Tulips - Spring Sketchbook Fun

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Tulips - journal page

Tulips - one of my favourite Spring flowers

Tulips, daffodils, crocus, narcissi are some of my favourites Spring flowers.  By the way, if you love gardening, the Daily Telegraph newspaper are recommending for 2016, how to grow their top 25 Spring plants.  The RHS, also have great advice if you're wanting to grow these lovely bulbs in your garden.

In between trying to settle in our new puppy (Guy) and spending time with our boys over the Easter school holidays, I've been itching to paint some Spring flowers.  I don't know about you but after finally coming out of Winter, I'm just so happy to see flowers blooming.

Spring is the season you can feel blossom inside of you before you ever see it blossom outside. ― Toni Sorenson

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Tulips aren't flowering just yet in these parts but I found a pretty photo for reference.  I used watercolour and kept the paint really watery and loose so as to keep everything intuitive and feminine.  Often I draw in light pencil first but this time went straight in to laying down colour for the tulips.

I found a quote that I thought was beautiful add wrote that out in pencil on the piece:

The whole of life lies in the verb of seeing.

- Pierre Teilliard de Chardin

I also wanted to include some ephemera and so I had a rummage around and found various found papers (see below) and little bits of lace, ribbon, tissue paper etc.  I used an old vintage book that I'd previously painted the pages in white gesso in order to give the page some 'tooth'.

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I really didn't know what the page was going to look like, other than it would have tulips on it lol.

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Over to you:

If your hankering to do some painting, why not paint some tulips from a photo or any Spring flower that is perhaps growing in your garden? Treat yourself to a bunch of flowers? Or, maybe you'd prefer to paint a lamb, rabbit or emerging bud/blossom.  Whatever you choose, make it fun.  Make it feel just right for you.  Mix things up.  Think of using some materials you wouldn't ordinarily use such as fabric, glitter, collage and just go with your instincts.  Then, make it personal, add a poem, answer a journal prompt or pencil in a word that comes to mind.

Have fun and please share your creations via my Facebook Creativity Group and lets inspire each other.