When we were in Victoria, BC at the end of March, one of the places we visited was the amazing Butchart Gardens. It’s well renowned for its beautifully curated and landscaped gardens. It was the perfect season to see them too as all the spring blooms were flourishing. Often in the different gardens I’d spy little clusters of Hellebore or Lenten Rose blooming. They really are a subtle little flower with their heads bent down. I found some that had a mix of green and purple blooms, so today I thought I’d show you how I tried to recreate that on paper.
This little digi called Hellebores that Marcy created is so lovely! I love the little vase of flowers! Hellebore are quite tiny, so though this looks gravity defying with that little vase, it’s really not, as the blooms are only and inch or two in diameter, and quite dainty.
I pulled out the Inktense pencils again for the colouring on this one. One thing I really like about Inktense pencils is that they are in fact ink. When you add water you can blend them just like regular watercolours, but when they dry they are permanent. So that makes creating a design like this with quite opposite colours - easy. Once I had laid down all the green, I let it dry and then came in and added the pinky-purple colours. I could blend them in without them getting muddy in the green. That’s one thing I really don’t like when you’re watercolouring - getting muddy colour, so these work perfect when using opposing colours, all you need to do is let the layers dry in-between time.
Finished off with some stitching, some pretty plaid and blue paper and some twine.
So have you joined us yet for our May Flowers Challenge? Just like Buchart Gardens, our Power Poppy store is blossoming, all you need to do is pick one of our floral designs and create, and you could win a Power Poppy set of your choice!
Here’s the gang playing along today with more inspiration.
Christine Okken (you are here)