I chose to paint a maple leaf that my mother brought me last fall.
These are the first layers of watercolor, an ochre base to which I added soft browns to mark the shaded areas.
Next I added more contrast, stronger browns and bluish grey to tone. Finally I highlighted the veins of the leaf and added a few dots to give texture.
The final piece!
Here's the picture I took of the leaf compared to the drawing (the scanned version because in the photos I can't get the colors right).
Some colors had a slight shimmer effect <3
I would've liked to take a picture of the real leaf with the drawing because it's almost three times bigger, but right now it's inside the press with other flowers that I have put there recently and I didn't wanted to open it for fear that they would move.
Thanks Rosalie for this amazing class! I've picked up a couple of new tricks :)