Chinese Lanterns are indigenous to Japan and southeastern Europe, not China. I've always been intrigued by these vivid, paper-thin (when dried) flowers. Psysalis alkekengi come in many colors, ranging from yellowish-orange to leaded-lipstick red. Yes, there is lead in most commercial lipsticks. Lead is readily absorbed through the thin membranes of the lips. Pick your poison wisely. Myself, I like Burt's Bees! Back to the lanterns.
|Detail of sketch|