My name is Ina. I live in Sweden with my girlfriend, our cat and about 70-80 house plants.
I started my house plant focused Instagram account "Plants and Watercolour" in december 2016 to have a space to share my passion for plants, to follow other plant people and get inspired to make my home even more green!
I also wanted a place to show my artwork that is almost a 100% plant related. I work mostly with watercolours (as my name reveals) but I like to try out some digital art from time to time.
I sell my art as prints and occasionally I print t-shirts too. For more info check out my Etsy shop.
I started this blog as a complement to my Instagram account and here I will do my best to show alot of pretty pictures but also dig in deeper on plants, how to care for them and so on.
I hope you will enjoy this as much as I do!
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Today I stumbled upon a picture on Pinterest where someone used plants in an unusual way. I tried it in my own way and this is how it turned out! The painting is just fluid from some Oxalis leaves (I also tried a coleus leaf but it didn't turned out as good) and just drew contour with a fine liner pen. I am so happy with the result!
This is something everyone can do, even you who think that you can't draw or paint! Here comes a tutorial:
Pick a flower or a leaf of your choice. Cut the stem or leave it. The stem is sometimes filled with more fluid than the leaves and flowers so it might get a little messy.
Put the leaf or flower on a paper (I used watercolour paper) and press a napkin over it. Now it's time to get the fluid from the plant to the paper! I tried to roll with a bottle but a dabbing with a hammer worked so much better! When you're happy with the result you remove the napkin and the leaf/flower and let it dry. Either you leave it as it is or you can do it as I did and draw the contour lines.
And this is the result! Kind of pretty, huh?
I have never been particularly interested in growing vegetables and stuff. This year I've only cultivated some beans, physalis and wild strawberries. Maybe I will get a tomato plant too.
Instead of growing loads of eatable things I've grown seeds from some flowers, like this lavender. It's already smells sooo good! I can't wait for it to bloom!
I really love to go thrift hunting and the most of my pots I've found at thrift stores for less than a buck each. The green ceramic pot and the doll head terracotta are my top pot thrift finds ever! I also really like to paint on regular terracotta pots, this one with black crosses I really like! It's really easy to paint on terracotta with regular markers! Try it out!