|Ink & watercolor, two-page spread in 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook|
I found lots of acorn caps hidden under the carpet of leaves, but I had to look long and hard to find even one or two acorns. The squirrels and chipmunks must be sitting on a gold mine of winter stores, because they didn't leave much at all for a budding naturalist to pick up.
A few of the multiflora roses had rose hips on them, but many had already been eaten by the birds or deer.
I've always loved the smooth, silvery-grey bark of the huge old beech trees in our woods. I really should sketch one of them sometime. For now, here are a few beech nuts that they produced this year.
The shag-bark hickory trees dropped plenty of nuts this fall. I managed to find a few that had been missed by the squirrels.
Wild grape vines grow high up into the tree tops around here, but luckily I found a bunch of grapes that had fallen to the leafy forest floor.
Most of the black walnut husks had turned black already, but I picked up one that still had some of its pretty apple green color.
The wild barberry that I happened upon was covered with beautiful red berries.
I did the calligraphy on this page with a regular dip calligraphy nib.
I filled the reservoir with watercolor paint using a brush, so I could match the color to my sketch.
The border was simple to do...
First, I drew two parallel guidelines, then followed these steps:
See how easy it is? :)
I love sketchbook pages like this that are filled to the brim with interesting things to look at!