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Art Show: Flower of the Month: Weeds

Air Potato weed

by Joan Hall Johnston

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Art: Air Potato weed by Artist Joan Hall Johnston
Even though the air potato plant is an incredibly invasive weed in central Florida, I was attracted to it because of the huge heart-shaped leaf and the thick pattern of veins that are great for printing. I discovered the art of leaf printing when I visited the San Francisco botanical garden in 1982 and have experimented with it off and on ever since. In the last few years I have experimented using leaf prints of plants in my yard. I start with a watercolor wash or watercolor splatter on paper or watercolor stretch canvas. Then, I use a dark printer's ink to make a print of the back of the leaf. I color in the leaves with water color pencils and acrylics, then finish off the painting by outlining the design with black, white, and purple acrylic paints.

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