I want to start another painting of gerber daisies, and I've had this particular one sketched on watercolor paper for about 8 months. I had been busy with commissions and now I have some time to work on my own projects. So I'm going to post step by step as I work on it. I forgot to photograph the drawing before I started masking, but you'll get the idea. I'm using my own photos of gerber daisies, three different photos and made them into one painting. So first step, I had to go buy some masking fluid because I left mine at home in the US. Then I got out my ruling pen so I would have nice, even lines and not worry about using a brush.
Also, you might notice the ripped tape around the borders...I want it to have an uneven, kind of ripped paper looking border, hence the strange tape job ;)
I'm going to mask only around the outer edges of the flowers, since I'm going to work on the background and I want to keep the edges of the flowers crisp and visible and not worry when I'm busy splashing paint around. I'm using the ruling pen carefully, to avoid gouging the paper. You don't need to press hard.
I really love the ruling pen, it gives you such clean lines! I highly recommend it!
So now the flowers are all masked...
And I wait for it to dry, then have fun with the background!
With this painting, I really want to try loosening up and not do my usual tightly rendered style. I want to splash paint around and not worry about a lot of detail. I want to mask the flowers to keep the shapes while I go nuts with the background, but after that all bets are off. We'll see how it goes! More tomorrow...