This is a mixed media piece based on the glorious lichen caloplaca aurea. John had got a slide of it which he kindly printed out.
I've used paper, cotton and silk in this and textured the background with flour and water paste. The paper is my wonderful rag paper that I brought back from India. I stitched over it with a blunt needle to get a texture and then stitched black "dots" on top. I like the way the fibres show on the edge when its torn. The leaf- shaped caloplaca is cotton with silk and stitched with layers of wadding underneath the layers. It was appliquéd on as a separate piece. Tiny cotton circles representing the fruiting bodies were also appliquéd to the surface and then machine stitched. I had just the right piece of hand dyed fabric for these.
The surface was coated with acrylic wax which makes it surprisingly pliable.
I like this one and its the last of the yellow Journal Quilts. The last four will be blue.