Scanner Art for the Frustrated Winter Gardener

They’re taking the gardenblogging world by storm!  They’re artworks that capture flowers and other plant parts, but without using a camera.  They’re created by placing the materials directly on the flatbed of a printer, covering them with a dark cloth of some kind, then clicking “scan”.  And this winter I’ve vowed to give it a try.  Yes, they’re still possible even in the dead of winter, as proven by the above examples using dead plant parts on the left, or for fun with color, poinsettias.   Or how about using some of your forced-indoors bulbs, as in the example below, paired with pussy willows.

In late winter, forced tulips and pussy willows.

Everyone says it’s easy, though I doubt that my first attempts will look as good as the examples here, produced by veteran bloom-scan artist Craig Cramer.  This communications specialist for horticulture at Cornell is one of the masters of the art, and he’s popularized the art form by contributing scans to the popular Garden Blogger Bloom Day meme that’s now in its fourth year.  Just click here to see over three years of Craig’s scans, one for almost every month.  (Bloom Day is on the 15th of each month and as readers may remember, the Homestead blog has participated in the event –  here in November and here in August.)

In the spring and summer you can go nuts!

How to do Scan Art

Posted by Susan Harris. All scans by Craig Cramer, with permission.

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