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.
My Herbarium Page
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.
Botanical Study Page
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, Wendy Hollender.
Happy Spring to you all! : )
- Suzanne -
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