Last year my Mom was cleaning out her garage and handed me a box of my stuff to sort through. In that box was a leaf collection I made in the 6th grade! I remember taking the still green leaves and encasing them in waxed paper. I also remember the smell of that slightly burning paper and leaves together as if it was yesterday. I’m happy to have such a huge catalog of these beautiful east coast leaves with me today. Thanks Mom!
This medium is awesome! When you paint with watercolor it dries slowly so you can really move the color around. And after it’s dry, you can add water and make changes, sort of erase with water.
Good sable brushes are a must for watercolor!
Here are the leaves before I went in with a wet brush and sort of erased the veins (by using a wet brush to lift pigment off the page) and added type.
After “erasing” the veins into each. And adding labels (which I painted separately and placed on top in photoshop.