Colours: Ultramarine blue, Cerulean blue, Madder lake (or alizarine), Lemon yellow.

Paper: best results with paper that is not rough

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 Draw a circle and a line about 1/4 from



 erase the line and bottom part of the

circle take off 2 small triangles from the

bottom corners and draw some leaves and a stalk. Light source is top left

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 Start with a wash of cerulean blue (be

careful cerulean is a very strong opaque colour,

add in ultramarine and a little madder making

your flower darker in the bottom right


Scrape out the colour at the top with a palette

knife (or a kitchen knife - should be fairly springy.

Try to make one mark - too many may damage

the surface of the paper (practise on scrap paper


   Add more darks on bottom right and top to give sharp edge to the light areas
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 Paint the stalk and a leave in a

bright green, lemon with a touch

of ultramarine, Dry well


 Paint a dark green over the lemon using very

few strokes. It is important not pick up the dry yellow. Now scrap out the veins on the leaves with

the palette knife