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Supposedly only a “minute portion” of the backyard’s dandelion crop was harvested for the magazine’s layout. Photo: Scott Rosenkranz

Inspired by Sasha Duerr's story on harvesting natural dyes from backyard plants that appeared in our Fall issue, Pacific Horticulture art director, Scott Rosenkranz, and his daughter Erin ventured outside to experiment with creating another layer of interest for the layout. They crushed, ground, and pressed the golden yellow flowers of this common backyard weed and in the process “manufactured one heck of a mess in the kitchen.” Then they dripped, splattered, and blotted the extracted liquid onto “countless” sheets of paper until they were pleased with the results. The final result was a beautiful and completely relevant background for the story’s sidebar. “And it was a whole lot of fun.”

Here's the final layout that appeared on page 42 in our fall issue.

Now we’re all inspired! Follow us on Twitter @Pachort to see what we’ve come up with.  And feel free to share photos of your own playful, and very l...

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