Nouveau Sunshine

Nouveau Sunshine - student project

My daughter-in-law always sang "You are my sunshine" to her daughter, my granddaughter. Now that that she has a new baby [my great-grandson], she sings that song to him. I've been wanting to create something for her around that theme. She loves to hike in the hills of our evergreen state, so buttercups are must. Thanks for the awesome resources, Liz.

That's the flower I chose to create an illustration with four quadrants around the center to leave a place for the quote.

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Here you can see how I followed the process shown by Liz:

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I'm feeling pretty good about it. I've more to learn from this class, so I'll be back with an update.

Don't you think my granddaughter will love this?

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I fine-tuned the lettering a bit -- darkened the green a bit and softened the yellow, as you may be able to see in this lowres screenshot.Nouveau Sunshine - image 4 - student project

Part 2: Turning Over A New Leaf

I couldn't quite get the right blur to fill in all the areas; I did add a layer beneath the burgundy  4 petal clematis and shaded in beneath the middle with the regular brush so those white uncolored areas darkened..  I also tried different colors when I finished.

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 And now overlapping leaves in a holiday wish quotation:

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Hooray! I created my own leaf stamp, but that was a struggle. I could not get the eyelets to match up with the next leaf, so I started from scratch and found I needed that center stem guide for sure, but everything else I could smooth into place, revising afterwards, and ready for the two-tone nouveau, which I filled with the "ginkgo" brush I created and need to revise-- I see a line in a few areas when the brush is larger. It took a bit of work to erase the "brushed ginkgo" behind the merged drawing layers and then revise some of the leaves and spirals. But it worked.

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I'd love to create these in a pattern for fabric, wouldn't you?

I revised my ginkgo brush without the spirals and again created it as a background, but with the same color as the light background:

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Sheri Edwards
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