Well, the heat was certainly on with the next sketchbook. There were some truly gorgeous pages and I had a theme running around in my head that wouldn't go away. After Summertime there came A Midsummer Night's Dream, and I was quite literally, away with the fairies. Shakespeare's play gave me plenty of inspiration, and along with a quote and some honeysuckle sprigs, the pages started to come together.
|Fresh greens, summery pink and sunshine yellow|
After the quotation, title and other calligraphy was in place and the sketches of the flower, buds and berries, it was time to decide on presentation. I love to use a mix of elements in sketchbooks, with bits stuck in, pen and pencil here and there, some unfinished bits and of course, painted things.
|Purple bud with greens|
|Mixing it up a bit|
|And keeping it classic|
So how did it go? Well, I was pleased with the result. let's just hope the recipient is.
And what's the quote?
I know where the wild thyme blows,
where the oxlip and the nodding violet grows,
quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine
With sweet musk roses and with eglantine.
There sleeps sweet Titania sometime of the night,
lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight.
There is a link here. Eglantine is an old word for honeysuckle, (also used for briar rose which is confusing).