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Newest work: Oregano with Search Image and Multiply Registered Background. 

This collage includes original silk screened prints of oregano with a black search image and golden multiple registrations in the background. Parts of the background images are outlined with artisan black walnut ink, to draw the comparison between a search image and growing plants. The ground for the growing plants is set with black waxed linen thread, hand sewn into the background paper.

A collage using thyme herb silk screened images and the original thyme and oregano silk screens can be seen with Recent Work on this website.

Chokecherry with berries - Watercolor lower layer with artisan black walnut ink drawing

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For more information on how I combine a watercolor under layer with black walnut ink over drawing, see this demonstration.

 Video lessons

There are two videos available  about using artisan Black Walnut Ink. They show properties and techniques for artisan black walnut ink, working with brush and pen.

Last November I took my video camera into a corn field to gather a few plants that were just dry enough for harvest. The stalks are in my outdoor studio, safely waiting next to bundles of prairie grass. I hope you will join my free video classes.

Corn – Gathering Samples is the first video in a six video lesson set on the creative process in Botanical Art making.