The Vancouver Artist Trading Card met on Sunday to swap cards. As is often the case, I came away inspired to try something new. The organizer of the group is one of the most creative people I know. Something she made reminded me of an article I had seen in an old Cloth, Paper, Scissors article called "Faux Silkscreen". I came home, located the article and couldn't wait to start!
I drew this design on a piece of fun foam and then cut it apart. I mounted each piece on a piece of acetate and then used each to stamp the scene on an ATC.
While researching the native trees of Vancouver, I realized how little I know about botany. (This is pretty sad, considering how much I enjoy being in nature.) There are so many terms that I don't really understand, and at the top of the list is "families". So, I decided that my next project would be to learn about Plant Families.
One of the great web sites I discovered was E-Flora BC, which is an electronic atlas of the plants of British Columbia. They have a page on plant identification, and one of their recommendations is Thomas J. Elpel's Botany in a Day. He explains that there are about 100 plant families across the "frost belt" of North America, and about another 30 families south of the frost line. He begins with seven of the largest and easiest to learn families which are found world-wide.
And so here I begin also. Will I learn all 100? I'm not sure I can manage that, but who knows. I am pretty persistent, as evidenced by this blog. LOL
On this journal page I document my first three families. I also connect the dots to the Tree Project by noting the eleven families to which the native trees of Vancouver belong. So, I already have some familiarity with fourteen families!
I thought I'd try a still life this time. This is just so darn fun - I'm reminded of those pictures I loved as a child. They were in the Rupert books I received from relatives in England. All I had to do was add water and magic would happen.....
I did this drawing with a black Elegant Writer Calligraphy Pen. When I added water, all of the lovely shades of blue and pink appeared. How cool and easy is that? I like it so much I can't bear to add any color.
I keep a book to jot down ideas when they strike me. I made a new one combining the concepts of junk journals and my own smash book, called the "slab book". When I posted this on Instagram yesterday I used the #tag usingupscrabookpaper. Sort of says it all, doesn't it? LOL
The Tree Project is humming along. Here I document four more native trees of Vancouver. I'm trying to keep the differences between the various evergreen trees in my thick head. I've never been good at names, and this is proving a challenge LOL.
My new tree friend at the City of Vancouver has provided fabulous information for me to proceed with. He overlaid my list of native trees onto an aerial view of Queen Elizabeth Park, and provided me a link to the recently completed boulevard tree inventory databases.