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Wonders Of God
Queen Anne's Lace

 

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SUPPLIES:  Live Queen Anne’s Lace heads with stems.

                        red, yellow, blue, and green coloring

                        4 glass glasses

                        water

 

PREPARATION:  Prepare colored Queen Anne’s Lace (QAL) heads.

                               Need 4 tall glasses, 1 box of 4 food coloring vials, water

                               Squeeze one bottle of food color in one glass.

                               Put 1 cup of water in each glass.

                               Put in cut stems with QAL heads.

                               Let sit over night to allow the QAL to ‘drink’
                                 the colors into the heads.

 

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 27:4       One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
                                               that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
                                               all the days of my life,
                                               to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
                                               and to seek God in God’s temple.”   NRSV

 

SING:   The Wonders of God are all around
             Just open your eyes and see.
                                         For music score click here.  

 

SAY: Queen Anne’s Lace…white, lacy, full of seed.

          Some call it flower, some call it weed. 

 

QUESTIONS:  Direct attention to black paper with a dried, pressed flower head,

                          a bird’s nest, and a dried flower with stem.

                         Where have you seen flowers like these?

                         What would you call it?  a flower, or a weed

 

                         I’m one of those who call it a flower.

                         I planted the seeds that grew these.

 

EXAMINE: the dried flower head.

                    Look at it closely.

                    How many little flowers or florets are there?  2, 450

                    Turn it over.  See the design on the back. 

                    All florets together are called the flowerhead.

 

                    Hand out bird’s nest, the closed QAL

                    Show how to open and find the seeds inside.

                    There are usually two. 

 

STORY:  Because of its name you would probably think it has something to do with a queen.  And you would be right.  Queen Anne reigned in England from 1702 – 1714.  She was the first married queen to rule England.  The folk story goes that during her reign the lacy leaves of the plant were used to decorate the hats and hair of the women.  The beautiful flower was to be worn only by Queen Anne herself. 

 

God has created such beautiful flowers and weeds.

We say:  Thank you, God. 

 

ACTIVITIES:  Language Arts

 

1. Chart:       Words that tells about the flower                 Description of word

 

            God’s Wonder, Queen Anne’s Lace                        

                                    is like a cloud                                   _____wispy__________

                                    is like a firecracker                           _____explosive_______

                                    is like a piece of lace                        _____delicate_________

                                    is like a kaleidoscope                       _____awesome_______

                                    is like a doily                                    _____intricate________

                                    is like a ____________                    ____________________

 

2. Sun Print Picture

            supplies:                    

                        sun print (cyanotype) paper

                        glass plates for pressure on sun print

                                    Cover the edges of the glass plate with masking tape for safety.

                        timer for sun print (set for 5 minutes)

                        small tubs with water (to put sun prints in after exposing)

 

            directions:

                        On cardboard, large enough to hold cyanotype paper, put cyanotype

                        and then place flower head and leaves of QAL on cyanotype paper.
                        Cover with glass plate.  Set timer for minutes suggested in directions.
                        WAIT and be patient.

                        Take off glass cover carefully.  Put cyanotype paper in water to expose
                        the design according to directions on the paper.  Set aside to continue
                        the exposure and to dry.

 

3.  Queen Anne’s Lace Picture

            supplies:

                        pressed flower heads  (one or more per person)

                        light blue paper (on which to glue flower heads)

                        tacky glue       (to glue flower heads)

                        markers or colored pencils (to draw stems for pictures)

 

            directions:

                        Put name and date on back of paper.

                         On blue paper arrange flower head (s).

                                    May turn paper any way to use.

                        Observe where the stem (s) would be.

                         Draw stem (s) and leaves.

                                    Be careful of crushing the flower head.

                        Glue back of flower head in the middle with a dab of glue.

                        Put in proper place. 

                        Be creative.

 

4. Queen Anne’s Lace as a mandala

            supplies:

                        One pressed QAL head (to look at)

                        one page of watercolor paper with a circle draw on.

                        colored watercolor pencils

                        thin pencil type paint brush

                        small container of water

 

            directions:

                        Put name and date on back of the paper.

                        Study the Queen Anne’s Lace head.

                        Start looking at the middle and look  toward the outside.

                        Move the QAL head away so as not to copy.

                        Start in the middle of the paper and draw your impression of a QAL.

                        You are not trying to make it look like a QAL.

                        Ask yourself:  How does it make you feel?

                            You might describe some of the words from the word play we did.

                                       wispy, explosive, awesome, intricate, delicate, etc. 

                                    How would you show that on your paper?

                        Draw with watercolor pencils. 

                        When finished drawing use the thin paint brush.

                        Touch the paint brush to the water and delicately touch the drawing

                                    bringing out the color. 

                        Be creative. 

 

5. Take home a bouquet of dried Queen Anne's Lace

                        You were instructed to bring a small vase or pint jar

                        I have dried some Queen Anne’s Lace ahead of time.  

                        These have been ‘colored’ by sitting them in the glasses of colored dye.

                        They would ‘drink’ the colored water and color the flowerets. 

                        I then put them in a chicken wire screen over a box and let them dry. 

                        They make lovely dried bouquets.

                        I hope you enjoy these at home.

 

When we start the art projects we remember to go inward, to talk to God and to listen to God. This is a time of meditation.  Be with God.   

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Hartman, Mary Jane. Queen Anne’s Lace and Other Weeds. Franklin, TN: Providence House Publishers, 1997

Wexler, Jerome.  Queen Anne’s Lace.  Morton Grove, Ill.: Albert Whitman and Company, 1994.

 

 

A THOUGHT TO THINK UPON: 

Wonder begins in the senses, comes alive in imagination and flourishes in the adoration of the Divine.  

 

The sense of wonder, that is our 6th sense and it is a natural religious sense.

                                                                                                     D.H. Lawrence