Botanical art – November 2016

One way to fill a weekend in spring, joining a botanical art course at Auckland Botanic Gardens. Despite being the only person of my gender or generation on the course it was a good weekend learning some new techniques, including using embossing tools, masking fluid, and a twig!

To start with some outdoor sketching, harder than it looks when the day was a mix of sun and clouds, ever changing shadows and tones!

dsc07102 dsc07118 dsc07107Indoors sketching was much easier, if still rather difficult to make 2D look 3D…

dsc07112dsc07119Had fun using Indian ink and a twig found outside to do a quick but I think effective sketch.dsc07080

Found a rather nice maple like leaf to sketch with coloured pencils, using an embossing tool for the veins, and then tried a watercolour version using masking fluid.dsc07126 dsc07092The work of all the students on the course, as usual I like to be a little different!dsc07088 dsc07109

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