Next we’ll be painting Burgundy Flowers on some of the bookmarks, the color recipes are shown above. #1. Magenta + Cadmium Red Light + a tiny bit of White. #2. Cadmium Red Light. #3. Two shades of Dioxazine Purple + Magenta + White. #4. Pthalo Blue + White. #5. Three mixes of Pthalo Blue + a touch of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Lemon Yellow. #6. Two mixtures of Magenta + White. #7. Magenta + Cadmium Red Light + White. #8. White + Magenta.
Following my usual sequence of Flowers First, Leaves Last I start blocking in the burgundy blossoms. The most complicated part of designing these bookmarks is determining how I’m going to vignette the flowers and leaves to leave white space around the calligraphy. As you read through my blog, please keep in mind, you may click on any of the images to see enlargements.
I allow some of the leaves and flowers to extend in front of and behind individual letters. In the image above I’m bringing the lower loop of the “S” down, over the petals of the blossom.
We begin painting the leaves using the #4 and #5 mixtures. As with the flowers, I’m careful to arrange the leaves and vines to accentuate the calligraphy.
After getting the flowers, leaves and stems designed, I come back and add the final coat on the calligraphy using a wash of Magenta + Liquin Original.
Now the Hummingbirds fly in to take their positions on the Bookmarks!
I patiently delineate the Ivory Black stripes on the delicate wings of the yellow Tiger Swallowtail that graces the PATIENCE Bookmark! My wrist rests on the mahl stick hooked over the top of my easel, steadying my hand as I work. What is a Mahl Stick? CLICK HERE to find out!
All of the painting is finished on the Burgundy Bookmarks. The final step is to repaint the white areas where the faint tints of leaf, flower and Calligraphy color stained the background. If you’ll enlarge the image by clicking on the picture you can see it more clearly.
Six done, four more to go! Hope you’ll come back and visit my studio to see how they turn out! With Colorful Smiles,
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