Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Letter X

Hi Everyone, 
I hope you all had a good week, and didn't find it too difficult to find an idea for an X tag!
It was probably the most challenging letter we have had, but we will probably find we are more creative than usual because of it!
I did enjoy your W tags, and am intrigued to see what you have all come up with for X.

X is for Xylem



There aren't many words in English which begin with X are there? When I was trying out X words, I thought of Xylem, which must have stayed in my head for many years from Biology lessons! With the help of my lovely book of Biological Drawings by Maud Jepson, I found her beautiful illustrations of cross sections of plants showing the Xylem.
In case you don't remember your Botany, the  Collins dictionary definition of Xylem is:-
  1. Xylem


    noun. a plant tissue that conducts water and mineral salts from the roots to all other parts, provides mechanical support, and forms the wood of trees and shrubs.


    I thought the cross sections of plants made really pretty patterns, especially when I coloured them in. These were collaged to a background I  made on my new Gelli Plate, using wooden print blocks and coloured with acrylics. I photographed it on the Biology book.

    Off to make a cuppa and look at your tags now!

    If you want to know more about the Gelli Plate, you can see some printing experiments on my blog Texture Trail.


14 comments:

  1. What brilliant inspiration. Your xylem are beautifully colored and you're right - excellent patterns.

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  2. Great colors and effect! And thanks for the lesson-- I didn't know what that was!

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  3. I remembered "xylem," but all I could think of was "phlegm" so didn't even bother to look it up. Thanks for re-educating me! (teehee) The background with the gelli plate is so interesting. I will hop over to your blog when I have more time to check it out! Nice job!

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  4. Great idea and super background. Have visited your blog and love the second pulls best! Carolyn xx

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  5. Great tag, and I have learned another word! Valerie

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  6. Fabulous tag, Love the colours & great design... Hugs May x x x

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  7. Fabulous! And very educational :0)

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  8. That term took me right back to biology lessons years ago! love the background with the wood block prints, Jane xx

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  9. How clever to find inspiration in a biology reference book! The patterns are beautiful and the background very impressive!

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  10. This is not only beautiful, but a great idea too! My vocabulary is truly expanding this week. Blessings!

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  11. Very clever word for x, I did not know about this word! Lovely patterns on your tag. X

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  12. Love it!!! Fascinating subject and great tag.

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  13. Jane your tag is so beautifully made, Jane I'm sorry I can't comment on your blog, your google+ will not allow me to do it because I don't use google+, thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.
    Anni

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