I spent the last evenings doing some little watercolor paintings.
Here is a little monster I made, or rather the head of it.
I've been making those little fellows since quite some time now. My little brother calls them "bears with horns" which I think is quite fitting ^^ As you can see in the image above, there are some white spots. During some experimenting I noticed that the watercolor don't stick on white permanent marker so much. So I used this here for some interesting effect.
Also here are some more watercolor "doodles" I did. Just fooling a bit around with colors and style to learn watercolors.
I love the texture you get by using such traditional media. Plus it's a very relaxing process to just sit down and paint - really can forget about time when doing it ^^
Maybe I'll use this technique in the future to create some little illustrations for the blog :)
Today was a really, nice warm day, that made me believe Spring is coming.
I didn't realize I missed all the smells and sounds of nature so much. Birds in the trees, the smell of wet dirt .. it was a very calming day today :)
The perfect weather to explore the little worlds on the forest floor.
I tried out putting some "macro rings" on my camera, so I can get a better magnification with my lens/camera. It's really fascinating to look at things this close, gives you a whole another perspective.
This for example is a species of moss, that is a few centimeters tall. As you can see it looks kind of dark and wrinkled. That's because it was a bit dried out - this species folds together it leaves, to lose less water. And once it gets wet, the leaves expand again. Really fascinating!
Here is a tiny bug on top of such a moss plant.
This little fellow decided to sit down on my camera as I was photographing and stayed there a couple of minutes. I wondered what made him do that - maybe the black camera was a nice, warm surface or maybe he just was curious.
When I was done photographing and wanted to leave again, he even got on my backpack, as if he wanted to come with me. Felt like having a little bug buddy ^^
But I thought the forest was nicer than my garden, so I put him back in the moss.
As I really enjoyed this warm, first day of Spring, I wanted to make a little terrarium to remind me of this moment.
In the terrarium you can see some of the little moss "trees" the bug climbed on. And I also put in there a little snail shell I had collected earlier.
If you want to make your own terrarium, I made a little video about it some time ago: Tiny World DIY.It's really easy to make and if the glass jar you put it in is air-tight, you don't need to add any water. It's like a little ecosystem on it's own, with it's own air and water cycles.
Has Spring come at your place yet too? How did you spend the first warm days in nature?
This is a shot of my biggest moss terrarium, inside an old chemist's glass jar.
The moss plants really seem to like the warm temperatures and humid air.
Most doubled their size to when I collected them.
Terrariums are really fascinating! They are like a little ecosystem on their own - like this tiny moss forest c:
I spent the afternoon in the forest, creating 3D models for our game. Despite the low temperatures, things are still looking very green, especially with large parts being covered by moss, which is still doing photosynthesis.