When I was looking online for Meissen porcelain, I was struck by some of the tiny florals against white and thought the cutlery I chose to draw would look really good on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.
I originally chose blue and marked the newsprint I was sketching on with those dimensions so it would fit on this scrap paper. Oh dear, I couldn’t see the lines of my sketch through the paper when it was on my lightbox. So I picked a different colour, a nice rich orange, and used that. Serendipity strikes again.
In the end it did look nicer on the orange I think because it picks up subtle tints in the flowers on the handles. You can see my lines where I had the size and midpoints all worked out, and then I go over the main part with a Sharpie so I can see the lines with my lightbox. I transferred my drawing with a light grey coloured pencil.
I love gouache when the painting is over, but I still find it hard to handle. The smallest brush I have is a “0” round and it wasn’t small enough for some tiny details so I filled them in with coloured pencils. I also did the drop shadow with a coloured pencil. The flowers were done with coloured pencils—that was fun. If you look at it from a distance it looks almost three dimensional due to the contrast of the gouache against the paper and the shading.
I still have to trim it and make photo corners to mount it in my journal, and spray it with fixative, but I wanted to post it as I don’t want to let my compatriots in the Celestial City of Imagination down by being too late.
Later that day….
The materials I used:
Staedtler 2H pencil
Prismacolor Coloured Pencils
Canson Mi-Teintes paper