Bluebells (I think)

My voice is slowly returning, but coughing like crazy.

When it comes to growing things I am utterly useless. I can kill a plant quicker than any weedkiller without even trying so gardening isn’t my thing. My garden is just a square of grass that gets cut by the council. I could plant something, but it wouldn’t grow – not if I’ve got anything to do with it.

But every year a few of these little things sprout up by my front door. Are they bluebells? I think so, but only because I live near some woods that have bluebells in. Well, every year up they come and I’m glad to see them, but I don’t touch them in case I kill them.

Coming in the house this afternoon I decided to kill one! I mean, pick one and bring it indoors to draw.

WP_20150519_001I sketched them in pencil then used my new watercolour markers.

WP_20150519_002Hey, at least I tried.

I used Spectrum Noir markers, the first time I’ve used them and they’re pretty good. You can use them as markers, or as watercolour paint. I used an acrylic block to draw on, then with a wet paintbrush I diluted the ink into paint.

Anyway, next thing is someone is going to tell me these are the protected flowers and I’m going to be fined.

Published by bettyvirago

Betty Virago is an award winning textile designer. Based in Yorkshire, England, and known for her Northern Folk dolls and the Quilts of Hope project.

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