Barbara Close - Trees Workshop

Created: May 7, 2021
Modified: May 8, 2021

This class was spread out as 1 - 2hour class every week for 4 weeks.

1st weeks class was scrumbling, bare trees and pressure release lettering.

I decided to do a different binding rather than Stab Binding which I don't really like. I like everything to lay totally flat... So created top open frame which I slip my artwork into. It can be removed if I want and gives it a nice finished look.


ID: Scrumbling, Bare Trees and pressure release lettering

I worked on Arches Text wove to practice. Apply water with a paint brush here and there in tight kind of formation leaving un-wet areas, drop in color, mush around a bit getting light, medium and dark areas. Paint in the trunk in various intensities (not just one tonal value). When foliage is dry add the branches.

For the are tree I used dirty water adding some browns and blacks. A couple leaves here and there and a little blue bird - couldn't resist... Wrote the quotes with a 5.b pencil. The 2nd time with a bit more definition in the tree and a tighter cluster of lettering. Still not quite right so will work on it on my final piece.

Quote 1: Time spent amongst the trees is never wasted time. Katrina Mayer

Quote 2: Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky. Kahlil Gibran

ID: Trees Are Poems
Size: 8"w x 11"h

On Arches 90# HP watercolor paper, I used the same techniques as in the practice session, although for this one I did the pressure release letters with a pointed nib and Sumi ink.




ID: Time Spent Amongst The Trees
Size: 8"w x 11"h

On Arches 90# HP watercolor paper, Pressure Release letters with a Caran d'Ache Grafwood B pencil




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