Botanical illustrations have always caught my eye, be it in a textbook or on fine stationary. I love how delicate and detailed these works of art can be. But it is an art which requires a lot of patience and that is something I cannot boast of! Also the most important thing is that it requires a lot more control and 'staying within the lines' ..if you may call it that..something which is totally against my nature of painting. I prefer large brushes loaded with water and pigment and prefer to just go for it ..nothing planned!
But since, am all about giving something new a try and seeing how it works for me, I decided to paint something small and detailed. I started with some leaves and slowly built up a wreath. It cannot be called a botanical illustration since I did not attempt to depict any particular plant species neither in form nor color. All I wanted to do was paint something small and botanical..the detail part of it was lost in translation !
Here are some of them that made it to Etsy.
I have used 140# watercolor paper and Winsor and Newton Artists watercolors. The sentiments are by Papertrey Ink.
The sentiment on the one below has been hand lettered using Sumi ink. I will be doing a post on my new dip pen finds very soon..so standby for that one if you are interested in hand lettering.
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