Hearts, Birds and Flowers. I’ve recently been inspired by Polish ‘Wycinanki’ – the decorative and expressive art of paper cutting. I like the use of bright colours and use of flower and bird imagery and thought this might be a popular choice at the sessions I teach. I was inspired to make my own rooster heart design after seeing this colourful Polish paper cut. Outlining the design with the auto-fade pen. Outlining with clear gutta serti resist. I’m rather taken by the use of black in the Polish paper cuts, so I decided to paint the heart background first. It helps to use a brush with a good point and hold it vertically gently pressing down on the tip to allow the dye to flow and give control in narrow spaces. Black painting complete, I rather like this look and can see black and white designs being great for cushions and quilting – another project! I’m drawn to the strong colours of the traditional paper cuts so here goes. Reds,oranges,blues and purple iron-fix dyes I managed to save after this weeks session at Center Parcs. I decided to paint the background a dilute blue .So many choices here! Sprinkled coarse sea salt on the background for a bit of texture. Wait 5 mins for the full effect. Drying the silk and removing the salt. The finished painting – enjoyable simple images to paint ,with lots of colour variations possible. Here’s another lovely painting by Nicki, who painted this yesterday at a Center Parcs session and has inspired me to use the black too! Here are more examples of recent work with the ‘heart’ theme, produced in my 2 hour workshops at Center Parcs, Longleat. I hope to produce lots of variations on this theme this year, as I love the folk art imagery of hearts,birds and flowers and enjoy seeing how different colour combinations can be used.