About Ferns

In the Ferns section, I will demonstrate a rock polypody fern from green doublette, and then again using white doublette, and show coloration using watercolor inks. And because it's simple to do, I'll show you how to vary the rock polypody free-hand cut for a simple fiddlehead rendition, colored with alcohol inks in a nice bright green.

Supplies: This part of the course requires a fold of white doublette, a fold of leaf/moss doublette, liquid watercolor inks from Hydrus set 2, and alcohol inks in Botanical and Sunshine Yellow. In addition you will want 20 gauge cloth-covered stem wire (2 packs for the ferns!) for the stem. You will also need inking supplies such as isopropyl alcohol, water, brushes, mixing containers, and a surface to ink on such as watercolor paper. 

Results: One fold of green makes multiple ferns, depending on size. One fold of white makes multiple ferns and fiddleheads, depending on size.

Substitutions: 180 gram crepe paper is a suitable substitute, lighter weight paper and the ferns may lose structure. You may experiment with different wire gauges. I prefer lighter gauges for foliage (20 - 32 gauge) as they have more flexibility.

Examplars from those who have taken the course