What is so much more fun than science class, yet still makes use of a cutting instrument, tweezers, a magnifying glass, and a microscope? Botanical Illustration, that's what! : D
Below is my first botanical study. Wanting to learn all that I could, I began by pretending to have never met a daffodil before. Using all of my senses, and the help of a magnifying glass, I got to know this spring beauty up close and personal. Having a few flowers on hand -- and after promising to plant them in my garden for next year's spring showers and sunshiny rays -- I separated one out into its various parts. These, using a bit of tape, I laid out on a page. With the help of Thomas Elpel's "Botany in a Day", I labelled each one, then, pressed the page under some books for a couple of weeks.
After creating my herbarium page, another flower offered itself for microscopic exploration and coloured pencil illustration. If you really want to fall in love with a plant, view it under a dissecting microscope. There is an awe-inspiring world of beauty hidden in the fabric of what the naked eye is able to see.
I hope you have enjoyed viewing these pages as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Has your curiosity about Botanical Illustrating been stirred?
To learn more, check out the instructional website of renowned botanical artist,
Happy Spring to you all! : )
- Suzanne -
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