Saturday, April 26, 2008

Foxglove Seed Packet Watercolor On Masonite Board

Just this week I finished my latest 11 x 14 watercolor on masonite board. I've decided to do a whole series of seed packets in watercolor and I started the series by painting some Foxglove, a flower that I have always thought is so very beautiful.

I had some beautiful Foxglove photos from a trip we took to Mohonk last year (lots of photos of our Mohonk outings are in my Out And About section to the right) so I decided to use those as a reference for this painting.

I wanted to do a series of really unusual and fun paintings and I got the idea for seed packet paintings by looking around on line, at vintage seed packs that were for sale. I just stumbled across them one day and the idea hit me out of the blue.

I wanted to make the border of the painting very colorful as I plan to make tee shirts and tote bags from this design , as well as the other seed packets that I paint.


Suzanne said...

Beautiful Ruth! Foxglove is such a pretty flower, and yours looks gorgeous! What a great idea to paint seed packets...just in time for planting season!

Charm & Grace said...

Oooohh! I love foxgloves (saw a giant one yesterday at my mom's house... the lovely thing!) Yours is wonderful and I love the seed packet effect. Beautiful colors!


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Another pretty creation! I always love seed packets so this was very clever!

Happy Sunday!

NeereAnDear said...

Fabulous idea Ruth!! Loving it...

The foxgloves look great... and I cant wait to see more



Naturegirl said...

Ruth I love the NEW LOOK to your blog since I was last in visiting! Forgive me but travelling posting and just enjoying my vacation leaves little time to surf the net.
Here I finally arrive ..the foxgloves are magnificant! We had dinner at the CamelBack Inn and as we entered there was a huge flower garden with an assortment of foxglove!! Thank you for regularly following my Arizona trip! Oh what you could do with your watercolors and the desert blossoms!! Happy day to you!
hugs NG

Brook said...

What a sweet idea Ruth! Everyone will surely love this one!


Kari & Kijsa said...

Love this!! Have a blessed Sunday,
kari & kijsa

Jean said...

Foxglove is one of my favorites! Love the seed packet idea!

Gardengirl said...

WOW !!!! At first glance I thought it was a picture of a real seed packet. Your foxglove painting is amazing. You thought of every detail.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

hi ruth!
absolutely beautiful! I love your new piece!
:) melissa

Mosaic*Queen said...

Hi Ruth!
Love the seed packet idea!!!! :-)



Ms Dragonfly said...

this is so beautiful! great colors :)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Great idea Ruth. I love it and have always loved the old seed packets. I framed some one time in an old very ornate frame and sold it in my (at the time) shop. Your new banner is so pretty. ~ Lynn

celestina marie said...

Hi Ruth, Thank you for your visit to my blog. It is so nice to meet you. I love your watercolor paintings and your blog is such a lovely place to visit. Your foxglove seedpacket design is wonderful. I am adding you to my favorites and look forward to returning often to visit. Have a great creative day.
La Rea Rose

the feathered nest said...

How beautiful! Foxglove is one of my favorite flowers - it's so cottagey and old fashioned.


Donna said...

It's beautiful, Ruth! I thought about painting seed packets at one time too, and never did. Love the colors you used. I'm having a painter's block right now, and hoping it soon passes.

Abby Creek Art said...

Ruth...these are fantastic! I can't wait to see what you do with the series. Are you going to sell these on Etsy?

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks so much everyone...very glad you enjoyed the first seed packet painting.

Linda, will be putting them on my website and it is already up on my one ETSY site..

I'm also going to make tee shirts and tote bags from them. My husband actually thought of that one, I think it was a fabulous idea. I hope to have the first shirt and tote in a couple of weeks.

Siobhan said...

Hi Ruth, this is so lovely!!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Now this is a lovely seed packet. Like you I'm very fond of Foxgloves. The border of the packet is also gorgeous, well done you Ruth. I particularly like the colour combinations you used. Have you thought of approaching the people who sell seeds? I think their seeds would sell like hot cakes, in such beautiful packets like yours. In the Netherlands we now have beautiful art seed packets that sell up a storm. ;-)

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Just beautiful Ruth! I actually have an original 1940's seed packet of Lupins which I just love so I think your series is a fantastic idea!! Let me know if you would like a pic of it for inspiration :0)
aLicia ~ time worn style

Inspired Tokens said... never stop amazing me with your ideas and talents. I love the Foxglove Seed Packet you painted on slate. It's beautiful.

I also can't say enough about the previous post. Gorgeous orchids! What a magnificent flower show!

Catherine said...

Oh Ruth, how charming! I absoulutly LOVE your seed packet water color, what a fantastic idea, this is a favorite, probably the gardening bug in me, but I just love this!! And foxgloves are a favorite cottage flower of mine!!
So beautifully illustrated, & the colors..its just perfect!! I hope you do more! :)
LOVE IT~did I mention that already?! :)

Gail McCormack said...

CLEVER GIRL - so creative Ruth!!