It’s been a while since I last wrote about our home ‘adventures’ because we had quite a bit to do in the last few months, so I’ll just pick up where I left off. During the summer months, it was easy to dry leaves and flowers for our tisanes (read about that here, “Kitchen Tips: Alternative Teas”), but when the days started to get gloomier and the rains kept coming, we were left with a few batches of dried butterfly pea flowers that turned slightly moldy. Before tossing them into the compost bin, I decided to try experimenting and making them into natural watercolour. I took a big handful of dried flowers, put them into a jar then added some boiling water. I left it for a while to steep, and when it finally cooled down, I had rich, indigo-tinted ‘watercolour’! I made some graphic watercolour paintings of fresh butterfly pea flowers from the garden because I felt that painting flowers when they had just bloomed, using flowers that had dried and wilted, seemed appropriate and symbolic of regeneration. It gave the dried flowers new life and immortalised the life cycle of  something that seemed fleeting. Anyway, I don’t know if that makes any sense, but those were my thoughts as I painted the flowers (which is a pretty meditative activity) 🙂


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