The pods, leaves and flowers were stamped on top of a colorful textured background, reminiscent of dappled light and leafy trees, using hand carved rubber stamps.
I carved the leaf stamp on both sides, so I could get the leaves to hang two different ways and brushed the flower stamp with two different colors of acrylic ink to have the brown nut and pink fluffy flower stamped at the same time.
11 3/4″ x 12 3/4″
Banksia are the most intriguing plants, there are so many varieties, just check out these photos from Google images to get a sampling of the multitude of different shapes and colors of flowers and leaves.
The painted yellow banksia was a piece that I worked on while demonstrating in the guest artist area at the Brisbane Quilt and Craft Fair.
I painted a background of sunset colors first, then used a wood block to stamp the circular patterns in red on the left. The banksia flower, leaves and blue water were painted over the top of the colorful background. So you can see how the inks can be transparent or have opaque coverage. The black gum leaves and nuts were stamped last.