This is a genuine 1887 handwritten ledger page, backed with acid-free cardstock.
Some of the original handwriting appears on the vintage paper.
On top I've done some pen and wash paintings/sketches from my photos of gardens and other delights. It's an ACEO - 2.5x3.5" - collectible art trading card size. Done in pen & wash - art journal, sketchbook style.
Sometimes a friend just lets you loose in their garden. This was what happened with Connie's garden. A much loved and carefree garden full of delightful old treasures and critters. A venture of discovery. Light and shadow. A great old wheelbarrow here, with rusty watering can. Overflowing with bright red geraniums.
I've used white gesso under some of the painting - as this helps to make the colors 'pop' a little more.
This is the same type of sketching used in art journals, urban sketches, and travel diaries.
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