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Bird of paradise Project

 
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with watercolours by Pauline Roods

Use watercolours to create this beautiful botanical-style artwork.

YOU WILL NEED:

• Downloadable artwork template*.

• 1 Sheet of watercolour paper (250gsm or more).

• 1 x Container for clean water.

• Watercolour paint palette (an ice cube tray is ideal).

• 1 x HB Pencil.

• 1 x Waterproof  fine tip black marker.

• Tracing paper or kitchen baking paper.

• Derivan Watercolour in: Australian Sap Green, Australian Leaf Green, Vermilion, Yellow Deep, Crimson, Purple, Phthalo Green, Cadmium Yellow Hue and Purple.

• Round brushes in sizes No.1, No.5 and No.8. (Synthetic or real hair).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BIRD OF PARADISE STEPS

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BIRD OF PARADISE TEMPLATE

STEPS

 
 
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STEP 1

Using the template and HB pencil, trace the

ower design onto tracing paper then transfer

to watercolour paper. Once you are happy with

the outline. Go over it with the waterproof

black marker. Place small amounts of the

watercolour paint into separate compartments

in the palette. Mix with water.

 
 
 
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STEP 2

Using the No.8 brush and clean water, wet the

main body of the  ower. Then use the No.5 brush and Australian Sap Green

to paint the upper half. Clean the brush before applying

Australian Leaf Green to the lower section of the same area.

Repeat the process on the remainder of the stem.

 
 
 
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STEP 3

Using the No. 1 brush dipped in purple, start to

paint the four purple petals. While the purple

is still wet, clean the brush and add touches of

Crimson to highlight the area.

 
 
 
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STEP 4

Use the No.5 brush to start painting the

orange petals. Be sure to paint alternative

petals to avoid the colours blending into each

other. Beginning with Crimson, paint the lower

half of the inside of the petals. Then use the

Vermilion to paint the upper half. Gently blend

the two colours together where they meet and

allow them to bleed into each other

 
 
 
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STEP 5

Now paint the outside petals . Paint the lower

section with Crimson and the tips in Yellow

Deep. While these colours are still wet, paint

the middle area with Vermilion and allow all

three colours to bleed into each other. Repeat

the process until all petals are completed.

Allow time for individual petals to dry so they

don’t bleed into each other.

 
 
 
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STEP 6

When the painting is dry, use the No.1 brush

and Crimson, paint lines separating the petals

for more de nition. Allow to dry before signing

and framing if desired.