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Watercolor and ink flora of the Redwood forest

Our summer vacation amongst the Redwoods gave me much-appreciated space and time to play with watercolors. I could have sat for hours and hours experimenting with color blending. Actually, I guess I did sit for hours and hours doing just that. It was interesting to get familiar with the feeling of different blending techniques, and by the time I was working on the final plant drawing in this set, I felt like it was clicking more. I like the bold, graphic quality of first drawing with a black ink pen (the Rapidograph in this case) and then filling in with watercolor….

watercolor flora

Watercolor flora designs with blended colors

The Skillshare class Design with Watercolors: Your Own Postcard Set from Sketch to Ready for Print File is really inspiring for getting started with small, simple watercolor designs. I had so much fun painting these little plants, and could have just kept doing color blends for hours and hours. Tools size 4 watercolor brush tube watercolors watercolor paper (except for the yellow flower, which was on sketch paper)

Redwood Forest ink drawing with lettering

Redwood forest flora drawing practice

This drawing is inspired by a laurel wreath and the flora of the Redwood forest where we vacationed. The top half is a grouping of coniferous things, found higher in the trees, and the bottom half is ferns, flowers, and berries found lower to the ground. Tools Micron pen Paper Mate Flair color felt tip pen

all over ink pattern with Redwood forest flora

All-over pattern ink drawing of Redwood flora

During our summer vacation, I made a collection of drawings inspired by the flora around our rental cabin in the northern California Redwood forest. So, inspired by the all-over pattern project from the Skillshare class Drawing pens: make it simple, I drew my own version since the first time I mimicked the instructor’s version. Tools Micron pen Rapidograph pen filled with india ink Paper Mate Flair colored felt tip pens

wreath of Redwood Forest flora

Hand drawn wreath of flora from the Redwood forest

Inspired by the Skillshare class Drawing pens: make it simple class, I sketched out the plants that were around the cabin we rented for our summer vacation. There was such a variety in the northern California Redwood forest, especially compared to what I’m used to seeing in the Arizona desert. And I wanted to do my own version of a flora wreath with lettering inside since the first time I mimicked the instructor’s version. And of course, I had “This Land is Your Land” running through my mind: From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was…