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!
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