Green Notebook Completed

Green Notebook Completed

I finished up my green studies notebook. I didn’t add anything else but leaves but I may add a few thread studies and green photos later.

Glycerin Leaves

I had high hopes for the leaves preserved with glycerine. They looked really good after they came out of the glycerine. I soaked them for a week. All I did was put glycerine in a plastic plate, put the leaves on top, pour a little more glycerine over the top and cover with another plastic plate. I put a little bit of weight on the top plate and just left them. The photo above shows the leaves after a week. They were very dry and brittle and I had to be very careful with them. It was a bit time consuming removing the excess glycerine. But then the moment I applied them with matte medium to the pages, they turned brown. I guess I could have attached them some other way but they would have crumbled into bits if they hadn’t been coated with something.

Green Studies Notebook 7

This is the best leaf I achieved (same leaf as in the middle of the glycerine photo). It turned a bit brown but stayed mostly green. Some of them turned really dark brown. I’m not sure it is worth the effort to use the glycerine as some leaves just seem to take to this process better than others.

Here are some other pages with a variety of leaves, seed pods and mossy bits.

Green Studies Notebook

For the cover, I used a painting technique that I had seen online. It uses eggshells for the texture.

Green Studies Notebook End View

You can see the texture from this angle a bit better . My notebooks always end up looking “fat” as they always have extra stuff on the pages. I really enjoyed making this notebook. Have you done any color studies lately?

If you missed the finish of my second quarter challenge, I posted about it on my personal blog. I haven’t started the third quarter challenge and it’s already the middle of August. I better get a move on!

22 thoughts on “Green Notebook Completed

  1. Sorry the leaves etc didn’t turn out exactly how you wanted, Ruth, but they do look good. I love the cover, it’s a really optical illusion looking straight at it! I did a big World of Wool order for the well-being centre and had to put a lot of thought into the colours, but that’s about it 🙂

    1. Thanks Zed! I will just have to keep trying different methods for preserving leaves, I guess I can’t expect the color to not change at all.

  2. Your Green Study looks great Ruth. I love all the textures and isn’t it amazing how many shades of green there are? Even more than the 40 shades in the song! 🙂

    1. Thanks Judith. I do think it is amazing how many shades of green we can distinguish. I could keep going for another couple of notebooks I think!

  3. It’s quite an achievement and the cover is special. I love it when books get fat – it feels so satisfying to weigh it in your hand!
    I haven’t done any more ‘colour studies’, but I find that in everything I do now, I am thinking about the things I discovered with the colour challenge.

    1. Thanks Lyn! As I said, all my books are fat! Glad you are considering what you have learned in the color challenges. The more I learn, the more I find there is to consider 🙂

  4. Nature doesn’t always cooperate with us, but I still think the green notebook is a success. I’ve never really attempted such a notebook, but it’s intriguing. Are you doing one in every color?

  5. Hi Ruth, Your notebook is lovely, and I may have another idea for you to try. My mother used to take small branches of living leaves and put them into a vase with a mixture of glycerine and water. The branches would take up the glycerine/water mixture like flowers do in vases. After a while the leaves became leathery and then were taken out of the solution and used in dried arrangements. I remember the did not retain much of their original green color, but they lasted a long time and were not brittle.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Penny. I have heard of that method but I haven’t tried it yet. I wonder if the glycerine works better on some leaves than others? I have heard of using this method for a thick leaf like a magnolia but not sure it would work with the thinner type leaves. So I guess that is my next step. I still have more glycerine so I can do some more experiments.

  6. Lovely notebook, Ruth. I particularly like the cover, what a nice texture it has. I also love it that your notebooks are fat, I too like to add things to mine and they also end up chubby 🙂
    I’m sorry your leaves didn’t retain the green colour to them, but how about taking a photo on a digital camera, then print it? You could then have the photo on one side, and the actual leaf on the other, and you could compare both!

    As for colour, I’m currently getting a bit of spinning done, so I’m always thinking about colour coordination! Last time it was blues, greens and whites, this time it’ll be browns, fawns and whites.

    1. Thanks Leonor! I like how the texture turned out on the cover as well. I will have to try that method again for sure. I did consider taking photos but got lazy and didn’t do it. So I will have to do more of that next time.

      Have fun with your spinning. Your color combinations sound great.

    1. I have a bunch of book shelves with my sketchbooks and notebooks. After a while, they do tend to get crushed as I have so many now. 🙂

  7. The green notebook is great. The thicker the better that means loads of texture. I meant to tell you I had used glycerin but didn’t put something on the top to flatten them. They turned brown, curled but are not delicate at all. Perhaps a difference in the leaf type.

  8. Love the colours, and the texture of the cover! Have you thought about making your own notebooks? You can then use all sorts of different paper/fabric and bind them together as loosely as you need. Then you can have some really fat notebooks. 🙂

    1. Thanks Kim! I have made a few of my own notebooks and I really do like book binding but I guess I only have so much time so this kind is easier.

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