We came back from a hot south of France holiday to find the Autumn colours beginning to take hold in the garden – predominantly pinks, purples and reds of Michaelmas daisies and dahlias. But the splashes of yellow rudbeckias seemed to be the strongest colours, reinforced by the warm sunshine of an unusually dry September, with temperatures in the 20s.
I painted a piece of calico with yellow fabric paint which I dried and heat set. Having pressed the flowers for a couple of days to flatten them, I painted the fabric with Setacolour cobalt blue, positioned the flowers and left the piece in the sun to dry. I also added a few bits of salt around the edges. Once the colour was set, I outlined the flowers, used compressed sponge and acrylic paint to add colour to the flower centres and then sewed beads in these. Finally I quilted all around the flowers and stems.