For a bit of fun today, I’m sharing my idea on how to make book page botanical art. The other day I found a few fern fronds in an old book that I placed there last year to dry. They left a faint impression on the page which gave me the idea of painting a fern instead of framing a dried specimen. Maybe with a little more practice I might achieve that trompe l’oeil effect, but for now these jaunty ferns will do.
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Sharing artwork is always a little scary for me, but then I think, what the heck! I’m basically just giving you ideas or a starting point for your own creations.
Yesterday needing time to escape for a bit, I eagerly put on my earbuds to listen to an audiobook and began painting. There’s nothing like letting the creative side of my brain take over. Painting is relaxing for me and sometimes I have to let go and have fun with it.
I know that book page art isn’t new, but this is the first time I’ve painted on them. Watercolors seems to work really will on these thick old pages, and I’m already lining up a few more art projects.
How To Make Book Page Botanical Art
To make ferns I suggest using a duel tip watercolor marker to draw with. You can also use the marker to trace over pencil lines and then erase later.
Then use watercolor paints to fill in the larger areas such as the leaves.
Allow the watercolor to dry just a little then go back and add details with the markers. If the details look to harsh blend the lines using a damp watercolor brush.
You’ll create easy botanical artwork in no time at all!
- old book pages
- art brush
- watercolor markers
My ferns are sort of made up, but if you’re looking to get real technical search on line for images. I found some good examples on the U.S. Forest Service web site.
These frames are so handy for switching out seasonal artwork. Plus you don’t have to worry about having the right size mat for your artwork. To keep the book page from slipping between the glass, use a small piece of double sided tape to hold it in place.
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Thanks for letting me share a little of what I’ve been up to lately and my botanical artwork ideas with you. Until next time…
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