Colours: Cadmium/Permanent Red, Lemon yellow, Paynes grey, Viridian.

A word about Viridian

  • Be careful it's a very strong pigment
  • Removes from paper easily to give great effects
  • Mix with red to give interesting brown and grey

Note how the sketch is arranged so that the shapes overlap this makes painting large areas easier.

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Start on right with mixture of red +

viridian, paint area 1. Continue with

Grey paint area 2. Continue with

mixture of red + grey paint area 3.

Don't try to paint the whole outline

and then fill in you will get streaks


 Whilst the paint is still damp soften

some of the edges at the sides of the

paper and some of the flowers.

Without adding more paint pull out

the existing paint to fill in a leaf.

Sprinkle sea salt whilst paint is still wet

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Paint in the flowers with a wet-in-wet

mixture of red + yellow. Leave small

areas of white at the tops of the



 Pull out the yellow at the bottom

of the flowers and add a little (very

little!!) viridian to make the stems


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Paint in some of the leaves using either

viridian + red or lemon yellow +

paynes grey. Leave a large area in the



Paint in the large area in one go. Start

with a mixture of grey + viridian at the

top and add red + viridian at the

bottom, paint quickly horizontally

is easier if you wish to avoid vertical



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Now we will remove the stalks with

clean water dabbing with kitchen

paper. You may need to refind the stalks

with a white crayon before you start.

Wash the brush frequently

to avoid just moving the pigment

around. You may not get back to the

white paper, but your stalks should be

visible if your background is dark

enough. Viridian removes easily.

Spray on clean water and dab out. The

pattern in top left has been made with a

paper doilly and a sponge