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watercoloured bouquet with lots of dimension
When starting a card such as this, I stamp out the images in the lightest ink and with a delicate hand to get the barest impression but just enough to work with. Then I die cut the images, popped a bit of adhesive on the back, and stuck them to a piece of scratch paper so that they weren’t moving around and were fiddly to work with.
I like to paint with light layers of watercolour, slowly building up the depth and interest. However, I kept a light hand on the central flower because I didn’t want it to lose that soft, airy look.
I added lots of foam adhesive to the back of the elements, a single layer for most pieces but a double layer for the focal point flower, so it stood out. Next, I arranged the bouquet on a painted background panel, using a white gesso base to add texture. I then painted with gouache and watercolours to give a hazy effect with a couple of points of deeper colour for interest.
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