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The border around the Sweetleaf page became the extension of the full moon page. Not exactly what I had in mind for the Sweetleaf, but then just because it's my journal doesn't mean I have total control :) That's part of the fun of journaling!!
I did this quick sketch around 5 pm, Saturday afternoon. I wanted the tuft-like cluster flowers to show off since I really didn't achieve their look on the previous page. I used pastel pencil on toned pastel paper. I stroked the pastel with my waterbrush - my set of Derwent pastel pencils act like watercolor pencils but have the opaque qualities of pastels.
I then sprayed fixative over the page. Some of the white flowers weren't standing out so I then used a white Neocolor II crayon to add the final touches.
The other common name: Horse-sugar comes from the fact that horses and cows love to graze on these sweet leaves. My tree book also says that fruit, described as small dry drupe, will form in the fall. Oh goody, more to look forward to!