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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.

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Tools

  • Tube watercolors
  • Size 4 brush
  • Rapidograph pen filled with india ink
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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.

watercolor flora

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.

Redwood Forest ink drawing with lettering

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.

all over ink pattern with Redwood forest flora

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.

wreath of Redwood Forest flora

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 made for you and Me

Tools

  • Micron pen
  • Paper Mate Flair color pens