Nature’s Colours

Painting with the colour from Norway Maple Flowers and beech husks

For my #momentsketchers this month I’ve been connecting with nature through #paintingwithplants 

Painting with Plants involves taking a leaf or flower between your finger tips and rubbing it across the page. The pigment from the plant goes onto the paper. It’s an activity you would imagine doing as a child, exploring colour around you. Spring is the perfect time for this! Once you start looking there are so many colours, a feast for the eyes.
It was the colour of the Norway Maple flowers that made me return. They turned out to be this beautiful yellow on paper, with the spring green from celandine leaves and earthy brown from the husks of a Beech Tree. I’ve added in some coloured pencil lines to enhance shapes and lines.
If you want to have a go, acid free paper is best, collect small amounts from one area and know what you are picking. Have fun!

Painting with whatever I found around me

Next weekend I will be leading a walk, Discovering Nature’s Colours for Kington Walking Festival. Exploring today, there will be lots for us discover. I’m looking forward to meeting some of you there. I can’t wait- it will be fun!

Nature always wears the colours of the spirit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

3 Comments Add yours

  1. This is lovely. I don’t know why we stop doing the things we used to do as children, but it’s good to know that it’s never too late.
    Somehow, I always missed your posts in the last several months, but I am glad I found you again.
    Best wishes,

    1. Thank you Tanja, let me know if you have a go. You could also try with herbs and food you eat, such as lettuce etc. Glad you found your way back to my posts. Best Wishes, Katherine

      1. How heartening to be reminded that our imagination needs to know no bounds! Thank you, Katherine.

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