Tag Archives: Flora and Fauna

Butterflies on vellum

A few butterflies around at last, here are four of the commonest: Peacock, Tortoishell, Painted Lady and Red Admiral.  The caterpillars of these four all feed on nettles so leave a little patch for them in your garden.  I’ve painted … Continue reading

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Bracken and a dead bumblebee

I’m enjoying doing these vignettes but for a change this week I couldn’t resist adding a few insects.  My husband breeds the Emperor moths and last years chrysalises have just hatched and I found the dead bumblebee  lying in the … Continue reading

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Yellow Tulips

Part of our holiday homework was to paint a flower from 5 different angles – how could I resist this beautiful yellow tulip – Golden apeldorn?  I still can’t decide whether to give the one facing forward a stalk and … Continue reading

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Everything is coming up yellow

It seems at this time of year yellow is the dominant flower colour – it also happens to be the most challenging colour to paint, but how can you find that out without trying?  

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Birch twig coat or hat rack

  Rather a lot of sawing involved with this project and I have to admit it was a little difficult to get the twigs the exact right length, but my trusty glue gun came to the rescue.  The edges are … Continue reading

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How to make a Fungus Fish

      A really unusual idea to hang on your wall. This fish is made by cutting out a piece of plywood – or even cardboard – and then using strong glue, stick on bits of birch bark for … Continue reading

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Look under a stone

and you never know what you might find.  Beetles love it there and here are a few you may find: a beetle of beetles.  To find out which they are you will have to read my new book An Illustrated … Continue reading

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