Pretty, bold florals

Pretty, bold florals - student project

I have some black paper that has been waiting for the right project and the class project really caught my eye. The paper is from a scrapbook which turned out to be a much cheaper way of getting hold of black card than buying it as art supplies! Previously I've only drawn in it with white gel pen, so this was the first time trying out paint and it held up well. I was able to paint on both sides without any problems.

I have the Arteza box of 24 colours so almost the same as those being demonstrated, but not exactly the same colours. I substituted pale apricot + white for taupe and later tried adding burnt umber to get a taupe-ier colour.

My greens are also the result of trying to mix something to vaguely match what I was seeing, with variable outcomes.

I have limited experience with gouache, and that has tended to focus on using it in almost undiluted form, so this was my first time playing with getting a more varied consistency. More often than not I was applying them in a more opaque form so it came out a bit more poster-y than was intended.

I think if I had jumped ahead to look at the finished project rather than following the steps I may have come out with a more balanced composition I intend to repeat this at some point using more of the elements from the practice sessions so will see how I improve :-)


Pretty, bold florals - image 1 - student project

Pretty, bold florals - image 2 - student project

Pretty, bold florals - image 3 - student project

Pretty, bold florals - image 4 - student project