my is in bloom now :)

Amanda said...

Hi Jo. Love your wax plant!! I have a huge one just outside my bedroom window, but mine is pink. I love this white one! Love your Africa creation!