Category Archives: fun with nature

Salt washing in watercolour

In this issue of Nettle Soup I have decided to demonstrate a technique which combines science, art and nature, themes of these pages. This is the effect of salt on a watercolour wash. This effect creates a stunning texture which can be used in a number of ways including that of a generalised ‘nature’ texture / background. Continue reading

Nature Art with Andy Goldsworthy

Three Cairns by Andy Goldsworthy

Three Cairns by Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire and grew up on the edge of the Harrogate side of Leeds, West Yorkshire. As a youngster he worked on farms as a labourer. He has likened the repetitive quality of farm tasks to the routine of making sculpture:

“A lot of my work is like picking potatoes; you have to get into the rhythm of it.” Continue reading

Tyndall Flowers

Ice Star by Andy Goldsworthy

Ice Star by Andy Goldsworthy

There is not much about Tyndall Flowers on the Internet but its one of those things that just caught my attention. Firstly it sounds like somebody’s name: ‘Tyndall Flowers, Private Detective’: I can imagine that on a door somewhere. Then there is a place called Tyndall in the USA that has a flower shop, and an air forced base. Tyndall Flowers though, are a name given to some of the most unusual shapes found in melting ice. Continue reading