watercolor-Lilacs - step 1 - sketching

March 26, 2012
aren't Lilacs pretty? I always wanted to paint them but never actually had the courage! Lots of petals, lots of highlights, lots of color gradiant...If you look closely each lilac is a cluster of small flowers, Isn't it intimidating!

Well i thought to myself; " I have to do it; If turned out good, well good!and if not then I will cry! ....kidding :P If not hopefully it will be a lesson learnt"

so I gave it a try :) Same as my previous post on Pears, I will show the steps with explaination, and this time I try to add a little more detail:

1- First I drew the lilacs with a pencil. I tried to make it a detailed sketch, so I even drew the petals in the areas that would need darker washes of paint.

Then applied the first wash of Sap green to the leaves. I tried to add a little bit of Ultramarine Blue in a few strokes to make some leaves darker.

Next, with a masking liquid, I masked off the areas of highlight

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well lots of work already...I was quite happy at this point, but also exhusted ... so the rest had to wait for another day...

Fingers crossed, hopefully I will feel as happy as the washes of color stack up!
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