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watercoloured ethereal flowers with bold leaves
The wonderful thing about a background set is that they are made from red rubber, giving you a lovely fine detailed line to work with. Once I’d got the base impression down, I watercoloured with Daniel Smith paints. It doesn’t get old that watercolouring is a very mindful, relaxing process for me. My favourite place to start is the leaves on any floral image, and the leaves of this set were a delight to paint with such character. I concentrated on a light background layer of paint and then slowly built up the layers and sections of the leaves.
Before I started painting the flowers, I drew in the stamens with a black waterproof pen so that I didn’t lose the flower centre once I began painting and the outlines disappeared.
I went for the lightest of pinks over the whole flower and then added a touch of hot pink on the petal edges and green gold for the flower centres. Once dry I took a slightly darker pink to add details to the petals.
I had to Google Bleeding Heart flowers to get an idea of what they looked like – hot pink in reality, but I toned the colour down to fit with my preferences for a more muted colourway. I used a strong pinky purple and layered over each of the hearts. I added white gouache details. I also used the gouache for a touch of splatter.
To maintain a clean and straightforward sentiment, I opted for a greeting from the Happy Icons set. Using Veramark ink, I stamped it onto a black card and trimmed it down to a slim banner. With the help of foam tape, I affixed the sentiment strip and adorned the panel with Eggshell Pearls and sequins.
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