Drawn: Tools of an Amateur Floral Artist

Floral Art Watercolour

Way back in September when I renamed this blog “Drawn and Hooked” I promised that this blog would be a mix of my illustration and crochet – – only to still neglect my drawing (online at least). So here’s to putting my illustrating tardiness behind me – presenting, a little illustration I did earlier this week!

I drew this piece with an Artline Drawing System 0.3 pen and coloured it with Derwent Watercolour Pencils. The colours have been distorted a little through scanning and adjustments (something I need to work on!). I haven’t done much pen outline/watercoloured drawings – this illustration is not so much a reflection of my usual work but more so an experiment of mediums I’ve been meaning to experiment more with lately.

So why the flowers? Why the dustpan . . . and what is that green block? For this week’s illustration I thought I’d draw on (see the pun!) items from a new and recent hobby of mine – flower arranging!

About a month ago, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to join her in signing up for a beginner Floral Art Class at our local community college. Without much hesitation I did – and now, almost half way through our “term” there have been no regrets.

On a weekly basis we now wrangle leafy branches of vibernum odoratissimum, wire Geberas with our fingers. crunch stems of  Lisianthus with our secateurs and press them firmly into floral foam (that’s the green block!).  It’s a fun yet challenging skill to be learning – I’m looking forward to when I can start putting my new skills to use for events like birthdays!

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed my first “drawn” post, as well as hearing a little about my newest hobby. What are your hobbies? How did you come across them?


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