Floral in blue tones
VanGogh watercolour Prussian blue, Madder lake deep, Permenent lemon yellow. Watercolour paper Gerstaecker 300gm, but any 300gm paper will do. All papers behave diffferently!
- Roughly sketch composition in water soluble crayon - avoid putting objects in the centre. Use thirds see composition
- Use masking fluid on window frames. Be careful masking fluid wrecks expensive paint brushes use mask pen, a stick or a very old brush (washing in water with detergent immediately after use)
- Paint dark blue under the flowers - allow to dibble to bottom of picture
- When masking is dry, paint background area over flowers (turn board upside down) using same blue - try for a lighter area on the side the light is coming from. Don't remove masking until the paint is dry!
- Add dark shapes between flowers - add blue and yellow for leaves - add centres of flowers. Flick colour with tooth brush.
- Paint vase with mixture of blue and red making the side furthest from the light and the shadow areas under leaves a darker colour. Add salt quickly before the paint dries in one or two areas (don't overdo special effects). Allow to dry before rubbing off salt
- Add shadows to give flowers 3D effect with pale mixture of blue and red